Graduate Degree Programs

When to Apply

You should apply to a graduate degree program six to nine months before the beginning of the semester in which you plan to enroll. At the latest, your application for graduate admission with all supporting documentation, transcripts, and test scores should be received by June 1 for the fall semester and Dec. 1 for the spring semester. Earlier deadlines apply for international applicants.

Most departments require much earlier submission of credentials for graduate study. Applications for programs in anthropology, art, biology, education, geology, geophysics, interdisciplinary study, psychology and wildlife biology should be sent much earlier. Contact your prospective department for specific deadlines; the number of students accepted is limited.

Graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply early. Applications received near deadline will be processed as time permits or may be considered for the following semester.

How to Apply

To apply to a graduate degree program, request an application from the Office of Admissions or apply online via the UAF website at Before your application is complete, the Office of Admissions must receive:

Admission Requirements

In general, you may be admitted to graduate status if you have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with at least a 3.0 (B) cumulative undergraduate GPA and a 3.0 (B) GPA in your major. Equivalent accomplishments at a foreign university may be substituted. Your undergraduate major should be suitable preparation for continuation of studies in the field of choice. Some programs require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and other special criteria for admission.

For the purposes of admission to graduate study, all grades, including those generated from retaking a course, are included in calculating GPA.

Program heads in fields of interest will determine the adequacy of students' preparation and whether or not departmental facilities are sufficient for their aims.

Information on specific degree programs is available from academic departments or the Graduate School, via telephone (907) 474-7464, e-mail, or online at

After Acceptance

Qualified applicants can be accepted for admission while enrolled in their last semester at another college. The acceptance is conditional, however, pending receipt of the final transcript indicating satisfactory completion of work in progress and the completion of graduation requirements prior to enrollment at UAF.
Final acceptance to UAF, for the purpose of earning scholastic credit, is complete only when the Office of Admissions receives and accepts all credentials.

Request to Postpone

Your offer of admission to UAF is valid for the semester for which you applied. If you want to postpone your admission until a later semester, you may request permission from the Office of Admissions. Your enrollment may be postponed for up to one calendar year as long as you do not attend another school outside the University of Alaska Statewide System. Requests should be directed to the UAF Office of Admissions and are subject to approval by the academic department in which you've been accepted.

Where to Get More Information

Office of Admissions
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Signers' Hall, Room 215
P.O. Box 757480
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7480
Telephone: (907) 474-7500
Toll-free: 1-800-478-1823