Applying for Admission: Graduate Degree Programs

When to Apply

Applicants should apply to a graduate degree program six to nine months before the beginning of the semester in which they plan to enroll. At the latest, applications for graduate admission with all supporting documentation, transcripts and test scores must be received by June 1 for the fall semester and Oct. 15 for the spring semester. Earlier deadlines apply for international applicants.

Most departments require much earlier submission of credentials for graduate study. Contact the 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

Apply online at Application forms may also be printed from the above website or requested from the Office of Admissions and the Registrar. Before an application can be reviewed, the Office of Admissions and the Registrar must receive:

Admission Requirements

In general, applicants may be admitted to a graduate program if they 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. The undergraduate major should provide 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 and/or committees in fields of interest will determine the adequacy of the student's preparation and whether or not departmental facilities are sufficient for their aims.

Information on specific degree programs is available from academic departments or by contacting the Graduate School at 907-474-7464,, or online at

After Acceptance

Qualified applicants can be accepted for admission while enrolled in their last semester at another college. 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 is complete only when the Office of Admissions and the Registrar receives and accepts all credentials.

Request to Postpone

An offer of admission to UAF is valid for the semester for which the applicant applied. Requests to postpone admission until a later semester may be made in writing to the Office of Admissions and the Registrar. Admission may be postponed for up to one calendar year with the approval of the academic department and the dean of the graduate school. Students are required to notify the Office of Admissions and the Registrar if they are attending another school outside the University of Alaska Statewide System.

All graduate student requests to postpone are subject to approval by the department to which the student is applying.

Where to Get More Information

Office of Admissions and the Registrar
University of Alaska Fairbanks
First Floor, Signers' Hall
P.O. Box 757480
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7480
Telephone: 907-474-7500
Toll-free: 800-478-1823
Fax: 907-474-7097

Graduate School
University of Alaska Fairbanks
202 Eielson Building
PO Box 757560
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7560
Telephone: 907-474-7464

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