Applying for Admission:
Graduate Degree Programs

When to Apply

Applicants should apply to a graduate degree program at least six to nine months before the beginning of the semester in which they plan to enroll. Most departments require earlier submission of credentials for acceptance to their program. Contact the department for specific deadlines. The number of students accepted for graduate study is limited.

At the latest, applications for graduate admission with all supporting documentation must be received by June 1 for the fall semester and Oct. 15 for the spring semester. Earlier deadlines apply for international applicants.

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 be admitted to UAF, a student must:

  • Submit an application for admission
    Apply online at Applications must be received before the published deadlines, along with a $60 nonrefundable application fee. The fee should be paid by check, credit card or money order to the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Please do not send cash. Paper applications can be submitted to the Office of Admissions and the Registrar.
  • Submit official transcripts
    The Office of Admissions and the Registrar requires official transcripts of all college-level course work. To be considered official, transcripts must arrive in sealed envelopes from each institution attended.
    Transcripts for International Applicants
    See Applying for Admission: International Students for additional information.
  • Submit official test results
    Not all departments require Graduate Record Exam scores if the student has earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Refer to the admission requirements of your prospective degree program to determine which tests are required.
  • Submit resume/curriculum vitae
    Include work and research experience, publications, patents, honors, professional and civic memberships, and foreign travel.
  • Submit statement of academic goals
    Write a statement indicating why study is desired in a particular program. Include qualifications and educational experience. For applicants to education programs, a four-to-five-page self-evaluation essay is required.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation
    Send at least three letters of recommendation from people able to vouch for the applicant's academic work, character and ability to undertake graduate study and research.

Additional Application Information

  • Master of Fine Arts Applicants
    Master of fine arts applicants must submit writing samples when applying for admission to the creative writing program. An art portfolio (usually slides) must be submitted when applying to the program in art.
  • Interdisciplinary Applicants
    Submit a Proposed Graduate Study Plan (available at and a comprehensive research proposal. Applicants must also obtain commitment from UAF faculty members to serve as an advisory committee. Contact the Graduate School for specific interdisciplinary procedures.
  • International Students
    See Applying for Admission: International Students for additional information.
  • Students in Western Regional Graduate Programs
    Students from Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming may be eligible for resident tuition through the Western Regional Graduate Program/Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. This program is for students pursuing a graduate degree in clinical-community psychology, justice, northern studies or rural development. For more information about this program, contact the Graduate School at 907-474-7464,, or online at Students with questions may also contact the WICHE Student Exchange Program at P.O. Box 9752, Boulder, CO 80301-9752, 303-541-0210, or

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 their major. The undergraduate major should provide suitable preparation for continuation of studies in the field of choice. Some programs require the Graduate Record Exam or Graduate Management Admission Test 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.

If an applicant meets the minimum requirements for the university, the Office of Admissions and the Registrar sends the complete application to the academic department. 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

After Acceptance

Qualified applicants can be accepted for admission while enrolled in their last semester at another college. Acceptance is conditional, 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 should be sent to Admission may be postponed for up to one calendar year with the approval of the academic department and the dean of the graduate school. 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