The University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Business and Security Management is dedicated to providing high-quality business education in Alaska through a unique, active and experiential learning environment. Our principal goal is to prepare broadly-educated business professionals with a wealth of hands-on experience who will contribute value to Alaska and the nation. This approach is evident through all levels of our curriculum, including undergraduate and master’s degrees.


Extensive learning opportunities

Jaret Warstler and Marcelo Ketzler-Lopez conversing with Lisa Cassino at the KPMG Etiquette Dinner
What sets CBSM apart from other schools are the extensive opportunities available for hands-on learning experiences beyond the classroom that prepare students for professional success. Students help run CBSM’s major events, are encouraged to join at least one of the many CBSM student organizations, and are funded for travel opportunities to conferences, competitions and career-focused trips. CBSM works closely with the community and succeeds in funding all of these experiential student activities through private contributions. Learn about more opportunities for students to learn skills that will help them become confident and polished professionals.

Connections to local businesses

CBSM provides numerous opportunities for students to connect with local businesses and the greater Fairbanks community. Class projects are aimed toward helping local businesses, and events such as the KPMG Spring Etiquette Seminar and Dinner are held annually to allow students to interact directly with professionals in their fields. CBSM was recognized by AACSB as one of two nationwide schools that best partners with our local community in projects that enhance the professional development opportunities for our students.

ivana brito“The professionals at CBSM have provided me with all the educational and financial support I need to be successful. They connected me to military science courses, which educate me on the duties of an Army officer and help prepare me for my future career. Helping organize and plan events like UAF Business Leader of the Year gave me real leadership experience and formed unbreakable bonds with the community that I am forever grateful for. I can attest that CBSM will prepare you to be an educated business professional, with a wealth of hands-on experience that will contribute value to our nation, just as it has prepared me.”Ivana Brito, HSEM Major, Color Guard Captain, Cadet Club President

Small class sizes

CBSM offers online or in person classes
CBSM offers a low student-to-faculty ratio with faculty members who are invested in student success. CBSM is a school where students know their classmates and instructors well – it’s a place where students feel like they are a part of something special.

Flexible learning styles

CBSM offers classes through a variety of delivery methods, offering you the flexibility you need to meet your schedule and learning style. Through UAF eCampus, you can earn many CBSM degrees through either online or hybrid courses, while still benefiting from our experienced faculty.

For students taking classes on campus, you’ll have the chance to experience the adventure of Alaska first hand. Take advantage of the around-the-clock summer sunlight to go hiking at 11 p.m. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee after walking to class at -41°F. Alaska offers experiences that can’t be duplicated anywhere else. 

Hands-on Learning and Student Engagement

Jenifer GarciaI felt so lucky to attend a university that provided so many opportunities for students. I’ve attended other universities, and when it came to UAF, feeling comfortable was effortless. I loved being a part of the student organizations because I connected with others who understood my academic journey and had similar interests. How unique to have professors reach out to me about various opportunities, which ultimately lead me to a professional track with KPMG. The community at CBSM has been a life changer.Jenifer Garcia '22 Bachelor of Business Administration

Staff and Faculty Lead by Example

Highest Level of Accreditation

The UAF College of Business and Security Management holds accreditation from Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the premier global accreditation body. This highly sought after accreditation has been achieved by fewer than 6% universities worldwide and UAF CBSM is the only university in Alaska with this distinction. Our Master's in Healthcare and Leadership (MHML) program is also accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Quality education at an affordable price

Angel Buchanan smiling at the 2023 commencement
CBSM students regularly score in the 90th percentile on the ETS Major Field Test for Business, and students also have high pass rates for the Uniform CPA Examination. Yet for this high level of professional preparation, students don't have to break the bank; all students in our online programs pay in-state tuition rates, and CBSM is regularly ranked highly for the affordability of our programs. Overall, U.S. News and World Report named UAF the only tier one national university in Alaska.