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How do I apply?

Undergraduate Fisheries Program

The College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences does not have any additional application requirements for Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Fisheries. Information on applying to the undergraduate program can be found at the UAF admissions office.

Deadlines for undergraduate applications:
Spring Semester: November 1st
Summer Semester: May 1st
Fall Semester: June 15th

Graduate Programs: Fisheries, Marine Biology and Oceanography

UAF has waived the GRE requirement for graduate applications for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters. If you have GRE scores you would like to submit because you feel they will benefit your application, CFOS will accept and consider those.

Fisheries Admissions Requirements

Check out the M.S. in Fisheries UAF Catalog page for the most up-to-date admissions requirements for the program.

Check out the Ph.D. in Fisheries UAF Catalog page for the most up-to-date admissions requirements for the program.

Marine Biology and Oceanography Admissions Requirements

Submit the following:

  • An application for admission and application fee ($60)
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
    • GPA must be above 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Official test results
    • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores must have a 55% or better in at least two of the three categories (written, verbal and qualitative)
    • International Students:
      • A minimum TOEFL score of 79 OR
      • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5.
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
    • Your statement provides the application review committee within the department an opportunity to learn the following:
      • Any special circumstances you wish the department to consider
      • Your particular academic reasons for applying to the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
      • Your professional goals and reasons for your choice of career
      • The special emphasis you hope to pursue in the program
      • Your preparation and background
    • Additional advice on preparing your statement, by Gordon Haas
  • Three letters of reference who are able to write to your ability to undertake a graduate study and research. Ideally, these should come from faculty, research staff or professionals who are familiar with your academic or work experience.
  • International Students:
    • A copy of your passport identification page
    • UAF's financial statement form and provide supporting documentation showing adequate funding to cover all expenses at UAF, including round-trip transportation to Alaska

To be accepted into a graduate degree program in the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, applicants must have an eligible faculty member willing to serve as a major advisor.  The College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences typically does not accept students without a funding source and project identified.

Applications materials should be sent to:
Office of Admissions
2nd floor Signers' Hall
PO Box 757480
Fairbanks, AK 99775

Deadlines for Marine Biology and Oceanography:

Spring Semester: September 15th
Fall Semester: May 1st

Deadlines for Fisheries:

Spring Semester: October 15th
Fall Semester: June 1st

International Students:

Spring Semester: August 15th
Fall Semester: March 1st

Admission to Fisheries Ph.D. program directly from bachelor’s program

Entering graduate students whose highest earned degree is the baccalaureate are normally admitted as M.S. candidates. However, exceptionally able and accomplished students in this category are eligible for direct admission to the Ph.D. program. Criteria for direct admission to the Ph.D. program from the baccalaureate are:

  1. Endorsement by proposed chair of graduate advisory committee.
  2. At least one first-authored manuscript published or accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, or receipt of an NSF, NIH, or similar prestigious pre-doctoral fellowship
  3. Demonstrated research proficiency AND either (1) attained a GPA of at least 3.5 at the undergraduate level, or (2) scored at the 80% level in 2 of 3 categories in the GRE.

Students who elect this route must fulfill course requirements as outlined for BOTH the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Applicants who do not meet these criteria may enter the graduate program as M.S. candidates, and in exceptional cases may petition for conversion to the Ph.D. program after Advancement to Candidacy (for the M.S.). Such petitions must be approved by both the student’s current (M.S.) and proposed (Ph.D.) advisory committee and the Director.

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