A fishing boat loaded with fish. Photo by Pam Goddard
Photo by Pam Goddard

Business Solutions for a Changing Arctic

The UAF Blue MBA program combines the Master of Business Administration offered by the School of Management with CFOS courses in fisheries, marine biology and oceanography. The Blue MBA is designed to meet the growing demand for leaders with the combined skills of business and science, particularly in fisheries, oceanography, and climate science and policy.

Graduates will have the knowledge and skills needed to develop business models to ensure the sustainable use of marine and freshwater resources. The program is unique to Alaska, and appeals broadly to the national and international business community with its focus on resource extraction industries.

Who Should Apply?

The UAF Blue MBA is particularly beneficial for individuals interested in developing more sustainable use of Alaskan and Arctic natural resources and industries, including:

  • Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
  • Maritime Domain Awareness
  • Energy and Offshore Development
  • Tourism and Marine Navigation
Liza Hasan recovers drifter. Photo by Brenda Konar.
Photo by Brenda Konar

How To Apply

Prospective students should apply through the School of Management. UAF eCampus also has information on the online MBA with STEM concentration, including a request form for more information.

Required materials include:

  • Statement of purpose
  • Official Transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores (55% or higher) if GPA is below 2.75, otherwise Watson Glaser
  • TOEFL (international students)
  • CV/Resume
  • University Application
  • pre-MBA modules

The Blue MBA is part of SOM's Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics (STEM) MBA program [PDF]. This degree program is designed primarily for students with a STEM baccalaureate degree. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the School of Management to enroll and obtain more information regarding preparation and prerequisite training.

For questions about the fisheries and ocean sciences component of the degree, contact Trent Sutton, CFOS Associate Dean for Academic Programs.

Online Curriculum

The UAF Blue MBA program (30 credits total) allows students to take three approved graduate-level courses from CFOS and pair these with core MBA courses plus two SOM electives. Courses are offered entirely online in both asynchronous and videoconference format. The Blue MBA curriculum consists of the following courses:

  • MBA 617: Organizational Theory for Managers
  • MBA 643: Marketing Management
  • MBA 675: Quantitative Methods for Managers
  • MBA 680: Financial Markets and Strategy
  • MBA 690: Corporate Strategy
  • Three 600-level CFOS courses, approved by a CFOS faculty member and the MBA Advisor
  • Two approved SOM or CFOS electives at the F400 or F600 level

Examples of CFOS courses:

  • Oceans and Global Change
  • Seafood Business
  • Oceanography, Fisheries and the Arctic
  • Human Dimensions of Environmental Systems
  • North Pacific Fisheries Management Council: A Case Study
  • The Alaska Board of Fisheries: A Case Study
UAF researchers aboard the R/V Sikuliaq. Photo by Roger Topp
Photo by Roger Topp