Graduate Programs

Fisheries faculty and students typically reside in Juneau and Fairbanks. The Seafood Science and Nutrition emphasis is offered through fisheries faculty at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, in Kodiak.

Faculty and students in the Graduate Program in Marine Biology typically reside in Fairbanks, Juneau and Seward.

M.S. degrees require a minimum of 30 credits. At least 21 credits must be at the graduate level. All M.S. programs require a thesis. Fisheries M.S. students need to defend their proposal to their graduate committee as part of their comprehensive exams. They also orally defend their thesis publicly at the end of their program. There are some fixed course requirements. Marine Biology and Oceanography M.S. students take a written comprehensive examination and an examination following the oral defense of their thesis. There are also some fixed course requirements.

Ph.D. degrees require one year of full-time course work beyond the M.S. degree and at least 18 credits of thesis research. All Ph.D. candidates must pass a written comprehensive examination. Fisheries Ph.D. students may be required to take an oral comprehensive exam if their committee requests it. Marine Biology and Oceanography Ph.D. students must also pass an oral comprehensive exam.  A dissertation is also required of all candidates.

The College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Academic Programs Office recommends that potential applicants contact potential advisors to see if they have an opening in their laboratories and are accepting new students.  We recommend that potential applicants do this before applying to the program. Prospective applicants who research the program, opportunities, and potential advisors could save themselves heartache and money. For example, we have had applicants who do not take the time to research our faculty or programs and apply to the program, only to find out that we do not have faculty that research dolphins. Unfortunately, application fees are non-refundable.

Please contact the Academic Programs Office with any questions at or 907-474-7289.

Application Requirements

  • UAF Application
  • 3 letters of reference
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Resume
  • Statement of Interest
  • Official Transcripts

More detail on application process



Marine Biology and Oceanography

(Application only, other documents may follow)

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

International Students:
Fall Semester: April 1st
Spring Semester: August 15th


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