Future & Current Student Resources

We support our students from the time you apply until we get to celebrate you at graduation (and beyond). Contact our advisors, access our student guidebooks, or keep up with important admissions deadlines using the student resources available on this page.

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DEADLINE: For applications to be considered for Fall semester

all documents are due April 15.


The Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development has dedicated advisors to support you throughout your education journey. Connect with your advisor to choose your classes, map your degree plan, and apply to graduate. 

Deanna Fitzgerald, B.S.

Deanna Fitzgerald, B.S.

Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development

Reach out to Deanna for advising support if you are interested in the BA in Alaska Native Studies or BA in Rural Development.

Christine Davenport, M.A.

Christine Davenport, M.A.

Graduate Student Coordinator

College of Rural and Community Development

Reach out to Christine for advising support if you are interested in the MA in Rural Development.

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Admission to the Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development follows UAF Admissions requirements and deadlines. For questions, contact the UAF Admission office:
Phone: (907) 474-7500
Toll free: (800) 478-1823
Email: uaf-admissions@alaska.edu

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

BA in Alaska Native Studies
BA in Rural Development

  • Completed UAF application
  • Completed DANSRD admission questionnaire
  • Official transcript from high school and any college coursework
  • High school diploma with a cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Pass the 16-credit high school core curriculum with at least a 2.5

Graduate Admissions Requirements

MA in Rural Development

  • Completed UAF application
  • Completed the RD M.A. Research Project Outline if applicable
  • Complete TOEFL = 550 if English is not your first language
  • Three letters of recommendation (signed, dated, and no more than two years old)
  • Original transcripts from all higher education institutions attended
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Brief essay (500 words or less) stating your academic goals and reasons for wanting to earn an MA in Rural Development
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with at least 3.0 ("B") cumulative grade point average in undergraduate studies, and a 3.0 average in your major. 

Admission to the UAF Master's degree program in Rural Development (RD) follows the UAF Graduate School requirements and deadlines. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 


DANSRD Student Guides

Rural Development Graduate Student Guide

This guide contains information on: 

  • Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • M.A. in Rural Development Degree Requirements
  • Pathways for RD M.A. Completion
  • Advisors, Committees, and Paperwork Requirements
  • Annual Reports, Comprehensive Exams, and Advancement to Candidacy
  • Appointing a Graduate Committee
  • Preparing to Graduate
  • and more.

UAF Student Handbook

The UAF Student Handbook contains information on student services, campus safety, registration, community standards, student protections, and complaints/appeals.

UAF Graduate Student Handbook

The Graduate Student Handbook contains UAF information, procedures, and policies about the process of earning your graduate degree.

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