About the Graduate School

Message from the Dean

Welcome! We hope you will join us for graduate studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. You’ll find a sense of adventure and exploration here that is hard to match at any other university in the United States, or even the world. Alaska and UAF are indeed “naturally inspiring”, whether your interest is art, history, languages, biology, geology, space, engineering or many other fields. You might be thinking that Fairbanks is remote, but if you look at an Alaska-centric projection of Earth you will see what a wonderful location this is. More than that, there is a sense of a shared journey here. That sense of community, that “we’re all in this together”, is a rare and magical attribute that provides important support for the graduate studies experience.

What attracts our graduate students, who come from all over the world, is often a combination of a fascination with Alaska and a desire to work with a particular member or members of our outstanding faculty. As you can see from this website, we at the Graduate School are here to help you in your academic journey. We track your progress, help you to avoid getting lost, and provide consultation and connection to resources outside your immediate academic home of department and advisor when needed. Please feel free to contact us about your questions and concerns. That’s why we’re here.

General Information

Statue of Charles Bunnell. Photo by Todd ParisThe University of Alaska Fairbanks offers 17 Ph.D. programs, 49 Master’s degree programs, several Post Baccalaureate Certificate programs and a cooperative/collaborative Ph.D. program with the University of Alaska Anchorage. UAF enrolls approximately 1,500 students in graduate studies from all 50 states and territories, and countries from all over the world.

The Dean of the Graduate School has responsibility and oversight for graduate programs. The Graduate School has the responsibility for directing the implementation of this oversight



Graduation ceremony

The University of Alaska Fairbanks was founded in 1917, and  has been continuously accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities  (NWCCU - formerly the Commission on Colleges of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges) since 1934. NWCCU is one of six Regional Accrediting Associations for Institutions of Higher Education that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.