Prospective Students

Before you apply:

Study areas of our graduate students span a wide spectrum of the Sciences and the Humanities, from ecosystems to fine art, and may be basic or applied. Competition for available positions in our graduate programs is intense. Before applying, you should review the information outlining the program that interests you to ensure that one or more faculty have interests that are well matched to your own. We encourage you to read and study recent publications of those faculty and to then contact them directly about possible opportunities for admission to their programs. Generally, faculty accept new graduate student Research Assistants only if they have funded grants or contracts to support thesis research.

Getting started:

Applying for admission and other important information

International student immigration information

Admissions deadlines - contact your department

Financial Aid and Assistantships:

Financial Aid Office

Teaching and Research Assistantships are offered through individual departments, not through the Graduate School.  Information on availability should be directed to your prospective department or committee chair.

Interdisciplinary Programs

Interdisciplinary Degrees (M.A., M.S. or Ph.D.) Students who are interested in creating their own Master’s or Doctoral degree program by combining course work in more than one discipline have the ability and responsibility to design their program, organize a committee of faculty members to serve as advisors and make sure that it conforms to rigorous academic standards.

The proposed program must differ significantly from, and may not substitute for, an existing UAF graduate degree program. The student may select no more that one half of his/her program credits from a single existing graduate degree program.

Procedures for developing an Interdisciplinary Studies Degree are listed here.

For more information contact: The Graduate School at 907.474.7464 or

Cooperative and Exchange Programs

Western Regional Graduate Exchange (WGRP)
The Western Regional Graduate Program makes high-quality, distinctive graduate programs available to students of the West at a reasonable cost. As part of the Student Exchange Program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, WRGP helps place students in a wide range of graduate programs, all designed around the educational, social, and economic needs of the West.

Through WRGP, residents of Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming are eligible to enroll in available programs outside of their home state at resident tuition rates. Students need not meet financial aid criteria.

To receive WRGP tuition status, students simply apply directly to the institutions of their choice and identify themselves as WICHE WRGP applicants.