Prospective Students



In response to the temporary closing of testing centers in countries impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic, the University of Alaska Fairbanks has temporarily revised the following exam requirements used for admission to UAF. 

  • GRE Requirements: UAF has waived the GRE admissions requirements for graduate applications for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters.  (Formal Motion)

  • Duolingo English Test: UAF will now temporarily accept Duolingo English Test examination results between 11/1/2020 and 3/01/2022 (Formal Motion). The Duolingo English Test will be accepted as an alternative to TOEFL and IELTS for proof of English proficiency for impacted applicants.  English proficiency may now be demonstrated by:
    • A minimum TOEFL score of 79.
    • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5.
    • A minimum Duolingo English Test score of 105.

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.

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.