360º View

360° View

A complete view of School of Management from the perspective of students, faculty, donors, alumni, volunteers and the Dean.


photo On behalf of all our faculty, staff and students, welcome to UAF School of Management! As dean of the school, I am extremely proud of our team’s dedication to  providing innovative, experience-based business education. 

As an AACSB-accredited school, SOM abides by the three main pillars of engagement, innovation and impact.  AACSB is the largest and most widely recognized business accreditation organization in the world. Not just a “stamp of approval,” the process of earning AACSB accreditation requires a serious, long-term commitment by the school to develop, implement and maintain the highest level of quality education for its students.

SOM programs and faculty can help transform students into lifelong learners with the ability to thrive in an ever-changing world, whatever their life and career goals may be. Our students will find faculty who really care, a strong sense of community and high-quality programs as they advance through their academic journeys.

 I am grateful for the time, expertise and financial contributions our supporters share with SOM. 

Mark Herrmann
Dean of the UAF School of Management


Sense of Community

SOM provides a strong sense of community for students, faculty and alumni. The wide variety of events, clubs and opportunities makes it easy for people to get involved. Through these experiences, students are able to make connections with their peers and find people who can offer support and mentorship. There is a feeling of connectedness that comes from the high level of community involvement, even for distance education students.

photo “Living in Delta Junction, my life is far from campus, yet I feel included. The SOM team frequently reaches out to me with newsletters, emails, and with kindness. I am able to interact with professors in a way that I have not experienced before, and it is exciting. This outreach has allowed me to engage even more with the SOM team and become more involved, even through the virtual experience.”

Emily Nerbonne
Current accounting student


Quality Programs

Whether in the classroom or online, programs offered at SOM are of the highest quality. SOM is the only business school in the state with both business accreditation and specialized accounting accreditation from AACSB, a highly sought after dual accreditation that has only been attained by approximately 1.5% of universities worldwide. Several classes are Quality Matters certified, meaning they are well designed, engaging online courses that have been reviewed and meet national standards. SOM classes prepare students for the workforce through projects like developing  actual business plans and through clear links between classroom concepts and their real-world applications.

photo“SOM offers several hands-on learning opportunities. Students are creating marketing plans for organizations, and analytics projects. I think our degree programs provide students with a real-world understanding of what's required to be successful in business.”

Jon Nachtigal
Sport and Recreation Business instructor


Faculty Who Care

Caring at SOM is about more than just teaching. Our faculty members are focused on mentorship, and they actively promote and encourage students in ways that benefit their academic careers. Caring about students also means providing opportunities to work with businesses on actual projects that will expand their knowledge and skills. Additionally, there are options to take on increased responsibility and leadership roles within student organizations.

photo"SOM faculty and staff sincerely care, and no matter how busy they are, they take the time to really listen. I feel they genuinely care about me and my success.”

Marisa Martinez
Current MBA student


Student Organizations

Active and Innovative Minds (AIM)

AIM is a cross-disciplinary student organization based in the SOM and welcomes both undergraduate and postgraduate students. They believe that by bringing multiple disciplines together they can create the products and businesses of the future.

Associated Students of Business (ASB)

ASB is a prestigious student group encompassing representatives from other SOM student organizations. ASB is proud to serve as the Alaska chapter of the National Millennial/GenZ Community, whose vision is to create a dialogue that effectively changes the conversation about the millennial and genZ generations. The NMC is a community of millennial and genZ students from around the country who participate in multiple think tank conversations with key influencers in media and business.

Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA)

BHA is a campus organization comprised of members from all disciplines who are interested in the outdoors, hunting and fishing. They support and partner with the Alaska State Chapter through opportunities in Access and Opportunity, Public Lands and Waters, and Fair Chase.

Cadet Club (ROTC)

ROTC is an athletic and outdoors oriented group with a focus on leadership and character. It is composed of individuals who strive to better themselves and face physically and mentally challenging situations.  ROTC strives to teach club members leadership skills, equip members with real life experience to take to their future organizations, provide opportunities to volunteer in our community and build friendships that last a lifetime.

Esports Club

The Esports Club is the go to place for gaming on campus, both competitively and otherwise. The Esports Club seeks to create an inclusive, relaxed and pleasant community for students to meet new people, make friends and share incredible moments through playing, competing and discussing games. The group also aims to foster the growth of Esports at UAF and in Fairbanks.

Great Alaskan Accounting People (GAAP)

GAAP's purpose is to help accounting students 1) learn about the diverse career opportunities available for accounting graduates; 2) acquire an understanding of the day-to-day work of a professional accountant; and 3) understand career planning and prepare for successful professional placement. Participation in GAAP develops students into professionals who are confident and qualified to accept staff accountant positions that require interaction with CEOs and other high-level management on a daily basis.

International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)

The IAEM student chapter is a student organization that promotes the vision and mission of academic and research excellence within the fields of emergency management and homeland security. Through effective and efficient communication, teamwork and networking they seek to establish employment opportunities and professional development, advocate the issues most important to their members and expand their growth and diversity.

Native Alaskan Business Leaders (NABL)

NABL is the UAF chapter of the American Indian Business Leaders (AIBL) organization. NABL supports Native Alaskan and American Indian Students interested in business, rural economic development, and other related areas. The group's goals are to 1) engage students in business activities, building business acumen, leadership skills, community involvement and teamwork; 2) provide an extended family support system to help students facilitate the transition from life at home to life at UAF; and 3) create and maintain a strong networking system among the UAF NABL members and other AIBL chapters.

UAF Chapter of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

SHRM provides opportunities for networking and helps members learn more about human resources and the real world of business management, while building relationships with local professionals and other students. The chapter invites local business people to speak about current developments in the business world and how they will impact future workers. Beyond the regular meetings, SHRM organizes a variety of activities including company tours, student conferences, resume-writing and interviewing workshops, fundraisers, internship programs, and social events.

Students Offering Leadership Development (SOLD)

SOLD is a student organization focused on community outreach and leadership development. They seek to help students along the journey of becoming a leader in their communities, neighborhoods and lifestyles. SOLD provides its members with opportunities to network with other student leaders, develop their leadership skills and meet community leaders. The group is geared towards inspiring action in student leaders to come up with innovative ideas and help them create their personal definition of leadership.