University of Alaska Anchorage

  • An Engaged Community through Innovation, Creativity, and Research

    The University of Alaska Anchorage Graduate School offers 6 doctoral and 23 Master's degree programs, and 9 graduate certificate programs. UAA offers cooperative/collaborative graduate programs with the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of Washington Medical School, Idaho State University, East Carolina University, and Creighton University. The Graduate School enrolls over 600 students in graduate studies from all 50 states, U.S. territories, and around the world.

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Celebrating Graduate Students:

Two UAA graduate students have been nominated for the 2020-2021 WAGS/Proquest Distinguished Thesis Awards.

Kaare Erickson, MA Anthropology (2020), was nominated for his thesis titled:  "Successful Engagement Between Iñupiat and Scientists in Utqiaġvik, Alaska: A Sociocultural Perspective". Kaare's thesis advisor was Dr. Kristen Ogilvie. 

Kristopher Ford, MS Civil Engineering (2020), was nominated for his thesis titled: "Forecasting Arctic Coastal Erosion at Utqiagvik, Alaska". Kristopher's thesis advisor was Dr. Tom Ravens. 

If selected, the 2020-2021award recipient will receive $1000, a Certificate of Award, and travel expenses for the awardee and their advisor to attend the 2021 WAGS Annual Conference and Awards Luncheon. Best wishes to our UAA nominees. 

Graduate News:

Exciting NEW Fast Track Graduate Certificates

New fast-track graduate certificates are UAA’s response to Alaska’s industrial sector need for a highly-skilled, uniquely-prepared workforce ready to rally in the post-pandemic world. Each certificate positions you, the employee or employer, for success in your current job or prepares you to pivot to a new career opportunity. A UAA Graduate Certificate is flexible, dynamic, and enterprising with your advancement in mind.

Fast-Track Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics and Artificial Intelligence

Now is the time to enhance your marketability and career potential by earning a Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics and Artificial Intelligence. This fast-track graduate certificate will sharpen your data-driven decision-making skills while preparing you for a highly desirable career as a data scientist or data analyst in industry sectors vital to Alaska’s economy. As a fast-track, convenient, just-right learning pathway, the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics and Artificial Intelligence will meet your immediate needs while putting you that much closer to earning your MBA. For more information, please contact Dr. Helena Wisniewski, Chair, Management, Marketing, Logistics, and Business Analytics Department or Dr. Chad Briggs, Director of Graduate Programs.

Fast-Track Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership

Are you looking for an accelerated pathway to advance your leadership skills in a senior or executive leadership position? UAA’s Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership provides exceptional professional development for executive business leaders or those aspiring leaders seeking expertise in core competencies needed to unlock innovation and growth in an organization. This fast-track graduate certificate enhances your ability to foster team energy, drive results, and catalyze organizational change in public, private, or non-profit sectors. In addition, current MBA students needing evidence of leadership training to augment their degree will find the Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership offers that competitive edge. For more information, please contact Dr. Helena Wisniewski, Chair, Management, Marketing, Logistics, and Business Analytics Department, or Dr. Chad Briggs, Director of Graduate Programs.

Fast-Track Graduate Certificate in Project Managementdf

All Alaskan industries in the post-pandemic context must prepare to quickly streamline operations for enhanced productivity and organizational speed requiring a unique skill set in project management. UAA’s Graduate Certificate in Project Management is designed to advance your crucial project management skills in construction, IT, engineering, energy, transportation, healthcare, tourism, natural resources, and more. A Graduate Certificate in Project Management readies you now for what industry will need in the near future while moving you half-way to a full master’s degree. For more information, please contact LuAnn Picard, PMP, Chair, Project Management in College of Engineering, or Keturah Costello, Administrative Support.  

Thesis or Dissertation Defense Calendar 

Project Defense Calendar

Graduate Funding Opportunities:

  • The Alfred P. Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership ( offers fellowships to Indigenous (Alaska Native, American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and/or Native Samoan with documentation) who are attending University of Alaska Anchorage for approved (hard) STEM MS and PhD degrees can qualify for a $33,000 fellowship. Please see the ANSEP Graduate Interest Application

  •  The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Arctic Section is pleased to offer one scholarship award of $3000 in memory of John W. Davies, a former Chair of the Section.
    The competition is open to any full time graduate student at a recognized University in Canada or the US State of Alaska whose research will assist in providing solutions to problems encountered in the Arctic or in cold ocean environments. The attached letter contains information on research areas and selection requirements.
    Information is also on the Arctic Section’s website:
    The deadline for applications is midnight Mountain Standard Time on Friday, June 26, 2020
    NOTE: Due to the special circumstances resulting from COVID-19, including university closures, the deadline for applications for the 2020 award has been extended to November 20, 2020.The 2020 scholarship will be awarded as soon as practicable after November 20, following the review process.

  • The Beinecke Scholarship seeks to enable highly motivated juniors who are planning to pursue a graduate degree in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
    Each scholar receives $34,000 while attending graduate school. There are no geographic restrictions on the use of the scholarship, and recipients are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships, assistantships and research grants.
    Eligibility criteria:
    • Junior status at the time of application
    • Have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement, and personal promiseduring their undergraduate career
    • Plan to enter a research focused master's or doctoral program in the arts, humanities or social sciences.           
    • Students planning to pursue graduate degrees in neuroscience, business, law, public health, public policy and social work are not eligible to apply for the Beinecke Scholarship.
    • Be a U.S. citizenor a U.S national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
    • Have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during their undergraduate years 

Interested students should make an advising appointment with Dr. Francisco Miranda at as soon as possible to discuss eligibility criteria in more detail as well as the institutional endorsement process.   
The UAA Campus Deadline for the submission of a complete application, including all letters of recommendation, is Wednesday, January 13, 2021.
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Upcoming Deadlines and Events:

Fall Semester 2020

October 23, 2020: Deadline to register for independent and directed studies; practicum, internship, research, thesis, and open-entry courses; and continuous registration.

November 13, 2020: Deadline to apply for fall graduation and be included in the commencement program.
December 4, 2020: Deadline to apply for fall graduation

December 1, 2020: Thesis/Dissertation Submission deadline for fall semester by 5:00 pm. 

December 11, 2020: Deadline to apply for Spring 2021 reinstatement.

December 12, 2020: Graduate Hooding Ceremony for Summer and Fall 2020 graduates

Graduate School
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive, ADM 214
Anchorage, Alaska   99508
United States
Tel: (907) 786-1098
Fax:  (907) 786-1791