Graduate School

  • 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 Funding/Job Opportunities:

Alaska NSF EPSCoR Rolling Travel Funding

The Alaska NSF EPSCoR Fire & Ice project announces the availability of rolling travel funding for UA-affiliated individuals to present their research, to interact with colleagues and mentors, and/or to obtain training in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) fields. Awards can be used to participate in conferences, workshops, trainings, or other appropriate academic activities, in person or remotely.

Awards of up to $3,500 will be available on a rolling basis through Aug. 31, subject to continued availability of funds. Travel and/or participation must be completed by Sept. 30.

See the award solicitation for more information and to apply.

AERC Research and Field Technician. The Applied Environmental Research Center at UAA is looking for a full time staff member to join the team. One year of experience in a field relevant to the research (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and one year college coursework directly related to the research (STEM); or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

We'll have a second posting coming shortly that includes mostly forestry work, but we wish to support our upcoming and recent UAA graduates.

Graduate Admission Exam Prep Discounts

Alaska AHEC has partnered with Princeton Review to offer 50% discounts on the MCAT, GRE and DAT. There are also have a limited number of need-based scholarships.


Graduate News:

Timely New Summer Course: HS A690 Misinformation and Public Health (CRN 51537)

Health care providers, public health professionals and health educators are failing in the war against disinformation campaigns, pseudoscience and propaganda. These threats have taken on greater influence in the digital age and the health impacts can be severe for individuals and communities. Policy actions based on false claims can harm population health.

For more information, please contact Dr. Jennifer Meyer or Katie Frost

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 Management

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.  

Special Funding Opportunity for Fast-Track Students!

  • Students enrolled full-time in a fast-track certificate program will receive $1,000.00 in financial support.
  • Students enrolled part-time in a fast-track certificate program will receive $500.00 in financial support.

Thesis or Dissertation Defense Calendar 

Project Defense Calendar

Upcoming Deadlines and Events:

Summer Semester 2021

Graduate Assistant/Fellowship Health Insurance Enrollment Deadline:

  • May 15 for all students with summer assistantships, fellowships.  BOR does NOT require summer enrollment in coursework for any student workers. Students needing summer coursework or graduating should be enrolled by the deadline.
  • End of 3rd week in May (drop/add deadline) for late hires.

UAA Closed:
May 31, 2021: Memorial Day Holiday 
July 4, 2021: Independence Day Holiday
July 5-6, 2021: Holiday Observed

July 2, 2021: Deadline to register for independent and directed studies; practicum, internship, research, thesis, and open-entry courses, and continuous registration

July 10, 2021: Deadline to submit Thesis/Dissertation or Project Title Pages to the Graduate School for summer graduation.

July 23, 2021: Summer graduation application deadline


Aerial photo of the Administration and Humanities building where the graduate school is located
Graduate School
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive, ADM 214
Anchorage, Alaska   99508
United States
Tel: (907) 786-1098
Fax: (907) 786-1791