About the Graduate School

UAA Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Alaska Anchorage is to discover and disseminate knowledge through teaching, research, engagement and creative expression.

Mission of the Graduate School

The Graduate School of the University of Alaska Anchorage contributes to the advancement of knowledge through research and instruction.  The Graduate School encourages qualified undergraduates to pursue graduate study, seeks to foster in each graduate student a spirit of inquiry and a quality of scholarship or artistic excellence consistent with the highest traditions in graduate work, and prepares graduates who are able to assume the professional and scholarly responsibilities of educated persons in a free society.  The Graduate School aspires to be a leading driver of high quality graduate education, dedicated to the embodiment of academic and creative excellence, resulting in scholars, researchers, and practitioners committed to and capable of continually broadening the scope of academic discourse, discovery, and innovation.

The Graduate School

The Graduate School is home to all graduate students at the University of Alaska Anchorage regardless of the program you are pursing.  The Graduate School is a helpful resource as you navigate life as a graduate student at UAA.


Institutional Accreditation at UAA: The University of Alaska Anchorage has been continuously accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities  (NWCCU) since 1974. NWCCU is one of six Regional Accrediting Associations for Institutions of Higher Education that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to 1974, UAA existed as an extension of the University of Alaska with no separate accreditation status. Since the merger of the University of Alaska and Community College systems in 1987, a single accreditation status has applied to all campuses of UAA: Community & Technical College (UAA campus), Kenai Peninsula College,  Kodiak College, Matanuska-Susitna College, and  Prince William Sound Community College.

Program Accreditation at UAA: Individual academic programs often seek verification that their program of studies and student outcomes meet national standards established by independent associations or governmental agencies. That verification is documented as a program accreditation. Students who complete an accredited curriculum enjoy additional confidence that experts in that field have evaluated the program and testified to its quality. Program accreditation may also enable students to more easily obtain professional certifications or registration. Approximately 40 academic programs have approval and or accreditation from agencies external to UAA. A full list of these programs is listed in the  2019-2020 UAA Catalog. A more detailed list of the schedules and accrediting bodies is located on the Accreditation Links and Documents page.

Hours of Operation

Due to COVID, in-person office hours have been suspended. All assistance is offered through email.

Monday through Thursday

The Graduate School staff are available from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  Later appointments are available for our students who are both working and attaining their advanced degrees at the University of Alaska Anchorage.  If you require an appointment after 6:00 p.m., please contact Elisa Mattison at 907-786-1096.


The Graduate School Staff are available from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Keep in mind that walk-in thesis formatting assistance is provided on most Friday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.