Are You a Future Graduate Student at UAA??

We welcome and thank you for your interest in the University of Alaska Anchorage Graduate School. We invite you to apply at any time or contact us for additional information to learn more about professional, educational, and personal growth opportunities at UAA. We encourage you to read the UAA Catalog for in depth information on graduate programs and their specific admission requirements.

Do I qualify?

Thinking about graduate school can be exciting and intimidating at the same time. Most of us experience "Imposter Syndrome" in that everyone else can be admitted to graduate school except you. If admitted for graduate studies, am I really a fraud? The UAA Graduate School welcomes you! You will be an important and valued member of the graduate community at UAA. 

To qualify for admission to the UAA Graduate School, you must have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a foreign equivalent. If you expect to receive their baccalaureate degree within two semesters may also apply for graduate admission. Admission is granted to applicants who have received their baccalaureate degree and whose credentials indicate an ability to pursue graduate work. Applicants must either have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 (B average on a 4.00 scale) or meet the GPA requirements of the specific graduate program to which they are applying.

Can I afford to go to Graduate School?

As graduate schools go, UAA is very affordable at currently $513 per resident credit hour which translates to less than $15,400 for a graduate degree (of 30 credits). Fees are also low for both full-time (9 credits per semester) and part-time (8 credits or less) graduate students.

For full-time students, some graduate programs provide graduate assistantships which pay a stipend, offer up to 9 credits of tuition remission per semester, and paid health insurance. A few research assistantships also pay student fees. Graduate assistantships offer paid experience in research, teaching, or administrative service. 

Great Deal: Western Regional Graduate Exchange (WRGP)

The University of Alaska Anchorage Graduate School (UAA) participates in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). WRGP is administered by the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE). 

Graduate students who qualify for the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) and enrolling in the 2021-2022 academic year, will pay resident tuition for all graduate degree programs, both master's and doctoral (not certificate programs) at UAA. 

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Qualifying States

Through WRGP, residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (effective July 1, 2021) are eligible to enroll in available programs outside of their home state at Alaska resident tuition rates for those student applying and enrolling in 2020-2021. Students need not meet financial aid criteria.

To qualify, students must:
  1. Be admitted to UAA
  2. Be a resident of a participating state (does not include Alaska residents for an Alaskan institution), U.S. territory, or freely associated state.

    Consideration for WRGP is part of the application process, no separate form is required. The Office of Admissions will send notification of your status to the email you supplied on your application.

Important note: Time attended as a WRGP student does not count toward the time required for establishing Alaska residency

Senior Citizen Tuition Waivers

UAA welcomes senior citizens to its classrooms and waives tuition for those eligible under Board of Regents policy R05.10.080.B. Regular tuition shall be waived for Alaska residents who meet the following criteria: they must be age eligible to receive full (unreduced) social security retirement benefits and they must register on a space available basis. "Space available basis" means when courses can accommodate such students in addition to other enrolled students.

How do I calculate the cost of tuition and other fees?

What are the benefits of a graduate degree? 

graduate degree is increasingly considered an asset by employers and governments all over the world and opens up advanced leadership positions in the knowledge economy. You become an expert in your field and improve your career prospects by engaging in advanced studies and research at the world's best universities.

  • Career Advancement
  • Career Flexibility
  • Recognition and Credibility
  • Financial Rewards

Find the Graduate Degrees and Certificate Programs that meets your needs.

Should I consider a Fast Track Graduate certificate instead? 

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.

Why choose the University of Alaska Anchorage Graduate School?

We are an urban university and the largest institution in the University of Alaska system. You will enjoy personalized interaction and educational experiences as a member of the Graduate School community.  You are important and valued at UAA.

Graduate School is also flexible – students may attend full-time or part-time, can design their own curriculum in the Interdisciplinary program, or attend some programs via distance delivery. You have seven years to complete a master’s degree and 10 years to complete a doctoral degree but must be continuously enrolled.

We invite you to visit the University of Alaska Anchorage. The Graduate School believes that experiencing all that UAA and the State of Alaska have to offer will be the best advertisement for our unique educational experience.  The Official State of Alaska Vacation and Travel Information gives you an overview of The Great Land.  The Municipality of Anchorage website is a valuable resource to see what a world class city Anchorage has become since Statehood.  If you would like to stop by our office, we'd love to discuss how the University of Alaska Graduate School can assist you with reaching your educational goals.

Last step: it's time to apply for Admission!

Admissions in a nut shell:

  • Graduate School Requirements
    • Grade Point Average of 3.0 or above for earned  Baccalaureate Degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Program requirements (see the UAA Catalog - Graduate Programs)
  • Test Information (programs may require additional entrance exams)
  • International Student Admission Information
  • Graduate School admission deadlines: (Check with your graduate program of interest for exceptions)

    Term Application Opens Application Deadline Late Application Deadline Postponement Deadline
    Fall  June 1 July 15 August 15 September 30
    Spring   February 15 November 15 December 15 February 15
    Summer  July 15  May 1  June 15  July 30