Important Graduate Documents and Dates

A number of very relevant links are listed below. Our Graduate Studies Committee recommends that you become very familiar with the information contained therein; you will find that many of your important questions are answered within the linked documents.

Department of Biological Sciences' Graduate Handbook

Department of Biological Sciences' Graduate Student Orientation Presentation

2015-16 UAA Catalog- Graduate Programs

2015-16 UAA Catalog- Master of Science in Biological Sciences Program


Forms for Current Students

Graduate Studies Plan
Must be completed in first semester in program.

Directed Research (BIOL A698) Permission to Enroll Form
Must be completed by the student and faculty advisor in order to enroll in BIOL A698 credits

Graduate Committee Assembly Form
Must be completed in first semester in program and after any change to the committee.

Annual Report of Graduate Student Progress
Must be completed by end of second semester in program.

Thesis Proposal 
Must be completed by end of second semester in program. 

Student Outcome Assessment
Must be completed upon submission of thesis or dissertation


Thesis Resources

UAA Thesis Guidelines

Formatting Update for Spring 2014

The Thesis and Thesis Defense Procedures

Report on Thesis/Dissertation Defense Form (use in place of the GRR)

Signature Page Template

Title Page Template

Example Signature Page for MS Biological Sciences Students

Please consult the Graduate School website for further resources.  

2015-2016 Academic Year Graduate Thesis Deadlines

These deadlines provide the Director of Biological Sciences and the College Dean with sufficient time to read theses and return them to students for review and editing prior to submission to the next level. Edits and revisions can, and likely will, be required at each stage of the process. Students are therefore encouraged to leave more time than indicated below.

Thesis Deadline for the Department of Biological Sciences for review and signature are as follows:

  • Spring               March 14, 2016
  • Summer            June 13, 2016
  • Fall                    November 12, 2015

Thesis Deadline for the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office for review and signature are as follows:

  • Spring               March 28, 2016
  • Summer            June 27, 2016
  • Fall                    November 26, 2015

Thesis Submission Deadlines to The Graduate School:

  • Spring             April 11, 2016 (April 10th is a Sunday; deadline moved to the 11th)
  • Summer          July 11, 2016
  • Fall                  December 10, 2015

If the deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then the deadline becomes the CLOSEST Monday.


Teaching Assistantship

Teaching Assistantship Application and Instructions

2015-2016 Teaching Assistantship Application Deadline:

  • Application deadline for TA's is March 7th for the Fall Semester and November 1st for the Spring Semester.
  • Please turn applications into Natalie Tyler via email or in person: CPISB 101Q.

If you are selected:

Posting Number: 0070537
Position Number (PCN): 938060


Applying to Graduate

Applying for graduation is now simpler than ever! Effective immediately, students may apply for graduation through their UAOnline accounts. 

  1. Login to UAOnline
  2. Click on “Student Services & Account Information” and then “Student Records”
  3. Select “Apply to Graduate”
  4. The certificate or degree program(s) the student is admitted into will appear. The student may select the appropriate program and graduation semester.
  5. Submit!
  6. Students may view active applications for graduation by clicking “View application to graduate”

Students may pay the $75 application fee via UAOnline or in person with Cashiering at the University Center. Students will not be required to provide immediate payment when submitting their UAOnline application for graduation.

Students with graduation-specific holds on their accounts are currently unable to apply for graduation through UAOnline. They will be prompted to contact for further instruction.



Graduate Affairs Administrative Assistant:

Natalie Tyler
Phone: (907) 786-7762
Office: CPISB 101Q

Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee:

Jennifer Burns, Ph.D.
Phone: (907) 786-1527
Office: CPISB 202C