Arctic Engineering Admissions

Students who have earned or have nearly completed a baccalaureate degree in an engineering discipline from an ABET[1]- accredited engineering program in the United States, or a foreign equivalent, may apply for admission to the Arctic Engineering graduate program. Letters of recommendation from professors or others particularly qualified to attest to the applicant’s qualifications and other information indicative of the applicant’s potential for graduate study may be enclosed with the application. Admission is granted to applicants who have received their baccalaureate degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and whose credentials indicate their ability to successfully complete engineering graduate studies. Up to 9 semester credits not previously used to obtain any other degree or certificate may be transferred to UAA from a regionally accredited institution and accepted toward a graduate degree or certificate. Quarter credits will be converted to semester credits by multiplying quarter credits by two-thirds. Acceptance of transfer credits toward program requirements is at the discretion of the student’s Graduate Studies Committee (see Advancement to Candidacy). Admitted students are responsible for completion of prerequisites for Arctic Engineering program courses, which may not have been included in their undergraduate education. No more than nine (9) credits may be completed in the student’s graduate program before application for admission.

Applications for admission to UAA graduate programs are submitted online via: Applications will not be processed without the processing fee. Applications may be filled out on-line and submitted with credit card payment or you may choose to fill out the application on-line, print and submit with a check or money order to:

Enrollment Services, University of Alaska Anchorage, 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508-8046

If you do not have a social security number, you must print the application and submit with check or money order via mail.

The following documents are required to be submitted with the application:

1. Official transcript(s), reflecting graduate level credits and credits pertaining to the baccalaureate degree, from each institution attended. Transcripts are to be requested by the student and must be submitted in an officially sealed envelope.

2. Scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if English is not the applicant's native language or was not the language of instruction for the applicant's baccalaureate degree. TOEFL may be waived if the applicant has been a long-term resident of the United States or of another English-speaking country.

3. Prior to being accepted, an applicant with a transcript from an institution outside the United States or Canada must provide an official statement of equivalency from a recommended credentials evaluation service and, if necessary, an English translation of the transcript. A fee is normally required by the evaluation service and is paid directly to them. The amount varies depending upon the type and complexity of the evaluation.

International students who wish to transfer college-level course work from international institutions must submit official transcripts and English translations (if necessary) as well as an official statement of educational equivalency from a recommended international credentials evaluation service. Lists of such services may be obtained from Enrollment Services. Fees depend upon the type and complexity of the evaluation. Other guidance for international students is available:; 907-786-1573.

Upon receipt of the required information, UAA Enrollment Services will forward each student’s admission packet to the Dean of the UAA College of Engineering for consideration. All of these materials become the property of UAA and are only released or copied for use within the University of Alaska system. The acceptance decision is made by the Dean and the Chair of the Arctic Engineering Program, who inform Enrollment Services of the decision. Enrollment Services sends an official Certificate of Admission directly to the applicant. The Chair of the Arctic Engineering Program appoints a Graduate Advisor for each student accepted to the program, who will contact the student at the time of admission. Continuous registration is expected every fall and spring semester, from admission through graduation, until all requirements for the degree are completed. To make continuous progress in their graduate program, students have the option of registering for at least one (1) graduate level credit applicable to their graduate degree or paying the continuous registration fee that will allow students to remain active in the graduate program although not registered in any courses.

[1] Accreditation Bureau for Engineering and Technology


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