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A complete view of College of Business and Security Management from the perspective of students, faculty, donors, alumni, volunteers and the Dean.


photo On behalf of all our faculty, staff and students, welcome to UAF College of Business and Security Management! As dean of the school, I am extremely proud of our team’s dedication to  providing innovative, experience-based business education. 

As an AACSB-accredited school, CBSM abides by the three main pillars of engagement, innovation and impact.  AACSB is the largest and most widely recognized business accreditation organization in the world. Not just a “stamp of approval,” the process of earning AACSB accreditation requires a serious, long-term commitment by the school to develop, implement and maintain the highest level of quality education for its students.

CBSM programs and faculty can help transform students into lifelong learners with the ability to thrive in an ever-changing world, whatever their life and career goals may be. Our students will find faculty who really care, a strong sense of community and numerous opportunities as they advance through their academic journeys.

I am grateful for the time, expertise and financial contributions our supporters share with CBSM. 

Mark Herrmann
Dean of the UAF College of Business and Security Management


Sense of Community

CBSM provides a strong sense of community for students, faculty and alumni. The wide variety of events, clubs and opportunities makes it easy for people to get involved. Through these experiences, students are able to make connections with their peers and find people who can offer support and mentorship. There is a feeling of connectedness that comes from the high level of community involvement, even for distance education students.

photo“When I first started working towards my degree, I didn't know how I would interact as a distance-education student. Living in Delta Junction, my life was far from campus. Yet, ultimately I felt included and became a part of the CBSM community. 

After working on class projects and attending events together, many of my fellow classmates are now close friends.  I stayed engaged with CBSM through its newsletters, faculty communication, and general kindness. The CBSM community made my undergraduate years an unforgettable experience that will forever shape my future.”

Emily Nerbonne
CBSM Alumna


Quality Programs

Whether in the classroom or online, programs offered at CBSM are of the highest quality. CBSM is the only business school in the state with both business accreditation and specialized accounting accreditation from AACSB, a highly sought after dual accreditation that has only been attained by approximately 1.5% of universities worldwide. Several classes are Quality Matters certified, meaning they are well designed, engaging online courses that have been reviewed and meet national standards. CBSM classes prepare students for the workforce through projects like developing  actual business plans and through clear links between classroom concepts and their real-world applications.

photo“I graduated from CBSM in 2009 with my MBA. I was a longtime student, having taken my first class at UAF in 1979. I can literally say CBSM changed my life, so when I was asked to teach a class as an adjunct faculty member,  I jumped at the opportunity.  The moment I stepped into the classroom,  I knew teaching was a part of my future. Currently, I teach full-time, using my extensive HR experience to structure classes in a way that bridges the gap between classroom learning and real-world experiences. 


Another passion of mine is linking local businesses with CBSM students for internships. I am thrilled when I hear from students who applied what they learned in school to help solve a problem at work.”

Kris Racina
CBSM Faculty and Alumna


Opportunities Outside the Classroom

Receiving a CBSM education is about more than learning in a classroom or out of a textbook. Numerous opportunities are available for experiential learning. This happens through events such as Business Leader of the Year and Professionally Polished, teaching students skills such as time management, prioritization, teamwork, and marketing. Networking opportunities are abundant to match potential employers with our students. Guest speakers from around the nation provide a boost to topics covered in classes.  CBSM students often say these opportunities have a huge impact on their overall educational experience - as well as their career path after graduation.

photo“Currently in my fourth year at UAF, I am working toward a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing. While attending school, I am also the assistant photographer for UAF.

One of my first out-of-classroom experiences was as the photographer for the fall 2018 Roast and Boast. I connected with local business owners who were attending, and those interactions led to additional photography jobs. The following year, I had the chance to participate in Roast and Boast again as a student in the principles of marketing class. It was exciting to work on a team with real businesses instead of just talking about it in the classroom.  

Professionally Polished was another program offered to me through CBSM. Frank’s Menswear staff taught me about finding my style and selecting appropriate business attire. I felt not only was I updating my wardrobe, but I was also building my confidence.”

Leif Van Cise
Current business administration student


Student Organizations

Associated Students of Business (ASB)

ASB is a prestigious student group encompassing representatives from other CBSM student organizations. ASB is proud to serve as the Alaska chapter of the National Millennial/GenZ Community, whose vision is to create a dialogue that effectively changes the conversation about the millennial and genZ generations. The NMC is a community of millennial and genZ students from around the country who participate in multiple think tank conversations with key influencers in media and business.

Cadet Club (ROTC)

ROTC is an athletic and outdoors oriented group with a focus on leadership and character. It is composed of individuals who strive to better themselves and face physically and mentally challenging situations.  ROTC strives to teach club members leadership skills, equip members with real life experience to take to their future organizations, provide opportunities to volunteer in our community and build friendships that last a lifetime.

Esports Club

The Esports Club is the go to place for gaming on campus, both competitively and otherwise. The Esports Club seeks to create an inclusive, relaxed and pleasant community for students to meet new people, make friends and share incredible moments through playing, competing and discussing games. The group also aims to foster the growth of Esports at UAF and in Fairbanks.

Great Alaskan Accounting People (GAAP)

GAAP's purpose is to help accounting students 1) learn about the diverse career opportunities available for accounting graduates; 2) acquire an understanding of the day-to-day work of a professional accountant; and 3) understand career planning and prepare for successful professional placement. Participation in GAAP develops students into professionals who are confident and qualified to accept staff accountant positions that require interaction with CEOs and other high-level management on a daily basis.

International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)

The IAEM student chapter is a student organization that promotes the vision and mission of academic and research excellence within the fields of emergency management and homeland security. Through effective and efficient communication, teamwork and networking they seek to establish employment opportunities and professional development, advocate the issues most important to their members and expand their growth and diversity.

Native Alaskan Business Leaders (NABL)

NABL is the UAF chapter of the American Indigenous Business Leaders (AIBL) organization. NABL supports Native Alaskan and American Indigenous Students interested in business, rural economic development, and other related areas. The group's goals are to 1) engage students in business activities, building business acumen, leadership skills, community involvement and teamwork; 2) provide an extended family support system to help students facilitate the transition from life at home to life at UAF; and 3) create and maintain a strong networking system among the UAF NABL members and other AIBL chapters.

UAF Chapter of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

SHRM provides opportunities for networking and helps members learn more about human resources and the real world of business management, while building relationships with local professionals and other students. The chapter invites local business people to speak about current developments in the business world and how they will impact future workers. Beyond the regular meetings, SHRM organizes a variety of activities including company tours, student conferences, resume-writing and interviewing workshops, fundraisers, internship programs, and social events.



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