Graduate Programs

UAF has waived the GRE requirement for graduate applications for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters. If you have GRE scores you would like to submit because you feel they will benefit your application, CFOS will accept and consider those.

Welcome, future Nanook! Thank you for your interest in our graduate programs here at the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Please feel free to explore our site and reach out to us at the Academic Programs Office at if you have any questions.

We offer multiple M.S. and Ph.D. opportunities in the fields of Fisheries, Marine Biology, and Oceanography. If you are a potential applicant, we highly encourage and recommend that you take the time to review our tenure-track professors, find one with similar research interests, and then reach out to that professor to see if they have an opening in their research group and are accepting new students. We recommend that potential applicants do this before applying to the program because application fees are non-refundable. Prospective applicants who take a close look at the program, opportunities, and potential advisors could save themselves heartache and money. For example, we have had applicants who have not taken the time to research our faculty or programs before applying to the program, only to find out that we do not have faculty who study dolphins.

We also have the pleasure of partnering with the College of Business and Security Management on their Blue MBA. The Blue MBA program combines the Master of Business Administration offered by the College of Business and Security Management with CFOS courses in fisheries, marine biology, and oceanography. Students in the Blue MBA program must take three 600-level CFOS courses which must be approved by a CFOS faculty member or advisor. Students also have the opportunity to take two 400- or 600-level CFOS courses as electives.

Our M.S. degrees require a minimum of 30 credits with some fixed course requirements, with at least 21 credits at the graduate level. All M.S. programs require the completion of a thesis. Doctoral degrees require one year of full-time course work beyond the M.S. degree and at least 18 credits of thesis research. All Ph.D. candidates must pass a written comprehensive examination and complete a dissertation.

Application Requirements

  • UAF Application
  • 3 letters of reference
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Resume
  • Statement of Interest
  • Official Transcripts

More detail on application process



Marine Biology and Oceanography

(Application only, other documents may follow)

USA Students:
Fall Semester: May 1st
Spring Students: September 15th

International Students:
Fall Semester: April 1st
Spring Semester: August 15th


All Students
Fall Semester: June 1st
Spring Semester: October 15th