UAF students comprise a diverse group who ultimately seek and obtain careers in economic
industry, or continue their education in graduate school, and seek careers in academia.
The department offers four
graduate degree programs: MS in Geoscience or Geophysics, and PhD in Geoscience or
MS/PhD - Geoscience
Students working on a graduate degree in Geoscience can specialize in one or more
of the following two areas of concentration: Geology and Geography. Detailed information
about the degree requirements for MS and PhD degrees in Geoscience can be found in
the UAF Catalog:
MS/PhD - Geophysics
Students working on a graduate degree in Geophysics can specialize in one of three
areas of concentration:
Solid-Earth Geophysics; Snow, Ice, and Permafrost Geophysics; or Remote Sensing Geophysics.
Detailed information about the degree requirements for MS and PhD degrees in Geophysics
can be found in the UAF Catalog:
Admission to our graduate program is restricted on the basis of:
- Meeting the admissions requirements for the appropriate degree program.
-- complete a background at least to the level of a B.S. concentration
in geology, geophysics or earth science
--complete a background at least to the level of a B.S. concentration
in geology, geophysics or an
appropriate physical science or engineering and complete MATH F302, MATH F314, MATH
PHYS F220 or equivalent
- A 3.0 minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA (grade point average).
- Faculty interest and availability of funding.
- Completion and submission of all required application materials.
Application deadline for admittance into the fall semester is January 15
While the majority of new graduate student start in our department in the fall semester
there may be faculty looking for a new student in the spring. The application deadline
for admittance into the spring semester is October 15
Steps to take when applying for our graduate program
- Apply to UAF through the Office of Admissions
A formal application for admission to graduate school, along with the application
fee. You may apply online at
UAOnline or Office of Admissions. The Graduate School is a great resource for prospective and
current students. UAF Graduate School
- Make contact with faculty and cooperating faculty members in an area of your interest.
Introduce yourself, let them know of your research interests and your pending application.
- Make contact with the Department of Geosciences
Send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org and let the Department know that you have applied to the
Graduate School for the upcoming semester. Please list your name, contact e-mail address,
and what program you have applied for. This will aid the Department in assisting
you through the application process. Remember, those applications that are completed
first will usually be the first to be looked at during the application reviews.
- Complete and submit the following documents
All of these documents need to be sent to:
Office of Admissions
University of Alaska Fairbanks
P. O. Box 757480
Fairbanks , Alaska 99775-7480
emailed to: email@example.com or uploaded into the application portal
Helpful links and contacts for the application process.
UAF Office of Admissions
907-474-7500 or -1-800-478-1823
UAF Graduate School
UAF International Student and Scholar Services