Graduate Fisheries Application Info

Admission requirements

A low teacher-to-student ratio gives students an opportunity to work with, and learn from, some of the world’s top fisheries experts. Graduates land jobs in state and federal agencies, industry, and academia. You can join them in contributing to the long-term health of our world’s fisheries resources.

For UAF’s Admission requirements, please visit the University catalog. To learn more about UAF, please visit the Office of Admissions and the Registrar.

Admission guidelines for the M.S .& Ph.D. in Fisheries

  1. Admission to graduate study toward a graduate degree in fisheries will conform to the basic requirements as prescribed in the Graduate Studies Manual and Catalog of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
  2. An applicant must have at least a 3.0 (out of 4.0) grade point average for work done toward the baccalaureate degree.
  3. An applicant must have scored at the 55 percentile or better in at least two of the three areas (verbal, quantitative, analytical) of the Graduate Record Examination.
  4. The application must be accompanied by a personal statement concerning educational and career goals and, if necessary, an explanation of any special circumstances regarding the application.
  5. Three letters of reference should be submitted by professionals who are familiar with the academic or work experience of the applicant.
  6. To be accepted into a graduate degree program, applicants must be assigned to an eligible faculty member of the School who is willing to serve as major advisor. Although not required, it is strongly recommended that funding be available to support the student.
  7. Applicants seeking a PhD must meet the above requirements and possess a Masters degree in a fisheries-related field.  It is also possible in exceptional cases for applicants with a baccalaureate degree to be admitted to a Masters program, then convert to a PhD program after Advancement to Candidacy at the Masters level. Such an arrangement requires careful planning with the advisory committee and approval of the Dean.

Admission to PhD program directly from Bachelor’s program

Entering graduate students whose highest earned degree is the baccalaureate are normally admitted as MS candidates. However, exceptionally able and accomplished students in this category are eligible for direct admission to the PhD program. Criteria for direct admission to the PhD program from the baccalaureate are:

  1. Endorsement by proposed chair of graduate advisory committee.
  2. At least one first-authored manuscript published or accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal or receipt of an NSF, NIH, or similar prestigious pre-doctoral fellowship
  3. Demonstrated research proficiency AND either (1) attained a GPA of at least 3.5 at the undergraduate level, or (2) scored at the 80% level in 2 of 3 categories in the GRE.

Students who elect this route must fulfill course requirements as outlined for BOTH the MS and PhD degrees. Applicants who do not meet these criteria may enter the graduate program as MS candidates, and in exceptional cases may petition for conversion to the PhD program after Advancement to Candidacy (for the MS). Such petitions must be approved both by the student’s current (MS) and proposed (PhD) advisory committee and the Director.

Admissions resources from the UAF website