Graduate Degree Programs

Prospective Graduate Students


The UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences offers:

The School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences offers the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Fisheries, Marine Biology, and Oceanography. Areas of emphasis or concentrations can  be found on the individual program pages.


Oceanography degrees must concentrate in Biological, Chemical, Fisheries, Geological or Physical Oceanography.

Fisheries faculty and students typically reside in Juneau and Fairbanks. The Seafood Science and Nutrition emphasis is offered through fisheries faculty at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, in Kodiak.

Marine Science (Marine Biology and Oceanography) faculty and students typically reside in Fairbanks, Juneau and Seward.


M.S. degrees require a minimum of 30 credits. At least 21 credits must be at the graduate level. All M.S. programs require a thesis. Fisheries M.S. students need to defend their proposal to their graduate committee as part of their comprehensive exams. They also orally defend their thesis publically at the end of their program. There are some fixed course requirements. Marine Biology and Oceanography M.S. students take a written comprehensive examination and an examination following the oral defense of their thesis. There are also some fixed course requirements.

Ph.D. 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. Fisheries Ph.D. students may be required to take an oral comprehensive exam if their committee requests it. Marine Biology and Oceanography Ph.D. students must also pass an oral comprehensive exam.  A dissertation is also required of all candidates.

For more detailed information and guidelines please the Graduate Student Manual.  Please contact the Academic Programs Office with any questions at or 907-474-7289.

Application Requirements:

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


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