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Graduate Study

GRADUATE STUDY

    Graduate education is an integral part of the University of Alaska Anchorage and is coordinated through the Graduate School. The dean of the Graduate School has responsibility for leadership and oversight of graduate programs.

    The university offers graduate certificates and master’s degrees. Students may also pursue graduate studies at UAA that apply toward doctoral degrees offered by other institutions. Some or all course work and research may be completed at UAA while the doctoral degree is granted by another university.

    Students who have completed UAA graduate programs possess the knowledge and skill necessary to succeed in furthering their education, and to excel in their chosen professions. Whether the degree is required for advancement, personal and professional growth, or for other goals, students may expect the challenges and rewards of high quality graduate education.

    Upon successful completion of their graduate programs, students will have demonstrated mastery of their disciplines and will have participated in independent scholarship. Appropriate exit requirements allow students to express the knowledge they have acquired in formats designed for their respective programs.

To ensure the most beneficial educational experience, students’ academic preparation and likelihood of success in

    their programs are carefully assessed and validated. Admission requirements provide an opportunity for students to document their credentials and demonstrate readiness for graduate studies. If an entrance examination is required, the nature of that examination is determined by the appropriate discipline. As they progress in their studies, students can expect discipline-specific advising from mentors in their programs.

    Graduate students are subject to relevant policies contained in the complete UAA catalog, as well as individual program requirements.

ADMISSIONS

    (907) 786-1480

    www.uaa.alaska.edu/admissions

    All students intending to register for one or more courses must apply for admission. Applications for admission are available online via www.uaa.alaska.edu/admissions or from the Enrollment Management One-Stop.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR

    MASTERS DEGREES

    To qualify for admission to graduate programs, a student must have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States, or a foreign equivalent. Students who expect to receive their baccalaureate degrees within two semesters may also apply for graduate admission; see Incomplete Admission later in this section. Admission is granted to applicants who have received their baccalaureate degree and whose credentials indicate an ability to pursue graduate work Applicants must either have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 (B average on a 4.00 scale) or meet the grade point average (GPA) requirements of the specific graduate program to which they are applying.

    All graduate students must submit official transcripts showing completion and conferral of all baccalaureate degrees and any transcripts reflecting graduate-level courses. Transcripts are to be requested by the student and must be submitted in an officially sealed envelope. (Exception: Students do not need to request transcripts from any University of Alaska campus.) Individual graduate programs may also require additional transcripts and/or specific entrance examinations such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). See individual program requirements later in this chapter for details.

    Applicants with transcripts from institutions outside the United States or Canada must submit official transcripts and English translations, as well as an official statement of educational equivalency from a recommended international credentials evaluation service. A list of evaluation services may be obtained from the Office of Admissions. Fees depend upon the agency performing the evaluation. The evaluation service will require a separate transcript and copy of the English translation.

    Applicants whose native language is not English, or whose baccalaureate degree was conferred by an institution where English was not the language of instruction, must also submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL scores may be waived if the applicant has been a long-term resident of the United States or of another English-speaking country and demonstrates fluency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in English.

    Applications, official transcripts, and required test scores (if any) must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. All of these materials become the property of UAA and are only released or copied for use within the University of Alaska system. Once all required transcripts and test scores have been received, the Office of Admissions will forward each student’s admission packet to the dean, department chair, or designee for consideration.

    Each graduate program has individual admission standards and document requirements. Additional information such as writing samples, goal statements, letters of recommendation, research proposals, and/or interviews may be required by specific programs. When required, these materials must be submitted directly to the department chair or designee.

    Deadlines for submission of materials vary by program. Please note that, for programs with rolling (ongoing) admissions, in order to ensure consideration for all financial aid opportunities, it is strongly recommended that eligible students submit:

     For fall admission: all required application forms no later than July1, and all required application materials

    by August 1;

     For spring admission: all required application forms no later than November 1, and all required application

    materials by December 1.

No more than 9 credits may be completed in the student’s graduate program before program admission. See

    individual program listings for further details.

    INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENTS

    International Services

    (907) 786-1558

    International students who will attend UAA as F-1 visa students and who need a Form I-20 Certificate of

    Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Student status must meet university and degree program admission

    requirements. In addition to being admitted to a graduate program, international students must submit the

    following:

    1. An official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 550 for the paper-based test or

    213 for the computer-based test.

    2. A statement of financial support for the anticipated period of study and evidence of availability of funds

    such as a bank statement.

    3. An English translation of all required documents.

    4. Students who earned their baccalaureate degree outside the United States or Canada must submit an

    official statement from a recommended international credentials evaluation service stating that their

    degree is the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree. A list of evaluation services may be obtained from

    the Office of Admissions. Fees depend upon the agency performing the evaluation. The evaluation

    service will require a separate transcript and copy of the English translation.

    International students in F-1 visa status must be formally admitted, full-time, degree-seeking students. Health

    insurance is also mandatory. Contact the international student advisor in the Office of Admissions for details.

    APPLICATION AND ADMISSION STATUS FOR MASTERS DEGREE-

    SEEKING STUDENTS: TERMS AND DEFINITIONS

    Application Status

    Incomplete Application

    An incomplete application is one that is not accompanied by all required documents; generally, an

    application is considered incomplete until all required official transcripts and test scores have been

    received.

    Pending Application

    A pending application has met university requirements and is awaiting departmental recommendation

    for admission.

    Postponed Application

    Students may postpone their applications to a future semester by notifying the Office of Admissions

    prior to the end of the semester for which they originally applied.

    Withdrawn Before Admission

    Students must complete or postpone their admission by the end of the semester for which they have

    applied. At the end of each semester, all applications still incomplete or not postponed will be

    withdrawn. Students whose applications have been withdrawn must reapply for admission if they

    later choose to attend UAA.

ADMISSION STATUS

    Complete Admission

    All required documents have been received and all admission standards met.

    Incomplete Admission

    Students who expect to receive their baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution within

    two semesters (three if including summer) may apply for graduate admission. Formal acceptance

    becomes final only after the baccalaureate degree is completed and conferred, and all other admission

    requirements are met. All admission requirements must be satisfied prior to advancement to candidacy.

    Provisional Admission

    Students who show potential for success in graduate studies but do not meet all the admission

    requirements for a program may be provisionally admitted. Provisions are established and monitored by

    the dean or designee, and faculty of the program. If the provisions are not met within specified deadlines,

    the student may be removed from graduate degree-seeking status. All terms of provisional admission

    must be satisfied prior to advancement to candidacy.

    Postponed Admission

    Students may postpone their admission to a future semester by notifying the Office of Admissions prior

    to the end of the semester for which they originally applied.

    Withdrawn After Admission

    Admission will be withdrawn when students do not attend classes during, or have not postponed their

    admission by, the end of their admission semester. Students whose admissions have been withdrawn

    must apply for re-admission if they later choose to attend UAA.

    RELATED MASTERS DEGREE POLICIES

    TRANSFER CREDITS

    Up to 9 semester credits or the equivalent earned at a regionally accredited institution and not previously used to obtain any other degree may be transferred to UAA and accepted toward a master’s degree. Acceptance of transfer credits toward program requirements is at the discretion of the individual program.

    Course work used to obtain a graduate certificate at another institution, if accepted for inclusion in the

    Graduate Studies Plan, may be used to satisfy requirements for a master’s degree.

    CHANGE OF MAJOR OR EMPHASIS AREA

    Students who wish to change majors or emphasis areas within the same degree and school or college should

    submit a Graduate Change of Major or Emphasis Area form to the Graduate School. Students will be expected

    to meet all admission and program requirements of their new major or emphasis area, and must submit a

    revised official Graduate Studies Plan to the Graduate School through their advisor/committee.

    CHANGE OF DEGREE

    Graduate students who wish to change degree programs must formally apply for admission to the new

    program through the Office of Admissions and pay the appropriate fee. This applies both to changes between

    schools/colleges and to different degrees within the same school or college (such as a change from the MFA in

    Creative Writing to the MA in English). Students will be expected to meet all admission and program

    requirements of the new major or emphasis area.

    CONCURRENT DEGREES

    Students may pursue concurrent degrees as long as they have formally applied and been accepted to each

    program through the Office of Admissions.

    Students may be admitted to or complete graduate certificate requirements as they pursue a master’s degree.

    Coursework used to obtain a graduate certificate, if accepted for inclusion in the Graduate Studies Plan, may

    be used to satisfy requirements for a master’s degree.

    ADDITIONAL MASTERS DEGREES

    Students who have received a master’s degree or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or

    university may earn a UAA master’s degree by completing a minimum 21 resident credits not used for any

    other previous degree. The student must meet all the University Requirements for Master’s Degrees, School or

    College Requirements, and Program Requirements. Fulfilling all university, college, and program

    requirements may require more than the minimum 21 credits beyond the previous graduate degree. If the 21

    additional credits and other requirements have been earned for each additional degree, two or more degrees

    may be awarded simultaneously.

FORMAL ACCEPTANCE TO MASTERS DEGREE PROGRAMS

    Once all required admission documents have been received by the Office of Admissions, the student’s admission packet is forwarded to the dean or designee of the specific program. The acceptance decision is made by the dean or designee, who informs the Office of Admissions of the decision. the Office of Admissions sends the official Certificate of Admission directly to the applicant. Acceptance does not establish candidacy in a graduate program (see Advancement to Candidacy).

NON-DEGREE-SEEKING STUDENTS

    Non-degree-seeking students who wish to register for graduate courses must have the department chair’s or faculty member’s signature. Registration as a non-degree-seeking student implies no commitment by the

    university to the student’s later admission to a degree program. Up to 9 semester credits of graduate-level course work may be completed in the student’s graduate program before program admission. Non-degree-seeking

    students do not qualify for federal or state financial aid benefits nor do they qualify to receive a Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status. (See Chapter 7, Academic Standards and Regulations, for further information.)

FULL-TIME/PART-TIME STATUS FOR MASTERS DEGREE PROGRAMS

    A student who has been admitted to a UAA graduate program and is enrolled at UAA for 9 or more 600-level credits is classified as full-time. Courses at the 400-level will count toward full-time status only if they are applicable to the graduate degree program. A graduate student enrolled at UAA for fewer than 9 credits is classified as part-time.

    Audited courses, continuing education units (CEUs), and continuous registration are not included in the computation of the student’s full-time or part-time status.

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS

    Information on graduate assistantships can be found in Chapter 4, Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid.

CATALOG YEAR FOR MASTERS

    DEGREE PROGRAMS

    Students may elect to graduate under the requirements of the catalog in effect at the time of formal acceptance to a master’s degree program, or the catalog in effect at the time of graduation. If the requirements for a master’s degree as specified in the entry-level catalog are not met within seven years of formal acceptance into the program, admission expires and the student must reapply for admission and meet the current admission and graduation requirements in effect at the time of readmission or graduation.

    All credits counted toward the degree, including transfer credit, must be earned within the consecutive seven-year period prior to graduation.

CONTINUOUS REGISTRATION

    Continuous registration is expected every semester as appropriate for the program, from admission through graduation, until all requirements for the degree are completed.

    To make continuous progress in their graduate program, students have the following options: Registering for at least one graduate-level credit applicable to their graduate degree, or Paying the continuous registration fee to remain active in the graduate program although not registered in

    any courses.

     Adhere to the continuous registration policy established by the specific college, school, or department. See

    your program advisor for details.

    Students are also expected to register or pay the continuous registration fee for the summer if they use university facilities or consult with faculty during the summer. Please contact the individual graduate program for departmental policy/requirements concerning continuous registration. The continuous registration fee may be paid during each semester's late registration period or in the Cashier’s Office up until the end of late registration. Students not making continuous progress or not on an approved leave of absence (see Leave of Absence policy) may be removed from master’s degree-seeking status.

LEAVE OF ABSENCE

    While graduate students are expected to make continuous progress toward completion of their graduate programs, there are instances where continuous registration is not possible. Students who need to temporarily suspend their studies must apply for a leave of absence through their advisor and committee chair. If the leave is approved, the student is placed on inactive status. Inactive status does not negate the policy which requires that all credits counted toward the degree, including transfer credits, be earned within a consecutive seven-year period prior to graduation. Students who fail to make continuous progress (see Continuous Registration) or to obtain an approved leave of absence may be removed from master’s degree-seeking status.

GOOD STANDING FOR MASTERS

    DEGREE-SEEKING STUDENTS

    Any graduate student who maintains a 3.00 (B) GPA in all coursework that meets the student’s graduate program requirements and who is not on probation is considered to be in good standing. For students admitted to candidacy, coursework consists of those courses identified on the official graduate studies plan.

PROBATION

    A graduate student whose GPA falls below 3.00 (B) in courses applicable to his/her graduate program, or a graduate student who for reasons specified in writing, is not making continuous satisfactory progress toward

    completing the program requirements, will be placed on probation. If the requirements to remove probation are not satisfied within one semester, the student will be removed from master’s degree-seeking status. Each school or

    college has developed written procedures to deal with appeals arising from removal from master’s degree-seeking

    status.

REMOVAL FROM MASTERS DEGREE-SEEKINGSTATUS

    A graduate student’s academic status may be changed to non-degree-seeking if the requirements to remove

    provisional admission or probation are not satisfied, or if minimum academic standards are not met. In some cases, students may be removed from master’s degree-seeking status without having first been placed on probation (see Non-Degree-Seeking Students).

ACADEMIC APPEALS

    Students have the right to appeal academic actions (See Academic Dispute Resolution Procedures in the current UAA Fact Finder/Student Handbook for information).

REINSTATEMENT TO MASTERS DEGREE-SEEKING STATUS

    Graduate students who have been removed from master’s degree-seeking status for failing to meet academic

    standards may apply for reinstatement to a graduate program after one calendar year from the semester in which they were removed from master’s degree-seeking status. When re-applying to graduate studies, it is the student’s

    responsibility to demonstrate ability to succeed in the graduate program.

Graduate students who have been removed from master’s degree-seeking status for not making continuous

    progress (see Continuous Registration) must re-apply for graduate study and pay the appropriate fee.

    Reinstated graduate students must re-apply for candidacy and may be required to meet the program requirements which are in effect at the time of reinstatement.

GRADUATE ADVISOR

    The dean or designee, in conjunction with the appropriate department chair of the school or college offering the graduate program appoints a graduate advisor for each student accepted to a graduate program. The graduate advisor and the departmental chair will be from the same program.

GRADUATE STUDIES COMMITTEE

    For graduate programs with a thesis, independent scholarship, or research project, the advisor and the student select a graduate studies committee as part of the process to complete the requirements of the graduate degree. The committee typically consists of three UAA faculty, including the chair, who shall normally be a full-time faculty member. One faculty committee member may be from a discipline outside the student's school or college or UAA. Committee members who are not UAA faculty, but have the appropriate professional credentials, may be included with the approval of the dean of the Graduate School, college dean, committee chair, and the student. The committee members must agree to serve and the committee must be approved by the dean of the Graduate School and the college dean.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF GRADUATE ADVISOR/COMMITTEE

    The division of responsibility between the advisor and/or committee is determined at the program level. The graduate advisor and/or committee will do the following:

    1. Review and approve the graduate student's official Graduate Studies Plan, ensuring that it includes:

    University Requirements for Master’s Degrees; all courses required for the degree; research culminating in a

    thesis, independent scholarship or project, if required; a written or oral comprehensive examination,

    independent scholarship evaluation, or thesis or project defense; any special program requirements; and

    arrangements to remove any deficiencies in the student’s academic background.

    2. Monitor the student’s progress and timely completion of all requirements in the official Graduate Studies Plan

    (see Continuous Registration).

    3. Monitor the timely submission of the official Graduate Studies Plan and other documents to the Graduate

    School.

    4. Review and approve any changes to the official Graduate Studies Plan. The Graduate School will forward the

    original and final documents to the Office of the Registrar.

    5. Review and approve the thesis, independent scholarship, or research project, including initial proposals,

    according to procedures established by the individual graduate program.

    6. Review, and approve requests for temporary leaves of absence, which, if approved, will result in the student

    being placed on inactive status.

    7. Administer and assess the comprehensive examination, administer independent scholarship evaluation, or

    thesis or project defense.

OFFICIAL GRADUATE STUDIES PLAN

    The official Graduate Studies Plan formally establishes the specific program requirements which will, upon satisfactory completion, entitle the student to receive the master’s degree. The plan is based upon the catalog requirements for the graduate degree program to which the student has been accepted. The plan becomes official once it is approved by the dean of the Graduate School or designee and is filed with the Office of the Registrar. Students are expected to complete all requirements listed on their official Graduate Studies Plan, as well as all University Requirements for Master’s Degrees. Any revision to the plan will need to be submitted to the Graduate School through the graduate advisor/committee.

UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS FOR

    MASTERS DEGREES

    To complete a master’s degree, a student must complete the University Requirements for Master’s Degrees, school or college requirements, and program requirements. A graduate student’s program is based upon the catalog requirements for the relevant graduate degree which are in effect at the time the student is accepted. University requirements for all graduate degrees are as follows:

    1. A student must be admitted to the degree program and establish an approved Graduate Studies Plan. 2. No more than 9 credits may be completed in the student’s graduate program before program admission. See

    individual program listings for further details.

    3. The student must complete at least 30 approved semester credits beyond the baccalaureate degree. Typically,

    at least 24 credits in each graduate degree must consist of courses other than thesis, independent scholarship

    (independent study), and/or a research project. On approval by the dean of the Graduate School and college

    dean, an official Graduate Study Plan may stipulate other course credit requirements.

    4. Up to 9 semester credits not used toward any other degree (graduate or undergraduate) may be transferred to

    UAA from an accredited institution and counted toward a master’s degree. Acceptance of transfer credit

    toward program requirements is at the discretion of the individual program faculty.

    5. Individual program deans or designees may allow credit earned at other universities within the UA system,

    excluding thesis credit and credits used toward another degree, to be transferred to UAA, as long as at least 9

    credits applicable to the student’s program are earned at UAA after acceptance into the program.

    6. Only 400- and 600- level courses approved by the graduate student’s graduate advisor, dean or designee, and

    graduate studies committee, may be counted toward graduate program requirements.

    7. A cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 must be earned in courses identified in the official Graduate Study Plan. 8. Courses at the 500-level are for professional development and are not applicable toward any degree. 9. In 600-level courses, a grade of C is minimally acceptable, provided the student maintains a cumulative GPA

    of 3.00 (B) in all courses applicable to the graduate program. At least 21 credits must be taken at the graduate-

    level (600) for any master’s degree, including thesis, independent scholarship, or research credits. For

    performance comparison only, in 600-level courses a grade of P (pass) is equivalent to a B or higher, but does

    not enter into the GPA calculation.

    10. Courses taken as credit by examination, or graded credit/no credit (CR/NC) do not count toward graduate

    program requirements. They may, however, be used to satisfy prerequisites or to establish competency in a

    subject, thus allowing the advisor/committee to waive certain courses in an established program, as long as

    the total credits in the program remain the same.

    11. If the requirements for a master’s degree as specified in the entry-year catalog are not met within seven years

    of formal acceptance into the program, admission expires and the student must reapply for admission and

    meet the admission and graduation requirements in effect at the time of readmission or graduation. 12. All credits counted toward the degree, including transfer credits, must be earned within the consecutive

    seven-year period prior to graduation.

    13. Students are expected to be continuously registered throughout their graduate program (see Continuous

    Registration).

    14. The student must complete all requirements established by the program and must pass a written or oral

    comprehensive examination, an evaluation of independent scholarship, project or thesis defense, or similar

    evaluation as established by the program. The evaluation, examination, or defense must be approved by all

    graduate committee members as passing the requirement.

    15. When an oral comprehensive examination, project or thesis defense, or evaluation of independent scholarship

    is required, the student may select an outside reviewer approved by the dean of the Graduate School and

    college dean to participate and to ensure that the evaluation, examination, or defense is fair and appropriate.

    Typically, the outside reviewer is a faculty member from another department in the university, or other

    qualified individual in the area in which the student is seeking a degree.

    16. Thesis format must meet the requirements as established by the Graduate School.

APPLICATION FOR GRADUATION

    Graduate students must submit an Application for Graduation, signed by the academic advisor and accompanied by the required fee, to the Office of the Registrar. Application for Graduation deadlines are March 1 for summer graduation, May 1 for fall graduation, and September 15 for spring graduation.

    Applications received after the deadline will be processed for the following semester. Students who apply for graduation but do not complete degree requirements by the end of the semester must re-apply for graduation. The application fee must be paid with each Application for Graduation.

    This policy is currently under review. Please see the UAA Office of the Registrar website at www.uaa.alaska.edu/records/ for current information regarding graduation and the posting of degrees.

INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES DEGREE

    A student who has received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution and whose credentials indicate the ability to pursue graduate work may develop an interdisciplinary studies degree program (MA or MS). The student must apply and meet all requirements for graduate admission, and specify an interdisciplinary studies major. The proposed program must differ significantly from and may not substitute for an existing UAA graduate degree program. The student may select no more than one half of the program credits from one existing graduate degree program, and courses must come from two or more disciplines (i.e., subjects). In addition to the University requirements for Master's Degrees listed above, students must comply with the following procedures: 1. The student submits a UAA Graduate Application for Admission (Interdisciplinary Studies Major) with the

    appropriate fee to the Office of Admissions.

    2 The student invites a faculty member to chair their graduate studies committee and to serve as the student’s

    graduate advisor. The chair shall normally be a full-time faculty member. The chair must agree to serve and

    must be approved by the appropriate dean(s) or designee(s).

    3. The student proposes a graduate studies committee of at least three faculty members from the appropriate

    academic disciplines. The committee members and chair must represent all concentration areas of 9 credits or

    more. The committee members must agree to serve and be approved by the appropriate dean(s) or

    designee(s).

    4. The student develops a proposed interdisciplinary Graduate Studies Plan Specifying the degree (MA or MS)

    and title or concentration. In developing this proposal, the student should review all graduate degree policies

    and procedures. To receive an interdisciplinary studies master’s degree from UAA, the student must

    incorporate into their proposal all University Requirements for Master’s Degrees, and any school or college

    requirements applicable. In addition, a minimum of 21 credits must be drawn from existing 600-level courses. 5. The student presents the proposal to the committee and chair for preliminary review and approval. If the

    committee and chair support the proposal, it will be forwarded to the appropriate dean(s) or designee(s). If

    the proposal and committee structure are approved, the proposal is then submitted to the Graduate School. 6. The proposal and committee structure, when approved by the dean of the Graduate School, becomes the

    student’s official Graduate Studies Plan. A copy of the Graduate Studies Plan will be kept in the Graduate

    School.

    7. The Graduate Studies Plan and complete admission packet will then be forwarded to the specific graduate

    programs for an acceptance decision. Acceptance is determined by the dean and/or faculty of the affected

    graduate programs, who then inform the Office of Admissions of their decision.

    8. Once accepted to graduate study, the students work with their advisors and committees to ensure that

    satisfactory progress is made toward completing degree requirements. Students are expected to be

    continuously registered throughout their graduate program (see Continuous Registration).

    9. The student must complete all requirements established in the official interdisciplinary Graduate Studies Plan,

    and must pass a written or oral comprehensive examination, an evaluation of independent scholarship,

    project or thesis defense, or similar evaluation as established by the program. The evaluation, examination, or

    defense must be approved by all graduate committee members as passing the requirement, by the chair of the

    department representing the committee chair, and by the dean of the Graduate School.

    10. When an oral comprehensive examination, project or thesis defense, or evaluation of independent scholarship

    is required, the student may select an outside reviewer approved by the dean of the Graduate School to

    participate and assure that the evaluation, examination, or defense is fair and appropriate. Typically, the

    outside reviewer is a faculty member from another department in the university, or other qualified individual

    in the area in which the student is seeking a degree.

GRADUATE CERTIFICATES

    A graduate-level certificate program is a coherent sequence of related graduate courses. These programs are designed to provide graduate education past the baccalaureate level and/or to enhance the education of students who have already completed a master’s degree. Students will complete a linked series of courses, which may include a capstone experience or project that focuses their intellectual experience. Upon completion of a certificate, students will have acquired an area of specialization or an interdisciplinary perspective. Further, success in a graduate-level certificate program should prepare students to better accomplish the goals of their discipline.

ADMISSIONS

    (907) 786-1480

    www.uaa.alaska.edu/admissions

    All students intending to register for one or more courses must apply for admission. Applications for admission are available from the Enrollment Management One-Stop or online via www.uaa.alaska.edu/admissions.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR

    GRADUATE CERTIFICATES

    To qualify for admission to graduate certificate programs, a student must have earned a baccalaureate or master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a foreign equivalent. Students who expect to receive their baccalaureate or master’s degree within two semesters may also apply for graduate admission; see Incomplete Admission later in this section. Admission is granted to applicants who have received their baccalaureate or master’s degree and whose credentials indicate their ability to pursue graduate work. In general, applicants must either have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 (B average on a 4.00 scale) or meet the GPA requirements of the specific graduate certificate program to which they are applying.

    All graduate students must submit official transcripts showing completion and conferral of all baccalaureate and/or graduate degrees and any transcripts reflecting graduate-level courses. Transcripts are to be requested by the student and must be submitted in an officially sealed envelope. (Exception: Students do not need to request transcripts from any University of Alaska campus.) Individual programs may also require additional transcripts and/or specific entrance examinations such as the GRE or the Miller Analogies Test. See individual program requirements later in this chapter for details.

    Applicants with transcripts from institutions outside the United States or Canada must submit official transcripts and English translations as well as an official statement of educational equivalency from a recommended international credentials evaluation service. A list of evaluation services may be obtained from the Office of Admissions. Fees depend upon the agency performing the evaluation. The evaluation service will require a separate transcript and copy of the English translation.

    Applicants whose native language is not English or whose baccalaureate degree was conferred by an institution where English was not the language of instruction must also submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL scores may be waived if the applicant has been a long-term resident of the United States or of another English-speaking country and demonstrates fluency in reading, writing, and speaking in English.

    Applications, official transcripts, and required test scores (if any) must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. All of these materials become the property of UAA and are only released or copied for use within the University of Alaska system. Once all required transcripts and test scores have been received, the Office of Admissions will forward each student’s admission packet to the dean, department chair, or designee for consideration.

    Each graduate certificate program has individual admission standards and document requirements. All of these materials become the property of UAA and are only released or copied for use within the University of Alaska system. Additional information such as writing samples, goal statements, letters of recommendation, research proposals, and/or interviews may be required by specific programs. When required, these materials must be submitted directly to the department chair or designee.

    Deadlines for submission of materials vary by program. No more than one-third of the credits may be completed in the student’s certificate program before application for admission. See individual program listings for information.

INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE CERTIFICATE STUDENTS

    International Services

    (907) 786-1558

    International students who will attend UAA as F-1 visa students and who need a Form I-20 Certificate of

    Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Student status must meet university and degree program admission

    requirements. In addition to being admitted to a graduate program, international students must submit the

    following:

    1. An official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 550 for the paper-based test or

    213 for the computer-based test.

    2. A statement of financial support for the anticipated period of study and evidence of availability of funds

    such as a bank statement.

    3. An English translation of all required documents.

    4. Students who earned their baccalaureate degree outside the United States or Canada must submit an

    official statement from a recommended international credentials evaluation service stating that their

    degree is the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree. A list of evaluation services may be obtained from

    the Office of Admissions. Fees depend upon the agency performing the evaluation. The evaluation

    service will require a separate transcript and copy of the English translation.

    International students in F-1 visa status must be formally admitted, full-time, degree-seeking students. Health

    insurance is also mandatory. Contact the international student advisor in the Office of Admissions for details.

APPLICATION AND ADMISSION STATUS FOR GRADUATE

    CERTIFICATE-SEEKING

    STUDENTS: TERMS AND DEFINITIONS

     APPLICATION STATUS

     Incomplete Application

    An incomplete application is one that is not accompanied by all required documents; generally, an

    application is considered incomplete until all required official transcripts and test scores have been

    received.

    Pending Application

    A pending application has met university requirements and is awaiting departmental recommendation

    for admission.

    Postponed Application

    Students may postpone their applications to a future semester by notifying the Office of Admissions

    prior to the end of the semester for which they originally applied.

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