Admission to the Department of Atmospheric Sciences generally requires a degree in a scientific discipline, one year of calculus-based physics, math through differential equations, and one semester of chemistry. Since atmospheric science is a highly interdisciplinary field, incoming student's backgrounds vary considerably. Thus, acceptance into the program is made on a case-by-case basis.
Recommended Application Deadlines:
Fall Semester: March 1 for international students; June 1 for U.S. citizens
Spring Semester: September 1 for international students; October 15 for U. S. citizens
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT DEADLINES:
Our ‘drop dead’ deadline is the default university deadline of June 1 for fall. However, as a Department we want to see applications by end of January and make decisions in March-April. We are a small department, and students joining the department usually have identified a potential advisor. The advisor will plan to support the student with a research assistantship. This differs from a school with an undergraduate teaching program where the first year graduate students are supported with TAs during their first year and find an advisor once they have settled in. Thus for the application we recommend you get your completed application in for fall by January 31 and we will review your application and if accepted you will know about funding by March-April.
LOOKING FOR NEW GRADUATE STUDENTS!!! What do you need to do to apply for graduate school and obtain financial support?
Take the TOEFL/IELTS test and have the scores sent directly to the University (school code is 4866).
All international students need to take the TOEFL test and Educational Testing Service (ETS) needs to send your official scores to UAF. The school code is 4866. The university’s minimum TOEFL requirements are 500 (paper-based test); 213 (computer-based test); or 79 (internet-based test). The university’s minimum requirement for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a score of 6.5.
Fill out the ‘Financial Statement for International Applicants’ and mail to the address below: All international student are required to complete a Financial Statement for International Students. The link is http://www.uaf.edu/files/oip/International-Financial-Statement-Enterable.pdf
International students must sign a financial statement and provide documentation that they have funds available to pay all expenses at UAF as well as round-trip transportation between their home and Alaska. Because the application for F-1 visas requires students to affirm that they do not intend to live in the United States permanently, they are not eligible for resident tuition fees. The minimum estimated cost for one school year at UAF for an international graduate student is $34,975. This covers university fees, room and board on campus, and a reasonable amount of personal expenses. It does not include transportation to and from Alaska, summer living or winter clothing costs.
Send all official documents to:
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 757480
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7480
As soon as the above information is received, your application file will be reviewed by the faculty for an admissions decision. The department’s administrative assistant tries to provide each applicant with an update on their file each month. For additional information, review the material contained in ‘Student Resources.’ Also feel free to contact any of our current students. Information on each student is contained in “Graduate Students.’
Revised January 17, 2019