(New Information for Prospective Students—application process and form)

Admission Requirements
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

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?

  1. Complete an Application for Graduate Admissions. You need to apply online (http://uaonline.alaska.edu ).
  2. Email the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at uaf-cnsm-grad@alaska.edu to let us know that you have applied so your application can be tracked. Please provide your student identification number assigned by the Office of Admissions after you have applied.
  3. Send official copies of all academic transcripts from each collegiate institution attended to the Office of Admissions and the Registrar (address at the end). Transcripts must come in a sealed envelope from each institution attended. International applicants must submit certified English translations of transcripts of all college-level course work. Unofficial transcripts may be sent as email attachments to uaf-cnsm-grad@alaska.edu .
  4. Contact Educational Testing Service (ETS) to request your official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) be sent to UAF. The Department of Atmospheric Sciences does require the GRE effective with fall 2012. The school code is 4866.
  5. At least three letters of recommendation along with the Applicant Evaluation Form. Download Please have these sent directly to us from people who can assess your potential for success in graduate school. Please fill out the top portion of the request form, sign the waiver, and then forward a copy to your references. This can be done electronically but must be via scanning because we need the coversheet with your signature regarding future access. You can complete the form, scan and email it to your requested referrer, and then they can email the form and their letter together directly to our email address: These forms should be emailed as an attachment to Mandi Goddard at this address: uaf-cnsm-grad@alaska.edu.

    Fill out the application for graduate assistantship form. Download (Faculty in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences will read this form). Include in the statement why you want to study in the field of Atmospheric Sciences. If you have been corresponding with a particular faculty member, please mention that in your statement of goals. Include your qualifications and educational experience. These forms may be either mailed to the address below or emailed as an attachment to uaf-atmos@alaska.edu. Information about the faculty is contained in ‘Faculty – Core Faculty.’
  6. Resume or CV should be emailed as an attachment to Mandi Goddard at this address: uaf-cnsm-grad@alaska.edu.

Additional procedures and forms that are required of international students

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