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University of Alaska - Fairbanks — Department of Alaska Native and Rural Development

Program Type:
Master's International
Department of Alaska Native and Rural Development
Degrees Awarded:
Rural Development (MA)
Admissions Deadlines:

August 1

Admissions Cycle:

Once per year

Program Start:
Fall Semester
Program Founded:
February, 2004


The University of Alaska Fairbanks will provide a tuition waiver for Peace Corps Masters International students, so they maintain their active student status during their two-year Peace Corps assignment. In addition, up to six credit hours will be granted for Peace Corps service.


The Master's program in Rural Development prepares students for effective and culturally-informed community development that recognizes regional, national, and global political economics influencing rural communities. Graduates of the Rural Development MA program are prepared as administrators, planners, community development specialists, managers and other leadership positions within tribal, corporate, business and public service agencies. Competencies anticipated following coursework completion include: refined leadership, community-based project management, human resource management, financial management, cultural/social impact analysis, public speaking, research, including computer and information technology proficiencies, multiple project coordination, networking, understanding of organizational and public process, interpersonal and intercultural communication.


The prerequisites for acceptance into the program is a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in Rural Development, Alaska Native Studies, Business Administration, Natural Resources Management, Political Science, Economics, Northern Studies or a related field, based on review and approval of program faculty, with at least a 3.0 Grade Point Average.

For inquiries about Master's International, call 855.855.1961 x1812.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Mr. Michael Davis
Associate Professor

College of Rural and Community Development
Bristol Bay Campus P.O.B. 1070
Dillingham, Alaska 99576
(907) 842-8316

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