Rural Development

College of Rural and Community Development
Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development
Fairbanks Campus 907-474-6528/888-574-6528 toll-free
Anchorage office 907-279-2700/800-770-9531 toll-free
Bristol Bay Campus 907-842-8316
Chukchi Campus 907-442-3400
Interior Alaska Campus 907-474-5439
Kuskokwim Campus 907-543-4500
Northwest Campus 907-443-2201

M.A. Degree

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 30 credits

The Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development M.A. program is designed to educate leaders who understand the dynamic relationship of rural Alaska with the global economy and who have professional skills in areas of leadership, business development, administration and conflict management. Graduates typically take positions with tribal and municipal governments, fisheries, tourism, Native corporations, regional health corporations or non-profits, state/federal agencies, or other private businesses.

Graduate degree students gain a broader theoretical understanding of development processes in Alaska and the circumpolar North. Graduate students complete a thesis or applied community development project, and have opportunities for international study and research.

Students can earn the M.A. degree either on the Fairbanks campus or through distance delivery. Special application requirements and deadlines apply for distance M.A. degree programs. For more information contact the department toll-free 800-770-9531 or visit