M.A., Arctic and Northern Studies

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Complete the following admission requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited university.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in undergraduate studies (exceptions are made for students with outstanding qualifications).
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the undergraduate major (exceptions are made for students with outstanding qualifications).

Students must earn a C- grade or better in each course.

Minimum Requirements for Arctic and Northern Studies M.A.: 30 credits

Concentrations: Arctic Politics and Policy, Northern History, Individualized Study

General University Requirements
Complete the general university requirements.
Master’s Degree Requirements
Complete the master’s degree requirements.
Arctic and Northern Studies Program Requirements
ACNS F600Perspectives on the North3
ACNS F601Research Methods and Sources in the North3
ACNS F689Thesis Writing Workshop3
ACNS F698Non-thesis Research/Project6-12
or ACNS F699 Thesis
Complete 3 elective credits at 400 or 600 level3
Complete one of the following concentrations:12
Arctic Politics and Policy
Northern History
Individualized Study


Arctic Politics and Policy

Complete 1 of the following 2 courses:
International Relations of the North
Arctic Politics and Governance
Complete 9 credits from the following:9
Public Policy
Geography of the Arctic and Circumpolar North
U.S. Environmental Politics
International Relations of the North
Political Economy of the Global Environment
Comparative Indigenous Rights and Policies
Government and Politics of Canada
Alaska Government and Politics
Government and Politics of Russia
Arctic Politics and Governance

Northern History

Complete the following course:
Historiography Capstone
Complete 9 credits from the following:9
Modern Scandinavia
Environmental History
History of Alaska
Imperial Russia, 1700-1917
Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia
Polar Exploration and Its Literature
20th-century Circumpolar History

Individualized Study 

Complete 12 credits of the following:12
Courses offered in the Arctic and Northern studies program or other approved courses, selected with the approval of your graduate advisory committee members.