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UAF Blue Master of Business Administration

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Cost 2020-2021 Graduate Annual costs AK resident $10,824 / Non-resident $21,426

Business Solutions for a Changing Arctic

The UAF Blue MBA program combines the Master of Business Administration offered by the School of Management with CFOS courses in fisheries, marine biology and oceanography. The Blue MBA is designed to meet the growing demand for leaders with the combined skills of business and science, particularly in fisheries, oceanography, and climate science and policy.

Graduates will have the knowledge and skills needed to develop business models to ensure the sustainable use of marine and freshwater resources. The program is unique to Alaska, and appeals broadly to the national and international business community with its focus on resource extraction industries.

Who Should Apply?

The UAF Blue MBA is particularly beneficial for individuals interested in developing more sustainable use of Alaskan and Arctic natural resources and industries, including:

  • Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
  • Maritime Domain Awareness
  • Energy and Offshore Development
  • Tourism and Marine Navigation
Structural components
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

Application procedure

Prospective students should apply through the School of Management. Required materials include:

  • Statement of purpose
  • Official Transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores (55% or higher) if GPA is below 2.75, otherwise Watson Glaser
  • TOEFL (international students)
  • CV/Resume
  • University Application
  • pre-MBA modules

The Blue MBA is part of SOM's Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics (STEM) MBA program [PDF]. This degree program is designed primarily for students with a STEM baccalaureate degree. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the School of Management to enroll and obtain more information regarding preparation and prerequisite training.

For questions about the fisheries and ocean sciences component of the degree, contact Trent Sutton, CFOS Associate Dean for Academic Programs.

Grant opportunities

Financial aid is funding that helps students and families pay for the cost of college. Need-based financial aid, such as the Pell Grant, Supplemental grants and Work-Study, are provided on the basis of the financial need of the student and is generally determined by your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Other types of financial aid are not determined by need, such as loans and merit-based scholarships.

We offer a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships, grants, loans and Federal Work-Study. Here’s a quick look at each and where to find more information.

ISCED Categories

Maritime economy
Logistics and shipping management
Physical and chemical oceanography