Program Description

UAF’s Arctic Security Graduate Certificate will equip you with the expertise to understand and navigate the complex concerns encompassing the Arctic region. With a transforming Arctic and its associated climate, security, geopolitical and resilience-related developments, a thorough understanding of the region is key to career success. The Arctic workforce spans all levels who work within local, state, national and international settings, whether public- or private-sector, industry, education or for personal/professional development.

Our curriculum is based on universal fundamentals with a regional focus. This means that although the program is Arctic-focused, the operational concepts and frameworks used to teach the courses are applicable to any region.

The security aspect of this certificate is met through an exploration and focus on the traditional operational world and those aspects associated with the roles and responsibilities of the armed forces as well as public safety. Few programs are as qualified to teach such subjects and are limited to other focuses such as policy or environment. Your instructors for this certificate are established experts in the region. They have the verifiable credentials and experience as a team unmatched in any other program. This includes significant understanding and involvement of the operational, strategic, indigenous, diplomatic and research/academic world gained through training, credentialing and experience.

Courses (12 Credits)

Program Requirements

  • Vulnerability and Protection (HSEM F607)
  • Circumpolar Competition-Arctic Diplomacy and Defense (HSEM F621)
  • Arctic Strategies and Operations (HSEM F622)

Choose one of the following:

  • Comparative Homeland Security (HSEM F406)
  • Homeland Defense and Security (HSEM F408)
  • Human Security (HSEM F609)
  • Security and Disaster Management Seminar (HSEM F692)

Refer to the UAF Catalog for the full list of course requirements.

Cost Breakdown
Tuition Fees Other Expenses
$282/credit for 400-level courses $5/credit Technology Fee $75 Application Fee*
$513/credit for 600-level courses $5/credit Libraries Fee $50 Graduation Fee
$6/credit UA Facilities Fee
$21/credit Network Charge
$25/credit eCampus Fee
$56/credit School of Management Fee for 400-level courses
$103/credit School of Management Fee for 600-level courses

* Use code UAFSOM when applying to get your application fee waived!

Estimated Cost of Program Based on Current Rates: $7,352 – $8,186

For more about UAF costs, visit our Registration Guide.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. If your bachelor’s degree is in a related field and you earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher OR if you have already obtained a graduate degree, you will not have any additional requirements.

  • If your bachelor’s degree is not in a security- or arctic-related field and you earned a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA, you will be required to start with one 400-level course, which counts as your elective.
  • If your cumulative GPA for your bachelor’s degree was between 3.0 and 2.75, regardless of the field of study, you must complete the Watson Glaser Critical Thinking Exam.
  • If your cumulative GPA for your bachelor’s degree was below 2.75, you will be required to submit results from either the GRE or GMAT.
Careers in Which Our Graduates Excel
  • Military/Coast Guard
  • National and Homeland Security
  • Policy Makers
  • Liaisons
  • Executive Administrators
  • Educators
  • Regional Consultants
  • Security Specialists
  • Emergency Managers
  • Analysts/Regional Specialists

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