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Take Your Career to the Next Level

The business programs offered at UAS prepare you for high-demand positions in core business functions such as accounting, human resources, MIS, and management. To help you prepare for a successful career in companies of any size across an array of industries, enroll now to obtain the skills necessary to expand your potential or get that entry-level job. With specialized business accreditation through ACBSP, our courses are delivered asynchronously and 100% online. 

Specialized Accreditation

Based on the Baldrige Education Criteria for Performance Excellence, the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) accreditation evaluates aspects of leadership, strategic planning, relationships with stakeholders, quality of academic programs, faculty credentials, and educational support. Belonging to the ACBSP network offers a multitude of benefits to our students.

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Student Experience

SHRM Academically Aligned

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recognizes the University of Alaska Southeast as an academic partner and a top choice for students seeking a career in human resources. Students have the opportunity to earn their SHRM-CP credential, providing a competitive advantage in the job market.

"You can do this."

The Business and Public Administration department is delivering education to Alaskans in their home communities. Complete your business degree or MPA online with the University of Alaska Southeast.

First-Generation College Grad

UAS alumna Jesyca Ellenbecker shares how the flexibility of the online BBA degree program made it possible for her to complete her undergraduate degree while pursuing a career with the State of Alaska.

Learning Environments

Learning Online

Providing specially-designed courses and even full programs online is essential to our students’ success. Each online course is delivered by the best method for that particular subject combined with individual attention and high-level engagement from our professors. Some programs combine a segment on-campus with an online curriculum. Some utilize a cohort model, where students in the program progress together in a supportive group. All have access to the supportive and dynamic classroom environments found within Blackboard and UAS Connect. Learn more about our online campus at uas.edu.

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Connecting Students with Professionals

As a student in our program, you will be encouraged to attend select professional conferences and other enrichment activities with faculty. These activities are generously supported by a grant from Northrim Bank and include professional development events within and outside the State of Alaska.

Examples of events that our students and faculty have attended include:

  • NHRMA HR Leaders of Tomorrow
  • Alaska Government Finance Officers Association Annual Conference
  • Alaska Municipal League Annual Meeting
  • Alaska Society of Certified Public Accountants Annual Meeting
  • Annual Alaska SHRM State Conference
  • Arctic FROST Meeting
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Partnerships in Our Community

Faculty work closely with key organizations in our communities to facilitate sustainable business practices and to share expert resources. Examples of this include Path2Prosperity which UAS has been involved with since its inception in 2013, the annual JEDC Innovation Summit, and the MPA Lecture Series.

Five women at community presentation

“I love the smaller class sizes UAS offers. I always felt if I had questions or needed help the professor would know who I was and would be able to help me."

Program Faculty

Maren Haavig, C.P.A., D.B.A. (she/her)

Maren Haavig, C.P.A., D.B.A.

Provost, Dean of Research & Sponsored Programs, and Associate Professor of Accounting

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Julie A. Hamilton, CGMA, C.P.A., M.B.A.

Julie A. Hamilton, CGMA, C.P.A., M.B.A.

Associate Professor of Accounting, Business & Public Administration Department Chair

Julie teaches a variety of accounting and financial courses from 100 to 400 levels. Her favorite subjects to teach are Income Tax for Individuals and Principles of Financial Accounting, and favorite topical areas are time value of money problems applied to real life situations, the social impacts of income tax laws, and accounting for investments. She likes to tell her students that accounting is like a puzzle and puzzles are fun, therefore accounting is fun! Her favorite thing about teaching is getting students interested in becoming accounting majors and helping accounting majors find their preferred career path.

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Michael Boyer, J.D. (he/him)

Michael Boyer, J.D.

Associate Professor of Law Science

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Charla A. Brown, Ph.D.

Charla A. Brown, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Human Resource Management

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Colleen McKenna (she/her)

Colleen McKenna

Professor of Information Systems

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Paulette Schirmer, D.B.A.

Paulette Schirmer, D.B.A.

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Paulette enjoys teaching any level of accounting, finance, and business courses. Her favorite courses are introductory as those enable students to start on a positive note for a career in accounting.

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Kristy D. Smith, D.M.

Kristy D. Smith, D.M.

Assistant Professor of Management

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