Degree Track

The Indigenous Governance Program Degree track is designed for individuals who seek an official University of Arizona certificate or degree in Indigenous Governance. Unlike the Continuing Education track, the Degree track requires students to formally apply for admission into the University of Arizona before beginning their studies. Once admitted, students may earn credits towards a Professional Studies Certificate (PSC) in Indigenous Governance or a Master’s of Professional Studies (MPS) in Indigenous Governance. Despite being more formal than the Continuing Education track, the Degree track still provides students with a great deal of flexibility in their ability to complete their studies at their own pace.

Who is the Degree track designed for? 

The Degree track is ideal for:

  • Individuals who want to pursue a Master’s of Professional Studies (MPS) in Indigenous Governance;
  • Individuals who want to pursue a Professional Studies Certificate in Indigenous Governance;
  • Individuals who want to earn University of Arizona credits that are transferable to other institutions; and/or
  • Individuals who want to earn University of Arizona credits for other purposes.

What are the requirements for applying to the Degree track?

Individuals seeking admission into the Degree track must formally apply with the University of Arizona and must meet the requirements set forth by the University of Arizona’s Graduate College, which can be found here. Among the listed requirements, students must have obtained a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) prior to attending courses in the Degree track.

What is required to earn a Professional Studies Certificate in Indigenous Governance?

The Professional Studies Certificate in Indigenous Governance requires the completion of twelve (12) credits, including the completion of the following five required courses:

  • Law, Policy, and Economic Development in Indian Country (1 credit)
  • Comparative Indigenous Governance (1 credit)
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Under International Law (1 credit)
  • Comparative Legal Systems and Their Role in Nation Building (1 credit)
  • Evidence for Indigenous Governance Principles (1 credit) OR
  • Capstone Project (with permission, can replace 1-2 credits of required courses)

What is required to earn a Master’s of Professional Studies in Indigenous Governance?

The Master’s of Professional Studies in Indigenous Governance requires the completion of thirty (30) credits, including the completion of the following seven required courses:

  • Law, Policy, and Economic Development in Indian Country (1 credit)
  • Comparative Indigenous Governance (1 credit)
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Under International Law (1 credit)
  • Comparative Legal Systems and Their Role in Nation Building (1 credit)
  • Evidence for Indigenous Governance Principles (1 credit)
  • Making Change Happen (1 credit)
  • Thesis/Internship/Experiential Learning (2-3 credits)

What courses can I take as part of the Degree track?

All courses offered by the Indigenous Governance Programs at the University of Arizona are eligible for Degree track students. Check our January-in-Tucson 2017 schedule for upcoming course offerings.

Are the credits I earn in the Degree track transferable towards other certificates and/or degrees?

Credits earned in the Degree track are official University of Arizona credits, and may be applied towards either the Professional Studies Certificate or Master’s of Professional Studies degree in Indigenous Governance. Additionally, because credits earned in the Degree track are official University of Arizona credits, they may be eligible to be used towards different programs at the University of Arizona and/or to be transferred to different institutions. However, because all programs and institutions have their own rules about transferring credits, students wishing to transfer credits earned in the Indigenous Governance Programs are strongly encouraged to discuss transferring of credits with the program/institution of interest as early as the possibility to do so becomes apparent.

How much does it cost to be in the Degree track?

All individuals applying for the Degree track must pay a non-refundable $75 application fee.

In addition, individuals who are accepted into the program will be required to pay tuition and fees in line with the number of credits they are taking. The current cost of the 30-credit MPS degree is a $26,000. However, the exact costs paid at any specific time is determined by the number of credits being taken during a given session. 

Admissions Requirements

Students must hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from their home country. 

International students must provide proof of English Proficiency. 

In addition to the online application, prospective students should also provide the following:

  • For international students whose first language is not English, an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test report with a minimal score of 600 (or the computer based equivalent
  • Official transcripts for all post-secondary educational institutions previously attended
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • A 2-3 page personal statement
  • A minimum of 2 letters of recommendation
  • A 2-3 page overview of your thesis topic

How do I apply?

To begin the application process, please email us: igp@email.arizona.edu