Courses on Indigenous Governance,
Law & Policy

Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Arizona

The Indigenous Governance Program (IGP) provides educational opportunities for individuals interested in a deep, practical understanding of Indigenous governance and rights. Our internationally renowned faculty teach a combination of live and online courses for tribal leaders and other professionals to collaborate on how to strengthen Indigenous governance.

January in Tucson

Courses for Credit or Professional Development

For three weeks each year, the flagship JIT intensive education session provides the foundation for our nation-building curriculum for our professional development and graduate programs:

*Prerequisite: none; unless JIT courses are being applied toward our MPS degree or Graduate Certificate

Master of Professional Studies

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Indigenous Governance is a 30-credit hybrid in-person and online degree that can be completed within one year. By combining the immersive in-person January in Tucson experience with a robust online curriculum, the MPS gives students flexibility to create their own specialized courses of study.

*Prerequisite: Bachelor's Degree. Required courses are offered in-person during January in Tucson.

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Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate (GC) in Indigenous Governance provides graduate level executive education and leadership development. The accredited GC is the accelerated version of our MPS degree, requiring twelve (12) credits of course work to be completed within two years.

*Prerequisite: Bachelor's Degree. Required and elective courses are offered in-person during January in Tucson with an option to earn credits through a self-initiated Capstone Project.

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Continuing Education Certificate

The Continuing Education Certificate (CEC) in Indigenous Governance is a non-credit professional development certificate that allows individuals from all walks of life to take part in courses taught by renowned faculty, covering a wide variety of topics related to Indigenous governance, Indigenous rights, and economic, community, and leadership development.

*Prerequisite: none


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"The task is to rebuild our nations."

-Chief Oren Lyons, Onondaga Nation