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The Master’s degree in Native American Studies uses distinctly Native American perspectives to place the sovereignty of Native nations and the cultures of Native peoples at the center of academic study.

In addition to core classes in Indigenous theory and research methods, the Native American Studies curriculum currently supports intensive study in three interrelated areas of emphasis that are synthetic and interdisciplinary in nature: Tribal Governance and Policy; Indigenous Media and Arts; and Language, History, and Cultural Knowledges. The curriculum is, at the same time, focused and flexible. Students are encouraged to combine areas of emphasis according to their own scholarly and professional goals. 

In addition, to the MA degree, students may pursue a joint MA/JD in Native American Studies and Law as well as a graduate certificate in American Indian Social Work.

In the past twenty years, Native American Studies has awarded over 200 degrees; NAS alumni have distinguished themselves in a wide range of careers some of which include: tribal government, law, health policy, filmmaking and media, historic preservation, language revitalization, and education.

Native American Studies has a rolling deadline for admission but prospective students who apply prior to March 15th are given best consideration for available Graduate Teaching Assistantships.

What You'll Need

  • One sample of your academic writing
    (preference of 10-25 pp. in length)

  • Expression of Interest in Graduate Assistantships
    (Should be addressed within first paragraph of your personal statement)

  • Three letters of recommendation
    (At least two from academic sources, i.e. faculty)

Graduate Assistantships

NAS Graduate Teaching Assistants each teach an online section of our Intro to Native American Studies course.

GA appointment offers are generally extended to incoming students who apply for admission by the March 15th priority deadline.  Offers are also extended throughout the year, as positions become available.


For more information please, contact Interim Chair and Graduate Liaison, Dr. Raymond Orr, at or 405-325-2312.