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Graduate Degree Programs

Native American Studies offers two graduate degree programs:

  • The Master of Arts in Native American Studies
  • MA/JD in Native American Studies and OU College of Law Dual Degree 

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NAS 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 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.

NAS has a rolling deadline for admission for all semesters. 

Graduate Teaching Assistantships are only offered to students who apply for the fall term.  Students interested in a GTAship should apply by our priority deadline - February 1.

What you'll need to apply:
  • One sample of your academic writing
    (preference of 10-25 pages 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)

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NAS Graduate Teaching Assistants each teach an online section of our Introduction to Native American Studies course. NAS GTAs receive a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships are offered only to incoming students who apply for the fall term. Those interested in a Graduate Assistantships should apply for admission by the priority deadline of February 1st and express interest within the first paragraph of their personal statement.

For more information, visit the OU Graduate College.

Current graduate students should visit the OU Graduate College website for information on resources and events specifically for graduate students.

They should also familiarize themselves with the information and degree-completion deadlines within the Graduate College Bulletin.

Questions can be directed to Dr. Raymond Orr, Department Chair, at or 405-325-2312.