General Information

Program/Degree
American Indian Studies (MA) 
Program Description

Thank you for your interest in the M.A. Program in American Indian Studies (AIS) at The University of Arizona.  As a Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, AIS seeks to develop through research, scholarship, teaching and student advisement a wide scope of understanding of indigenous peoples of the Americas – their languages, cultures, traditions and sovereignty.  This two year academic research-oriented degree program provides a unique opportunity for students and scholars to explore issues critically important to American Indian nations and communities locally, statewide and nationally. AIS has always enjoyed a strong reputation because of the nationally known faculty available to work with students. 

 
Department/Academic Unit(s)

Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs -

The Graduate College sponsors several Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) in addition to the many interdisciplinary possibilities available through regular graduate degree programs. GIDPs transcend departmental boundaries by facilitating cutting edge teaching and research at the nexus of traditional disciplines. The high value placed on interdisciplinary research and education is indicative of The University of Arizona's enthusiasm and commitment to fostering innovation and creativity among its faculty and students.

 
College
Graduate College/GIDP  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Contacts
Admissions Contact
John R Carbajal
520-621-7108
Graduate Program Coordinator
John R Carbajal
520-621-7108
Director of Graduate Studies
Ronald L Trosper
520-621-5083
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Janae E Gregston
520-621-0119
 
Tuition and Fees
Please refer to the UA Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees Calculator for up-to-date information about tuition and fees. 
Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Checklist for Online Application Material

  • On-line application and fee.
  • GRE scores (or LSAT scores for Law & Policy concentration).
  • A Personal Statement (3 to 5 pages) including your educational goals, professional plans, your interest in our Ph.D. program and your background in American Indian Studies or with American Indian communities.
  • A Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
  • One Writing Sample (between 15 and 20 pages double spaced) of original work that is academic, technical, professional or artistic in nature.
  • Electronic copies of Official Transcripts from all institutions attended, undergraduate and graduate. On acceptance into the program students will need to submit original transcripts.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation from faculty or supervisors who can attest to your achievements and academic potential. Letters from faculty are preferred for applicants currently or recently working in academia.

A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution is required for admission to the Master of Arts program in AIS.  The Bachelor’s degree must be completed before the applicant begins in the AIS program, August for fall admissions.  All application materials must be received by January 15th for the following fall semester admissions.  A minimum grade point average of 3.2 is required for admissions.  AIS accepts a limited number of new M.A. students each year.  Student selection is very competitive. The Admissions Committee will not consider incomplete application files.

 
Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GRE

Minimum TOEFL: 550
 

 
Financial Aid

Tuition and Registration Scholarships
See American Indian Studies website at http://www.ais.arizona.edu/content/financial-aid-resources for more funding opportunities.

Scholarships are allocated each semester, prior to admission. Students are automatically considered for tuition scholarship funds their first year, with a short application process for the following year.

Graduate Tuition Waiver Award and Graduate Registration Waiver Award may be awarded to M.A. students, provided funds are available and satisfactory progress is made.  Funding will only be allocated once a year and must be applied for annually.

 

 
Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: January 15

International Applicants:

  • Fall: January 15
 
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

M.A. PROGRAM GUIDELINES

DEGREE OPTIONS: Thesis, Report, Exam (36 Units required for each)

The CORE COURSE Requirements for the MA in American Indian Studies Include:

 

Students must maintain a minimum of 3.0 (B) grade point average/GPA for all coursework to remain in good academic standing.  A student must earn a minimum of 3.0 in all courses in order for the courses to count toward the degree.

 

______         AIS 504A *                                                                        Fundamentals of AIS                     (3)

 

______         AIS 548                                                                            MA Research Methods                   (3)

 

______         AIS 577/596M/646/696F**                                               Literature                                         (3)

 

______         AIS 584                                                                            Policy                                                (3)

                                            

______         AIS 565/677/678/679/696E**/697A                                  Education                                         (3)

 

______         AIS 593****                                                                       Internship                                         (3)

                                                                                                                                                                            _______

 

Total Required Units of Core Courses:                                                                                                            (18)
 

* NO waivers/substitutions

** Seminar Courses: In order for a Special Topics Seminar (AIS 696A-696G) to be counted as a core course requirement, the course syllabus must be reviewed and approved by the AIS Curriculum Committee. Instructor must submit a syllabus to the AIS Curriculum Committee in the semester before the seminar course is scheduled to be taught.

****Internship Requirement:  More information about Internship Placement and the required Internship Application forms are available on the American Indian Studies website.

 

 

 

 
Minor Requirements

N/A

 
Student Handbook
http://www.ais.arizona.edu/content/student-resources  
Persistent link:
Last revised 27 Jun 2014