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 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.
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.
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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.
Required test(s): GRE
Minimum TOEFL: 550
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.
DEGREE OPTIONS: Thesis, Report, Exam (36 Units required for each)
The CORE COURSE Requirements for the MA in American Indian Studies Include:
Please NOTE: The AIS GIDP is currently re-organizing the MA and PhD programs to offer students more options and the ability to take advantage of the fact that the AIS GIDP consists of more than 40 faculty members from colleges and departments across campus. We hope to have the new structures announced soon. In the interim, we are encouraging students to work closely with their advisor to customize a plan of study. Students are still required to complete the minimum number of credit hours, as well as a methods course, but pending re-organization, we are permitting flexibility regarding the other requirements. Students are also required to complete the teaching methods course prior to serving as a Teaching Assistant.
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.