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Program/Degree
American Indian Studies (PHD) 
Program Description

In the fall of 1997, The University of Arizona was the first educational institution in the U.S. to offer a Ph.D. in American Indian Studies.  The Ph.D. in American Indian Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to: prepare graduate students for academic careers; conduct advanced and applied scholarly research from a cross-cultural perspective; develop theoretical and innovative theories, methodologies, and research tools appropriate for and useful to sovereign tribes; and to educate students to assume leadership and policy-making roles in higher education, tribal communities, the state and nation.  The Ph.D. program is designed to be completed in 3-4 years (after completing the Master's degree).

 
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
Melissa L Tatum
520-626-8150
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Cindy T Nguyen
520-621-0119
 
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Checklist for Online Application Material

  • On-line application and fee.
  • 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.
  • One Critical Essay (no more than 5 pages double spaced) which analyzes three American Indian Studies books or monographs of your choice.
  • 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 Master’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution is required for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy program in AIS.  The Master’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.  GRE scores are recommended, but not required.  At the discretion of the Admissions Committee, exceptionally qualified applicants who do not hold a Master’s degree may be considered for admission.  AIS accepts a limited number of new Ph.D. students each year.  Student selection is very competitive. The Admissions Committee will not consider incomplete application files.

 

 
Standardized Tests

Required test(s): none

Recommended tests: GRE

Minimum TOEFL: 550
 

 
Financial Aid

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (Limited number available.)
See American Indian Studies website at http://www.ais.arizona.edu/content/financial-aid-resources for more funding opportunities.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships are allocated each semester, prior to admission. Students are automatically considered for a GTA position their first year, with a short application process required for the subsequent years.

 
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

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Minumum credits: 66
Core coursework: 48 Core Coursework Hours
18 Dissertation Hours
 

REQUIRED UNITS:

The equivalent of at least six semesters of full-time coursework (including dissertation units) is required for the Ph.D. Completion of a minimum of 66 units with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (comprised of 48 units of coursework and 18 units of dissertation credits) in American Indian Studies and related fields, are compulsory. All Incompletes in any AIS doctoral core course must be converted to a grade prior to the comprehensive exam; students may have one Incomplete on the grade record (in an elective course) and proceed to the Comprehensive exam, as long as overall GPA and credit requirements are fulfilled.

 

CORE & ELECTIVE COURSES: 48 Units

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.

 
Minor Requirements

12 Units; See Guidelines for Ph.D. Minor in American Indian Studies for more details.

There are three options available to configure the Ph.D. coursework: A) Single Concentration; B) Double Concentration; C) Single Concentration with Minor. See AIS Student Advising Worksheets, versions A, B, and C, for details.

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. We expect that this re-organization may also impact the PhD minor. 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.

 
Student Handbook
http://ais.arizona.edu/content/student-resources  

Program StatisticsInformation about these numbers

Program-level Information
Application Acceptance Rate 50%
Med. Time-to-degree (years) 4.00
 
Department-level Information
Enrollment Percent Male 41%
Enrollment Percent Female 59%
Enrollment Percent International 5%
Enrollment Percent URM 73%

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Last revised 12 Oct 2018