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Administration and Management of American Indian Natural Resources (Certificate NDP) 
Program Description

The American Indian Studies Program (AIS), with assistance from the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE), is offering an academic Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in the administration and management of American Indian natural resources. To obtain the Certificate, students must complete a 12-unit program of study that includes core and thematic courses. The program is designed for students to begin in the fall and complete in one to two academic years. Students will be able to complete the Certificate in conjunction with a graduate or professional degree program or as a stand-alone certificate.

The goal of the Certificate is to train graduate students and related professionals to be conversant with the problems of managing natural resources on American Indian reservations and off-reservation areas. We have outstanding resource management programs that are highly specialized at the University of Arizona, but we lack basic training for graduate or professional degree-seeking students who aim to work in the management and administration of Tribal natural resources.


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.


Graduate College/GIDP  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
John R Carbajal
Graduate Program Coordinator
John R Carbajal
Director of Graduate Studies
Len Edward Necefer
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Abraham Edward Cooper
Tuition and Fees
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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

A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution is required for admission to the AIS Graduate Certificate in Renewable Natural Resources.  Students with earned majors in departments other than AIS and Renewable Natural Resources may apply.  The application procedure is a two-fold process with consideration by the department and by the UA Graduate College.

All non-AIS students must meet requirements of the graduate college.  There is no longer an application fee for current UA Graduate students.  Current AIS students, contact the Graduate Program Coordinator for direction.

To apply, log on to: All application materials must be received on-line by October 15th or April 15th for admission to the following semester for the certificate program in AIS.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Checklist for Online Application Material

  1. On line application and fee (if you are not already a graduate student in the University of Arizona AIS program) 
  2. Personal statement (1-3 pages) about your interest in the certificate program
  3. Electronic copies of Official Transcripts from all institutions attended (undergraduate and graduate). A minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average based on a 4.0 scale is required for admission (reference
  4. One Letter of Recommendation
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Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: April 15
  • Spring: October 15

International Applicants:

  • Fall: April 15
  • Spring: October 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: 12
Core coursework: REQUIRED CORE
AIS 541a (also ANTH 541a, ARL 541a, RAM 541a, RNR 541a, SWES 541a, WFSC 541a, WSM 541a) - Natural Resource Management in Native Communities (3 units) Spring.

Other requirements: Minimum 3.0 gpa required in core course and overall for award of certificate.

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Minor Requirements
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
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Last revised 27 Jun 2014