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Indigenous Governance (MPS) 
Program Description

The Indigenous Governance Programs consist of three programmatic offerings — a Continuing Education Certificate, a Graduate Certificate, and a Masters of Professional Studies (MPS). Between these three course options, anyone interested in learning more about Indigenous governance from a world renown faculty is able to do so. Specifically, the Continuing Education option is designed to allow any individual interested in governance issues to take a class taught by experts in the field regardless of past education and work experiences. Individuals interested in the Graduate Certificate or MPS programs must have a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) and must meet the University of Arizona’s admission criteria.

The MPS program is designed for individuals seeking a more in depth academic understanding of Indigenous governance globally, and what it means to rebuild Indigenous societies. 

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College of Law -

Founded in 1915, the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law is the oldest law school in the state of Arizona and one of the premier public law schools in the United States. Arizona Law is known for its academic rigor, small class sizes, collegiality, and sense of community. We put students at the center by providing an intensive, individualized learning experience that trains ethical and effective lawyers and leaders. Our students have the opportunity to study with nationally recognized scholars, and to put their knowledge to use far beyond the lecture hall and the library with a wide variety of hands-on learning opportunities. 

College of Law  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Graduate Program Coordinator
Director of Graduate Studies
Graduate College Degree Counselor
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

Students must hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from their home country. International students must provide proof of English Proficiency. 

In addition to the online application, prospective students should also provide the following:

  • For international students whose first language is not English, an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test report with a minimal score of 600 (or the computer based equivalent
  • Official transcripts for all post-secondary educational institutions previously attended
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • A 2-3 page personal statement
  • A minimum of 2 letters of recommendation
  • A 2-3 page overview of your thesis topic

Applications are accepted and admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis beginning September 1. The annual application deadline is April 1 for international students and May 1 for domestic students for the Fall Semester, although applications may be considered on a limited basis up to July 15 (conditional on available space). Earlier applications are strongly encouraged. The Admissions Committee ordinarily will not consider applications until all required information has been received.

Please note: Our experience with respect to student immigration matters confirms the importance of the April 1 deadline, as international students can experience a lengthier admissions process due to changing immigration regulations. International applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible to avoid delays in the immigration paperwork process.

Candidates who accept the offer of admissions are required to pay a non-refundable US $250.00 seat deposit. This deposit will be credited to your tuition account. All students born after December 31, 1956, are required by UA to verify measles/rubella immunity. Important details pertaining to proof of immunization can be obtained from the UA Campus Health Care website ( Without proof of measles/rubella immunity on file with Campus Health Services, students will not be permitted to register for classes. 

Standardized Tests

English proficiency is one of the conditions for admission for all international applicants whose native language is not English. Any of the following tests are accepted as proof of English Proficiency:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum score of 79 internet based (iBT) or 550 paper based (PB)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) minimum composite score of 7 (no subject area below a 6)
  • Pearson PTE Academic minimum score of 60

Applicants submitting TOEFL scores may request that Educatoinal Testing Service (ETS) send an official TOEFL score report directly to The University of Arizona. Contact ETS's TOEFL Services to request the submission of your score report. The University of Arizona institution code is 4832.

Results from the IELTS test will be sent to the addresses of the academic institutions provided by the candidate on their application form. The address for Graduate Admissions at The University of Arizona is:

The University of Arizona
Graduate College Admissions
Administration Bldg. Room 322
P.O. Box 210066
Tucson, Arizona 85721

An international student's application is not admissible until acceptable scores are received by the Graduate College Admissions Office. The test date must be within two years of the intended term of enrollment to be considered valid.

Exempt from submitting English proficiency scores are:

  • Applicants whose native language is English.
  • Applicants who have completed two years of full time academic study in the United States, English-speaking Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand or other official English speaking countries at an accredited institution, culminating in the receipt of a bachelors or graduate degree that is awarded within two years of the term of enrollment. Students must have 48 graded, semester hours of upper division, undergraduate work or 30 graded, semester hours of graduate work.
    • Note: If the student has been residing outside the English speaking country for more than 2 years since completing studies and earning a degree, he or she will be required to submit current TOEFL or IELTS scores as part of the admissions process.
Financial Aid

The Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program continues to be one of the best values in legal education. Students enrolled in the program receive both classroom and hands-on training.

Financial Aid

Federal financial aid may be available for U.S. citizens. Some forms of aid are need-based and other are not based upon financial need. Applicants are encouraged to look at the College of Law fiancial aid page for information on tuition rates, financial aid, information on deadlines for applying for financial assistance, and information on how to apply for private non-governmental loans ( 

To assist students in obtaining financial aid, Keyshia Connor serves as Associate Director of Financial Aid/Scholarships for prospective and enrolled students at the College of Law. Ms. Connor can be reached at 520.626.1832 or by email at

Scholarships & Fellowships

Because University and College or Law financial aid funds are extremely limited, full scholarships in general are rarely available to students enrolling in the program. Partial awards (in the form of grants or tuition waivers) can be offered to a few students each year. Applicants must find most of the financial assistance necessary for their travel, living, and educational expenses from outside sources. To be considered for a scholarship, please submit with your application a 1-2 page letter requesting to be considered for a scholarship and providing information you think is relevant to your financial situation.

The Graduate College provides additional information for financial resources available to University of Arizona Graduate Students ( Additionally, the International Student Office provides information on financial aid resources for international students (

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: May 1
  • Spring: October 1

International Applicants:

  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: September 1
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

To earn the Masters of Professional Studies in Indigenous Governance, a student must complete 30 credits, including the following seven courses:

  • Rebuilding Native Nations: An Introduction (1 credit)
  • Comparative Indigenous Governance (1 credit)
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Under International Law (1 credit)
  • Comparative Legal Systems and Their Role in Nation Building (1 credit)
  • Evidence for Indigenous Governance Principles (1 credit)
  • Making Change Happen (1 credit)
  • Thesis/Experiential Learning (2-3 credits)

This program can be completed in as little as one year—or you can take up to four years to complete the requirements on a part-time basis.

Minor Requirements


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Last revised 19 May 2015