The Graduate Certificate is a 12 unit program designed for Indigenous governance professionals. The courses provide training in law, public policy, and governance with a focus on the Indigenous context.
To earn the Indigenous Governance Graduate Certificate, a student must complete 12 credit hours. Three courses are required: (1) Law, Policy and Economics of Contemporary Tribal Governments (1 credit); (2) Comparative Indigenous Governance (1 credit); and (3) a capstone project (2-4 credits). Of the 12 credits, a total of four must be taken in person. The remaining 8 credits can be either in person or through distance learning, but must be selected from the approved list of electives. A student may petition the Director, upon a showing of good cause, to allow another graduate level course to be substituted for a listed elective.
Students may take the course as full time students or through an executive education structure. It is expected that the vast majority of students will pursue the executive education path. Students are strongly encouraged to begin the certificate by taking the two required courses as part of the January in Tucson program. Students enrolled full time can complete the certificate in one semester. Students enrolled part time may take up to three years to complete the Certificate.
Students must hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent from their home country. Students who complete at least four credits in the Continuing Education Certificate in Indigenous Governance and who have (1) greater than a 3.5 GPA and (2) practical experience equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree will be allowed to switch into the Graduate Certificate.
With permission from the Director, Students may change from the Certificate program to the Masters of Professional Studies in Indigenous Governance. Units earned as part of the Certificate may be applied to the degree program, provided the student is admitted to the MPS within three years of completing the certificate courses.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Tuition for the Graduate Certificate is $8500 and includes all textbooks and other course materials. Payment of tuition allows a student to take up to 15 credits. Students may also choose to enroll in individual courses at a cost of $750 per credit hour. The program has very limited scholarship funds. Information on other type of financial aid is forthcoming.