Indigenous Governance: Masters of Professional Studies

The Masters of Professional Studies is a 30 credit masters program designed for nonlawyers who need knowledge of law, public policy, and governance to better do their jobs.

Degree Requirements

To earn the Masters of Professional Studies in Indigenous Governance, a student must complete 30 credit hours, 4 of which must be taken in person. The remaining credits can be taken in person or through distance learning

The following courses are required:

  1. Law, Policy, and Economics of Contemporary Tribal Governments (1 Credit)
  2. Comparative Indigenous Governance (1 credit)
  3. Federal Indian Law (2-3 credits)
  4. Intro to US Law (2 credits)
  5. Legal Research (2 credits)
  6. Thesis (3-4 credits)
  7. Clinic, externship, or other experiential learning (3-4 credits)


Students may pursue their studies on a full-time or part-time basis. 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 two or three semesters.

Admission Requirements

Students must hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent from their home country. Students from countries where English is not the first language will be required to demonstrate sufficient English proficiency.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for MPS is $26,000. The program does have limited scholarship funds available and information on other type of financial aid is forthcoming.