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American Indian Studies (MA)

Estados Unidos

¿Qué aprenderé?

The University of Arizona's M.A. in American Indian Studies – the first such degree in the U.S. – is a two year academic degree program that provides a unique opportunity for students and scholars to explore issues critically important to American Indian nations and communities locally, statewide and nationally. The AIS M.A. focuses on three interrelated concepts:

Centering Native peoples – The American Indian Studies Graduate Interdisciplinary Program (AIS GIDP) at UA centers Native peoples – their knowledges, worldviews, perspectives, values, histories, experiences, lifeways, and futures – within research, education, and service. The AIS GIDP seeks understanding from an Indigenous perspective, placing Native ontologies, epistemologies, axiologies, methodologies, and pedagogies at the center of the intellectual effort to understand, teach about, and serve Indigenous communities. AIS GIDP seeks to examine the world through an Indigenous perspective, utilizing Peoplehood as a primary disciplinary lens.

Peoplehood – Conceptions of Peoplehood serve as a primary lens for understanding the commonalities and diversity of American Indian and Indigenous communities. Originally proposed by faculty and students in the UA Department of American Indian Studies in 2003, the concept of Peoplehood has become a critical lens for “rearticulating indigenous identity,” one that “offers the most promise in terms of its non-Western approach to identity, its flexibility, comprehensiveness, and allowance for cultural continuity and change” (Corntassel, 2003). The “Peoplehood” model represents their understanding of the interrelated components of indigeneity broadly, as well as the specificity and diversity of Indigenous communities in the U.S. and beyond.

Community engagement and services – "Relational accountability” sits at the heart of Indigenous research and scholarship. This places an obligation on AIS as a discipline – and the AIS GIDP – to not just center Indigenous knowledges in our research and teaching, but to build relationships with Indigenous communities, to be accountable to those relationships and communities, and to contribute in tangible ways to the continued thriving of Native peoples. What this engagement, accountability, and service will look like will vary greatly as each member of the faculty and each graduate student has a different area of focus and specialization.

The diversity of engagement and service only serves to underscore our collective commitment to supporting the many elements of Indigenous Peoplehood. Taken together, these commitments distinguish M.A. studies in American Indian Studies at UA as a discipline, and provide a theoretical model for the intellectual, pedagogical, and service work of the GIDP’s faculty and students.

¿En cuál departamento estoy?

Graduate College

Opciones de estudio

a tiempo completo (MINIMUM OF 36 CREDIT UNITS)

Costos de estudio
US$34.044,00 por año
This fee is for 2021-2022 and it may subject to change for the coming year
Aplicaciones hasta

Esperado January 2024

Fecha de inicio

Esperado Agosto 2023


INTO University of Arizona

1200 E University Blvd,



85721, United States

Requerimiento de entrada

Para estudiantes internacionales

A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution is required for admission to the Master of Arts program in AIS.

Minimum TOEFL: 550; (TOEFL) - minimum score of 79 iBT (or 60 on the revised PBT with no section score lower than 15); (IELTS) - minimum composite score of 7, with no subject area below a 6; Pearson PTE Academic - minimum score of 60; CEPT Full Academic test (link is external)- offered by our Center for English as a Second Language (CESL), minimum Total score of 110

Application Deadlines: Fall: January 15


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