Indigenous Studies

Admission Requirements

Candidates applying for admission to the MA program in Indigenous Studies must complete the online application through the Office of Graduate Studies.  Information about minimum requirements and codes for GRE or TOEFL tests can be found at this website. The required supporting documents listed below, including the writing sample and transcripts, must be uploaded to this website.  There is no need to send copies of application materials to the Indigenous Studies Program.  The Office of Graduate Studies will forward your information to the Indigenous Studies Program office.  The Indigenous Studies Program accepts students on a rolling admissions basis. Students may apply to be admitted for either the fall or spring semesters. Fall 2012 applicants will be considered beginning October 19 and spring 2012 beginning on August 15. Applicants who submit complete applications by earlier dates will receive priority consideration.

The following materials must accompany your application:

  • GRE verbal and analytical writing scores
  • Transcript(s) from undergraduate or graduate institution(s) you have attended
    • The Office of Graduate Studies requires a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA for admission
    • Applicants can also upload an unofficial, electronic copy of their transcripts with the application form.
  • Writing sample of at least 10 pages
  • 5-page personal statement explaining how a Master's degree in Indigenous Studies will benefit you and why you will successfully complete the degree
    • Applicants can upload their writing samples and statements as part of the application.
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • The Letter of recommendation system works on the contact information provided by the applicant at the time of application.

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