Native Studies Master's Program

The Master of Arts Program in Native Studies is a natural extension of the undergraduate program; however, students with undergraduate majors other than Native Studies will also be considered for admission.  Students with education backgrounds outside Native Studies who wish to enroll in the M.A. program are encouraged to speak with our Graduate Program Chair for admission requirements.

Our M.A. program offers opportunities for specialization in First Nations, Inuit and Métis histories, cultures, social and theoretical issues. Areas of study include, but are not limited to: Aboriginal land, resource and constitutional rights; governance; politics; economic and ecological development; identity; contemporary Aboriginal literatures; Indigenous film; languages; gender; justice issues; post-colonial historiography and criticism. The graduate program reflects Aboriginal perspectives in teaching and research.

The emphasis of the M.A. Program is on research and therefore a thesis is a degree requirement.  In addition to the thesis, M.A. students must also complete a minimum of 18 credit hours of course work at the graduate level, of which 12 credit hours are mandatory and are listed below:

NATV 7230 Methodology and Research Issues in Native Studies: A review of research methods, such as oral histories, and research issues, such as ethics and intellectual property rights, within the context of Native Studies.

NATV 7240 Issues in Colonization: An examination of the factors influencing colonization, assimilation and indigenization. Explores the colonization and decolonization processes, theories of colonization and ways of promoting indigenization without assimilation.

NATV 7250 Culture, Theory and Praxis: A study of selected material in Métis, First Nations, or Inuit studies, designed to meet the special needs of the graduate student interested in exploring interdisciplinary perspectives in Native Studies.

NATV 7280 Native Studies Colloquia: Theoretical, methodological, ethical and contextual issues in Native Studies are explored from the perspectives of formally and informally trained experts using colloquia format. Students are required to attend regularly and one presentation is required each time this course is taken. This course is taken more than once to fulfill program requirements.

Of the 18 credit hours required to meet degree requirements, 6 credit hours are elective. The Department of Native Studies has several other courses to choose from.  For a full list of the courses that the Department of Native Studies offers at the graduate level, click HERE.  Students should also be aware that graduate level courses from other departments are acceptable as their electives upon approval by the student's Advisor.

Admission Requirements:

Application deadlines are:
- May 15 for September admission
        - January 15 for International students
- January 15 for all students if you are applying for funding
- The following documents are required as part of the application process.

1.  Native Studies Graduate Program application form (which includes a Statement of Intent)

2.  Faculty of Graduate Studies application

3.  International Students please check the following websites

For more information, please visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies supplemental regulations page here.