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The Master’s degree in Native American Studies uses distinctly Native American perspectives to place the sovereignty of Native nations and the cultures of Native peoples at the center of academic study.

In addition to core classes in Indigenous theory and research methods, the Native American Studies curriculum currently supports intensive study in three interrelated areas of emphasis that are synthetic and interdisciplinary in nature: Tribal Governance and Policy; Indigenous Media and Arts; and Language, History, and Cultural Knowledges. The curriculum is, at the same time, focused and flexible. Students are encouraged to combine areas of emphasis according to their own scholarly and professional goals. 

In addition, to the MA degree, students may pursue a joint MA/JD in Native American Studies and Law as well as a graduate certificate in American Indian Social Work.

In the past twenty years, Native American Studies has awarded over 200 degrees; NAS alumni have distinguished themselves in a wide range of careers some of which include: tribal government, law, health policy, filmmaking and media, historic preservation, language revitalization, and education.

  • One sample of your academic writing
    (preference of 10-25 pp. in length)

  • Expression of Interest in Graduate Assistantships
    (Should be addressed within first paragraph of your personal statement)

  • Three letters of recommendation
    (At least two from academic sources, i.e. faculty)

Current graduate students should visit the OU Graduate College website for information on resources and events specifically for graduate students.

They should also familiarize themselves with the information and degree-completion deadlines within the Graduate College Bulletin.

NAS Graduate Teaching Assistants each teach an online section of our Intro to Native American Studies course.

Graduate Assistantships are generally offered to incoming students for the fall term, who apply by the priority deadline of March 15th, though offers are extended throughout the year as positions become available.

Students should express interest in a Graduate Assistantship within the first paragraph of their personal statement when applying for admission.

For more information please, contact Interim Chair and Graduate Liaison, Dr. Raymond Orr, at or 405-325-2312.