Graduate Program

 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, an education. 

 · Master’s Degree in Native American Studies
 · Master’s Degree in NAS/Juris Doctorate with OU College of Law
 · Graduate Certificate in American Indian Social Work with Zarrow School of Social Work

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Application Process & Requirements

To apply to the master's program, please complete an online graduate application to the University. Apply Here

OU NAS has a rolling deadline; however, for best consideration please apply by March 15.

As a prospective NAS graduate student you must submit:

  • one copy of your academic writing (preference of 10-25 pp. in length)
  • a personal statement that outlines ultimate goals, area of focus, and faculty with whom you might want to work
  • interest in graduate teaching/research positions (preference for this to be addressed within first paragraph of your personal statement)
  • three letters of recommendation (2 from academic sources i.e.: faculty)

For more information please, contact Dr. Amanda Cobb-Greetham at or call (405) 325-2312.