Native Studies

University of Alberta

24 months
10500 CAD/year
5575 CAD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
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The program of Native Studies at the University of Alberta distinctively combines Aboriginal community knowledge and concerns with the scholarly standards and methods of a research-intensive university to offer multidisciplinary education in a rigorous, respectful academic environment attentive to local, national and international concerns. 


In this scholarly and methodological context, the program of Native Studies at the University of Alberta emphasizes research strengths in the faculty: 

  • Critical Indigenous Theory,
  • Indigenous Governance,
  • Indigenous Peoples and Practices (with emphasis on the Prairies); &
  • Indigenous Sexualities, Genders and Feminisms.

Length of Program

Full-time MA students will normally be expected to complete the program in two years. Part-time students may be considered for admission.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Directed Readings in Native Studies

  • Directed Advanced Readings in Native Studies

  • Theoretical Perspectives in Native Studies

  • Practicum in Native Studies

  • Community-Based Research

  • Archival and Historical Research Methods

  • Social Survey Design and Analysis for Aboriginal Communities 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

If spots remain open after this initial deadline, we will accept applications until July 1. 




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Application Requirements

  • A four-year undergraduate degree with a cumulative average of a minimum of 3.0 GPA (on a four point letter grading scale) 
  • A two page statement of your proposed area of research normally including an outline of discussions with your preferred supervisor and, if possible, potential committee members in the Faculty of Native Studies. 
  • An example of academic work appropriate to the application.
  • Three letters of reference (preferably academic) with the Letter of Reference to Support Application for Graduate Admission Form.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10500 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10500 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    5575 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5575 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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Due for update

Updated over a year ago

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Native Studies
University of Alberta