The Master in Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas at UIT the Arctic University of Norway affords all students a unique opportunity to conduct applied research with industry, government, and Indigenous peoples and institutions on issues concerning natural resource management, consultations and negotiations, and economic development or other governance issues in the circumpolar north.
The program is offered flexibly, in both a part-time schedule over eight semesters (4 years) and in a full-time schedule over four semesters (2 years). These two formats facilitate the involvement of students who have already begun their careers and wish to complement their education with a master’s degree, while also allowing more academically focused students to complete the program more quickly.
By the end of the program, students will have:
- advanced knowledge about actors, institutions and processes of vital importance for the development in the circumpolar North, and an understanding how different governance systems may hamper or promote social and economic innovations
- a solid understanding of the economics underpinning the natural resource industry in Northern and Indigenous regions;
- a solid understanding of domestic Indigenous rights in different countries, as well as international Indigenous rights;
- substantial insight into the potential for political, entrepreneurial and social innovations in northern and remote regions, as well as the barriers to positive developments in the circumpolar world;
- an appreciation for the value of applied research and its integration for effective decision-making, policy development, planning and implementation by Indigenous and northern communities, organizations, businesses and governments
- a unique understanding of the interconnected nature of the issues and challenges in Indigenous and northern areas.
The program prepares students for doctoral programs in public policy, indigenous studies, sustainable development, and other related fields. Graduates of the GENI program will be prepared for careers in various levels of government; at economic agencies; with industry and in private entrepreneurship; in consulting, and with non-governmental and community-service organizations.
More informationVisit official programme website
Programme StructureCourses include:
- Introduction to Graduate Academic Writing
- Research Methods and Indigenous Research Ethics
- Professional Communication
- Circumpolar Innovations and Entrepreneurship
- Negotiations and Consultations in Northern and Indigenous Areas
- 24 months
- 48 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies Entrepreneurship View 4 other Masters in Entrepreneurship in Norway
- Bachelor's degree in social sciences, law or education and a statement of intent
InternationalFreeTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
EU/EEAFreeTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
- semester fee of NOK 625 (57 EUR)
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