Native American Studies, M.A. | University of Oklahoma | Norman, United States
24 months
39932 USD/year
35004 USD/year
12050 USD/year
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The Master’s degree in Native American Studies from the University of Oklahoma —one of the leading such programs in the nation—attracts and serves students of diverse backgrounds and academic interests who are committed to using distinctly Native American perspectives to place the sovereignty of Native nations and the cultures of Native peoples at the center of academic study. 


About this Degree

The Native American Studies curriculum is, at the same time, focused and flexible. We currently support intensive study in four interrelated areas of emphasis that are interdisciplinary in nature - History & Culture, Native Languages, Indigenous Community Planning, and Tribal Governance & Leadership. Students work closely with faculty to combine areas of emphasis according to their own scholarly and professional goals. 

NAS offers three degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as two graduate certificate programs.

The first degree in Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma was awarded in 1996.  Since then, nearly 400 students have earned bachelor's degrees, with either a major or minor in NAS, and master's 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.

Who We Are

The University of Oklahoma Department of Native American Studies recognizes the complexity and diversity of Indian Country. And significantly, we are representative of that diversity. Our faculty, staff, students, and alumni are both Native and non-Native. We represent federally recognized tribes, state-recognized tribes, and unrecognized tribes. We are citizens of dozens of tribal political entities and are related through kinship and cultural practice to many, many more indigenous communities. Some among us are tribally enrolled citizens; others are not.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Critical Indigenous Theory
  • Indigenous Research Methods
  • American Indian Law Review and Directed Legal Research
  • Sovereignty, Law, and Policy
  • Federal Indian Law

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    39932 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19966 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    35004 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17502 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12050 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6025 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • Tuition per 18 credit hours

Living costs for Norman

900 - 1400 USD /month
Living costs

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