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Master of Tribal Administration and Governance

UMD Graduate School

Program Overview

The Master of Tribal Administration and Governance is an applied professional development degree designed to develop the knowledge and skills needed to work as an administrator in a tribal government. Students in the program may already serve as tribal administrators, council members or tribal leaders. Students who currently work or aspire to work professionally in tribal governments or management positions will benefit from this program, which emphasizes both the acquisition of academic knowledge and the application of practical skills. The curriculum is based on the roles that tribal administrators, leaders and professionals play in formal and informal situations that support tribal sovereignty and self-determination. Traditional language and culture is an important thread throughout the program. Program delivery is designed to accommodate working professionals and support existing commitments to families and home communities. A combination of online delivery and several weekend meetings per semester provides face to face interaction with experts in each area of the curriculum including faculty, staff, special guests, and students.

Admission and Application Requirements

  • Preferred minimum GPA of 3.0; Bachelor's degree.
  • Personal statement (300 words)
  • Two letters of recommendation

Degree Requirements

Each cohort will complete the same sequence of courses totaling 38 credits.


Deadlines and Dates

Applications for Fall admission are accepted on a rolling basis.

Contact Information

Director of Graduate Studies: Tadd Johnson,, 218.726.8771
Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studiest: Tami Lawlor,, 218.726.7332


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