University of Kansas

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Indigenous Studies


University of Kansas

Suite 206

Lawrence, IN 66160

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Indigenous Studies

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Indigenous Studies Master’s degree program at the University of Kansas provides students with in-depth knowledge of Indigenous peoples’ complex and diverse cultures and histories, and to provide students with the knowledge to understand and assess the U.S. tribes' unique relationships to the US government. Indigenous Studies encourages appreciation of the contributions of Indigenous peoples to the global society, provides students with an understanding of the difficulties confronting tribal nations and offers foundational knowledge to assist them in finding innovative solutions to solve those problems. The multi-disciplinary program offers students the advantage of studying relevant issues from a wide range of academic perspectives. The expertise of the affiliate faculty members includes Native American history, including medical and legal aspects; indigenous literature; ethnobotany; Indigenous peoples' cultural survival and political activism; American Indian tribal governments; indigenous geographies and cartographic history; Native American religions; and much more. The Master’s program allows students to develop an area of specialization in which to build their expertise. Students can choose either a thesis or non-thesis option to complete their degrees. KU Indigenous Studies also offers a joint degree with the Law School. Students may graduate with both the J.D. and an M.A. in Indigenous Studies in three to four years, making it an ideal choice for students interested in tribal law. With rolling admissions, the program offers the flexibility to apply at your convenience and to begin your studies either in the Fall or the Spring semester. Empowered by the resources on campus and in the local community, Indigenous Studies at KU strives to provide unique learning opportunities for students that go beyond the classroom. Visit to learn more about the program.


The University of Kansas is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association Of Colleges and Schools (NCA). This accreditation provides assurance that KU has met nationally recognized standards. KU was granted a full 10-year accreditation on June 24, 2005. The next accreditation review will be 2015.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 30

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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