The online Indigenous Education MA degree program emphasizes research, theory, and practice related to both education and the process of schooling. This program engages individuals who are interested in or currently working with and in Indigenous communities or schools serving Indigenous children.

ASU Online offers start dates every 7.5 weeks.
Multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year.
Required number of credits to complete this degree.

ASU online’s Master of Arts in Indigenous Education can be completed in 18 – 24 months. This program will build critical understanding of contemporary Indigenous education, as well as train students to envision creative possibilities for the future. Because the Center for Indian Education is housed in the School of Social Transformation with faculty that collaborate with colleagues campus-wide, nationally and internationally, students will have access to a wealth of additional resources at the master’s level, allowing them to tailor their program so that it best fits their specific professional aspirations.

The courses are taught 100% online by Indigenous faculty or faculty with significant experience in Indigenous communities. The Indigenous Education MA degree will focus on Indigenous knowledge systems, current issues in American Indian education, history of American Indian education, issues of Indigenous language and culture, American Indian education policy, American Indians in higher education, and critical Indigenous research methodologies.

Whether a student is an experienced educator working in tribal communities or new to exploring the topic, the MA in Indigenous Education will help them create practical solutions. Our researchers and students work collaboratively with Native communities, and contribute to the advancement of new knowledge, practice, and policy in American Indian/Indigenous education.

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Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor’s degree in a related field or a master’s degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of 3.00 cumulative GPA (on a 4.00 scale) in the applicable master's degree. Applicants that are particularly strong in other areas may be considered for provisional admission if their GPA is a 2.8 or higher.  No exceptions will be made for applicants whose GPA is below a 2.8 cumulative.

All applicants must submit:

  1. Graduate admission application and application fee
  2. Official transcripts
  3. Letter of intent
  4. Example of writing
  5. Professional resume
  6. Three (3) letters of recommendation
  7. Proof of English proficiency for applicants whose native language is not English

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