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Indigenous Education

In Indigenous Education, you’ll lead efforts toward the revitalization of Indigenous languages. You’ll learn the skills for successful language projects in communities undergoing language recovery. This program is accessible to those who cannot leave their communities for more than a few weeks at a time.

Exceptional Entry

Exceptional entry is available to those with expertise in their language or culture. These applicants may be allowed entry even without a baccalaureate degree. Contact the Indigenous graduate secretary for more information.

Degree programs offered

Join a generation of language experts at the forefront of Indigenous language revitalization efforts. You'll be a language scholar with the expertise to lead in post-secondary institutions and communities. Learn how to support the revitalization, reclamation and maintenance of Indigenous languages.

The MA program is thesis-based. The MEd program is project-based.

If you’re unable to complete the full program, you can apply to receive the Graduate Certificate as an exit credential after the first two terms of this program.

The Graduate Certificate program is designed to create language specialists who may not have the time to complete a full Master’s degree. You’ll learn how to become a leader in language revitalization efforts. The training you receive will allow you to make a real difference in your community.

Program Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
MA, MEd 2 years Yes No
GCE 2 terms No Yes

Quick facts

Program options:
Masters, Certificate
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional

Areas of focus

  • Indigenous language revitalization
  • Post-secondary program support
  • Indigenous culture and knowledge systems
  • Indigenous teacher education and student success
  • Indigenous pedagogies and practices

Funding & aid

Graduate students registered in full-time programs are automatically considered for a fellowship. This is based on a qualifying GPA.

Individual award amounts may vary depending on the program.

UVic Fellowship Awards

  • Up to $17,500 per year (master's)
  • Up to $20,000 per year (PhD)

UVic Graduate Awards

  • Up to $10,000 per year (master's and PhD)


  • The minimum requirement for funding consideration is a A- average on the last two years of course work
  • Full-time registration (3.0 units) for UVic Fellowship holders and at least part-time registration (1.5 units) for UVic Graduate Award holders
  • Full-time registration for students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is 1.5 units

You can also join the co-op program or work as a research or teaching assistant.

Funding opportunities

Tuition & fees

Visit our tuition calculator to determine the tuition and fees for your program.

When you apply you will be charged an application fee. Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee for documents from within Canada: $131.50
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $169

Application deadlines

  • Domestic and International students: apply by January 31.
  • The MILR’s next intake year is expected to be January of 2020.

Admission & program requirements

You must meet the minimum graduate school admission requirements.

Review the graduate admission requirements and this program's admission requirements in the Graduate calendar.

If your first language is not English you must provide proof of language proficiency. Learn more about language requirements, including what exemptions and tests are allowed.

Ready to apply?

You can start your online application to UVic by creating a new profile or using an existing one.

Apply now    How to apply

Faculties & departments

Need help?

Contact the graduate secretary or 250-721-7824.

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