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Indigenous Governance

Indigenous governance programming is more important now than ever. Our program's course content is informed by a deep respect for Indigenous knowledge and traditions. You’ll study the current political realities of Indigenous communities. You'll gain a deeper understanding of the profound effect that mutually-productive working relationships can have.

Our Indigenous governance program is recognized worldwide for its accountability and relevance to Indigenous communities. We welcome students from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

You can combine our Indigenous Nationhood certificate with our Master’s program for an even more well-rounded education.

Degree programs offered

In our MA program, you’ll learn governance and leadership within a cohort model. You'll receive careful mentorship as you complete a major community-centered project. This project will be a mutually-beneficial, direct collaboration with a community.

This degree is full-time and seminar-style courses are offered on campus only. You’ll complete a Community Governance project (CGP), a written report and an oral defense.

The CGP can be completed off campus with an Indigenous organization or community.

Study Indigenous nationhood to gain an interdisciplinary perspective on the intersections of governance, politics and law. Coursework for this graduate certificate draws from Indigenous governance, political science and law. You’ll gain advanced theoretical, methodological and applied understandings of Indigenous nationhood. This certificate will give you the skills to become a researcher, scholar and community leader.

You can take this certificate as a stand-alone program or combine it with our Indigenous governance MAIG or PhD.

Program Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
MA 2 years Yes No
IN 1 year No Yes

Quick facts

Program options:
Masters, Certificate
Program delivery:
Other: Flexible, Distance or intensive

Areas of focus

  • Indigenous governance theory
  • Governance methods and tools
  • Administration
  • Political dimensions
  • Research methods

Find a supervisor

Indigenous Governance MA applicants do not need to choose a supervisor before admission. We'll work with you to determine your supervisor and committee members early in your program.

See our complete faculty listing for a full list of contacts for Indigenous Governance.

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

  • Canadian and International students: apply by January 15 for September entry.

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

Need help?

Contact the graduate secretary or 250-721-6438.

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