Graduate studies

Info session, November 24

Learn more about the Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance (MAIG) program at our virtual info session on November 24, at 5pm PST.

MAIG info session

Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance (MAIG)

Students admitted into the Master of Art in Indigenous Governance (MAIG) program complete 10.5 units of coursework and 4.5 units for the community governance project. The program is full-time and seminar-style courses are offered on campus only. Students typically complete the project-based program within two years.

Students in the MAIG program benefit from the long-standing academic and research relationships with our UVic community, and international partners.

A research thesis option will be offered for Fall 2022.

Typical program structure (by term)

Note: Curriculum is under review and pending approval. Detailed program information will be released in Spring 2021.


  • IGOV Seminar (1.5 units) 
  • IGOV Seminar (1.5 units) 
  • IGOV Seminar (1.5 units) 


  • IGOV Seminar (1.5 units) 
  • IGOV Seminar (1.5 units) 
  • IGOV Seminar (1.5 units) 

Elective (1.5)

Students must take an additional graduate level course selected from among courses in related fields in consultation with the student’s supervisor and graduate adviser. This course may be taken in any term and must be completed before starting the community governance project.

IGOV 598 community governance project (4.5 units)

Projects are geared toward providing a practical learning experience and opportunity for students to face the real world challenges of governance in an Indigenous context. They also serve a crucial function for affiliated communities in providing access to the university’s resources and expertise through the students’ participation in projects to enhance the community’s governance capacity.

Admissions information

Related UVic programs

We value Indigenous-led campus collaborations that advance shared goals of Indigenous resurgence, self-governance and nationhood to support the heath and well-being of Indigenous Peoples, communities and First Nations.

Programs like Indigenous Governance, Indigenous Nationhood, the JID, Indigenous language revitalization and entrepreneurship, Gender Studies and Indigenous Studies reflect UVic’s deep and longstanding commitment to foster respect and reconciliation with Indigenous people and communities.

Browse the list of UVic programs with Indigenous content.