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Program entry options

There are two options for applying for the graduate certificate in Indigenous Nationhood:

Option A: Undertaking the Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Nationhood as complementary to an existing graduate degree in Political Science, Law, or iGov

If a student is applying to a graduate program in political science, law, or Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria, and wants to pursue the graduate certificate in Indigenous Nationhood, they should ideally apply for both at the same time: IGOV (Indigenous Governance with Indigenous Nationhood), POLI (Political Science with Indigenous Nationhood), and Law (Law with Indigenous Nationhood). Applicants to the Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Nationhood must submit an additional and separate application to the IN Certificate program.

A student can also decide at any point during their graduate program at UVic to make an application to the graduate certificate in Indigenous Nationhood.

Option A allows you to:

  • Apply for the Indigenous Nationhood certificate and combine it with a MA or PhD in Political Science at UVic, or
  • Apply for the Indigenous Nationhood certificate and combine it with a MA or PhD in Indigenous Governance at UVic, or
  • Apply for the Indigenous Nationhood certificate and combine it with an LLM or PhD in Law at UVic.

Keep in mind that political science, IGOV, and law control the requirements of their respective degrees and thus, while the Indigenous Nationhood certificate requirements remain uniform, the approach varies with each of these programs.

Option B: Undertaking the Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Nationhood as a freestanding certificate

Students in a University of Victoria academic unit other than one of the three participating units, students from another university, or qualified professionals seeking to undertake the graduate certificate in Indigenous Nationhood would need to apply to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and be reviewed by the program committee for admission.

Option B allows you to:

  • Apply as a student from programs other than political science, law, and IGOV in combination with another graduate program at UVic.
  • Apply as a student from another university for the graduate certificate in Indigenous Nationhood as a stand-alone credential.
  • Apply as a qualified professional or community member for the graduate certificate in Indigenous Nationhood as a stand-alone credential.

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