Degrees & Certificates

Degrees & Certificates

The PYT-UA Microcampus offers a one-year Masters of Professional Studies (MPS) in Indigenous Governance in Tribal Justice Systems, Tribal Economic Development, and Tribal Natural Resource Management, along with certificates in Indigenous governance and Tribal Courts and Justice Administration.


The Masters of Professional Studies (MPS) in Indigenous Governance

With concentration tracks in:

  • Tribal Justice Systems
  • Tribal Economic Development
  • Tribal Natural Resource Management

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Indigenous Governance degree has been designed with working professionals in mind, combining brief but intensive on-campus classes with a diverse menu of online courses and externship credits that can be earned in a student’s home community. The 30-credit hybrid in-person and online MPS degree can be completed within one year. By combining the immersive in-person January in Tucson experience with a robust online class curriculum, the MPS gives students flexibility to create their own specialized courses of study. 

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Professional Development Certificates

Native Nations Institute's Continuing Education Certificate in Indigenous Governance

The Continuing Education Certificate (CEC) in Indigenous Governance is a 6-credit professional development certificate that allows individuals from all walks of life to take part in courses taught by renowned faculty, covering a wide variety of topics related to Indigenous governance, Indigenous rights, and economic, community, and leadership development.

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University of Arizona Law Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program Professional Development Certificate in Tribal Courts and Justice Administration

The Professional Development Certificate in Tribal Courts and Justice Administration is designed to provide a strong foundation in the workings of tribal courts and justice systems for working professionals wishing to. This program prepares you for a wide range of tribal-justice related careers and teaches you the foundations of Native American law and policy. The curriculum covers topics ranging from federal Indian law, tribal courts, tribal criminal law, and tribal family law, all taught by industry-leading faculty.

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UA Graduate College Certificate in Indigenous Governance (BA in Law)

Offered by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Law, the Graduate Certificate (GC) in Indigenous Governance provides graduate-level executive education and leadership development for those interested in Indigenous governance.

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January in Tucson (JIT) courses in Indigenous Governance (Live and on-line)

For three weeks each year, the January in Tucson intensive education session brings together distinguished faculty in the field of Indigenous governance and Indigenous rights, and gives them the opportunity to teach and hold discussions with Indigenous leaders, practitioners, and community members, and anyone interested in Indigenous affairs.

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Undergraduate Certificate(s)

UA Undergraduate Certificate in Tribal Courts and Justice Administration

The Tribal Courts and Justice Administration Undergraduate Certificate offered by the University of Arizona College of Law and the School of Government and Public Policy in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is designed to provide a strong foundation in the workings of tribal courts and justice systems for students wishing to pursue careers as tribal judges (​most tribes do not require J.D. law degrees for appointment to the tribal bench), lay advocates, court clerks, probation officers, legal secretaries, assistants and paralegals, tribal law enforcement and game officers, and many other positions and professions connected to the administration of justice in Indian country. The certificate program is well-designed to prepare students who desire to go on to law school and specialize in federal Indian law, tribal justice systems, and Indian country self-governance institutions.

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