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  • Native American Studies Graduate Certificate


Montana State University's online graduate certificate in Native American Studies is the only program of its type in the world.

Courses cover current and historical aspects of Native American art, law, culture and contemporary issues, and students will gain a deeper insight into the American Indians of Montana, the region and the nation.

Credits earned may be transferred to a master's degree program in Native American Studies. (Completing the master's program requires two semesters on campus.)


  • 12 graduate credits in Native American Studies

Tuition and Fees


  • Jioanna Carjuzaa, who has 20 years of teaching experience and serves as MSU's Indian Education for All professional development facilitator
  • Walter Fleming, department head of MSU's Native American Studies Department
  • Carol Miller, an award-winning professor emeritus of American Indian Studies and American Studies from the University of Minnesota
  • Francine Spang-Willis, former director of the American Indian Tribal Histories Project with extensive experience in Oral Tradition
  • Michelle Baumflek, received her Ph.D from Cornell University where her research focuses on the use of gathered plants and fungi, as it relates to choices about health, food and cultural expression in indigenous communities of Main and New Brunswick.  Previously, she was the Non-timber Forest Products Research Specialist at the University of Vermont.   
  • Erin Koester Tusell, received a master’s degree in Native American Studies from Montana State University where her research focused on Native American Studies in public schools and the legislation, policy, and politics surrounding this topic.  She has continued working in Education and presents on Native American Studies at local conferences and professional development seminars for teachers. 
  • Josh Dean Iokua IkaikaLoa Mori has a master’s in Native American Studies from MSU and was Montana Apprenticeship Program Coordinator. He lives on the west side of Kaua’i, is involved in local activist movements and runs an academy training Hawaiian culture based athletes.
  • Meg Singer (Navajo; Towering House/Biligaana Clans) has a BA in Literature with an emphasis in YA Native American Literature from Westminster College. Her Master’s is in Native American Studies with an emphasis on Indigenous Deaf Studies at MSU.
  • Caroline Running Wolf, née Old Coyote, is an enrolled member of the Apsáalooke Nation(Crow). She earned her master’s degree in Native American Studies from MSU and taught Introduction to Native American Studies.
  • Marissa Spang (Esevona’e), M.Ed., descends from Chief Morning Star through her ke’eehe (Cheyenne grandmother) and of Pretty Shield through her kaa’laa (Crow grandmother). She obtained her B.A. degree in Native American Studies from Dartmouth College and her M.Ed. in Learning Sciences and Human Development from the University of Washington. Her work actively attends to the storied and lived collective continuance of Indigenous peoples, by Indigenous peoples - particularly in the context of everyday human repair, repatriation and practice of respectful relations with the natural world by employing Indigenous sciences and ontologies, while finding ways to adapt/integrate Western science. Such an approach works and emerges directly with/in land - in so doing, a host of ecological relations are restored, as well as Indigenous peoples’ knowledges, their sense of self and active, self-determining presence on their territories as good relatives/scientists/citizens.
  • Jennifer Woodcock-Medicine Horse holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, an MA in Native American Studies from Montana State University-Bozeman and is completing her PhD in American Studies at Montana State University-Bozeman in May 2018; her dissertation is "Green Museums Waking up the World: Indigenous and Mainstream Approaches to Exploring Sustainability". She is 2015 Smithsonian Research Fellowship recipient at the National Museum of the American Indian, and is particularly interested in the nexus of Indigenous and Western science, the Anthropocene, decolonization, and collaboration and inclusivity in educational contexts. 
  • Christopher Carter is a planner who has feet firmly planted in both regional planning practice and visual communication. He holds a B.Sc. with highest honors in interdisciplinary studies from MSU-Bozeman and a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from University of British Columbia - Vancouver with a focus on natural resource management and disaster resilience and is a state floodplain manager. 

Sample Course Descriptions

New courses are being developed, and courses may vary by semester.

Current Courses

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  • Bachelor's degree (3.0 GPA)

Admissions to the Graduate Certificate Program is by application

The program has a rolling application, and students may submit materials at any time.

The application includes:

  • A Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose (2-5 pages), introducing yourself and your interest in Native American Studies
  • A CV or Resume
  • Two writing samples, preferably of an academic nature, demonstrating graduate level research/writing
  • Official Transcripts from attended colleges or universities
  • Montana State University Graduate School application (this includes a one-time $60 fee)

These materials may be uploaded/requested by you on your online application.

Please request transcripts sent to:

Attn: Megan Gourneau
Native American Studies P.O. Box 172340 2-179 Wilson Hall 
Montana State University; Bozeman, MT 59717 .

For More Information

Contact Megan Gourneau, Graduate Program Coordinator, at or (406) 994-3881.

To receive a brochure and/or notifications of upcoming courses, contact MSU Academic Technology & Outreach: (406) 994-6550 or (866) 540-5660 (toll-free) or email

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