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Native American Studies Graduate Handbook
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The Department of Native American Studies offers a Master of Arts degree in Native American Studies. This degree conforms to the general requirements in the MSU-Bozeman Bulletin. Every graduate student must be familiar with these requirements.
The information that follows below supplements the MSU-Bozeman Bulletin with specific requirements that pertain to the graduate degree in Native American Studies.
Master of Arts Degree
NAS Dept Deadline for SUMMER 2011 APPLICATION submission: March 15, 2011
NAS Dept Deadline for FALL 2011 APPLICATION submission: June 15, 2011
NAS Dept Deadline for SPRING 2012 APPLICATION submission: October 15, 2011
- Baccalaureate degree in Native American Studies or related field
- 3.0 Grade Point Average
- Official undergraduate transcripts from all universities attended
- MSU M.A. Graduate Application from the MSU Graduate School
- Three letters of recommendation
- Letter of application that addresses the applicant's education and experience related to NAS, area(s) of intended study, and the applicant's goals related to the MA degree
- Two short writing samples
- Resume or CV
M.A. applications can be obtained on line here or from Native American Studies. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. M.A. applications for students wishing to be considered for a teaching assistantship for the fall semester will be due by March 1. Applications for fall semester will be accepted until July 15, but no guarantees of financial assistance can be made. Applications for candidates wishing to begin in spring semester will be due in the department by November 1. International degree and non-degree seeking applications are due June 15 for Fall Semesters and November 1 for Spring Semesters.
The M.A. degree requires a total of 30 credit-hours. All students must take:
- NAS 540, Theoretical Positions in Native American Studies (3 credits),
- NAS 541, A Critical Approach to Native American Studies Methodologies (3 credits), and
- NAS 530, Federal Indian Law and Policy (3 credits).
- In addition to the courses listed below, students may also take 400-level courses in Native American Studies and in related disciplines.
Mastery of Subject Matter
Mastery of the major field will be determined by 1) a thesis or professional research paper; 2) a record of excellence in all courses taken as part of the graduate program; and 3) a four and a half hour written exam generated by the student's committee members.
Comprehensive written or oral examinations are normally taken after the student has completed 2/3 of their classwork; typically in the third semester.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships
A limited number of graduate teaching assistantship positions are available. Applicants who are interested in a GTA position should so indicate in their application for consideration.