Applying to the MA

Ranked among the top programs in American Indian Studies (AIS), the Master of Arts degree, interdepartmental program at UCLA draws  from a wide variety of departments; students choose an area of concentration (History/Law/Policy, Economic Development, Social Relations or Language/Literature/Expressive Arts), acquiring skills that will enable them to conduct original research through the mentorship of over 27 AIS affiliated UCLA faculty.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to teach Native American studies, pursue specialized professional or graduate training; serve in an administrative roles in Native programs on/off the Reservation. Once in the program, a minimum of 10 courses are required with most students finishing the program in 6 quarters (two years), by writing a thesis or taking a comprehensive exam.

We encourage all students to apply for the Graduate Opprotunity Fellowship available throught the online gradaute division application.


Before you Apply

  • Review UCLA’s criteria for admission:
  • Identify faculty members that share your research interests
  • Check Dates & Deadlines [December 15]  
    *** The American Indian Studies program will continue to accept letters of recommendation that are submitted after December 15th as long as they are received before our review process begins.  Please encourage individuals submitting letters to do so by the deadline or very soon after to ensure that they are included in your application’s review process. *** 
  • Check supplemental materials
  • If you are applying to the Joint Degree Program, please apply to BOTH programs: the UCLA School of Law and the UCLA Graduate Division [GRE not required, only the LSAT score]

Download guide to applying here.