How to Apply - (MPS) in Indigenous Governance

Application Deadlines

We accept and review applications on a rolling basis.

Spring 2024 Application Deadlines:

  • If you require a student visa: October 31, 2023
  • If you do NOT require a student visa: November 30, 2023

Fall 2024 Application Deadlines:

  • If you require a student visa: May 15, 2024
  • If you do NOT require a student visa: August 1, 2024

The MPS application is available directly on our website.


UPDATE: The TOEFL iBT® test can now be taken at home until test centers reopen.

Application Requirements

Official transcripts for all post-secondary educational institutions attended.*

*Refer to the UA Graduate College transcript requirements for more information. Transcripts not in English must be translated into English and verified by the issuing college or university.

The strongest recommendations are substantive and detail the applicant's analytical abilities and writing skills. It is worth making a significant effort to communicate with your recommenders regarding the need for detail.

Two letters of recommendation are required. Four is the maximum that you are allowed to submit through the application. If you would like to submit more than 4 letters of recommendation please contact the admissions office for instructions.

The personal statement is both a writing sample and an opportunity to discuss your unique characteristics and personal qualities, including educational and work experiences, talents and special interests, socioeconomic background, involvement in community affairs and public service, or any events or circumstances that have helped shape your life or given it direction. The personal statement should indicate your interest in indigenous governance, along with a description of any relevant experience in the field.

For students who intend to complete a thesis for their MPS, a 2-3 page overview of your thesis topic is required. The thesis overview is only required if you are completing a thesis to fulfill the MPS Culminating Experience requirement.

The resume should summarize your education, work experience, any publications, and other relevant credentials and accomplishments.

All non-native English speaker applicants must submit a TOEFL, IELTS, or seek a waiver as detailed below.

Arizona Law requires a high-level of English proficiency for all degree programs. Arizona Law has a rigorous curriculum for all programs. Classes require a dynamic exchange between students, and with faculty. Therefore, a high-level of English proficiency is required to have a meaningful participation in and outside of the classroom as well as for students to succeed in law school.

A minimum TOEFL score of 100 IBT or higher is expected. Alternatively, we will accept an overall IELTS score of 7.5 and no subsection less than 7.0.

Applicants whose test score(s) falls below the targets set forth above, should highlight in the personal statement portion of their application any specific data, background, or other information that they feel might strengthen their application in this regard, such as time spent in English language environments, work done in English, English language publications, etc. It is also recommended that applicants with scores lower than those set forth above submit at least one recommendation that addresses, at least in part, their English language ability.

Applicants may also request a waiver review based on their studies in the U.S., a LSAT score of or above 155, and/or a GRE verbal reasoning score of 155 or higher. Arizona Law will also accept requests for waivers based on the current English proficiency exemptions for Graduate Students at the University of Arizona. Applicants requesting a waiver are required to submit a writing sample and to hold an interview in English.

The admissions committee reserves the right to request a writing sample, hold interviews or request additional information or documents to support English proficiency for all applicants.