The Graduate Certificate (GC) in Indigenous Governance provides graduate level executive education and leadership development for those interested in indigenous governance. The GC is the accelerated version of our Master of Professional Studies in Indigenous Governance degree, requiring twelve (12) credits of course work to be completed within two years. GC credits are offered during the January in Tucson sessions with an option to earn credits through a self-initiated Capstone Project.

January in Tucson Core Curriculum

The Graduate Certificate (GC) in Indigenous Governance core curriculum consists of a series of 1-credit January in Tucson courses, covering topics from Native nation building, comparative indigenous governance, intergovernmental relations, indigenous peoples’ human rights, and community development. Students also have the option of completing concentrations of online courses in tribal justice, Native economic development, and natural resources, or customizing their plan of study with in-person and online courses to meet their needs.

The core curriculum of the GC consists of January in Tucson classes; an intensive education session which brings together distinguished faculty in the field of indigenous governance and gives them the opportunity to teach and hold discussions with indigenous leaders, practitioners, and community members from around the world. The JIT curriculum not only conveys important information backed by research, but allow space for a crucial dialogue to occur between indigenous peoples from all over the world. This conversation provides new perspectives to familiar challenges, and helps to make JIT a truly unique educational experience.

*January in Tucson required GC courses are in-person classes that take place in Tucson, Arizona.


All courses offered during January In Tucson are eligible credits for the GC.

*The GC requires applicants to have completed a bachelor’s degree as a prerequisite. GC required and elective courses are offered in-person during January in Tucson with an option to earn credits through a self-initiated Capstone Project.



Tuition & Costs

The Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Governance costs approximately $10,400 for the full 12 credit program ($867 per credit).

Transfer Policy

All 12 credits taken toward the Graduate Certificate (GC) in Indigenous Governance are eligible to be transferred into the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Indigenous Governance degree, upon review and approval by the MPS Admissions Committee. To be eligible, the transfer of credits must take place prior to the completion and award of the GC.

Continuing Education Certificate

The Continuing Education Certificate (CEC) in Indigenous Governance is a non-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.

The Continuing Education Certificate requires participants to take any six January in Tucson classes. The CEC may be completed over as few as one or two January in Tucson sessions, but is designed to allow students to complete the requirements at their own pace.

Key Contact

Tory Fodder
Manager, Indigenous Governance Program
Office Phone: (520) 621-3093