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Master of Tribal Administration and Governance

  • Delivery: 
    Primarily Online
  • Cost: 
    $659.80 per credit (MN resident); $1,045.75 per credit (non-resident)
  • Total credits: 
  • Credential: 
    Graduate Degree
  • Admission GPA: 
  • Application deadlines: 
    August 15 for fall
  • Campus: 
  • College: 
    College of Liberal Arts

The Master of Tribal Administration and Governance (MTAG) is an applied professional development degree designed to develop the knowledge and skills needed to work as an administrator in a tribal government. Students in the program may already serve as tribal administrators, council members, or tribal leaders. Students who currently work or aspire to work professionally in tribal governments or management positions will benefit from this program, which emphasizes both the acquisition of academic knowledge and the application of practical skills.


Anyone who has or will obtain a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or a comparable degree from an officially recognized college or university outside the U.S. may apply for admission.

Hybrid/Cohort Model

Program delivery is designed to accommodate working professionals and support existing commitments to families and home communities. A combination of online delivery and in-person meetings per semester provides face-to-face interaction with experts in each area of the curriculum including faculty, staff, special guests, and students. Weekend sessions meet four times per semester on Friday evenings and all day Saturday; students may attend in person or participate by remote connection.

The cohort capacity is 20. The program is open until filled, with an August 15 deadline. 

Sample Courses

This program requires 38 major credits. Here is just a sampling of courses you might take.

  • MTAG 5110 Principles of Tribal Sovereignty I (3 cr)
  • MTAG 5310 Foundations of Leadership and Ethics in Indigenous Community Life and Organizations (3 cr)
  • MTAG 5320 Applied Leadership and Ethics in an Indigenous Organizational Context (3 cr)
  • MTAG 5430 Tribal Finance, Accounting, and Budgets I (3 cr)
  • MTAG 5530 Federal Indian Law I (3 cr)

For more information, visit the University catalog.

"The MTAG program has been the perfect vehicle for me to learn about tribal administration and governance while still being able to commit the necessary time to stay active with my family life, my work, and my community involvement. The program design has been successful in improving both my breadth and depth of knowledge in Indian law, sovereignty, tribal management, and ethics." 
—Joe S. Nayquonabe

"The MTAG program has given me information and inter-tribal networking that I could immediately utilize in my job."
—Gail T. Kulick

"This program has taught me so much. I feel like I didn't always know what questions to ask before, and now I feel confident to ask tough questions about my tribe and how it is being managed. I was nervous to start the classes with my first child being born only two months before classes started, but the convenient class schedules and the flexibility of the online participation made it easy to learn at my own pace while still having time for my family. The instructors are so knowledgeable and supportive that I am excited to come to classes." 
—Crystal Weckert