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Tribal Administration and Governance

48 months
20328 USD/year
19516 USD/year
14126 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Tribal Administration and Governance program of the University of Minnesota is designed to prepare students to work for tribes and governmental and non-governmental entities that work closely with tribes. Students may select from two tracks: American Indian Studies OR Business Administration Certificate.


The core requirements for the major include courses focused on tribal sovereignty, tribal governance, and federal Indian law and policy. The curriculum is based on studying the interrelationships between federal and tribal governments and the methods used by Native Nations to administer programs. Students will learn the history of federal-tribal-state relations; learn the roles of tribal leaders and administrators; and learn the laws, polices, and issues that impact tribal governments.

All required courses for the TAG major are offered online. Students who have earned an Associate of Arts (AA) degree or completed the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum may transfer to UMD and complete the required courses for the major completely online. Students who are beginning their undergraduate education at UMD can take traditional classroom courses and online courses to fulfill UMD’s Liberal Education Program requirements while completing the online courses for the TAG major.

Acquired Skills

Graduates of the Tribal Administration and Governance program of the University of Minnesota will successfully:

  • Demonstrate the ability to summarize, compare, and contrast tribal governance practices, constitutions, and statutes.
  • Demonstrate understanding of settler policies and legal principles concerning Indian nations as well as settler governmental relationships with tribal governments.
  • Formulate effective approaches to strategic, project, and operations management in tribal contexts.
  • Demonstrate capacity to apply the fundamentals of relevant business practices for tribal administration.
  • Demonstrate capacity to summarize, analyze, synthesize, and apply the leadership qualities required of tribal administrators.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Indigenous Leadership
  • Federal Indian Policy
  • American Indian Tribal Government and Law
  • Tribal Strategic Management
  • Tribal Project Management
  • Federal Indian Law

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Submit your one-time $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • Original or certified copies of ALL secondary (high school) records must be issued by the school in a sealed envelope and mailed to the university.
  • Proof of English Proficiency.
  • Photocopy of Passport: only required if a student is in need of an I-20 form for F-1 student visa.
  • International students who will be studying at UMD on an F-1 visa are required to submit a completed Financial Certification Statement.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20328 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20328 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    19516 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19516 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    14126 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14126 USD per year during 48 months.
  • Midwest Student Exchange Residents: $14,760/year


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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