FAQ

Q: You used to require the GRE to apply, but I don't see that on the application anymore. What gives?
A: Great news! As of the Fall 2019 cohort, you are no longer required to take the GRE to apply to our program.

Q: What is the deadline to apply?
A: ISP has rolling admission. Prospective students must apply by April 1st to be considered for funding and scholarship programs. We suggest applying by October 1st for Spring admission.

Q: Can I visit KU if I’m interested in applying to the Indigenous Studies Program?
A: Absolutely! We enjoy talking with prospective students in person. Our program staff – Brandy Ernzen, program coordinator– can help with arrangements and set up meetings with faculty and students. Please contact our office if you’d like to schedule a visit (bernzen@ku.edu; 785-864-4543).

Q: Who will be my faculty advisor?
A: Dr. Brewer, our director, will be your faculty advisor when you enter the program. However, once you've had a chance to develop relationships with our other faculty, we encourage you to consider asking one of them to serve as your advisor. Ideally, your faculty advisor should be someone who shares your research or professional interests.

Q: Is a thesis required to graduate with the M.A.?
A: A thesis is one option to meet graduation requirements. If you are looking to continue on to a PhD, this may be your best option. However, a second option is available which is presenting a portfolio. A portfolio consists of an oral examination in which the candidate defends their portfolio, which will be composed of the student's entire body of work completed in courses counted for the degree.

Q: What sort of funding is available?
A: 
Funding is not always offered, however we encourage students to apply by April 1st in order to be eligible for any funding that may be available. We also encourage indigenous students to check with their tribal education offices to see if they have any obtainable funding. Some scholarships can be found here.


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