Graduate Certificate


The Indigenous Studies graduate certificate enhances the qualifications of students seeking careers in academic settings, government and other public service, and the private sector. You’ll gain knowledge essential to understand a broad range of historical, political, religious and social issues affecting Indigenous peoples. And, you’ll earn an additional credential while integrating knowledge of Indigenous issues into your own academic disciplines or professional training.

Enrollment in the certificate is open to students admitted to a degree-seeking KU graduate program and those not currently enrolled at KU.

Application Deadlines

Fall semester: July 15
Spring semester: December 15

Minimum admissions requirements include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

Current KU Students
Current graduate students complete the online application, pay a $30 application fee and submit these required materials:

  • a letter stating your interest in Indigenous studies and its relationship to your graduate course of study;
  • a current advising report;
  • a letter of support from your graduate degree program.

You must be in good standing with your graduate degree program to participate in the certificate program. 

Non-KU Students
If you aren't currently enrolled at KU, you’ll complete an online application, pay a $30 application fee and submit these required materials:

  • a letter stating your interest in the Indigenous Studies graduate certificate;
  • an official copy of your college transcript;
  • two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic work or potential for graduate study.

The Indigenous Studies graduate certificate requires 12 hours of course work:

  • ISP 800 Indigenous Issues in the United States (3 credits; offered each fall)
  • 9 hours of course work with content relevant to the field of Indigenous studies taken from the list of approved courses.

You must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in all courses taken for the certificate. ISP's graduate academic advisor will verify you meet all requirements.

Graduate Studies will award certificates consistent with guidelines and timing of degrees.

The completed certificate will appear on your graduate transcript.