Master of Tribal Administration & Governance

Apply online for the Fall 2021 Cohort!  (Each cohort capacity is limited to 20 students.  Please note that many scholarship deadlines occur on or before May 1.)

Partially online course delivery including five weekends each semester provides interaction with experts in each area of the curriculum including faculty, staff, special guests, and students.

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. The curriculum is based on the roles that tribal administrators, leaders and professionals play in formal and informal situations that support tribal sovereignty and self-determination. Traditional language and culture is an important thread throughout the program. Program delivery is designed to accommodate working professionals and support existing commitments to families and home communities.

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Accepting applications for Fall 2021, apply online today!

UMD Campus-Wide Graduate Learner Goal Categories:

  1. knowledge and scholarly formation
  2. research and methodological skills relevant to field
  3. communication skills
  4. leadership and collaborative skills
  5. global context formation of the field and intercultural competencies


MTAG Graduate Learner Goals:
Category 1: Through coursework and directed research projects, MTAG students will acquire and develop the necessary applicable knowledge for effective tribal administration and governance.
Category 2: Through coursework and directed research projects, MTAG students will develop the necessary research and methodological skills for effective tribal administration and governance.
Category 3: Through coursework and directed research projects, MTAG students will develop the necessary communication skills for effective tribal administration and governance.
Category 4: Through coursework and directed research projects, MTAG students will develop the necessary leadership and collaborative skills for effective tribal administration and governance.
Category 5: Through coursework and directed research projects, MTAG students will develop the necessary globally contextualized intercultural competencies for effective tribal administration and governance.

MTAG Desired Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates of UMD’s master’s program in Tribal Administration and Governance will:

  • explain and analyze the legal, cultural, and political contours of tribal sovereignty.
  • formulate and apply effective approaches to strategic, operational, human resource, project, and fiscal management in tribal governance contexts.
  • demonstrate effective applied research and methodological skills regarding tribal sovereignty, governance management, and leadership
  • demonstrate effective communication skills regarding tribal sovereignty, governance management, and leadership
  • identify, analyze, and apply the leadership qualities required of tribal administrators.
  • demonstrate the globally contextualized intercultural competencies inherently necessary for effective tribal administration and governance