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Train To Be A Professional Working In Indigenous Communities

The unique traditions, laws and customs of Indigenous communities require specialized training to successfully navigate. Students studying Indigenous and Tribal Nation-building will learn how leadership, governance, administration and management operate successfully within Indigenous communities to rebuild native nations.

This certificate program trains professionals who work within or closely with Indigenous communities to understand tribal ordinances, treaty rights to resources, and tribal law and leadership. It can be earned on it’s own, or in conjunction with a master’s degree. 

Earn A Certificate To Prepare For A Variety Roles

A graduate certificate in Indigenous Tribal Nation-Building helps various professionals understand the complexities of Indigenous communities to better perform their job functions. Some professionals who will benefit, include:

  • Budget and Finance Administrators
  • Current and Future Elected Officials
  • Directors of Economic Development
  • Environmental Managers
  • Planners
  • Policy Advisors
  • Staff of Indigenous Non-governmental Organizations

Catalog Information

Learn more about the program options by viewing the catalog information below. Catalog information is displayed for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Indigenous and Tribal Nation-building - Certificate

Campus Locations

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Degree Information
18 units
Maximum Transfer Units

University Requirements

  • Graduate certificate programs require a minimum of 12 credit hours. Many certificate programs require more than 12 credit hours.

    No more than one 400-level NAU course (3 or 4 units) may be used on a certificate program.

    No more than 25% of the units required for the certificate program may be transferred from another university.

    A 400-level course (undergraduate course) completed at another university is not eligible for transfer credit.

    A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved to obtain a graduate certificate. No more than three units of coursework with a grade of "C" may be used in a certificate program.

    A graduate student may pursue a graduate certificate concurrently with a graduate degree. Each graduate degree program must decide which, if any, certificate courses can be counted toward the graduate degree.

    Students who are admitted to a graduate certificate program will be eligible for the official posting of the graduate certificate to their transcripts when all applicable coursework has been successfully completed and approved by the academic unit and the Graduate College.
  • Please be aware that federal financial aid is not available for some certificates, if the certificate is pursued and completed as a stand-alone certificate (i.e., not completed concurrently with a degree program).  See the “Details” tab for additional information.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 18
Major GPA 3.0
Foreign Language Optional
Some online/blended coursework Required


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Certificate Requirements
  • Take the following 18 units:

    To complete the certificate, students must earn a grade of B or higher in 15 of the 18 units, and C or higher in the remaining 3 credits.

    Students enrolled full time in both the Fall and Spring semesters can complete the certificate program in one year. Students enrolled part time may take up to six years to complete the program.

  • This certificate may be pursued and completed concurrently with a degree program or as a stand-alone certificate.  Under both circumstances, federal financial aid can be used for this certificate.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.