University of Northern British Columbia - Office of Graduate Programs

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First Nations Studies (MA)

University of Northern British Columbia - Office of Graduate Programs

Field of Study:Aboriginal Studies
Thesis Based:Yes
Course Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $5,353


The UNBC MA program in First Nations Studies establishes the points of view of First Nations people and communities as the starting point for description and analysis, and contextualizes issues from this perspective. Courses will orient students to question underlying assumptions of everyday study. A special emphasis will be placed on creating opportunities for students to learn from and about the First Nations of the north, including courses taught in First Nations communities, internships, and community-based research projects. Each student's program will culminate in completion of either a thesis or major project.

In addition to the high priority on the First Nations of northern British Columbia, offerings will include topics relevant to the First Nations of Canada and indigenous peoples of the world. The two specific streams of study within the program are First Nations Issues and Approaches, emphasizing the development of theory and method for the understanding of contemporary issues, and Northern Nations, which will facilitate students who aim to develop skills, knowledge, and experience in the study of the languages and cultures of northern British Columbia. Links to other graduate programs at UNBC will enrich the options for interdisciplinary work in areas such as Women's Studies, History, Environmental Studies, and Geography, etc.

Note that this program accepts students on a biannual intake. .


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    No additional language requirements are required. However, students should be aware that command of one or more languages other than English may be necessary in order to pursue particular types of research.
    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 570] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 230] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 89] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70]
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Statement of Research Interests

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on October 19, 2022