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Tribal Administration and Governance M.T.A.G.

Program Type: 
Master of Tribal Administration and Governance
American Indian Studies
Delivery Mode: 

The Master of Tribal Administration and Governance (MTAG) is an applied development degree for current or future tribal administrators, council members and tribal leaders. MTAG courses are designed to develop the knowledge and skills you need to work as an administrator in a tribal government.

The entire program is designed to serve working adults offering weekend and online classes. Weekend sessions meet five times per semester on Friday evening and all day Saturday; students may attend in person or participate virtually for weekend sessions.

Acquired Skills

  • 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

Career Possibilities

To find out what our recent graduates are doing, see the Career and Internship Services Report:  Follow-up of Majors

Admissions and Scholarships

Visit the program's scholarship page to learn about a range of scholarships available to applicants.


In addition to the general application instructions provided by the Graduate School, visit the MTAG program page for specific application instructions and deadlines related to the program. Also visit the catalog requirements page linked above for additional information.

Graduate Report

Recent UMD Graduates Job Placement Data & Employers

Here's a sampling of positions Tribal Administration & Governance grads have attained six months to one year after graduation.

Indian Education Coordinator - Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Onamia, MN
Executive Director - Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, St. Paul, MN
Community Outreach & Data Coordinator - Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, Pablo, MT
Tribal Access Program Coordinator - United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bloomington, MN
Tribal Relations Specialist - United States Forest Service, Cass Lake, MN