University of Victoria

Completion and Graduation

Students are responsible for making sure they meet the requirements and deadlines set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies for graduation.

The deadlines for applying to graduate are: July 1st for Fall convocation and December 1st for Spring convocation. You will not graduate if you do not apply.


Indigenous Governance schedules oral defenses throughout the academic year. The dates chosen for defenses must take into consideration relevant deadlines set by Graduate Studies.

It is the student's responsibility to make sure that their Committee is available to meet on the date they choose for defense, that they meet all deadlines set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and that they give enough notice of their intended defense date for the necessary paperwork to be forwarded to Graduate Studies by the set deadlines.

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Our Programs

Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance (MAIG)

The Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance (MAIG) is an interdisciplinary program focused on traditional structures and ways of governance and encompassing the values, perspectives, concepts, and principles of Indigenous political cultures. Through teaching and research that respects both western and Indigenous traditions, methods, and forms of knowledge, students are provided with a strong foundation of basic and applied scholarly research with an emphasis on the nature and context of Indigenous governance and Indigenous-State relations in Canada and internationally.

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PhD Degree by Special Arrangement

The Faculty of Graduate Studies along with the Indigenous Governance Program (IGOV) offers the selected opportunities for students to pursue a PhD degree by Special Arrangement. The Special Arrangement degree program is available for Indigenous Governance students, as the program does not currently offer a regular Ph.D. degree program. For more information about this program.

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IGOV is a part of the Faculty of Human and Social Development (HSD).

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