GENI provides interdisciplinary approaches to academic content, and includes courses delivered by instructors from different departments and faculties at each partner institution. In addition, the program provides practical content, including skills-focused courses.
The program affords all students a unique opportunity to conduct applied research with industry, government, Indigenous peoples and institutions on issues concerning natural resource management, consultations and negotiations, and economic development or other governance issues in the Circumpolar North.
The program is offered flexibly, in both a part-time schedule over eight semesters (4 years) and in a full-time schedule over four semesters (2 years). These two formats facilitate the involvement of students who have already begun their careers and wish to complement their education with a master’s degree, while also allowing more academically focused students to complete the program more quickly.
The program includes internet-based courses, two field schools, an applied research project, and a thesis. All core courses and the field schools are mandatory.