The purpose of the College of Commissioner Science is to provide supplemental training for all functions in the council and district related to commissioner service. It is recognized that commissioners are key to the continued health and growth of the units in the council. The College of Commissioner Science will provide the supplemental training to aid the commissioners in providing outstanding unit service.

Courses offered address National, Regional, and Area programs of emphasis, local council concerns, and pertinent topics.


General requirements for all degree work include current registration as a commissioner, completion of Commissioner Orientation, and Youth Protection Guidelines Training. Requirements for the non-accredited degrees and certificate in the College of Commissioner Science are as follows:

  • Bachelor Degree: Awarded upon completion of seven (7) class sessions of training not spanning more than two (2) consecutive years.
  • Masters Degree: Awarded upon completion of seven (7) class sessions after obtaining a Bachelor Degree, not spanning more than two (2) consecutive years, earned the Arrowhead Honor. 
  • Doctorate Degree: Awarded upon completion of at least ten (10) class sessions after obtaining a Masters Degree, for a total of 24 class sessions. Other requirements include completion of the Doctoral Thesis or project as prescribed in the offered courses, and previously been awarded the Commissioner’s Key and served on the staff of the College of Commissioner Science for at least one year. The thesis or project must be approved in advance by the Doctoral Committee.

NOTE: There are requirements in addition to course attendance. Degrees will not be awarded until all requirements are verified. In order for degrees to be awarded all of the required documentation must be submitted. 

For a complete description of the courses offered please see the list in your Administration of Commissioner Manual. You can download the latest version by clicking here.


As you read the requirements for earning a Doctor of Commissioner Science degree, you will find a fair amount of information on writing a thesis.  As a service to all, the Indian Waters Council is working to collect prior submitted Doctoral Theses completed by Commissioners from our Council and will publish them here as soon as they are available. If you have questions about the Doctoral Thesis program, please contact Assistant Council Commissioner Lee Doty at