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Application Process for the MEd in Curriculum & Instruction 

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During the online application process you will be asked to submit the following materials.

  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae

  2. GPA calculation sheet for undergraduate degree – The form is provided during the application process.
  3. Academic Transcripts – Provide official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended to the Department of Education Graduate Programs Office, 215 Reid Hall, PO Box 172880, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717. Admission to the program requires a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for the last two years of undergraduate coursework. Applicants who earned a degree from MSU do not need to submit MSU transcripts.
  4. Three (3) Personal Essays – Each essay should be a maximum of 2 pages in length, typed, double spaced, and must respond to the following:
    1. Essay 1 - Describe your career goals for the future and how you see the completion of a Master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction as helping you achieve your goals.
    2. Essay 2 - Describe your personal strengths as an educator and identify the ways in which you believe you could use your strengths to contribute to the cohort of students with whom you will be studying.
    3. Essay 3 - Describe the areas in which you want and need to grow as a professional educator/researcher.
  5. Three (3) Professional References – During the application process you will be asked to submit contact information for each recommender. One of the recommenders should be from your current direct supervisor. Applicants who do not have a letter from a present supervisor must provide a written explanation identifying the specific reason(s) why they were unable to secure a letter of recommendation from their present supervisor.
  6. Official GRE scores – These scores are required ONLY for those applying to the Professional Researcher option. (minimum Verbal 150, Quantitative 145). Submit official scores to Montana State University (code 4488).
  7. International students: In addition to the above, international applicants will be required to submit the following:
    --  English proficiency scores:  TOEFL [80], IELTS [level 6.5] or PTE [54], are necessary for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and not from countries where English is the official language. This requirement is waived if the applicant has earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S. For more information on the International application process, see this link: International application process.
    -- Evidence of financial support
    -- Proof of funds (if self-funded)
    -- Copy of applicant’s passport
    -- Degree certificates as well as an English translation for all non-English academic transcripts and credentials. Photocopies can be used to initiate the application process, however official transcripts/credentials are still required upon admission


Application Process for the EdD in Curriculum and Instruction

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During the online application process you will be asked to submit the following materials.

  1. Completed Graduate School Application
  2. GPA calculation sheet for Masters Degree (provided during the application process)
  3. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  4. Documentation of verbal and quantitative skills needed for the degree: Submit official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores – Applicants are required to take the General Test of the GRE (the subject exam is not required); minimum Verbal score of 150 and a minimum Quantitative score of 145. Scores should be sent from the testing agency to Montana State University (code 4488).
  5. Academic Transcripts: Applicants must provide Official transcripts verifying all Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree coursework.Unofficialtranscripts may be uploaded during the online application process. Official transcripts must be sent from the Institution directly to the Department of Education Graduate Programs Office, 215 Reid Hall, PO Box 172880, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717.  Electronic transcripts are also acceptable as long as they arrive directly from the applicants’ certifying university.  Please have electronic transcripts sent to edgrad@montana.edu
  6. Personal Essay: The essay should be a maximum of 4 pages in length, typed, double spaced, and respond to the following:
    1. Describe your development as an educator, your future career goals, and how you see the completion of a Doctoral Degree in Curriculum & Instruction as helping you achieve your goals.
    2. Describe your personal strengths and interests as an educator and identify the ways in which you believe you could use your strengths to contribute to the cohort of students with whom you will be studying.
    3. Indicate whether you would be studying as a resident close to the MSU campus or via distance education.
    4. Indicate the area of curriculum, instruction, or teacher education in which you would like to conduct research.
  7. Three (3) Professional References
  8. For International Applicants ONLY: In addition to the above, International applicants will be required to submit the following:
    1. English proficiency scores: TOEFL or ACE level 7: Applicants who are not U.S. citizens and not from countries where English is the official language are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language and a score a minimum 213 (paper version – 550, 60 for the iBT). This requirement may be waived if the applicant has earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S. For more information on the International application process, see this link:http://www.montana.edu/gradschool/policy/admissions_intl.html
    2. International Applicants must complete an International Student Financial Certificate

Application Process for the PhD in Curriculum & Instruction

Click Here to access the online application

During the online application process you will be asked to submit the following materials.

  1. Completed Graduate School Application

  2. GPA calculation sheet (The form is provided during the application process)

  3. Resume/Curriculum Vitae

  4. Documentation of verbal and quantitative skills needed for the degree: Submit official GRE (minimum Verbal 155, Quantitative 150) sent from the testing agency to Montana State University (code 4488).

  5. Academic Transcripts: Applicants must provide Official transcripts verifying all Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree coursework.Unofficialtranscripts may be uploaded during the online application process. Official transcripts must be sent from the Institution directly to the Department of Education Graduate Programs Office, 215 Reid Hall, PO Box 172880, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717.  Electronic transcripts are also acceptable as long as they arrive directly from the applicants’ certifying university.  Please have electronic transcripts sent to edgrad@montana.edu. Transcripts will be evaluated for rigor and academic fit.

  6. Personal Essay: Suggested length is 2-3 typed, double-spaced pages. The applicant should briefly describe the following:

    1. Education and other educational professional experiences
    2. Research interests and experience including alignment with faculty interests and expertise and an example of research experiences using educational theory, research methods, and application.
    3. Professional goals
  7. Three (3) Professional References: The letters should be from individuals qualified to assess the following:
    1. Knowledge in chosen field
    2. Motivation and perseverance toward goals
    3. Ability to work independently
    4. Ability to express thoughts in speech and writing
    5. Ability/potential for college teaching
    6. Ability to plan and conduct research
  8. For International Applicants ONLY: In addition to the above, International applicants will be required to submit the following:
    1. English proficiency scores: TOEFL [80], IELTS [level 6.5], or PTE [54], are necessary for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and not from countries where English is the official language. This requirement is waived if the applicant has earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S. For more information on the International application process, see this link:http://www.montana.edu/gradschool/policy/admissions_intl.html
    2. Evidence of Financial Support: International Student Financial Certificate
    3. Proof of funds (if self-funded)
    4. Copy of applicant’s passport
    5. Degree certificates as well as an English translation for all non-English academic transcripts and credentials. Photocopies can be used to initiate the application process; however, official transcripts/credentials are still required upon admission.

*Note: Applicants may be contacted for an interview by the program specific applicant review committee.


Application Deadlines

Complete applications will be reviewed and rated by members of the Graduate Admissions Committee who then convene to make final admission decisions. Once applicants are accepted, their applications will be forwarded to The Graduate School for final administrative processing.  Please note that the application review process will begin on the application deadline dates and not before.

Below are the deadlines by which all of the application materials for the MEd program in Curriculum and Instruction must be submitted via the online application system. By submitting materials by the deadline, accepted students may be eligible for early registration. In order for a graduate degree application to be reviewed for admission, all required application documents must be submitted prior to the department's posted deadline. Applications received after the deadline may be reviewed for acceptance on a case-by-case basis.

Fall Semester:  April 1st

Spring Semester:  November 1st

Summer Semester:  April 1st

Below is the deadline by which all of the application materials for the EdD program in Curriculum and Instruction must be submitted via the online application system. Students matriculate into the EdD program in the fall semester only. Applications to the EdD programs are reviewed once per year at the April 1 deadline. Applications received after the deadline may be reviewed for acceptance on a case-by-case basis.

Fall Semester:  April 1st

Below is the deadline by which all of the application materials for the PhD in Education must be submitted via the online application system. Students matriculate into the PhD program in the fall semester only. Applications to the PhD programs are reviewed once per year at the April 1 deadline. Applications received after the deadline may be reviewed for acceptance on a case-by-case basis.

Fall Semester:  April 1st


Contact Information

Graduate Program Assistant
PO Box 172880
Montana State University
Reid Hall 215, Bozeman, MT 59717-2880 
edgrad@montana.edu