Application Deadlines

Preference will be given to applications submitted before January 31st for admittance in the upcoming Fall semester. Applications received after March 31st will be reviewed on a case by case basis. For applicants wishing to be considered for a Fall teaching assistantship, the application deadline is January 31st.

For a Spring admit, the application deadline is November 1st. Those wishing to be considered for a Spring teaching assistantship, the application deadline is October 1st.

Required Tests

The GRE is not required but will be reviewed if submitted. If you wish to submit your GRE score please use code 4488 for Montana State University.

International Applicants

English proficiency scores with the following minimums: TOEFL (80), IELTS (level 6.5), or PTE (54), are required for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and are 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. or if the student is from a country where the english proficiency score is waived. Please see the following link for countries where the examination is waived:

Additional Admission Requirements

For additional required admission documents please see program website or view list of requirements in the graduate application portal.


American Studies is a richly interdisciplinary curriculum that provides challenging and diverse opportunities to study the history, people, cultures, and institutions of the United States. It immerses students in comparative perspectives of the American experience, engages them in the diversity of American life, and prepares them to confront, with historical awareness, the pressing problems that face our nation and society.

Students may select from any of three options:

  • Arts, which invites students to explore the creative role of music, film, and popular culture in shaping American values
  • History which provides students with a broad understanding of the interplay of culture, society, and political change in America's past, present, and future
  • Literature, which gives students the opportunity to read widely in the works of representative American writers, and to acquire an understanding of critical approaches to the study of literature