Application Deadline

April 1st for Summer and Fall admission. Applications are not accepted for Spring admission.

Required Tests

Official GRE or MAT scores (Doctoral students only). The general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is required of all doctoral students prior to consideration for admission in the Department of Education. The expected minimum score for the GRE is 150 on the Verbal and 145 on the Quantitative. The expected minimum score on the MAT is 391. 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 our International application process page for a list of countries where the english proficiency score is waived as well as more information on applying as an International student. 

Additional Admission Requirements

For additional required admission documents please see program website or view list of requirements in the graduate application portal. Applicants who are admitted to the department are carefully screened and only a few, highlight qualified students are admitted each year.


The purpose of the EdS Degree is to provide skills and knowledge required for District Superintendent and central office leadership. In addition to improving skill and knowledge, it is the goal of the program to create strong networks among students to support effective practices.  To that end, classes are generally offered in a blended format which combines face-to-face delivery and distance delivery.  An appropriate balance of theory and practice is a strong consideration in planning for the content of the classes. Typically the Superintendent Core (EDLD 620, EDLD 645, EDLD 650, EDLD 655) is offered every summer on campus during a two-week window in June.