Application Deadlines

April 1st for Fall Admission

Required Tests

For applicants applying to the Ph.D. and Ed.D. the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. A minimum score of 150 Verbal & 145 Quantitative OR the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) minimum score of 391.

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.


The Master of Education (MEd) degree is designed to meet the needs of those who desire positions in school leadership: Curriculum Director, principal and superintendent certification. The MEd degree allows candidates to gain certification in Montana as a K-12 Principal.  Once candidates complete the MEd degree and earn principal certification they may take additional coursework to obtain superintendent licensure.  This can be accomplished through earning an Education Specialist (EdS) degree or in non-degree status.

The Doctor of Education (EdD) degree is designed to prepare graduates to assume positions in college and university educational leadership programs. The emphasis of this program is that of the scholar-practitioner where students are engaged researching problems encountered in practice related to K-20 educational organizations and educational leadership. Graduates will develop the rich knowledge base in educational theory and practice and leadership theory needed to conduct practical educational research and engage in service to the greater education community.  The program offers multiple opportunities to engage in research grounded in cutting-edge educational issues and collaborative activities in diverse educational settings, including faculty from other disciplines.  

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD), Educational Leadership degree is designed for graduate students seeking faculty or administrative positions in higher education or positions within research organizations that require educational research skills in highly specialized disciplines.