Application Deadlines

Application deadline for Domestic and International students:

Fall Semester Start - January 27th

Required Tests

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for entry into the Master of Fine Arts in Science and Natural History program. These scores must be received directly from ETS. To have scores sent to Montana State University, use code 4488. Minimum scores for the GRE are: 150 Verbal, 150 Quantitative, and 4.5 Analytical Writing. Prior to August 1, 2011 the scores would be: 550+ Verbal, 600+ Quantitative, and 4.5+ writing. If you have significant deviations from the preferred scores in any area of the exam, please discuss the reasons for your performance in your Personal Statement.

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 mission of the Montana State University MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking (SNHF) is to train students with formal education and experience in science, engineering, or technology to become professional filmmakers. The SNHF program seeks to educate generations of filmmakers who have the knowledge needed to create accurate, innovative, and memorable programs and media that advance the public understanding of science in all its many manifestations.

Unlike a typical graduate program, virtually no two students in the SNHF will have the same educational background. This diversity of previous training makes for a thriving and organic interdisciplinary environment. The SNHF believes that through intense training, truly original perspectives, and an understanding of the infinite possibilities of experience, our students can master the past, capture the present, and create the future of science and natural history media.