Application Deadlines

Application deadline for Domestic and International students:

Fall - June 1st
Spring - October 1st

Summer - April 1st

Required Tests

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for entry into the Master of Science in Food, Family and Community Health Sciences program. These scores must be received directly from ETS; minimum test scores (verbal and quantitative combined) 300, 1100 for older GRE scores. For Montana State University, the Institution code is 4488.

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. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.


Food, family and community health sciences offers two programs of study: 1) family and community health, and 2) sustainable food systems. The family and community health program offers a skills-based program which integrates theory and critical thinking to assess the needs of individuals, families, and communities. Students learn to plan, implement and evaluate programming designed to promote health, human development and well-being. The sustainable food systems program focuses on sustainable food production, food preparation and processing, distribution, nutrition, and community food security in order for students to better understand how food systems influence health. Depending on the students’ goals, undergraduate degree, and course work, additional courses may be added or deleted to supplement the curriculum.