Application Deadlines

Application deadlines for Domestic Students:

Fall Semester - July 1st
Spring Semester - December 1st

Summer Semester - April 1st

Application deadlines for International Students:

Fall Semester - May 1st
Spring Semester - September 15th
Summer Semester - February 1st

Required Tests

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for the Land Rehabilitation Program. Theses scores must be received directly from ETS. This exam must be taken BEFORE applying for admission and generally the scores cannot be more than five years old at time of application (please contact department for exceptions). Minimum scores fro the program are 150 verbal and 146 quantitative (Old scoring system: 450 verbal and 550 quantitative). The institution code for Montana State University 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.


Course work in land rehabilitation is designed to serve students new to the rehabilitation field, as well as to experienced individuals or those already working in land rehabilitation or restoration ecology and who desire further education and training. Montana State University offers core courses in land rehabilitation and restoration ecology, and a very strong array of supporting courses in relevant disciplines. These courses are integrated with the core curriculum to add breadth and depth to the program and to make specialization possible in a given aspect of land rehabilitation. Site revegetation, soil remediation, restoration of riparian zones and stream channels, remediation of contaminated sites, and management of invasive plants are among the many potential areas of study. Emphasis is placed on developing a broad understanding of soil, plant and hydrological processes as foundation to effective applications. With the exception of required core courses, course sequences will be designed to correspond with the specific needs, interests and educational goals of the individual student. This program emphasizes soil, vegetation and water sciences, and graduates are expected to be well versed in these areas in addition to the student's particular area of interest.