Application Deadlines

Application deadlines for Domestic Students:

Fall Semester - July 15th
Spring Semester - December 1st

Summer Semester - April 1st

Application deadlines for International Students:

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

Required Tests

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for the Land Resources and Environmental Sciences. 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.


The M.S. program in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences is designed to provide outstanding graduate training opportunities across a substantial breadth of disciplinary interests. Research and coursework programs are specifically adapted to each graduate student. Research projects are directed toward improving our understanding of principles and processes important to land resources and environmental sciences, with opportunities for direct ties to management in many cases. Many projects address processes at multiple scales through well-integrated, multi-disciplinary efforts. Understanding is developed through targeted advanced coursework tailored to the student and to the research project. Research projects involve topics such as hydrology, watershed analysis, integrated management of invasive plant species, soil nutrient management, bioremediation, land reclamation, restoration ecology, fluvial systems ecology and restoration, riparian ecology, microbial ecology of natural systems, chemical fate and transport, water quality, crop diversification, precision agriculture, environmental risk assessment, remote sensing applications, and climate variability.