International applicants should provide the following during the online application process. In those cases where documents must be mailed, please use the following address: Montana State University, The Graduate School, P.O. Box 172580/108 Montana Hall, Bozeman, MT, 59717 or have electronic transcripts sent to: gradschool@montana.edu.

  • A completed Application for Graduate Admission.
  • Payment of a non-refundable application fee of U.S. $60.00, which will not be waived, deferred, or refunded (See Board of Regents Policy). The fee must be paid before the application will be processed or reviewed. The fee must be made by credit card or via online check.  
  • Official transcripts reflecting all undergraduate and/or post-baccalaureate study from each international and U.S. college/university. Official transcripts are those that come directly to MSU from the previously attended university. An English translation must be provided for all non-English academic transcripts and credentials. Photocopies can be used to initiate the application process, however official transcripts/credentials are still required upon admission.
Note: MSU reserves the right to question the evaluation of all non-U.S. academic credentials/transcripts.
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). Applicants with post-baccalaureate coursework must have a graduate GPA of at least 3.00. See Full Admission with Provision.
  • Three (3) letters of reference. Applicants will be asked to provide information about their references. The electronic process will prompt each reference to submit a signed reference letter in English.
  • Official entrance examination scores, e.g., Graduate Records Exam (GRE), if required by the admitting department. See Departments/Areas of Study. The Graduate School must receive an official score report from the specific testing agency (use campus code: 4488). Unofficial score reports may be used to initiate the application process, however, registration will be prohibited until an official score report is received.
  • A personal statement.
  • Evidence of English Language Proficiency. MSU requires applicants from countries where English is a second language to present evidence of proficiency in the use of the English language. Typical tests and scores are as follows: TOEFL: 80-internet-based [iBT] or 550-PBT, IELTS: 6.5, or PTE Academic: 54.  Please be aware that some departments will require higher scores. Certificates of completion with official grade reports and the instructor's recommendation from accredited alternative English as a Second Language programs may be considered. During the application process, an applicant can provide unofficial scores; however, if accepted, registration will be prohibited until an official score report is received from the testing service.

Note: If an applicant received a bachelors, master's or doctorate from an institution in the U.S. or a country listed below, an English proficiency examination is not required. 

Anguilla
Falkland Islands
Montserrat
Antigua & Barbuda
Gibraltar New Zealand
Australia
Grenada St. Kitts & Nevis
Bahamas
Guernsey St. Lucia
Barbados
Guyana St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Belize
Ireland Trinidad & Tobago
British Virgin Islands
Isle of Man Turks & Caicos Islands
Canada (except Quebec)
Jamaica United Kingdom
Cayman Islands
Jersey United States Territories
Dominica
Liberia  
  • Copy of applicant’s passport.
  • MSU does not require certification of financial support from applicants with non-immigrant visas at the time of applying. The U.S. government requires international applicants to show proof of funds to cover at least the first year of study if they are offered admission. Students will need to submit the International Student Financial Certificate and proof of funds when offered admission to MSU.  This proof can be in the form of an official letter in English from a banking institution showing the amount of funds available to the applicant during the academic year. These documents can also be uploaded during the application process if you have them available at the time of applying. If an applicant will enroll in online courses only and will not apply for a student visa to enter the U.S., it is not necessary to provide proof of funds.
  • Immunization records are required once admitted. See Student Health Service. Registration holds are placed on all students until proof of required immunizations are submitted. Questions should be referred to the MSU Student Health Service, +1-406-994-2311.
  • A resume, if required by the admitting department. See Departments/Areas of Study.

Deadlines—Each admitting department sets its own application deadlines. See Departments/Areas of study and Dates & Deadlines. International applications must be prepared to submit a completed application approximately one-hundred (100) days prior to the start of the intended term, however departments may request more time for the application review.  Typically MSU will need approximately 75 days from the time an offer is made to start of term, to allow for the issuance of an I-20,

General Information— All international graduate students are required to comply with a number of U.S. regulations. See International Student and Scholars Information.