Graduate Application Criteria
The Graduate School at Montana State University has a decentralized admissions process which means that each graduate program has its own admission criteria, requirements, and processes. It is important that you review department websites and contact the department you are interested in for specific details about admission requirements, department standards, test scores, supplemental materials, and deadlines.
To find contact information, click on the name of the academic program you are interested at the Graduate School's website.
While grade point averages and test scores are important, most programs consider a number of factors for admission. In general, most graduate programs require:
- A bachelor's degree (or higher) or the equivalent from an accredited, government-recognized university. These degrees are generally four-year-long programs.
- B average or higher from your undergraduate study (3.0/4.0 GPA, or equivalent).
- GRE test scores. Most department require this exam, but not all. A combined score of 300 is preferable. Study and preparation before taking the GRE is recommended.
- Evidence of English language proficiency.
- 3 letters of recommendation.
- A personal statement.
- Official transcripts for all post-secondary coursework completed.