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Application Process for the MEd in Adult and Higher Education 

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During the online application process you will be asked to submit the following materials.

  1. Completed Graduate School Application
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. Academic Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcripts verifying all Bachelors degree course work directly to the attention of Department of Education Graduate Programs Office. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded during the application process. The preferred method of receiving Official transcripts is electronic. Electronic transcripts are acceptable if they arrive directly from the applicant’s certifying university. Please have electronic transcripts sent to [email protected]Official Transcripts may also be mailed directly to the Department of Education Graduate Programs Office, 215 Reid Hall, PO Box 172880, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717. NOTE: We require an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). Transcripts will be evaluated for rigor and academic fit. 
  4. Personal essay: The suggested length is 2-3 pages, double-spaced. Statement of purpose/personal essay describing your education experiences, why you are  Interested in the program, and how you plan to use the degree. 
  5. Three (3) professional references: Three professional references written by people who are able to judge your potential for success in graduate level study. The committee strongly encourages applicants to have one letter from a former faculty member.
  6. For International Applicants ONLY: For information on the International application process, see link https://www.montana.edu/gradschool/policy/admissions_intl.html International applicants will be required to submit the following additional documentation:
    • English proficiency scores: TOEFL [80], IELTS [level 6.5], or PTE [54], are necessary for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and 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.
    • Copy of applicant’s passport
    • Degree certificates as well as an English translation 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.

Evidence of Financial Support/Proof of Funds: Students will need to submit the International Student Financial Certificate found on the OIP Forms Page, and proof of funds when offered admission to MSU. These documents may also be uploaded during the application process if you have them available at the time of applying.


Application Process for the EdS & EdD in Adult and Higher Education 

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During the online application process you will be asked to submit the following materials.

  1. Completed Graduate School Application
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. Academic Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcripts verifying all Bachelors degree and Masters degree course work directly to the attention of Department of Education Graduate Programs Office. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded during the application process. The preferred method of receiving Official transcripts is electronic. Electronic transcripts are acceptable if they arrive directly from the applicant’s certifying university. Please have electronic transcripts sent to [email protected]Official Transcripts may also be mailed directly to the Department of Education Graduate Programs Office, 215 Reid Hall, PO Box 172880, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717. NOTE: We require an undergraduate/graduate GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). Transcripts will be evaluated for rigor and academic fit. 

  4. Personal essay: Statement of purpose/personal essay describing your education experiences, why you are  Interested in the program, and how you plan to use the degree.  Applicants to the EdS should address how further coursework will benefit them professionally.  Applicants to the EdD should include their research interests to address a problem of professional practice. 
  5. Three (3) professional references: Three professional references written by people who are able to judge your potential for success in graduate level study. The committee strongly encourages applicants to have one letter from a former faculty member.
  6. The GRE is not required. Documentation of verbal and quantitative skills - If applicants choose, they may attach GRE scores as an additional upload and our faculty will use the scores to holistically review the application.

  7. For International Applicants ONLY: For information on the International application process, see link https://www.montana.edu/gradschool/policy/admissions_intl.html. International applicants will be required to submit the following additional documentation:
    • English proficiency scores: TOEFL [80], IELTS [level 6.5], or PTE [54], are necessary for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and 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.
    • Copy of applicant’s passport
    • Degree certificates as well as an English translation 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.

Evidence of Financial Support/Proof of Funds: Students will need to submit the International Student Financial Certificate found on the OIP Forms Page, and proof of funds when offered admission to MSU. These documents may also be uploaded during the application process if you have them available at the time of applying.

Note: EdD applicants may be contacted for an interview by the program specific applicant review committee.


Application Process for the PhD in EducationAdult and Higher Education 

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During the online application process you will be asked to submit the following materials.

  1. Completed Graduate School Application
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. Academic Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcripts verifying all Bachelors degree and Masters degree course work directly to the attention of Department of Education Graduate Programs Office. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded during the application process. The preferred method of receiving Official transcripts is electronic. Electronic transcripts are acceptable if they arrive directly from the applicant’s certifying university. Please have electronic transcripts sent to [email protected]Official Transcripts may also be mailed directly to the Department of Education Graduate Programs Office, 215 Reid Hall, PO Box 172880, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717. NOTE: We require an undergraduate/graduate GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). Transcripts will be evaluated for rigor and academic fit. 
  4. Personal Essay: Suggested length is 2-3 typed, double-spaced pages. Statement of purpose/personal essay describing your education experiences, why you are  Interested in the program, and how you plan to use the degree.   Applicants to the PhD program should include their research interests and experience, including alignment with faculty interests and expertise, and an example of research experience relevant to the doctoral degree. The program recommends that all applicants contact a faculty member in the program whose work most closely aligns with their interests before applying.  
  5. Three (3) Professional References: Three professional references written by people who are able to judge your potential for success in graduate level study. The committee strongly encourages applicants to have one letter from a former faculty member.
  6. Research and Data Analysis Skills Summary: You will be asked to upload a separate document (suggested length is one page) addressing the following:
    • Describe your research experience skills.
    • Summarize your experiences using different research methods.
    • List scholarly products such as peer-reviewed conference publications and peer-reviewed publications. 
    • Describe data analysis skills and experience using different data analysis software (i.e., SPSS, ENVIVO, SAS).
  7. The GRE is not required. Documentation of verbal and quantitative skills - If applicants choose, they may attach GRE scores as an additional upload and our faculty will use the scores to holistically review the application.
  8. For International Applicants ONLY: For information on the International application process, see link https://www.montana.edu/gradschool/policy/admissions_intl.html. International applicants will be required to submit the following additional documentation:
    • English proficiency scores: TOEFL [80], IELTS [level 6.5], or PTE [54], are necessary for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and 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.
    • Copy of applicant’s passport
    • Degree certificates as well as an English translation 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.

Evidence of Financial Support/Proof of Funds: Students will need to submit the International Student Financial Certificate found on the OIP Forms Page, and proof of funds when offered admission to MSU. These documents may also be uploaded during the application process if you have them available at the time of applying. 

Note:  PhD applicants may be contacted for an interview by the program specific applicant review committee.


Application Deadlines

Complete applications will be reviewed by members of the Graduate Admissions Committee who then convene to make a final admission recommendation. Applications are then forwarded to The Graduate School for final decision and administrative processing.  Please note the application review process will begin after the application deadline and not before. We hope that you are interested in our program!  We strongly suggest that you contact one of our faculty by e-mail or phone for further information and before applying. We would like to get to know you as early as possible. E-mail addresses of our faculty are listed on the Masters, EdD, and PhD Program pages.

Below are the deadlines by which all application materials for the MEd in Adult and Higher Education must be submitted via the online application system.  For an application to be reviewed for admission, all required application documents must be submitted by the department's posted deadline. Applications received after the deadline may be reviewed for acceptance on a case-by-case basis.

Fall Semester:  

  • February 1st: Early priority deadline for those seeking graduate assistantships; and
  • April 1st

Spring Semester:

  • November 1st

Below is the deadline by which all of the application materials for the EdS  and EdD in Adult & Higher Education must be submitted via the online application system. Students matriculate into the these programs in fall semester only. Applications to the EdS and EdD programs are reviewed each year after the April 1st deadline. Applications received after the deadline may be reviewed for acceptance on a case-by-case basis.

Fall Semester:  

  • February 1st: Early priority deadline for those seeking graduate assistantships; and
  • April 1st

Below is the deadline by which all of the application materials for the PhD in Education must be submitted via the online application system. Students matriculate into the PhD program in the fall semester only. Applications to the PhD program are reviewed each year after the April 1st deadline. Applications received after the deadline may be reviewed for acceptance on a case-by-case basis.

Fall Semester:  

  • February 1st: Early priority deadline for those seeking graduate assistantships; and
  • April 1st

Note to applicants interested in graduate assistantships: 
To facilitate the process of soliciting a graduate assistantship, an early priority deadline of February 1st has been established. All complete applications received by February 1st will be reviewed early to allow ample time for applicants to apply for graduate assistantship opportunities well in advance of the April.  Applicants who apply after February 1st can still apply for open graduate assistantships, however these applications will be reviewed following the April 1st deadline.


Select graduate programs in Adult and Higher Education are approved Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)  and Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) programs. To learn more, see the WRGP/WICHI page 


Contact Information

Micki MacGregor, Graduate Program Coordinator
PO Box 172880
Montana State University
Reid Hall 215, Bozeman, MT 59717-2880 
[email protected]