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Application Process for the MEd in Curriculum & Instruction 

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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 provide official transcripts verifying all Bachelors degree and Masters degree coursework (as well as confirmation of bachelor’s and master's degree earned) from the applicant's certifying university. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded during the application process. Official electronic transcripts may be emailed directly from the Institution to [email protected]  or mailed to the Department of Education Graduate Programs Office, 215 Reid Hall, PO Box 172880, Montana State University, 59717. Transcripts from a degree awarded through MSU do not need to be provided. NOTE: We require an undergraduate and graduate GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). Transcripts will be evaluated for rigor and academic fit.
  4. Three (3) Personal Essays – Each essay should be a maximum of 2 pages in length, typed, double spaced, and must respond to the following:
    1. Essay 1 - Describe your career goals for the future and how you see the completion of a Master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction as helping you achieve your goals.
    2. Essay 2 - Describe your personal strengths as an educator and identify the ways in which you believe you could use your strengths to contribute to the cohort of students with whom you will be studying.
    3. Essay 3 - Describe the areas in which you want and need to grow as a professional educator/researcher.
  5. Three (3) Professional References – During the application process you will be asked to submit contact information for each recommender. One of the recommenders should be from your current direct supervisor. Applicants who do not have a letter from a present supervisor must provide a written explanation identifying the specific reason(s) why they were unable to secure a letter of recommendation from their present supervisor.
  6. Official GRE scores – These scores are required ONLY for those applying to the Educational Researcher option.  Submit official scores for the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) to Montana State University (code 4488).  There is no minimum score requirement. Applications are reviewed holistically and take into account all elements. Test scores may not be over five years old at the time of application.
  7. For International Applicants ONLY: Please visit the Graduate School International Application Processwebsite for application submission information. In addition to the above, International applicants will be required to submit the following application material.

      • 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.
      • 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.
      • 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.  

Application Process for the EdS and EdD in Curriculum and Instruction

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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. Documentation of verbal and quantitative skills needed for the degree: The general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is required for only the EdD application prior to consideration for admission in the Department of Education. There is no minimum score requirement. Applications are reviewed holistically and take into account all elements. Test scores may not be over five years old at the time of application. The GRE/MAT is not a requirement for the EdS application.
  4. Academic Transcripts: Applicants must provide official transcripts verifying all Bachelors degree and Masters degree coursework (as well as confirmation of bachelor’s and master's degree earned) from the applicant's certifying university. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded during the application process. Official electronic transcripts may be emailed directly from the Institution to [email protected]  or mailed to the Department of Education Graduate Programs Office, 215 Reid Hall, PO Box 172880, Montana State University, 59717. Transcripts from a degree awarded through MSU do not need to be provided. NOTE: We require an undergraduate and graduate GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). Transcripts will be evaluated for rigor and academic fit. 
  5. Personal Essay: The essay should be a maximum of 4 pages in length, typed, double spaced, and respond to the following:
    1. Describe your development as an educator, your future career goals, and how you see the completion of a Doctoral Degree in Curriculum & Instruction as helping you achieve your goals.
    2. Describe your personal strengths and interests as an educator and identify the ways in which you believe you could use your strengths to contribute to the cohort of students with whom you will be studying.
    3. Indicate the area of curriculum, instruction, or teacher education in which you would like to conduct research. EdD application only.
  6. Three (3) Professional References. During the online process, applicants will be asked to provide information about their references. The electronic process will prompt each reference to submit a signed reference letter. The letters should be from individuals qualified to assess your ability and potential as a graduate student and be able to attest to your work ethic and professionalism. References from relatives are not acceptable. 
  7. For International Applicants ONLY: Please visit the Graduate School International Application Processwebsite for application submission information. In addition to the above, International applicants will be required to submit the following application material.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.  

Application Process for the PhD in Curriculum & Instruction

Click Here to access the online application

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

  1. Completed Graduate School Application

  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae

  3. Documentation of verbal and quantitative skills needed for the degree: The general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)  is required of all PhD doctoral students prior to consideration for admission in the Department of Education. There is no minimum score requirement. Applications are reviewed holistically and take into account all elements. Test scores may not be over five years old at the time of application.

  4. Academic Transcripts: Applicants must provide official transcripts verifying all Bachelors degree and Masters degree coursework (as well as confirmation of bachelor’s and master's degree earned) from the applicant's certifying university. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded during the application process. Official electronic transcripts may be emailed directly from the Institution to [email protected]  or mailed to the Department of Education Graduate Programs Office, 215 Reid Hall, PO Box 172880, Montana State University, 59717. Transcripts from a degree awarded through MSU do not need to be provided. NOTE: We require an undergraduate and graduate GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). Transcripts will be evaluated for rigor and academic fit. 
  5. Personal Essay: Suggested length is 2-3 typed, double-spaced pages. The applicant should briefly describe the following:

    1. Education and other educational professional experiences
    2. Research interests and experience including alignment with faculty interests and expertise and an example of research experiences using educational theory, research methods, and application.
    3. Professional goals
  6. Three (3) Professional References: The letters should be from individuals qualified to assess the following:
    1. Knowledge in chosen field
    2. Motivation and perseverance toward goals
    3. Ability to work independently
    4. Ability to express thoughts in speech and writing
    5. Ability/potential for college teaching
    6. Ability to plan and conduct research
  7. Research and Data Analysis Skills Summary. You will be asked to upload a separate document (less than 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).
  8. For International Applicants ONLY: Please visit the Graduate School International Application Processwebsite for application submission information. In addition to the above, International applicants will be required to submit the following application material.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.  

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


Application Deadlines

Complete applications will be reviewed and rated by members of the Graduate Admissions Committee who then convene to make final admission decisions. Once applicants are accepted, their applications will be forwarded to The Graduate School for final administrative processing.  Please note that the application review process will begin on the application deadline dates and not before.

Below are the deadlines by which all of the application materials for the MEd program in Curriculum and Instruction must be submitted via the online application system. By submitting materials by the deadline, accepted students may be eligible for early registration. In order for a graduate degree application to be reviewed for admission, all required application documents must be submitted prior to the department's posted deadline. Applications received after the deadline may be reviewed for acceptance on a case-by-case basis.

Fall Semester:  April 1st

Spring Semester:  November 1st

Summer Semester:  April 1st

Below is the deadline by which all of the application materials for the EdD program in Curriculum and Instruction must be submitted via the online application system. Students matriculate into the EdD program in the fall semester only. Applications to the EdD programs are reviewed once per year at the April 1 deadline. Applications received after the deadline may be reviewed for acceptance on a case-by-case basis.

Fall Semester:  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 programs are reviewed once per year at the April 1 deadline. Applications received after the deadline may be reviewed for acceptance on a case-by-case basis.

Fall Semester:  April 1st

Note to applicants interested in graduate assistantships: In order to facilitate the process of soliciting a graduate assistantship, the Curriculum and Instruction program has established a priority deadline of February 1st. 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 15th common graduate program decision deadline. Applicants who apply after February 1st can still apply for open graduate assistantships, but applications received after February 1st will be reviewed after the April 1st deadline.


Select graduate programs in Curriculum and Instruction 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

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