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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 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. Three (3) Personal Essays: Each essay should be a maximum of 2 pages in length, typed, double spaced, and must respond to the following:
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Essay 3 - Describe the areas in which you want and need to grow as a professional educator and/or educational researcher.  Applicants applying to the Educational Researcher track are strongly encouraged to be very precise with their research interests and indicate what faculty in our department might be a good fit as their potential advisor. Faculty information can be found on:  https://www.montana.edu/education/directory/index.html
  5. Three (3) Professional References: During the application process you will be asked to submit contact information for each recommender. The electronic process will prompt each recommender to submit a signed reference letter. 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. 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 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. 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: The essay should be a maximum of 4 pages in length, typed, double spaced, and respond to the following:
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Indicate the area of curriculum, instruction, or teacher education in which you would like to conduct research. EdD application only.
  5. Three (3) Professional References: During the application process you will be asked to submit contact information for each recommender. The electronic process will prompt each recommender 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. 
  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 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. 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. The applicant should briefly describe the following:

    • Education and other educational professional experiences
    • Research interests and experience including alignment with faculty interests and expertise and an example of research experiences using educational theory, research methods, and application.
    • Professional goals
  5. Three (3) Professional References: During the application process you will be asked to submit contact information for each recommender. The electronic process will prompt each recommender to submit a signed reference letter. The letters should be from individuals qualified to assess the following:
    • Knowledge in chosen field
    • Motivation and perseverance toward goals
    • Ability to work independently
    • Ability to express thoughts in speech and writing
    • Ability/potential for college teaching
    • Ability to plan and conduct research
  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 Faculty and Staff Directory.

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.  In order for a graduate degree 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

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 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 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

Note to applicants interested in graduate assistantships:  To facilitate the process of soliciting a graduate assistantship, a 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 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

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