Grad Students

To apply for admission to the Department of English's M.A. program, please submit The Graduate School's Application for Graduate Admission.

Required Application Materials

Applicants must be prepared to submit (upload) the following application materials:

  • Official undergraduate transcripts from all universities attended. Un-official transcripts can be uploaded by the student during this online process; however, MSU must receive official transcripts directly from the university(s) attended. Have official transcripts sent electronically to: [email protected] or through the mail to: MSU, Department of English - Graduate Studies, P.O. Box 172300/2-176 Wilson Hall, Bozeman MT 59717. (Applicants who have a bachelor's degree conferred and who are alumni of MSU do not need to submit their transcripts).
  • Three academic referencesDuring 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. Be sure that you request letters from people who can comment on your potential success for a graduate program in English.
  • Statement of purpose. Discuss your reasons for pursuing the Master of Arts in English in a 2-page statement. Applicants who are interested in being considered for a GTA position should indicate past experiences or training that would qualify them for a position teaching first-year students in the English Department's Writing Program.
  • Writing Sample. Upload a 10-15 page sample of academic writing.

International Students

In addition to the above, international applicants will be required to submit a variety of additional documentation including English proficiency scores. Please see International application process for further information. 



The deadline for application of and consideration for a teaching assistantship is January 31st.

The final deadlines for applications not including a teaching assistantship are July 15 (fall semester) and November 1 (spring semester). Deadlines for international students are May 15 (fall semester) and September 15 (spring semester).

Incomplete applications cannot be considered.

Contact Information

If there are additional questions, please contact Dr. Gretchen Minton in the Department of English:

Email: [email protected]

Or, contact the Department of English office at:

Tel: (406) 994-3768 | E-mail: [email protected] | Location: 2-176 Wilson Hall