Graduate Program Application Requirements & Deadlines
To apply for admission to the Department of English's Master of Arts in English: English Education Option, 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 verifying all Bachelor’s Degree coursework, as well as any graduate coursework to be considered toward the M.A. Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded during this online process; however, MSU must receive official transcripts directly from the university(s) attended. Order your official transcripts to be sent electronically to: email@example.com or through the mail to: MSU, Department of English - Graduate Studies, P.O. Box 172300/2-176 Wilson Hall, Bozeman MT 59717. If you are an alum of MSU-Bozeman, you will not send official transcripts.
- 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. Be sure that you request letters from people who can comment on your potential success for a graduate program in English; one of these recommenders should speak directly to your teaching/leadership in your classroom/school.
- Statement of Intent: In a 2-3 page statement, discuss your reasons for pursuing the Master of Arts in English: English Education Option; offer autobiographical information pertinent to yourself a student, teacher, and researcher; and explain your educational and professional goals. If you are interested in being considered for a GTA position, indicate past experiences or training that would qualify you for a position teaching first-year students in the English Department's Writing Program.
- Writing Sample: Upload a written piece that best represents your voice and engagement with a topic of personal interest. Maximum 15 pages.
International Applicants: 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.
Applications are reviewed year-round*.
The deadline for consideration of a teaching assistantship is January 31.
*Deadlines for international students are May 15 (fall semester) and September 15 (spring semester).
Incomplete applications cannot be considered.
For additional questions, please contact Dr. Allison Wynhoff Olsen in the Department of English:
Or, contact the English Department Office:
Tel: (406) 994-3768
Location: 2-176 Wilson Hall