Required Application Materials                                         

Applicants should provide 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 protected] 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 alumnus of MSU-Bozeman, you will not send official transcripts. 


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.

In a 2-page statement, discuss your reasons for pursuing the Master of Arts in English. Offer information pertinent to yourself as a student, writer, 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.

Upload a written piece that best represents your analytical and research abilities. 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. 

Application Deadlines 

Applications are reviewed year-round*.

*Deadlines for international students are May 15 (fall semester) and September 15 (spring semester).

Incomplete applications cannot be considered.




Please contact the English Department Office:

Tel: (406) 994-3768

E-mail: [email protected] 

Location: 2-176 Wilson Hall