Required Application Materials                                         

Applicants should provide transcripts verifying all Bachelor’s Degree coursework as well as any graduate coursework considered toward the M.A. Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded via the online process; however, MSU must receive official transcripts directly from the university(s) attended. Order official transcripts to be sent electronically to [email protected] or through the mail to

Montana State University

Department of English - Graduate Studies

P.O. Box 172300  |  2-176 Wilson Hall

Bozeman MT 59717-2300

MSU-Bozeman alums will not need to send official transcripts. 

During the online process, applicants will be asked to provide information for their professional references. The electronic process will prompt each reference to submit a signed reference letter.  Reference letters should be from people who can comment on the student's potential successfor a graduate program in English; one of the references should speak directly to the student's teaching/leadership in the classroom/school.

In a two to three 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 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 15th (fall semester) and September 15th (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