Fees are approved by the Montana Board of Regents of Higher Education and are subject to change on an annual basis. Fees for resident and non-resident graduate students are located in the MSU Fee Schedule

The MA in English program is a Western Regional Graduate Program; thus, residents of Western states may be eligible for a waiver allowing them to receive resident rates through the Western Regional Graduate Program. 

Waivers are available only to students fully admitted to the MA in English program. Qualified individuals must include with their application a letter stipulating that they are a legal resident of one of the above states and wish to be considered for Western Regional Graduate (WICHE) status.

Financial aid through MSU is not typically available when graduate students are taking only three (3) credits. Some graduate students (who are full-time teachers) may be eligible for financial support from their school districts.


The MA in English is designed as a two-year program, and with a full load of courses each semester and work on the professional paper during the summer this can easily be accomplished. However, students who wish to take fewer courses and work more gradually on the degree are welcome to do so, though it is expected that most students will complete the degree over a two to three year period. Graduate students have six (6) years to complete their degree.

There are several guidelines governing courses taken at MSU or another institution prior to being admitted into a specific graduate program. Guidelines for transfer credits are located on the Web page of the MSU Graduate School. For further details contact the Graduate School at 1-800-255-7962. 

No, GRE scores are not required for admission into the MA in English.

Campus housing is available in the summer for individuals and for families. Prices are very reasonable. Call 406-994-2661 for more information or see Residence Life

Yes! We often have students enrolled in courses with a Non-Degree status


International applicants are required to submit a variety of documentation including English proficiency scores. Please see International application process for further information.