International applicants should provide the following during the online application process. In those cases where documents must be mailed, please use the following address: Montana State University, The Graduate School, P.O. Box 172580/104 Montana Hall, Bozeman, MT, 59717 or have electronic transcripts sent to: [email protected].

Deadlines—Each admitting department sets its own application process and deadlines. Look at the Programs on this link; each program name hyperlinks to learn more on the program, deadlines, what is needed to apply, if you need to secure a faculty advisor prior to applying, and more. Know that International applications must be prepared to submit a completed application with a minimum of one-hundred (100) days prior to the start of the intended term. Many departments request more time for the application review, particularly if the department indicates a priority deadlines pertaining funding. MSU typically needs a minimum of 75 days from the time an offer is made to start of term, to allow for the issuance of an I-20,

  • A completed Application for Graduate Admission.
  • Payment of a non-refundable application fee of U.S. $60.00, which will not be waived, deferred, or refunded (See Board of Regents Policy). The fee must be paid before the application will be processed or reviewed. The fee must be made by credit card or via online check.  
  • Transcripts reflecting all undergraduate and/or post-baccalaureate study from each international and U.S. college/university**. Departments can begin the review of an application with uploaded unofficial transctips. If offered admission, you will be required to supply official transcripts. Official transcripts are those that come directly to MSU from the previously attended university. If needed, you may need to supply an English translation and transcription to US standards.
**Note: MSU reserves the right to question the evaluation of all non-U.S. academic credentials/transcripts. We recommend using an accredited translation/transcription company.
**Three (3) Year Bachelor's Degrees: MSU accepts a three year Bachelor’s degree from applicants. You are welcome to submit an application which will be reviewed by the department to determine whether you are a strong enough candidate to be admitted. If admitted, you may be asked to take some undergraduate courses at the start of your graduate degree at MSU to strengthen your background
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). Applicants with post-baccalaureate coursework must have a graduate GPA of at least 3.00
  • Three (3) letters of reference. You will be asked to provide information about your references. The electronic process will prompt each reference to submit a signed reference letter in English.. You do not need to wait to submit your application; these letters will move into your application even after it has been submitted.
  • The Graduate Records Exam is NOT required to apply for any program at MSU. 
  • A personal statement.
  • Evidence of English Language Proficiency. MSU requires applicants from countries where English is a second language to present evidence of proficiency in the use of the English language (see the box below for the countries waived). Typical, minimum test scores from acceptable testing agencies are: TOEFL: 80-internet-based [iBT] or 550-PBT, IELTS: 6.5, or 120 Duolingo.Please know that these are minimum scores; departments frequently require higher scores and/or interviews, especially for those students who will be graduate teaching or research assistants and/or are submitting the Duolingo Exam scores. Certificates of completion with official grade reports and the instructor's recommendation from accredited alternative English as a Second Language programs may be considered and can be uploaded into the application for review.

    Pearson’s PTE  is temporarily unavailable for MSU. Please send alternative proof of English Proficiency.

              MSU reserves the right to request students to submit additional proof of English proficiency, even if they meet the above-listed requirements. Sub-scores for different sections within the examination are also considered in determining whether a student has a strong enough command of the English language in order to succeed at Montana State University.

            During the application process, an applicant can provide unofficial scores; however, if accepted, registration will be prohibited until an official score report is received from the testing service.


Note: If you have received a bachelors, master's or doctorate from an institution in the U.S. or a country listed below, an English proficiency examination is not required. 

Falkland Islands
Antigua & Barbuda
Gibraltar Montserrat
Ghana New Zealand
Grenada St. Kitts & Nevis
Guernsey St. Lucia
Guyana St. Vincent & the Grenadines
British Virgin Islands
Ireland Trinidad & Tobago
Canada (except Quebec)
Isle of Man Turks & Caicos Islands
Cayman Islands
Jamaica United Kingdom
Jersey United States Territories
  • Copy of applicant’s passport.
  • MSU does not require certification of financial support from applicants with non-immigrant visas at the time of applying. The U.S. government requires international applicants to show proof of funds to cover at least the first year of study if they are offered admission. If you are receiving full funding from a Department at MSU, you will not need to submit futher financial certificate information. To understand costs associated with attending MSU, please refer to the Cost to Attend MSU page. Students will need to submit the International Student Financial Certificate found on the OIP Forms Page, and proof of funds when offered admission to MSU.  This proof can be in the form of an official letter in English from a banking institution showing the amount of funds available to the applicant during the academic year. These documents can also be uploaded during the application process if you have them available at the time of applying. If an applicant will enroll in online courses only and will not apply for a student visa to enter the U.S., it is not necessary to provide proof of funds.
  • Immunization records are required once admitted. Registration holds are placed on all students until proof of required immunizations are submitted. Questions should be referred to the MSU Student Health Service, +1-406-994-2311.
  • A resume, if required by the admitting department

General Information— All international graduate students are required to comply with a number of U.S. regulations. See International Student and Scholars Information.