The following items are required to complete the MMLS application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit the required documents.  Applications which are missing documents after the submission deadline may not be considered.


MMLS Application Form

Application Deadline:   October 14, 2024

All items on the application form must be filled out completely. Answers to self-assessment information must be your original work. Prerequisite course requirements are also listed on our websites.  These prerequisites are important as you will not be considered a qualified applicant if courses have not been taken or will not be taken before the program begins in May.

Admission to Program

If you are a recent graduate or are from another university and have been accepted into the MMLS  program you must apply for admission or readmission to either MSU, MSU-B or UM. Continuing students will remain a student at one of these universities.


Official transcripts from every college or university you have attended must be sent to the program director. The transcripts must show all courses completed and transfer equivalencies if enrolled at MSU, MSU-B or UM.

Reference Forms

MMLS Application Reference Form

Three references are required. You must complete the top portion of the form with an indication of whether you do or do not waive your right to access the evaluation forms. The forms can be obtained from the web site.  At least two references must be submitted by university faculty who have instructed you and another can be submitted by a current or former employer. Each form must be sent directly to the MMLS program at 109 Lewis Hall, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717.

International Applicants

An applicant whose native language is not English is required to be accepted to one of the three universities and abide by their requirements for speaking and writing before admittance to the program.

Grade Point Average

A cumulative GPA of 2.8 (4.0 scale) is required for admission. If there are courses over seven years old, the program may ask to have these repeated. A science/math GPA of 2.8 is also required for admission.

If a course has been retaken, the most recent grade will be used but retakes may enter into the academic achievement score.

Essential Requirements for MMLS Program Form

The essential functions must be signed and submitted along with the application. This will attest to the applicant’s ability to fulfill all the essential requirements stated therein.

Selection Criteria

MMLS Selection Criteria: Applications from all qualified applicants will be reviewed by MMLS faculty and the advisors from MSU, UM and MSU-Billings. The selection process is competitive and is based on a point ranking system. Interviews will also be conducted on highly qualified candidates at Montana State University.

1. Academic Achievement (cumulative GPA 2.8 or higher), 30-50 points
2. Self assessment (relevance, organization/logic/clarity) 5-12 points
3. References 5-12 points
4. Experience (work, extracurricular, leadership) 5-12 points
5. Reviewer’s overall impression (application and interview) 5-14 points science GPA and minimal repeated courses and writing style

Background Testing and Drug Testing Policies

Please see our information on these policies here.