Master's Degree Program Admission

The Graduate Admissions Committee reviews applications twice per year, beginning on February 15 for summer/fall admission, and September 15 for spring admission. 

Please select a degree option below to view specific application requirements: 

I. Initiate a background check with fingerprinting, per the Fingerprint Background Check Instructions. fingerprint-based background check is required for all applicants to the program. Results from background checks completed for previous employment, military service, volunteering, etc. are not accepted. 

II. Complete an Online Application to the Graduate School. Choose Curriculum Studies (M.Ed.) as the graduate degree. This degree includes on-campus and/or remote courses. Do not choose the Online Only application.  

Include the items listed below:  

  1. LETTER OF INTENT including academic and professional goals and philosophy of teaching and learning. 
     
  2. CURRENT RESUME, including experiences with children and youth. 
     
  3. OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS from all previous institutions attended. Please use the email address grad.school@umontana.edu when sending official transcripts electronically. If mailing to the Graduate School, use the address listed below:  

The University of Montana  
Graduate School  
32 Campus Drive #2592  
Missoula, MT 59812-2592  

4. THREE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION that attest to your recent academic or professional performance. You will provide email addresses for your recommenders, who will receive a prompt from the Graduate School. 

5. GPA REQUIREMENT 

If your undergraduate GPA meets or exceeds the required 3.0, supply one item from the list below. If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, supply two items: 

  • Official GRE Scores (Revised test: Verbal of 146 or higher, Quantitative of 143 or higher, and Writing of 4.0 or higher) 
  • Official MAT Score (383 or higher) 
  • MA/MEd/MS GPA of 3.0 or higher and an official transcript from the institution that awarded this degree. 
  • 500-word essay (12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, one-inch margins, and titled, in response to the following prompt: "Select and describe one significant learning experience from your life. Identify what you learned and explain how it will contribute to your work as a teacher." (Note: This may also count as an additional submission material under requirements listed below.) 
  • National Board Certification

III. Complete an application to the M.Ed. With Initial Licensure program via SubmittableInclude the items listed below:  

  1. WRITTEN DESCRIPTION OF PREVIOUS EXPERIENCES WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH. This is a two- to three-paragraph document, separate from the resume. 
     
  2. 500-WORD ESSAY, 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, one-inch margins, and titled, in response to the following prompt: "Select and describe one significant learning experience from your life. Identify what you learned and explain how it will contribute to your work as a teacher." (Note: This may also count as an additional submission material under requirements listed above.) 
     
  3. FORMS RELATED TO BACKGROUND CHECK  
    Forms provided below are for reference only. You will complete these forms within the application in Submittable. 

Initial Background Screening Form 
Background Check Authorization Form 
Application and Notice NCPA VCA Form. This confidential form will be emailed to you on completion of your online application to the Department of Teaching & Learning.

I. Initiate a background check with fingerprinting, per the Fingerprint Background Check Instructions.  
fingerprint-based background check is required for all applicants to the program. Results from background checks completed for previous employment, military service, volunteering, etc. are not accepted. 

II. Complete an Online Application to the Graduate School. Choose Curriculum Studies (M.Ed.) as the graduate degree. This degree includes on-campus and/or remote courses. Do not choose the Online Only application.  

Include the items listed below:  

  1. LETTER OF INTENT including academic and professional goals and philosophy of teaching and learning. 
     
  2. CURRENT RESUME, including experiences with children and youth. 
     
  3. OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS from all previous institutions attended. Please use the email address grad.school@umontana.edu when sending official transcripts electronically. If mailing to the Graduate School, use the address listed below:  

The University of Montana  
Graduate School  
32 Campus Drive #2592  
Missoula, MT 59812-2592  

4. THREE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION that attest to your recent academic or professional performance. You will provide email addresses for your recommenders, who will receive a prompt from the Graduate School. 

5. GPA REQUIREMENT 

If your undergraduate GPA meets or exceeds the required 3.0, supply one item from the list below. If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, supply two items: 

  • Official GRE Scores (Revised test: Verbal of 146 or higher, Quantitative of 143 or higher, and Writing of 4.0 or higher) 
  • Official MAT Score (383 or higher) 
  • MA/MEd/MS GPA of 3.0 or higher and an official transcript from the institution that awarded this degree. 
  • 500-word essay (12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, one-inch margins, and titled, in response to the following prompt: "Select and describe one significant learning experience from your life. Identify what you learned and explain how it will contribute to your work as a teacher." (Note: This may also count as an additional submission material under requirements listed below.) 
  • National Board Certification

III. Complete an application to the M.Ed. With Initial Licensure program via SubmittableInclude the items listed below:  

  1. WRITTEN DESCRIPTION OF PREVIOUS EXPERIENCES WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH. This is a two- to three-paragraph document, separate from the resume. 
     
  2. 500-WORD ESSAY, 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, one-inch margins, and titled, in response to the following prompt: "Select and describe one significant learning experience from your life. Identify what you learned and explain how it will contribute to your work as a teacher." (Note: This may also count as an additional submission material under requirements listed above.) 
     
  3. FORMS RELATED TO BACKGROUND CHECK  
    Forms provided below are for reference only. You will complete these forms within the application in Submittable. 

Initial Background Screening Form 
Background Check Authorization Form 
Application and Notice NCPA VCA Form. This confidential form will be emailed to you on completion of your online application to the Department of Teaching & Learning.

I. Initiate a background check with fingerprinting, per the Fingerprint Background Check Instructions.  
A fingerprint-based background check is required for all applicants to the program. Results from background checks completed for previous employment, military service, volunteering, etc. are not accepted. 

II. Complete an Online Application to the Graduate School. Choose Curriculum Studies (M.Ed.) as the graduate degree. Include the items listed below:  
 

  1. LETTER OF INTENT including academic and professional goals and philosophy of teaching and learning. 
     
  2. CURRENT RESUME, including experiences with children and youth. 
     
  3. OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS from all previous institutions attended. Please use the email address grad.school@umontana.edu when sending official transcripts electronically. If mailing to the Graduate School, use the address listed below:  

The University of Montana  
Graduate School  
32 Campus Drive #2592  
Missoula, MT 59812-2592  

4. THREE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION that attest to your recent academic or professional performance. You will provide email addresses for your recommenders, who will receive a prompt from the Graduate School. 

5. GPA REQUIREMENT: 

If your undergraduate GPA meets or exceeds the required 3.0, supply one item from the list below. If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, supply two items: 

  • Official GRE Scores (Revised test: Verbal of 146 or higher, Quantitative of 143 or higher, and Writing of 4.0 or higher) 
  • Official MAT Score (383 or higher) 
  • MA/MEd/MS GPA of 3.0 or higher and an official transcript from the institution that awarded this degree. 
  • 500-word essay (12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, one-inch margins, and titled, in response to the following prompt: "Select and describe one significant learning experience from your life. Identify what you learned and explain how it will contribute to your work as a teacher." (Note: This essay may also count as an additional submission material under requirements listed below.) 
  • National Board Certification 
III. Complete an application to the M.Ed. program via Submittable. Include the items listed below:  
 
  1. WRITTEN DESCRIPTION OF PREVIOUS EXPERIENCES WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH. This is a two- to three-paragraph document, separate from the resume. 
     
  2. 500-WORD ESSAY, 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, one-inch margins, and titled, in response to the following prompt: "Select and describe one significant learning experience from your life. Identify what you learned and explain how it will contribute to your work as a teacher." (Note: This essay may also count as an additional submission material under requirements listed above.) 
     
  3. FORMS RELATED TO BACKGROUND CHECK  
    Forms provided below are for reference only. You will complete these forms within the application in Submittable. 

Initial Background Screening Form 
Background Check Authorization Form 
Application and Notice NCPA VCA Form. This confidential form will be emailed to you on completion of your online application to the Department of Teaching & Learning. 

I. Initiate a background check with fingerprinting, per the Fingerprint Background Check Instructions.  
A fingerprint-based background check is required for all applicants to the program. Results from background checks completed for previous employment, military service, volunteering, etc. are not accepted. 

II. Complete an Online Application to the Graduate School. Choose Curriculum Studies (M.Ed.) as the graduate degree. Include the items listed below:  
 

  1. LETTER OF INTENT including academic and professional goals and philosophy of teaching and learning. 
     
  2. CURRENT RESUME, including experiences with children and youth. 
     
  3. OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS from all previous institutions attended. Please use the email address grad.school@umontana.edu when sending official transcripts electronically. If mailing to the Graduate School, use the address listed below:  

The University of Montana  
Graduate School  
32 Campus Drive #2592  
Missoula, MT 59812-2592  

4. THREE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION that attest to your recent academic or professional performance. You will provide email addresses for your recommenders, who will receive a prompt from the Graduate School. 

5. GPA REQUIREMENT 

If your undergraduate GPA meets or exceeds the required 3.0, supply one item from the list below. If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, supply two items: 

  • Official GRE Scores (Revised test: Verbal of 146 or higher, Quantitative of 143 or higher, and Writing of 4.0 or higher) 
  • Official MAT Score (383 or higher) 
  • MA/MEd/MS GPA of 3.0 or higher and an official transcript from the institution that awarded this degree. 
  • 500-word essay (12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, one-inch margins, and titled, in response to the following prompt: "Select and describe one significant learning experience from your life. Identify what you learned and explain how it will contribute to your work as a teacher." (Note: This essay may also count as an additional submission material under requirements listed below.) 
  • National Board Certification 
III. Complete an application to the M.Ed. program via Submittable. Include the items listed below:  
 
  1. WRITTEN DESCRIPTION OF PREVIOUS EXPERIENCES WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH. This is a two- to three-paragraph document, separate from the resume. 
     
  2. 500-WORD ESSAY, 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, one-inch margins, and titled, in response to the following prompt: "Select and describe one significant learning experience from your life. Identify what you learned and explain how it will contribute to your work as a teacher." (Note: This essay may also count as an additional submission material under requirements listed above.) 
     
  3. FORMS RELATED TO BACKGROUND CHECK  
    Forms provided below are for reference only. You will complete these forms within the application in Submittable. 

Initial Background Screening Form 
Background Check Authorization Form 
Application and Notice NCPA VCA Form. This confidential form will be emailed to you on completion of your online application to the Department of Teaching & Learning. 

I. Initiate a background check with fingerprinting, per the Fingerprint Background Check Instructions.  
A fingerprint-based background check is required for all applicants to the program. Results from background checks completed for previous employment, military service, volunteering, etc. are not accepted. 

II. Complete an Online Application to the Graduate School. Choose Curriculum Studies (M.Ed.) as the graduate degree. Include the items listed below:  
 

  1. LETTER OF INTENT including academic and professional goals and philosophy of teaching and learning. 
     
  2. CURRENT RESUME, including experiences with children and youth. 
     
  3. OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS from all previous institutions attended. Please use the email address grad.school@umontana.edu when sending official transcripts electronically. If mailing to the Graduate School, use the address listed below:  

The University of Montana  
Graduate School  
32 Campus Drive #2592  
Missoula, MT 59812-2592  

4. THREE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION that attest to your recent academic or professional performance. You will provide email addresses for your recommenders, who will receive a prompt from the Graduate School. 

5. GPA REQUIREMENT 

If your undergraduate GPA meets or exceeds the required 3.0, supply one item from the list below. If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, supply two items: 

  • Official GRE Scores (Revised test: Verbal of 146 or higher, Quantitative of 143 or higher, and Writing of 4.0 or higher) 
  • Official MAT Score (383 or higher) 
  • MA/MEd/MS GPA of 3.0 or higher and an official transcript from the institution that awarded this degree. 
  • 500-word essay (12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, one-inch margins, and titled, in response to the following prompt: "Select and describe one significant learning experience from your life. Identify what you learned and explain how it will contribute to your work as a teacher." (Note: This essay may also count as an additional submission material under requirements listed below.) 
  • National Board Certification 
III. Complete an application to the M.Ed. program via Submittable. Include the items listed below:  
 
  1. WRITTEN DESCRIPTION OF PREVIOUS EXPERIENCES WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH. This is a two- to three-paragraph document, separate from the resume. 
     
  2. 500-WORD ESSAY, 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, one-inch margins, and titled, in response to the following prompt: "Select and describe one significant learning experience from your life. Identify what you learned and explain how it will contribute to your work as a teacher." (Note: This essay may also count as an additional submission material under requirements listed above.) 
     
  3. FORMS RELATED TO BACKGROUND CHECK  
    Forms provided below are for reference only. You will complete these forms within the application in Submittable. 

Initial Background Screening Form 
Background Check Authorization Form 
Application and Notice NCPA VCA Form. This confidential form will be emailed to you on completion of your online application to the Department of Teaching & Learning

Complete an Online Application to the Graduate School. Choose Curriculum Studies (M.Ed.) as the graduate degree. Include the items listed below:  

  1. LETTER OF INTENT including academic and professional goals and philosophy of teaching and learning. 
     
  2. CURRENT RESUME, including experiences with children and youth. 
     
  3. OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS from all previous institutions attended. Please use the email address grad.school@umontana.edu when sending official transcripts electronically.  If mailing to the Graduate School use the address listed below:  

The University of Montana  
Graduate School  
32 Campus Drive #2592  
Missoula, MT 59812-2592  

4. THREE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION that attest to your recent academic or professional performance. You will provide email addresses for your recommenders, who will receive a prompt from the Graduate School. 

5. GPA REQUIREMENT 

If your undergraduate GPA meets or exceeds the required 3.0, supply one item from the list below. If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, supply two items: 

  • Official GRE Scores (Revised test: Verbal of 146 or higher, Quantitative of 143 or higher, and Writing of 4.0 or higher) 
  • Official MAT Score (383 or higher) 
  • MA/MEd/MS GPA of 3.0 or higher and an official transcript from the institution that awarded this degree. 
  • 500-word essay (12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, one-inch margins, and titled, in response to the following prompt: "Select and describe one significant learning experience from your life. Identify what you learned and explain how it will contribute to your work as a teacher."  
  • National Board Certification

Complete an Online Application to the Graduate School. Choose Education (M.A.) as the graduate degree. Include the items listed below:  

  1. LETTER OF INTENT including academic and professional goals and philosophy of teaching and learning. 
     
  2. CURRENT RESUME, including experiences with children and youth. 
     
  3. OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS from all previous institutions attended. Please use the email address grad.school@umontana.edu when sending official transcripts electronically. If mailing to the Graduate School use the address listed below:  

The University of Montana  
Graduate School  
32 Campus Drive #2592  
Missoula, MT 59812-2592  

4. THREE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION that attest to your recent academic or professional performance. You will provide email addresses for your recommenders, who will receive a prompt from the Graduate School. 

5. GPA REQUIREMENT

 If your undergraduate GPA meets or exceeds the required 3.0, supply one item from the list below. If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, supply two items: 

  • Official GRE Scores (Revised test: Verbal of 146 or higher, Quantitative of 143 or higher, and Writing of 4.0 or higher) 
  • Official MAT Score (383 or higher) 
  • MA/MEd/MS GPA of 3.0 or higher and an official transcript from the institution that awarded this degree. 
  • 500-word essay (12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, one-inch margins, and titled, in response to the following prompt: "Select and describe one significant learning experience from your life. Identify what you learned and explain how it will contribute to your work as a teacher."  
  • National Board Certification

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

International students whose first language is not English and who are not graduates of an English-speaking university, must submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) scores.

Graduate Program Teaching Assistantships are incredibly competitive due to the limited positions available at both the Master's and Doctoral level. TA applications are only accepted during the February 15 deadline for the following academic year. Please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator for more information.

Contact Us

Please submit application materials to:

Lisa Firehammer
Teacher Education Services
PJW College of Education 231
Phone: 406-243-4841
lisa.firehammer@mso.umt.edu

 

Jeb Puryear
Graduate Program Coordinator        
Department of Teaching & Learning
Phone: (406) 243-4269
jeb.puryear@mso.umt.edu