Master's Degree Admission

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

Applications received after these review periods are discouraged but may be accepted and reviewed based on availability of space within the program. Please contact lisa.firehammer@mso.umt.edu regarding space availability if you are applying beyond the dates listed above. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission. 

I. All applicants to our M.A. and M.Ed. programs must complete an online application to the UM Graduate School.  Submit the application and pay the $60 fee to the Graduate School online.

The online application to the Graduate School will include:

    • Letter of intent including academic and professional goals and philosophy of teaching and learning.
    • Current resume, including experiences with children and youth.
    • 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 

    • 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.
    • One item from the following list if your undergraduate GPA meets the required 3.0, or two items if your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0: 
      • 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.
      • A 500-word essay (2 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
II. All applicants for initial elementary and secondary educator licensure, early childhood education, special education and teacher librarian must also complete a separate online application to the Department of Teaching & Learning. 

 

This separate application will include the following additional requirements, which must be submitted via the online application:

    • A written description of previous experiences with children and youth. This is a two- to three-paragraph document, separate from the resume.
    • A 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.)

Please choose from the following applications:

Please use the checklist to ensure that your application is complete. 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 & Human Sciences
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr.
Missoula, MT 59812
lisa.firehammer@mso.umt.edu

Dr. Fletcher Brown
Graduate Program Coordinator        
Department of Teaching & Learning
Phone: (406) 243-5287
fletcher.brown@mso.umt.edu