General Admission Procedures for Graduate Students
An individual who is a graduate of an accredited college or university may apply for admission to Graduate Studies. The Office of Graduate Studies provides three applications options: an online application available on the Web, a Web-based printable application, and a paper application. The paper application is available at the Office of Graduate Studies. All paper application materials must be submitted directly to the Office of Graduate Studies.
A Montana State University Billings identification number will be assigned to all applicants at the time of application.
For All Applicants
All applications must include the following:
The applicant must complete an application form available in the Office of Graduate Studies or online. The completed form must be submitted (with an official transcript showing a bachelor’s degree earned) to the Office of Graduate Studies. A $40.00 non-refundable application fee is required. Should a student change to degree seeking, this fee will be applied to your application.
Completed applications from domestic degree seeking students must be submitted by the student to the Office of Graduate Studies approximately 45 days prior to the beginning of the term for priority consideration. International degree seeking students should submit their applications approximately 60 days prior to the beginning of the term in order to ensure sufficient time for the issue of an I-20.
The following dates indicate when applications are due in the Office of Graduate Studies.
Domestic non-degree applications, complete with application fee and official transcripts, must be received in the Office of Graduate Studies no later than three (3) business days before the last published drop/add date (as listed in the academic calendar).
Although the applicant my submit a copy of his/her admission test scores in the application packet, the applicant must request an official score report from the testing service to be sent directly to MSU Billings. Registration at MSUB will be withheld until an official test result is received if required by the degree/program.
A photocopy of the applicant’s admission test scores will be accepted from another accredited academic institution in lieu of official exam scores only under all of the following circumstances:
Minimum test scores for acceptance into specific graduate programs are determined by the individual graduate programs.
Admission decisions are made for each applicant individually, and applicants may or may not be judged acceptable regardless of the undergraduate record or the institution from which credentials are submitted. Before admission is granted, each application is reviewed by the Office of Graduate Studies and the appropriate faculty, who determine if the applicant’s academic history and preparation are satisfactory.
Students may be admitted with regular or provisional standing. Admission is subject to a favorable recommendation by the degree-granting program. Additionally, the program directors reserve the right to grant an admission status other than full admission to any of the graduate degree programs at MSU Billings. As such, applicants should consider themselves
The student must hold a four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and have demonstrated potential for graduate study and have a “3.0” average or better for their undergraduate cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA).
Minimum admission test scores for acceptance into specific graduate programs are determined by each program.
The student must have met all requirements of admission to Montana State University Billings as listed in the catalog. These include a complete application, transcripts, admission test scores, proof of immunization (if required), and any requirements of a specific program.
Provisional admission is granted when the program director, chair, or admission committee identifies an academic weakness. It is not guaranteed to students with low undergraduate GPA’s, and may only be used in defined instances.
Students with less than a 3.0 undergraduate GPA will be denied full regular admission but may qualify for provisional admission. The program may recommend non-degree or undergraduate work for one or two semesters to improve the student’s GPA standing and provide evidence of the applicant’s ability to do well in graduate school.
Non-Degree Graduate Status
Non-degree graduate students are those who have earned baccalaureate degrees and meet one of the following criteria:
Non-Degree Application Requirements
Non-degree seeking applicants must complete an application form available from the Office of Graduate Studies or online.
Submit completed applications to the Office of Graduate Studies.
All applications must include the following:
New non-degree students will be eligible to register for classes as soon as the completed application is processed. This is generally 24 to 48 hours after receipt of the completed application.
A non-degree student may register for undergraduate or graduate level courses.
Non-degree graduate students are not eligible for graduate assistantships.
Applicants who have never before attended MSU Billings must submit the following items to the Office of Admissions and Records:
Applicants wishing to pursue a Graduate Degree Program must have completed the application process outlined above before being granted full acceptance to a Graduate Program. No action will be taken on an application until all requirements have been completed.