An individual who is a graduate of an accredited college or university may apply for admission to Graduate Studies.
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.
The priority deadlines are set up so that a student can be admitted into a program before pre-registration begins for the semester.
|THE PRIORITY DEADLINES ARE:|
|SOME PROGRAMS HAVE DIFFERENT DEADLINES:|
|Athletic Training||February 15 (for fall admission only)|
|Psychology||April 15 (for fall admission only)|
|*We can accept applications after the priority deadline, but late applications may run into problems with Financial Aid, closed courses, and getting full admission by the start of a semester.|
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.
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 admitted only when official notification has been received from the Office of Graduate Studies.
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.
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.
Provisional admission may be granted to a student when some type of deficiency is noted in the applicant’s academic work, such as:
Provisional admission may be granted with up to fifteen (15) credits of deficiency coursework needed. The following stipulations apply:
Provisional status will be granted for one academic year. If deficiencies are not cleared within that time, the student will need to reapply to the program.
Admission Test Scores
Although the applicant may 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.
Non-Degree Graduate Status
Non-degree graduate students are those who have earned baccalaureate degrees and meet one of the following criteria:
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:
International students must meet all admission requirements of Montana State University Billings in addition to the following:
Complete the International Graduate Student Application
Application Fee ($40.00): Graduate applicants are required to send $40 by money order, check, or wire transfer (cash is not encouraged). Please note that the application fee is non-refundable. Applicants will not be considered without the application fee.
English Proficiency Proof: Students from non-English speaking countries must provide evidence of proficiency in English by submitting an approved score from one of MSUB’s approved English Proficiency tests, the TOEFL or IELTS. MSUB TOEFL institution code is 4298.
Minimum TOEFL internet-based test score: 90
Minimum IELTS test score: 7.5
Official results can be sent to the Office of Admissions and Records and the Office of Graduate Studies, Montana State University Billings, 1500 University Drive, Billings, MT 59101-0298.
* Provisional Admission: Applicants who do not have the required English language proficiency test score
for full admission to MSU Billings but are academically qualified, may be considered for admission through
required attendance in the Intensive English Language Program.
Letter of Intent: Statement of degree objectives related to degree of choice. Some programs require specific letters of intent, check Degrees and Programsfor any additional requirements.
Standardized Exam Test Scores (i.e. GRE or GMAT)
Three Letters of Recommendation
Copy of Passport
Financial Statement: Please complete the financial statement form and have it signed by a parent or sponsor. All future international students must attest that funds are available for full-time study at Montana State University Billings. The U.S. government requires international students to show proof of funds to at least cover the first year of study. An official letter from a banking institution showing the amount of funds available for the first year must accompany this form. The official letter must be in English.
Health History Form: All students are required to complete this health questionnaire and have it signed by your physician to verify your immunization history.
Admissions & Records
Montana State University Billings
1500 University Drive
Billings, MT 59101-0298 U.S.A.
Or scanned copies can be emailed to:
Fall semesters: June 1st
Spring semesters: October 1st
Summer semesters: February 1st