Admission Application and Procedures
*Only returning MSUB graduate students who have earned grades with us complete the readmission form - everyone else should fill out the First-Time Admission to Graduate Study online application (or international student application).
** For individuals seeking a Class 5 provisional teaching license, we will be processing applications up until the end of the first week of classes
For full admission into any graduate program, we require official transcripts from all previous institutions attended, with the exception of MSU campuses (Montana State University, Montana State University Billings, Montana State University Northern, and Great Falls College Montana State University).
Transcripts must come directly from the issuing institution in order to be considered official. Please have these ordered to be sent either electronically to email@example.com (preferred) or mailed to the address below:
Montana State University Billings, Attn: Graduate Studies, 1500 University Drive, Billings, MT 59101
Tell us about your background and why you are applying for the program. There are no official formatting requirements, although we generally recommend 1-3 double-spaced pages in Times New Roman font size 12.
When filling out the online application, provide the names and contact information
for each of your references. The application will then prompt your references to upload
*We will also accept letters that are emailed/mailed to us, although they must come directly from the recommender.
The GRE is required for:
1. Students whose undergraduate GPA was below a 3.0
2. Public Relations program applicants
Learn more about the GRE or schedule an exam at ets.org/gre
For all College of Education programs, a background check is required for admission. These materials are sent directly to our licensure officer, Ms. Jennifer Burns. Please do not send background check information to the Graduate Studies office! Read the Fingerprint and Background Check Information or contact Ms. Jennifer Burns with any questions!
Frequently Asked Questions
No. We use a rolling admission system, meaning that we accept new students until a) the program reaches capacity or b) the semester starts - whichever comes first.
No. While we can use unofficial transcripts and/or your transcript of degree for application review and provisional admission, we require official transcripts from all previous institutions attended for full admission into any of our graduate programs. MSU campuses (Montana State University, Montana State University Billings, Montana State University Northern, and Great Falls College Montana State University) are the only exception, as we have access to these records.
Along with your application and official transcripts, you may need to submit supplemental materials. View the admission requirements by program to determine what items you need.
Once your application is complete (including all required supplemental materials), we will send your application to the program department for review. A decision is typically made within 1-2 weeks, at which time our office will contact you via email and with a letter in the mail.