Application Process

General Requirements

Requirement include an undergraduate bachelor's degree in Art or an art-related field.  (Art-related fields include Design, Media Arts, Architecture, Art Education, Photojournalism, Scene Design, or Film.)

We welcome applicants with degrees other than Art with a strong portfolio.  If an applicant has less than 30 studio and Art History credits, additional coursework may be mandated by the Selection Committee and/or the Chair of the School of Art.

Admissions is competitive.  A 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale), or a B average is required in undergraduate major courses.

The School of Art does not require the GRE.

We welcome visits to our campus by prospective students. Tours and meetings with professors can be arranged.

How to Apply

Complete Application packet must be POSTMARKED by January 15 

1. Application to the Graduate School

Apply online.  If you are unable to or choose not to apply online, you may request a paper application from the Graduate School at grad.school@umontana.edu or by calling (406) 243-2572.  

2. Additional Material requested by the School of Art.

M.F.A.-Art, or M.A.-Art

  • Three Professional Letters of Recommendation.  All letters must be on professional letterhead. At least one letter must be from a visual arts post-secondary faculty member who addresses the applicant’s art work and ability to participate in and complete a graduate program.
  • Unofficial Transcript(s). Unofficial transcripts must be provided from all higher educational institutions attended. Sometimes receiving transcripts may take two to three weeks to receive so PLAN AHEAD. Only unofficial transcripts are required for the application. If an applicant is accepted into the program, official transcripts will be required.
  • Resumé
  • Artist Statement. 300-word, typed, double-spaced artist statement addressing the origin and nature of the applicant’s submitted portfolio.
  • Statement of Intent for Graduate Study. 400-word, typed, double-spaced statement of intent clearly stating why you are applying to the program and the academic goals to be accomplished through graduate study at The University of Montana.
  • A flash drive which includes:
    • Portfolio of Creative Work. 20 images in .jpg format.  Suggested image size is 1000 pixels wide at 72dpi. Please put in a named folder.
    • inventory list of images. Include title, dimensions, materials and date (Microsoft Word or PDF format)
    • copy of resume (Microsoft Word or PDF format)
    • copy of Artist Statement (Microsoft Word or PDF format)
    • copy of Intent for Graduate Study. (Microsoft Word or PDF format)

M.A.-Art History

  • Three Professional Letters of Recommendation. All letters must be on professional letterhead. At least one letter must be from an Art History post-secondary faculty member who addresses the applicant's ability to participate in and complete a graduate program.
  • Unofficial Transcript(s). Unofficial transcripts must be provided from all higher educational institutions attended. Sometimes receiving transcripts may take two to three weeks to receive so PLAN AHEAD. Only unofficial transcripts are required for the application. If an applicant is accepted into the program, official transcripts will be required.
  • Resumé
  • Statement of Intent for Graduate Study. 400-word, typed, double-spaced statement of intent clearly stating why you are applying to the program and the academic goals to be accomplished through graduate study at The University of Montana.
  • Research Paper. An 8-10 page, typed, double-spaced, art-history research paper that demonstrates critical thinking, research skills, and writing proficiency.

Address to send School of Art "additional materials" for both MFA and MA applications:

School of Art
The University of Montana
32 Campus Drive, FA 205
Missoula, MT 59812

Assistantship Applications

Please visit the Graduate Teaching Assistantship section of the site for complete information on the application process.