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Graduate Program - Application Process

Complete Application packet must be POSTMARKED by

  • FALL ADMISSION: February 12th
  • SPRING ADMISSION: October 5th

How to Apply

We encourage applicants to read all directions thoroughly when filling out the online application. For questions about the online application process, please call the Graduate School at (406) 243- 2572. For questions about letters of recommendation or portfolio requirements, please call the School of Art at (406) 243-4181. Complete the online application which includes submitting a $60 non-refundable application fee electronically using a credit card (Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover) or debit check. The School of Art recommends students to the Graduate School for acceptance. However, acceptance for admission is determined by the Dean of the Graduate School. No applications will be reviewed for acceptance unless all application materials are complete.  The application and additional infomration are available HERE.

The School of Art does not require the GRE.

Requirements for Application- MA (Studio Art), MFA (Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture)

Three Professional Letters of Recommendation

All letters must be on professional letterhead, in a sealed envelope signed on the back by the professional, and submitted in the applicant's packet. 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. Letters should be mailed directly to:

School of Art
32 Campus Drive, FA 305
Missoula, MT 59812

Official Transcript(s)

Transcripts must be provided from all higher educational institutions attended in a sealed envelope included in the applicant’s packet. Sometimes receiving transcripts may take two to three weeks to receive so PLAN AHEAD. Do not send transcripts under separate cover. The Graduate School can provide a form for you to print in order to request official transcripts from other colleges and universities. It is available at the beginning of the online application.

Resumé

One copy of a visual-arts related resumé.

Artist Statement

One copy of a 300-word, typed, double-spaced artist statement addressing the origin and nature of the applicant’s submitted portfolio.

Writing Sample- Statement of Intent

A 400-word, typed, double-spaced statement of intent clearly stating the area of specialization (Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking or Sculpture) to which you are applying and the academic goals to be accomplished through graduate study at The University of Montana.

Inventory list

One copy of a numerical inventory list to include title, dimensions, materials and date corresponding to the digital portfolio.

Portfolio

A disc which includes the resume, statement, and inventory list as a Microsoft Word document or PDF file and a digital portfolio of 20 images using JPEG, 300 dpi, 8” high maximum, collated in a named folder. All portfolios will be viewed on a MAC platform. This should be mailed directly to:

School of Art
32 Campus Drive, FA 305
Missoula, MT 59812
 

The Graduate School Application and additional information can be found HERE.

Requirements for Application- MA in Art (Art History)

Writing Sample - Statement of Intent for Graduate Study

A 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.
International Students will submit the TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB exam. (The requirement is to meet the minimal University of Montana score). See the International Student Admission section on this web site.

Three Professional Letters of Recommendation

All letters must be on professional letterhead, in a sealed envelope signed on the back by the professional, and submitted in the applicant's packet. 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.

Official Transcript(s)

Transcripts must be provided from all higher educational institutions attended in a sealed envelope included in the applicant's packet. Sometimes receiving transcripts may take two to three weeks to receive so PLAN AHEAD. Do not send transcripts under separate cover.

Research Paper

An 8-10 page, typed, double-spaced, art-history research paper that demonstrates critical thinking, research skills, and writing proficiency.

Resumé

All materials should be sent directly to:
School of Art
32 Campus Drive, FA 305
Missoula, MT 59812

 
The Graduate School Applicaion and additional information can be found HERE.  

Assistantship Applications

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

Paper Applications

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. Although the application fee is the same ($60) the graduate school encourages online applications if possible.
 
Checklist for Application
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Official Transcripts
  • Art Related Resume
  • Artist Statement
  • Writing Sample
  • Inventory
  • Portfolio
  • Application for TA (optional)
NOTE: All application materials listed in the above checklist must be sent directly to the School of Art.  Only the application itself is sent, by the applicant, to the Graduate School.