Applying for Graduate Admission


Thank you for your interest in The University of Montana Graduate School. We welcome applicants holding a U.S. baccalaureate or an equivalent international degree from an accredited institution.

Note: Joint BA/MA programs will admit students to a Master's program prior to the completion of the Bachelor's degree as long as all requirements for the program have been satisfied. 

Steps to Apply

1. Start Your Online Application

The University of Montana Graduate School processes applications for admission using ApplyWeb. Prospective students can navigate this system to submit an online application, review application, or make changes to an application.

Start Your Online Application

Admission Application Instructions

Fill out the Application. There are three steps involved in the application process.

  1. Fill out and submit the Graduate Program portion of the application that comes up when you click the above link. An email will be sent to you with a link to setup your account and finish your application.
  2. Click the link in your email and complete the rest of the application fields and submit.
  3. You will be directed to your application status portal. You will be able to pay your application fee and upload supplemental materials on this page. You will also receive another email with a link to this page so you can log in later and complete these steps and track your application progress.

2. Choose a Graduate Program

Once you find the program you are interested in, click the link below to explore. Requirements and deadlines are specific to each program.

Browse UM's Graduate Programs

3. Submit Application Materials

Most additional materials can be uploaded within the online application. Letter of recommendation forms are completed within the online application. Hard copies do not need to be sent in addition to the electronic copies. If a recommender does not want to use the online form sent from within the application, please have them use the Recommendation Form

Official transcripts should be sent directly to the program you are applying to or the Graduate School. We also accept transcripts electronically through the National Student Clearinghouse, parchment or e-script. Be sure to list the email for the Graduate School as

Review required materials for program of interest

4. Complete Online Application

Complete the online application which includes submitting a $70 non-refundable application fee electronically using a credit card (Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover) or debit check (Note: when using a debit check, there is usually a delay of up to ten working days until the check clears and the application can be processed). 

Applying to multiple departments requires an application for each department and a submission of a non-refundable application fee. The first application fee is $70.00; any application after, within a 12 month period is $25.00. This does not include undergraduate, post-baccalaureate,  Law School, Pharmacy (DPT), or or Physical Therapy applications. 

Complete Your Online Application

5. Review Application Status

Log into your application to see if all of your materials have been received. This checklist is updated by the department you applied to. Be sure to call them if you believe something has been received but is not marked as received on your application. This is also where your decision letter will be posted once a decision is made.

Review Application Status

**Official transcripts must show bachelor's degree awarded.  If you will not complete your bachelor's degree before the application deadline, you may submit an in-progress transcript (this can be unofficial). This requirement may vary between departments. Please check with the department to which you are applying to determine what their requirement states. If you are admitted, you will be required to submit a final, official transcript.  New Financial Aid Guidelines starting in academic year 2013-14 mandate that a final transcript showing the completed Bachelor's Degree must be on file before registration will be permitted for the initial term.**

Clery Act

In 1998, Congress passed amendments to the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, which had amended the earlier Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), renaming the law to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, also known as the Clery Act. 

The purpose of the Clery Act is to provide current and prospective students and employees with accurate and important information about crimes and campus safety so they can make informed decisions. The U.S. Department of Education electronically publishes UM data, along with comparable information from other colleges and universities.

Campus Safety - Clery Act