English

 Degrees Offered

English Programs
Program Degree Offered
Creative Writing (Fiction) M.F.A. Fiction Program Description
Creative Writing (Nonfiction) M.F.A. Nonfiction Program Description
Creative Writing (Poetry) M.F.A. Poetry Program Description
English (English Teaching) M.A. English Teaching Program Description
English (Literature) M.A. Literature Program Description

Admission

Admission Application Instructions

For Creative Writing Program:

The University of Montana MFA program uses a two-step application process, available October 1 -- January 6. Admission is for Fall the following year. GRE scores are not required. 

Step One Apply to the Graduate School and submit the $60 fee:

  1. First: Complete the Online Application (https://www.applyweb.com/apply/uomont/menu.html). As part of this process, applicants must do the following:
    1. Please ignore the message that recommendations are not required. They ARE required as part of Step Two.
    2. Pay the application fee.
Step Two Fill out the supplemental application:
  1. Second: apply for the MFA. All remaining components of the application will be uploaded through Submittable - UM MFA in Creative Writing.
    1. Please see the required materials list below before completing the supplemental application. 

Required Materials on Submittable (supplemental) Application:
You will be asked to prepare the following documents and information:

  • Copies of unofficial transcripts from all colleges or universities you have attended. (Official transcripts will be required if you are selected.)
  • CV or resume with a list of any relevant awards, honors or publications. 
  • Goal Statement: 100-300 word essay describing your personal goals for graduate studies; may include current interests, writing projects and literary influences.
  • Writing sample (you may apply for up to two genres, but do not submit a second Graduate School application for the second):
    • Fiction: 15-30 pages (two or more short stories or excerpts from a novel in progress)
    • Nonfiction: 15-30 pages (one or more nonfiction essays or excerpts from a longer work)
    • Poetry: 15 pages (page count includes multiple page poems or one per page)
  • Three confidential recommendations and email addresses: recommenders are contacted by email and must respond within two weeks. 
  • Expository Essay (if applying for Teaching Assistantship): 7-15 pages, literary criticism, research paper, academic or formal essay. 

**All prose must be double-spaced, standard margins and fonts. 

Please upload your writing sample in Submittable and mail one hard copy to:
Attn:Judy Blunt
U of M Department of English
Graduate Admissions
Liberal Arts 129
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812

For the MA in English (Teaching option) Program:

Applying for admission to the graduate program in English Teaching is a two-step process:

  1. First: Complete the Online Application (https://www.applyweb.com/apply/uomont/menu.html). As part of this process, applicants must do the following:
    1. Self-report all colleges and universities attended (including GPA).
    2. 3 Letters of recommendation.You must provide the names and current email addresses of three people, who will be contacted at their email address and asked to provide a letter of recommendation.  
    3. Upload a short (100-300 word) essay of personal goals for graduate study.
    4. Upload an expository writing sample (a critical essay or research paper).
    5. Upload a CV or resume with a list of any relevant teaching, work experience and awards/honors.  
    6. Pay the application fee. 
  2. Second: Request transcripts:
    1. Request that official transcripts be sent to the Graduate School from all colleges and universities you have attended (Unofficial transcripts will be accepted from The University of Montana). Transcripts may also be transmitted electronically through the National Student Clearinghouse.

For the English Literature Program:

  1. First: Complete the Online Application (https://www.applyweb.com/apply/uomont/menu.html). As part of this process, applicants must do the following:
    1. Self-report all colleges and universities attended (including GPA).
    2. Pay the application fee.
  2. Second: Fill out the supplemental application.
    1. Request that official transcripts be sent to the English Department from all colleges and universities you have attended (Unofficial transcripts will be accepted from The University of Montana). Transcripts may also be transmitted electronically through the National Student Clearinghouse.
    2. Fill out the supplemental application to the English Literature program.  Detailed instructions for filling out this application can be found on the English Literature web site: http://www.cas.umt.edu/english/graduate/ma-literature.php.

Admission Deadlines

For Creative Writing and English Literature

  • Fall Semester - The application will be available between October 1st and January 10th.

For MA in English (Teaching option)

  • The MA in English (Teaching option) has rolling admissions. We admit students in Fall, Spring, and Summer. However, if you wish to be considered for a teaching assistantship, you must be admitted to the MA in English (Teaching option) program by January 30.

Department website

Campus Location
Liberal Arts Building - Room 129

Federal Express Delivery - Street Address
English Department
32 Campus Drive #6120
Missoula, MT 59812-6120
Phone: (406) 243-5231
Fax: (406) 243-2556