How to apply

  • Fill out UM Graduate School application and pay fee.
  • Submit the following to the online application portal, unless otherwise noted:
    • A statement of interest that describes the intended area of study.  The statement of interest should include the name(s) of at least one FCFC faculty member whose research interests most closely align with the applicant’s, and briefly describe how/why.  When relevant, applicants should note whether they have spoken with any faculty in FCFC about graduate work, and especially if any faculty have invited application.
    • A resume or Curriculum Vitae.
    • E-mail addresses for three (3) references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation.  (Please be sure to check the box to indicate that your references receive the automated email from CollegeNet.)
    • Unofficial transcripts uploaded into CollegeNet or by email to
    • Official English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores if English is not your first language.

The GRE will no longer be required as part of our application materials.

NOTE: No special application form is required for financial assistance. Awarding of financial assistance is a separate process from admission.

Graduate Entrance Requirements


Preliminary decisions regarding acceptance into the M.S. program will be made using the following criteria:

  • Submission of all materials listed above
  • Equivalent of undergraduate major in wildlife with emphasis on basic sciences
  • For applicants whose native language is not English, the applicant must have a minimum TOEFL score of 79 or an IELTS score of 6.5.
  • Grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (A=4.0) for all college work; better than 3.0 for forestry, wildlife, zoology, botany and biology courses College math and one year of chemistry

Degrees in fields unrelated to Wildlife Biology: Each year we receive inquiries from a number of college graduates with undergraduate training in areas unrelated to wildlife biology or closely related fields. Although we are sympathetic, we cannot grant these students admission to our graduate program. They can apply for admission to the undergraduate program or apply as a nondegree status student. After making up their deficiencies, these students may apply for admission to the graduate program. However, there is no guarantee of admission. It is not possible to provide financial assistance for such students.

General consideration: The University of Montana recognizes that each applicant is unique. What we are looking for are good students, highly motivated, and well qualified to do graduate work. Your application will receive our careful consideration. Graduate School Admissions Graduate Student Policies Advice to Applicants.

Additional Information for International Prospective Students:

Applying for International Admission to the UM Graduate School
Foreign Student & Scholar Services
International Student Association (ISA) of The University of Montana
UM Housing - International Students

Find a faculty advisor

Applicants to the Wildlife Biology graduate program may apply without first having an advisor. However, we highly recommend that prospective graduate students contact faculty that they are interested in working with before they apply. Faculty information can be found on the faculty page of this site. We receive approximately 100 applications each year and only accept those students for whom we have available funding, usually in the form of a teaching or research assistantship. Exceptions to this are rare. We expect all of our applicants to at least meet the minimum requirements for admission. Our Graduate Committee reviews all applicant files within two weeks of our deadlines. Having experience in the field is beneficial as well for your application but the Graduate Committee reviews your file for all requirements.

If you have any questions or if we can help you in any way, please contact our office for information: 406-243-5292 or by email at