Students are admitted under a fall cohort model. Instructions for applying to the Graduate School are in the Applying for Admission section on the UM Graduate School web site. 

February 1 (postmarked) is the priority admission deadline for GYD applicants. Students interested in a TAship must apply by the Feb. 1st deadline as well. The school also welcomes applicants by a May 1 (postmarked) deadline but can then only admit on a space-available basis. Instructions for applying are found at the University of Montana Graduate School website.

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

Other admissions requirements can be mailed or uploaded to the online application.

  • Optional GRE scores (please include scores if you believe they are helpful in demonstating your academic ability)
  • An in-person or phone interview
  • Three letters of recommendation. 
  • a personal statement indicating:
    • reasons for wishing to be admitted into this program
    • past experiences (volunteer or paid) working in the human services field
    • goals for using the skills acquired in the GYD program


  • The GYD program does not require a specific undergraduate degree for admission. However, the following courses are pre-requisites and should be taken before enrolling:
    • Undergraduate course in developmental psychology, child/adolescent development, or a related topic
  • Additional suggestions, though not required:
    • Undergraduate research design course
    • Undergraduate exceptionality course or a course focusing on the treatment of youth
    • Undergraduate course in abnormal or social psychology
International Students
  • We welcome applications from students of all nations; efforts will be made to arrange field placement opportunities for international students in community non-profit service organizations in the United States.
  • See the International Student Admission section on the UM Graduate School web site.
  • English Language Requirements for International Students
    • Applicants whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) scores.
    • According to The Graduate School at The University of Montana, the English language requirements have changed as a result of the growing problem students are having in taking the TOEFL test in their home countries.  The Graduate School will therefore also accept scores from the IELTS and MELAB.
    • If the TOEFL score is below 580 (paper-based test), 237 (computer-based test), or 93 (internet-based test); the IELTS score is below 7.0; or the MELAB score is below 82, applicants may be admitted provisionally or as a graduate non-degree student and be required to complete English as a Second Language course(s) before they can take core courses in the IYFD program.