Master's Degree Admission

The Graduate Admissions Committee reviews applications twice per year, beginning on March 1 for summer/fall admission and October 1 for spring admission.

Applications received after these review periods are discouraged but may be accepted and reviewed based on availability of space within the program. Please contact Katie O’Connor (contact information below) in Teacher Education Services regarding space availability if you are applying beyond the dates listed above. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission. 

Applicants submit an online application to the Graduate School. All other materials must be submitted directly to Teacher Education Services at the address at the bottom of the page.

  • The Graduate School application must be filled out online. Submit the application and pay the $60 fee online.
  • Curriculum and Instruction Application Form
  • Letter of intent including academic and professional goals and philosophy of teaching and learning
  • Current resume including experiences with children and adolescents
  • Official transcripts from all previous institutions attended
  • Three letters of recommendation that attest to your recent academic or professional performance
  • At least one (two if undergraduate GPA is below 3.0) of the following: 
    • Official GRE Scores (Revised test: Verbal of  146 or higher, Quantitative of 143 or higher, and Writing of 4.0 or higher)
    • Official MAT Score (383 or higher)
    • MA/MEd/MS GPA of 3.0 or higher and an official transcript from the institution that awarded this degree.
    • A 500-word essay (see prompt below)
    • National Board Certification

All Early Childhood and Elementary and Secondary Licensure applicants must also submit:

  • Initial Background Screening Form
  • Background Check Authorization Form
  • Noncriminal Justice Applicant's Rights Form
  • A fingerprint-based background check. A fingerprint card packet must be acquired from Teacher Education Services to complete the background check. (Please contact Teacher Education Services if unable to visit the office.)
  • A written description of previous experiences with children and adolescents. This is a two to three paragraph document separate from the resume.
  • A 500-word essay, 12 point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, one-inch margins, and titled, in response to the following prompt: "Select and describe one significant learning experience from your life. Identify what you learned and explain how it will contribute to your work as a teacher." (Note: This may also count as an additional submission material under requirements listed above.)

International students whose first language is not English and who are not graduates of an English-speaking university must submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) scores.

Graduate Program Teaching Assistantships are incredibly competitive, due to the limited positions available at both the Master's and Doctoral level. TA applications are only accepted during the March 1 deadline for the following academic year. Please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator for more information.

Contact Us

Katie O'Connor
Support Specialist
Teacher Education Services
Phone: (406) 243-4841
Katelyn.o'connor@mso.umt.edu
Dr. Fletcher Brown
Graduate Program Coordinator        
Department of Teaching & Learning
Phone: (406) 243-5287
fletcher.brown@mso.umt.edu 
Teacher Education Services
Phyllis J. Washington Education Center
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812