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Environmental Studies Program
Jeannette Rankin Hall 106A
The University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812-4320
Tel: (406) 243-6273
Fax: (406) 243-6090

Environmental Studies Graduate Admission Requirements

Students from any undergraduate major are encouraged to apply to the Environmental Studies Masters program. If admitted, candidates are granted either full or provisional (which can be changed to full upon successful completion of the first semester) status. Provisional status admittees are not considered for Teaching Assistantships until their status changes. To be admitted with full status, applicants must meet the following requirements:

G.P.A. - Minimum 3.0 (B or better) out of 4.0 G.P.A.

G.R.E. - Verbal, quantitative & analytical writing test scores. Minimum verbal score of 500 for tests taken prior to August 2011; 153 for tests taken after August 2011. 

To Appy:

To apply to you must first submit the on-line application located on the The University of Montana Graduate School webpage.

In addition please send the following materials together in one application packet*:

1. The Environmental Studies Graduate Program application form at this link Environmental Studies Graduate Application Form. If you cannot print this form contact the Environmental Studies office at (406) 243-6273 or to have it e-mailed or mailed directly to you.  The application form has three questions the answers to which serve as the statement of purpose. Experience in environmental activities and your responses to the application questions are given careful consideration and are used to select advisors for students. Acceptance into the program requires that we identify an appropriate faculty advisor for each candidate.

2. Resume detailing your experiences from college onward. You may send a hard copy to the Environmental Studies office or you may attach your resume to the on-line Graduate School form. 

3. One official copy of your transcript from every college, university or trade school you have attended. 

4. Official Test Scores:

GRE - Environmental Studies requires verbal, quantitative and analytical writing scores. Subject tests are not required. Use the University of Montana institution code 4489 to indicate that you would like your score sent to us. The University of Montana receives all GRE score reports electronically so a department code is no longer needed. If you took the test prior to spring 2003, we will accept an official paper copy of your score report. Applicants to the joint Environmental Studies/Law program may submit a LSAT score in lieu of a GRE score.  We recommend taking the GRE by December 1st so that we will officially receive your score by our January 15th priority application deadline.

TOEFL - 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. If the TOEFL score is below 580 (paper-based test), 237 (computer-based test) or 92 (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 nondegree student and be required to complete English as a Second Language course(s) before they can take courses in Environmental Studies. Applicants who are graduates of English-speaking universities are not required to take the TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB, however, all applicants must submit scores for the GRE.

5. Three letters of recommendation. We prefer at least one of these be an academic reference. There are two ways to submit letters. You may either use the on-line recommendation method that is part of the Graduate School on-line application or you may have your recommenders send traditional hard copy letters. Hard copy letters must arrive in a sealed envelope with the signature of the person who wrote the letter written across the sealed flap. They may be sent directly to the Environmental Studies office by the writer or have them mailed back to you and forward them all together (unopened) in one packet to the Environmental Studies office.

6. If you would like to be informed that your application is complete please include a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope in your packet. Our office will mail it back to you when your application is complete. International applicants should supply an e-mail address instead of a postcard.

7. If you are interested in be considered for a Teaching Assistantship (TA) see the Environmental Studies application form and include the requested samples in your application packet.

Fall semester - Priority will be given to complete application packets postmarked by January 15. Complete application packets received after this date will be considered on a space available basis.

Please mail your application packet to:

The University of Montana

Environmental Studies Program
Graduate Admissions Committee

32 Campus Drive
JRH 106A
Missoula, MT 59812-4320


Applications will not be reviewed until all materials are received. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.

*Our office prefers receiving application materials all together in one packet but understands that this is not always possible. Application materials that arrive seperately will be compiled into an application file and held until complete.


Contact Karen Hurd, Environmental Studies Administrative Assistant
(406) 243-6273

The Environmental Studies Program is under The University of Montana Graduate School. The Graduate School serves both prospective and currently enrolled graduate students providing information and support from the search for a graduate program until the completion of a degree. Please visit their website for further information.

Other Information:

Advisors: When you are admitted into the program, an advisor is selected for you. This is not a fixed arrangement; if you should arrange to work with another person or in another area after you have been here for a while, that's OK. Just let the Environmental Studies office know who your new advisor is.

Graduate School Requirements: The Graduate School sets the deadlines and policies that Environmental Studies follows. Please visit their website for further information. Important Environmental Studies rules are included in a packet you will receive when you begin the program.

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