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Deadlines & Requirements


Applications are accepted for Fall admission only. In order to be considered for a Teaching Assistantship, an application file must be complete by February 15. The deadline for receipt of application materials for admission only is April 1.


  • A grade-point average of at least 3.0 for all college work.
  • GRE scores of at least 142 for Verbal and Quantitative, and 3.0 for Verbal Reasoning.
  • An undergraduate degree in Linguistics is not required.
  • An introductory course in Linguistics is strongly recommended. (Students who do not meet this requirement may be granted Provisional Admission.)

Application Materials

Some application materials are to be submitted to the Graduate School; other items must be sent directly to the Linguistics Program. A complete application consists of the following:

Documents to be submitted to the Graduate School:

  • On-line application form and application fee
  • 3 letters of recommendation. (Letters may be submitted on-line; alternatively, recommendation forms may be downloaded from the Graduate School application portal.
  • GRE scores no more than 5 years old.

Documents to be submitted directly to the Linguistics Program:

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended.
  • 1-2 page personal statement explaining why you want to pursue an MA degree in Linguistics at the University of Montana, your qualifications for studying linguistics at the graduate level, and your future career goals.
  • Curriculum Vitae.

For Teaching Assistant applicants only:

  • Writing Sample of no more than 15 pages.

Documents submitted to the Graduate School by surface mail should be sent to:

The University of Montana
Graduate School
32 Campus Drive #2592
Missoula, MT 59812-2592

Documents submitted to the Linguistics Program by surface mail should be sent to:

The University of Montana
Linguistics Program
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812-5112