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 1. The deadline for receipt of application materials for admission only is March 15.


  • A grade-point average of at least 3.0 for all college work.
  • GRE scores of at least 142 for Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning, and 3.0 for Analytic Writing.
  • 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

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.
  • 1-2 page 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.

Documents to be submitted directly to the Linguistics Program:

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended. (For University of Montana transcripts only, unofficial versions are acceptable.) 

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