Graduate Program Admissions

The Application Process

Thank you for your interest in earning your M.A. or Ph.D. in history at the University of Montana. We look forward to receiving your application.

Applying for Graduate Admission

Prospective graduate students apply for admission through Graduate School Admissions.

Materials Required by the Department of History

In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate School, the Department of History also requires:

  • GRE scores with a test date that is within the past five years OR verifiable GRE scores if the test date is over five years old.
    • The TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB are also required of international applicants and can substitute for the GRE.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation.
  • A Statement of Purpose (2-3 pages) describing your background, research interests, professional goals, and reasons for choosing the Department of History at the University of Montana. Please also indicate the faculty members with whom you are interesting in working.
  • A writing sample (preferably a substantial piece of historical writing based on original research).

Please mail these materials to :

Graduate Admissions Coordinator
History Department
The University of Montana
Liberal Arts Building, Room 256
32 Campus Drive #6264
Missoula, MT 59812-6264

Internatinal Students

International students should see the International Student Admission section of the Graduate School web site.

Application Deadlines for the History Department


Deadline for Ph.D. (Fall Semester start): Complete application must be received by February 1. All applications received by February 1 will be considered for teaching assistantships and fellowships.


  • Deadline for M.A. (Fall Semester start): All applications received by February 1 will be considered for teaching assistantships and fellowships. Otherwise, complete application packet must be received by May 1.
  • Deadline for M.A. (Spring Semester start): Complete application packet must be received by October 15.