How to Apply

The application deadline for the doctoral program is December 1. The School Psychology faculty reviews applications and calls the top-rated applicants for phone interviews. Following phone interviews, some applicants will be invited to our on-campus interview day, usually occurring in mid-February to early March. Please note that visiting day is by invitation only. Please inquire about funding if you are asked to travel to UM for an interview.  Offers of admission will be made shortly after visiting day.

When applying to the School Psychology Graduate Program you must complete the following:

  1. Submit an online graduate school application and pay the application fee. The application can be found on the Graduate School webpage
  2. Submit your GRE general test scores to the University of Montana Graduate School using the school code of 4489. Please note: School Psychology program Ph.D. applicants, you do not need to take the GRE Psychology Subject Test. For more information on the GRE
  3. Submit three letters of recommendation via the online application. If you opt to have your letter writers submit recommendations electronically, you will provide an email address for each on your application and they will, in turn, receive an email with download instructions. Your letter writers may instead choose to send hard copies directly to the department. If that is the case, each letter should arrive in a sealed envelope with the recommender's signature across the seal. If your recommendation writers choose to use the online system please do not also send duplicate hard copies.
  4. Upload a personal statement to the online application. Please mention the faculty member(s) whose research interests best match your own, and with whom you would like to work. If you opt to include your personal statement via the online system please do not send a duplicate hard copy.
  5. Upload your Curriculum Vitae to the online application. If you opt to include your CV via the online system please do not send a duplicate hard copy.
  6. Provide official transcripts from ALL undergraduate and graduate schools you have attended. Institutions can send them directly to the Psychology Department (see address below) or applicants can send them to the department. Please note that if an applicant chooses to send a transcript it must be official and arrive in the original sealed envelope or it will be considered invalid. If your institution offers an online transmission of transcripts option please have your e-script transmissions sent to adelle.graham@umontana.edu .  If you can only use the National Student Clearinghouse, please select University of Montana as the recipient.  For further information or e-script questions:  grad.school@umontana.edu .
  7. Applicants may also upload a writing sample to their application, but it is not required.

Mailing Address:
University of Montana
Department of Psychology
Attn: Admissions
Skaggs 143
Missoula, MT 59812

If you have further questions please email us, or call 406-243-4522

Funding Opportunities: University of Montana, Department of Psychology

Every effort is made to find and facilitate funding for graduate students during their time spent on campus. Tuition and fees differ depending on whether a student is designated in-state or out-of-state (non-resident). Please note that it is difficult for out-of-state students to obtain in-state residency over the course of their graduate studies.  For more information on tuition and fees.

Our department has various types of funding opportunities, described in more detail below. By convention, our funding opportunities are labeled “assistantships.”

Beginning in Fall 2014, incoming, funded students assigned TA positions will function as traditional TAs for a large, undergraduate course for the fall semester and then teach the same course independently in the spring. Current course assignments include Psyx 250, 270, 280, 340, 345, and 385. Teaching these positions is particularly helpful for students pursuing careers in academia, and teaching a course independently is one of the unique opportunities our graduate program provides. These assistantship assignments are for the duration of the new students' first academic year. In subsequent years, students will apply for open departmental or clinical positions--see below for further information.

The Psychology Department has 20 departmental assistantships available each year for allocation across our Clinical, School and Experimental graduate programs. Each year, the positions are thoughtfully distributed to our incoming and existing students based on a range of criteria; in particular, we attempt to fund all students as fairly and as evenly as possible. Duties for the assistantships vary, but the typical expectation is that departmental TAs work approximately 20 hours per week.

Compensation: Departmental TAs receive a stipend of $14,800 for the academic year as well as a fee waiver based on their credit load. Certain fees are not included in the waiver: registration, facilities, equipment, and athletic fees. Student health insurance is not waived, but students with other coverage may opt out of university insurance.

Departmental assistantship examples (not an exhaustive list):

  • Psychology 100 Instructor (Introduction to Psychology)
  • Psychology 222 TA (Psychology Statistics)
  • Psychology 320 TA (Undergraduate Research Methods III)
  • Psychology 400 TA (History and Systems)
  • Psychology 520/521 TA (Graduate Statistics)
  • Psychology 525/583 (Psychological Evaluation I/Academic Assessment and Interventions)
  • Psychology 530/526 (Clinical and Diagnostic Interviewing/Psychological Evaluation II)
  • Clinical Psychology Center Assistant

Several campus-based organizations, as well as Missoula and surrounding area agencies employ our students in research or clinical capacities. Students apply for open positions in the spring and typically begin work in the fall of the following academic year.

Currently, the department offers 2 to 4 grant-funded research assistantship opportunities. Research schedules are worked out individually with the faculty supervisor and do not come with clinical duties.

Clinical assistantships are only available to trained and more advanced graduate students from our applied programs (i.e., Clinical and School). Typically, these outside agencies have a contract with the University to employ our students. Work at clinical assistantships usually occurs two days a week, with the expectation that the students spend the majority of this time working in the respective settings.

Compensation: Community-based clinical assistantship compensation varies from site to site. In many cases, the positions will enable students to pay tuition equivalent to in-state resident students, offer a partial tuition waiver, as well as a lodging stipend, if applicable. The department describes assistantships that pay at least $14,800/academic year as offering a “Full Stipend;” assistantships that pay hourly or offer less than the full stipend are described as offering a “Partial Stipend.”

Research Assistantship examples (non-clinical positions):

University of Montana Rural Institute: Center for Excellence in Disability Education, Research, and Service: Pending funding availability the Rural Institute employs graduate students to assist in a variety of research-related activities. Current compensation is $14,800 for the year.

Community-based assistantship example:

Counseling Services at the UM Curry Health Center (CAPS): Clinical or school graduate students provide supervised individual and group psychotherapy, crisis intervention, and couples work to a diverse population of university students. Counseling services trainees perform assessments, conduct initial consultations, generate treatment plans, record progress in an electronic records format, and render psychological diagnoses. Current compensation is $9,000 for the fall through summer, with a fee exchange opportunity.

Teaching Opportunities

Each year additional funding opportunities come from sabbatical or vacancy replacement teaching, as well as teaching openings during Winter Session (3 week), and Summer Session (primarily 4 week) and online courses. Reimbursements are as follows:

  • $1,100/credit hour for winter session
  • $1,000/credit hours in summer session
  • $1,000/credit hour for online teaching

Assignments are made based on teacher ratings, perceived competency and financial need (priority is given to students not receiving full tuition waivers and/or tuition support).

Please note: the information in this document is purely descriptive, subject to change, and does not represent a “contract” of any sort. Although we have a history of providing funding for students, the uncertainty in the marketplace makes it impossible for us to guarantee funding for any particular student. Funding decisions are made year to year, depending on multiple factors, including the students’ performance at assistantships, timely progress in the programs, and the Montana State Legislature.