If you are interested in applying to our graduate program, please complete the online application found on the Graduate School website. You will be required to pay a non-refundable $60 application fee.

As part of the application process, you will be asked to submit:

  1. a typed statement of approximately 250 words explaining your educational goals and why you wish to pursue them at University of Montana
  2. a sample of your academic writing, such as a term paper or a professional article, that exemplifies good grammar, sentence structure, organization and content
  3. email addresses for three individuals who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation that clearly indicate your potential to complete a Master's degree

You will also need to request that your Graduate Record Exam scores be sent to the University of Montana, and that all of your undergraduate transcripts be sent to the UM Sociology Department, or to the department's administrative associate via the National Student Clearinghouse. Please do not send transcripts to the Graduate School. These steps can be completed subsequent to completing the online application.

To be admitted to the graduate program you must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, and meet each of the following criteria:

  1. have a minimum grade point average of 3.3 during the last two years of undergraduate work
  2. have a combined score of at least 300 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the new Graduate Record Exam, or a combined score of at least 1000 on the old Graduate Record Exam and a minimum score of four (4) on the GRE writing component

It is possible to be admitted even though you may not meet both criteria, but there must be compelling evidence of your ability to do graduate work. For example, if your GRE scores are somewhat lower than 1000/4 but your GPA is exemplary, the Department may recommend admission.

Occasionally, students are admitted provisionally, and are expected to take additional undergraduate Sociology courses to meet deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation. For example, if you lack training in research methods, you would be expected to take an undergraduate research course before enrolling in a graduate-level methodology class.

If you do not meet the requirements for admission, you may take courses as a graduate nondegree student. Should you be accepted at a later date, you may apply one semester's credits to the Master's degree. Please be aware that nondegree students are not eligible for financial aid.

Admission Deadlines:

  • February 15th (to be considered for financial support)
  • May 1st - preferred Fall Semester deadline
  • November 15th - preferred Spring Semester deadline

** Complete applications that are received after the preferred Fall and Spring semester deadlines will be evaluated periodically on a space available basis