How to Apply

To be considered for admittance to the M.A. Literature Program beginning in the following Fall semester, applications must be complete and received by the English Department by the middle of January of that year. The M.A. Literature Program does not offer admission for study beginning in the Spring or Summer semesters.

The University of Montana M.A. Literature program uses a two-step application process, available October 1- January 15. Admission is for Fall the following year.

The first step is to apply to the University of Montana Graduate School, and submit a $60 fee.

The second step is to apply to the M.A. Literature program. The Department of English only accepts applications completed on Submittable, which include:

  • an application form filled out on Submittable
  • a CV or resume that includes a list of any relevant awards, honors or publications
  • a goal statement: a 250-400 word statement of purpose describing your personal goals for graduate study; may include current interests, projects, literary influences, the way you see yourself accommodated by our program, etc.
  • official transcripts (sent directly from each University you've attended) will need to be submitted electronically to the University of Montana Graduate Admissions by the application deadline of January 15th. Official transcripts may also be mailed directly from the institution to:

    Attn: Susan Elliott
    U of M Department of English
    Graduate Admissions
    Liberal Arts 101
    32 Campus Drive
    Missoula, MT 59812

  • at least 3 confidential references for letters of recommendation with current email addresses.  (The people recommending you will be contacted by the University of Montana via email and must respond within two weeks.)
  • You may use Interfolio for your transcripts and letters of recommendation. Please have Interfolio email the file to:
  • an appropriate writing sample (or two) of at least ten pages (but not exceeding twenty) of expository writing (i.e. critical essay, term paper, research paper, etc.). An essay from an English course is preferred, but not strictly necessary. We are looking for a strong piece of critical writing (with a research component and the active contributions of material from secondary sources). If applying for a Teaching Assistantship, this essay will fill the expository essay requirement.
  • OPTIONAL: if you wish to be considered for a Teaching Assistantship position, please check the appropriate box on your Submittable online application form.

For information on the M.A. Literature Program, contact:

Susan Elliott
Graduate Admissions
Department of English (LA 101)
The University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
Phone: (406) 243-6273; email:


Dr. Quan Ha
M.A. Literature Chair
Department of English
The University of Montana
Missoula, Montana 59812