How to Apply

Graduate applications must be submitted by February 15 to be considered for financial support. All applicants apply via the process outlined on the Graduate School website. We encourage students to submit all materials  via this online process, including letters of recommendation and samples of journalistic or academic writing.  However, if the applicant needs to mail part or  all of the application please follow the below guidelines for submission. 

There is a $60 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically using a credit or debit card.


The following should be sent directly to the Graduate School if you cannot submit it online:

  • The application. You can download the letter of recommendation and resume forms,
  • GRE scores (using Institution Code 4489). LSAT scores will not be accepted. Please ensure that you take the GRE early enough, as scores must be received no later than February 15.

The following should be sent directly to the School of Journalism if you are unable to submit it online:

  • Resume (via the Graduate School's online application form or in paper format).
  • A statement of interest that shows evidence of potential for successful completion of the program and strong interest in the field of journalism.
  • Five samples of professional or academic writing. Applicants with a background in broadcast, photo or multimedia journalism are encouraged to submit samples of such work as well.
  • Three letters of recommendation. These should be sent to the applicant (with a signature across the seal) and then included in the materials submitted directly to the School of Journalism.
  • Official transcripts can be included in the same packet of materials or can be mailed separately to the School of Journalism.

Please mail materials to:

UM School of Journalism
Attn: M.A. Program
Don Anderson Hall 201
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, Montana 59812


International Students

Environmental issues must be addressed around the world, which is why we highly encourage qualified international students to apply.

The TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB exam may substitute for the GRE under the following conditions: the total TOEFL scores must be at least 600 for paper-based exams, or at least a total score of 100 for Internet-based exams; IELTS scores must be at least 7.0; and MELAB scores must be at least 82.

Due to journalism’s necessary emphasis on language skills, applicants for whom English is not a native language will be asked to successfully complete an interview in English with the program director prior to acceptance.

For more information about international student graduate applications, please click here.