FAQ

When is the application deadline?

Students are encouraged to apply to the Graduate School no later than December 1st of the year in which they desire admission. Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by December 1. Complete applications received after this date will be considered on a space available basis. Students usually enter the program fall semester.

** Neuroscience accepts applications for Spring semester with departmental approval. You must contact the department to determine available space in the program before applying. Applications that are submitted without department approval will not be reviewed. 

Do you offer funding?

Tuition fee waivers are usually granted to accepted students. A typical support package includes a tuition waiver, stipend, and coverage for unwaivable fees/medical insurance. This coverage typically extends for the duration of a student’s studies. Funding is dependent on space and availability, which differs year to year.

Do you accept international students?

Yes, we accept international students. International applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for non-native speakers of English. In order to issue a visa to international students, the University must have received an original financial statement (not a photocopy, email, or scanned copy) from a bank or government agency that sufficient funds are available to meet the cost of study, living, and necessary travel above that of any stipend received.

How many letters of recommendation do I need?

Applicants must have three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation are submitted online through the application system and your referees will be contacted via email. Please ensure your referees have received the appropriate instructions. If you are having difficulties, contact the Graduate Program Coordinator Brittney Spatzierath.

Do I need to submit official transcripts/test scores?

You may send copies of your transcripts and test scores. Original documents are required, however, before any recommendation towards your application can be made to the Graduate School of The University of Montana.

Where do I send my transcripts?

Arrange to have transcripts sent directly to the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the address below. DO NOT send materials to The University of Montana Admissions Office or Graduate School.

Brittney Spatzierath
The University of Montana
Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, Montana 59812-1552

Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required?

The GRE is required for domestic applicants. An unofficial score can be used for your application packet, however you must request that the Educational Testing Services (ETS) send an official score report in order for your application to be considered complete.

**Medicinal Chemistry applicants are expected to take the Biochemistry, Cell, and Molecular Biology (BCMB) GRE subject test.

Is the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) required?

International applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL. International applicants who are graduates of English-speaking universities are not required to take the TOEFL, but must submit GRE scores in substitution. You must request that the Educational Testing Services (ETS) send an official score report.

The minimum acceptable TOEFL score for admission is 580 or above on the paper-based version, 237 on the computer-based version, or 92 on the internet-based version. Applicants with scores lower than the required minimum may be admitted provisionally into a graduate program, but must complete English as a Second Language course(s) before they can take courses in their major.

Where do I send my GRE or TOEFL scores?

Request that official GRE or TOEFL scores be sent to the University of Montana using code 4489.

What is the average score for the GRE/TOEFL?

Most competitive applicants have a combined score of 300 on the GRE. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score for admission is 580 or above on the paper-based version, 237 on the computer-based version, or 92 on the internet-based version.

My GRE/TOEFL scores are below your recommended scores. Should I still apply?

If your scores are significantly lower, it is recommended that you retake your test. Applicants with TOEFL scores lower than the required minimum, may only be provisionally admitted and would be required to complete English as a Second Language courses.

What is the average grade point average (GPA) needed for admission?

Competitive applicants have at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better.

I have another question. Who should I contact?

Please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Brittney Spatzierath by phone (406) 243-2761 or email brittney.spatzierath@mso.umt.edu.

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