Montana State University

Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173120
Bozeman, MT 59717-3120

Tel: (406) 994-7060
Fax: (406) 994-3933
Location: 334 Leon Johnson Hall

Academic Programs:

Tel: (406) 994-3090

Department Head:

Dr. Tracy M. Sterling

Prospective Graduate Students

Graduate Programs | Prospective Graduate Students | Course Descriptions | Current Graduate Students | Graduate Student Awards

For information about our graduate programs, the application process or to schedule a visit, contact:

Linda McDonald, Academic Programs Coordinator
334 Leon Johnson Hall, MSU
Bozeman MT 59717-3120
tel: 406-994-3090

Graduate Assistantships

Application Requirements

How to Apply

International Programs

LRES Application Deadlines

Graduate Assistantships

Assistantship awards are dependent on availability of funding. In general, assistantships are awarded through a faculty advisor. In the event that financial aid is not available, you must have your own financial resources. Other financial assistance is awarded on a competitive basis, with prior academic performance serving as a major criterion.

Application Requirements

Students seeking admission to graduate status in the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences must hold a B.S. or M.S. degree and have a record of appropriate scholarship in areas closely related to land resources and environmental sciences. They are expected to present evidence of college level training and mastery in biology, chemistry and mathematics sufficient to provide a good background for further study at the advanced level. Students with deficiencies may be required to take background courses to make up these deficiencies before or after being approved for acceptance.

An appropriate faculty member must agree to serve as the students's major advisor as a condition of admission.

GRE exams are to be taken before applying for admittance and are part of the required application materials.  The Educational Testing Service must forward an official copy of the score directly to The Graduate School. The sum of the verbal and quantitative scores should be at least 1000 for GRE scores before July, 2011. The sum of the verbal and quantitative scores should be a minimum of 288 for the current GRE tests. (For information regarding the GRE, check out their website at: Generally the scores should not be more than five years old, but exceptions have been made.

A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 for the paper based test, 213 for the computer based test and 80 for the internet based test is required for international students whose first language is not English. English proficiency exam scores are not required if English is the first official language of the applicant’s country of citizenship or if the applicant has received an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the United States. A GPA of 3.0 for the last two years, three letters of recommendation and a letter of application describing the applicant’s research interests and career goals in pursuing graduate training are minimum requirements for acceptance to the LRES graduate program.

How to Apply

ALL applicants must submit The Graduate School Online Application and a nonrefundable $60.00 Application Fee which requires the use of a credit card or a checking account payment from a bank within the U.S. (Paper applications must be submitted directly to the Graduate School with the $60.00 fee.)

The following application materials must be submitted to the LRES Academic Programs Coordinator:

  • A one page narrative outlining your goals and interests in obtaining a graduate degree in our department
  • Official GRE scores
  • Official transcripts - Sent directly from your school.
  • Three letters of recommendation in sealed and signed envelopes

NON-DOMESTIC applicants must ALSO submit the following to the LRES Academic Programs Coordinator:

  • An official degree certificate from each college or university from which a degree was received
  • Official transcripts of any post-baccalaureate work at a U.S. institutionScore reports from one of the following English Proficiency exams:
    • TOEFL: Minimum scores 213 (computer), 550 (paper), and 80 (internet)
    • IELTS: Minimum band score 7.0
    • *NOTE: English Proficiency Exam scores are not required if English is the first official language of the applicant's country of citizenship or the applicant has received an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S.
  • A signed International Student Financial Certificate (including proof of available funds)

School Code: 4488 - Department Code: 0502

International Programs

For more information visit The Graduate School International Student website or the MSU International Programs website.

LRES Department Application Deadlines

Completed applications are reviewed by the department as they are received. Once the application has been accepted at the departmental level, it will be sent on to the Graduate School where the Graduate Dean will give final review..

U.S. and Canada

  • Fall Semester - May 15
  • Spring Semester - October 1
  • Summer Semester - February 1


  • Fall Semester - April 15
  • Spring Semester - September 1
  • Summer Semester - January 1

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