How to apply

  1. Complete online application form through UM Graduate School
  2. Pay non-refundable application fee ($60) submitted with on-line application electronically
  3. Include one official transcript of all college and university courses
  4. Include a short statement of your interests and goals
  5. Include a resume detailing work experiences from college entry to present
  6. Include three letters of recommendation*
  7. Send Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores for verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing;
  8. GRE and TOEFL scores are required for international students

*Forms available from the Graduate School Office or online at Grad School Forms

NOTE: No special application form is required for financial assistance. Awarding of financial assistance is a separate process from admission.

Graduate Entrance Requirements


Preliminary decisions regarding acceptance into the M.S. program will be made using the following criteria:

  • Submission of all materials listed above
  • Equivalent of undergraduate major in wildlife with emphasis on basic sciences
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores of at least 50% on each of the verbal, quantitative and analytical sections.
  • TOEFL score of at least 550
  • Grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (A=4.0) for all college work; better than 3.0 for forestry, wildlife, zoology, botany and biology courses College math and one year of chemistry

Degrees in fields unrelated to Wildlife Biology: Each year we receive inquiries from a number of college graduates with undergraduate training in areas unrelated to wildlife biology or closely related fields. Although we are sympathetic, we cannot grant these students admission to our graduate program. They can apply for admission to the undergraduate program or apply as a nondegree status student. After making up their deficiencies, these students may apply for admission to the graduate program. However, there is no guarantee of admission. It is not possible to provide financial assistance for such students.

General consideration: The University of Montana recognizes that each applicant is unique. What we are looking for are good students, highly motivated, and well qualified to do graduate work. Your application will receive our careful consideration. Graduate School Admissions Graduate Student Policies Advice to Applicants.

Additional Information for International Prospective Students:

Applying for International Admission to the UM Graduate School
Foreign Student & Scholar Services
International Student Association (ISA) of The University of Montana
UM Housing - International Students

Find a faculty advisor

Applicants to the Wildlife Biology graduate program may apply without first having an advisor. However, we highly recommend that prospective graduate students contact faculty that they are interested in working with before they apply. Faculty information can be found on the faculty page of this site. We receive approximately 100 applications each year for fall admissions and only accept those students for whom we have available funding, usually in the form of a teaching or research assistantship. Exceptions to this are rare. We expect all of our applicants to at least meet the minimum requirements for admission. Our Graduate Committee reviews all applicant files within two weeks of our deadline, so having all materials to the university by January 15 is paramount. Having experience in the field is beneficial as well for your application but the Graduate Committee reviews your file for all requirements.

If you have any questions or if we can help you in any way, please contact our office for information: 406-243-5292 or by email at