Best Graduate Schools in Montana 2022

Best Graduate Schools in Montana 2022

Graduate school may be a critical step in your higher education, whether you are interested in expanding your knowledge, learning a specialization, or earning advanced credentials required by your profession. The best graduate schools in Montana offer advanced degrees, such as master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as opportunities for independent research, mentorships, and professional networking.

Colleges and Universities in Montana

Montana has 21 higher learning institutions, including 16 public universities and colleges. The largest is Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman. With an affordable tuition of $7,000, MSU enrolls just over 16,000 students. Students can earn their degree in fields like forestry, wildlife biology, theatre, and creative writing. The state is also home to five private schools, three of which are religiously affiliated.

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Carroll College is a Roman Catholic liberal arts college with just over 1,000 students in attendance. The tuition runs about $35,000, the most expensive in the state, and it is located on a hilltop in Helena. Students can choose from 18 schools in Montana with tuitions of $7,000 or less, making Montana an affordable state to earn an associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree. The state also offers loan repayment programs, including the Montana NHSC Student Loan Repayment Program, which grants up to $15,000 per year for two years for those in health-related fields.

Hiking through Glacier National Park, exploring the Northern Great Plains, and fishing from one of its many lakes and rivers are just some of the ways to enjoy the natural bounty that Montana has to offer. Visitors and locals can also drive Going-to-the-Sun-Road, a 52-mile highway that ventures through the National Park and crosses into Canada. No matter the outdoor hobby, prospective students are sure to love the scenic backdrop of The Treasure State as they earn their degree.

Check out the best programs Montana has to offer while enjoying the wide-open spaces of Big Sky Country.


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There are 3 doctorate-granting graduate schools in Montana. Our ranking of the best graduate schools in the Montana is composed of both private and public schools. To be included, schools must be fully accredited non-profit institutions, and must offer doctoral degrees and a broad array of graduate degrees.

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Best Grad Schools in Montana 2022

  1. #1

    University of Montana

    Missoula , MT
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    96%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1150/23

    University of Montana’s Online Degrees

    MA in Education
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Educational Leadership
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MA in Teaching and Learning
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MPA in Public Administration
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MPA/MPH in Public Health
    • Required Credits: 42
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  2. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    15K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1200/24

    Montana State University’s Online Degrees

    MS in Family Financial Planning
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Mathematics Education
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Science Education
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MAT in Teaching
    Degree Concentrations
    • Initial Teaching Licensure
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Curriculum and Instruction
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MA in English Education
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MSN in Clinical Nurse Leader
    • Required Credits: 42
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Dietetic Systems Leadership
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  3. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    97%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1170/23

    What is Montana Technological University known for?

    Montana Technological University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

    Montana Technological University’s Online Degrees

    MS in Project Engineering and Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Industrial Hygiene
    • Required Credits: 37
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. Montana State University
  2. University of Montana
  3. Montana Technological University