About The Graduate School

About the Graduate School

The Graduate School staff invites you to contact us for information about any of our graduate programs. We are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM until 4:30 PM mountain standard time. If you pay a visit to campus, please stop by our office in the Lommasson Center - Griz Central, Room 224.

E-mail: Grad.School@umontana.edu
Phone: (406) 243-2572
FAX: (406) 243-4593

Mailing address:
The University of Montana
Graduate School
32 Campus Drive #2592
Missoula, MT 59812-2592

The Staff of the Graduate School

Scott Whittenburg
Vice President for Research and Creative Scholarship
Dean of The Graduate School 

Scott Whittenburg

Kelly Speer - Computer Systems Analyst


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Kelly manages the Graduate School office staff and work flow processes.  She directs all technology initiatives and trains staff members in the use of technology.  She completes data requests and manages the Graduate School website.  She serves as the Communications Officer for the Graduate School by representing and speaking for the Graduate School at campus meetings and co-ordinating recruiting efforts with programs and departments.

Chelsea Niewald - Admissions Coordinator



I moved to Missoula from Washington, in 2010 to persue a degree in Native American Studies and English. I will be focusing on attending Business School in the near future.

As the Admissions Coordinator, I enjoy building a bridge of communication between prospective students, the Graduate School, and specific departments. I joined the Gradaute School team in 2011 and took an interest in admissions. I enjoy being a part of a very important transitional period in a student's life by building relationships and providing resources. Please don't hesitate contacting me about questions or concerns pertaining to the admissions process, graduate school, or campus life in general.

Isa Atkinson - Graduate Information Specialist


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My name is Isa Atkinson, and I am the Graduation Coordinator for the Graduate School.  I came to work at the University of Montana in August of 2008, after relocating to Missoula from the Oregon Coast, where I worked as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor  and  an early recovery group facilitator.  

The best part of my job here at the U is working with the students at the graduation stage of their time here at the University, and seeing the relief on their faces when they have  successfully completed  their master's or doctoral degrees, and the pride that they have in themselves for a job well done. 

Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions, or concerns.  I can be reached at 406.243.2572.