Communicative Sciences and Disorders
Graduate studies in Communicative Sciences and Disorders and Speech-Language Pathology will prepare students to be effective speech-language pathologists and/or competitive candidates for advanced study in speech-language pathology through a comprehensive program of study, internal and external practicum experiences, and guided research. This graduate program is designed to prepare students to meet the standards of the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) through the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).
The mission of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at The University of Montana is to mentor students of strong personal character and to establish in them a commitment to lifelong learning and interest in the process of communication. The program is committed to the use of state of the art technology in bringing academic and clinical education to the entire state. It is to develop within each student, compassion toward their clients and a research posture in their service delivery. Through the program's emphasis on typical and atypical speech, language, and hearing, students gain knowledge, skills, and values that foster their individual growth as well as a passion for contributing to society and improving the lives of others.
In addition to this website, please check the program website at http://www.soe.umt.edu/csd/ for more information.
M.S. - Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
Requirements for M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology
51 total credits; 33 program course credits, 12 practicum credits and a minimum of 6 thesis credits.
Non-Thesis Option: 48 total credits; 33 program course credits, 12 practicum credits and 3 research paper credits.
1. Application Deadline
- Fall - Priority will be given to complete application packets received by February 1st. Complete application packets received after this date will be considered on a space available basis.
2. Program Requirements for Admission
A bachelor's degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders or Speech-Language Pathology OR bachelor's degree in a related field and completion or planned completion of all 10 designated leveling classes.
Minimum GPA of 3.0 for all college work. Applicants with less than a 3.0 may be considered on a probationary basis.
GRE scores with a test date that is within the past five years OR verifiable GRE scores if the test date is older than five years old.
All applicants will file a criminal background check with the Montana Department of Justice upon admission to the CSD Speech-Language Pathology program and/or upon practicum placement. More information and instructions on how to complete the criminal background check will be sent to the applicant at the time of admission.
Immunization records are required for all CSD students upon admission.
3. Application Materials for Admission -
In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate School, the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders also requires:
Three letters of recommendation and recommendation forms completed and submitted by persons who have direct knowledge of the applicant's character and abilities. We recommend at least one letter should address academic qualities of the applicant. Applicants may request letters from: (We prefer electronic submission through the Admission Application. If the electronic method is used there is no need to send paper copies of the letters to the department.)
A current resume that includes: education, paid experience, volunteer experience and community involvement, and activities.
Select two topics from the following essay questions and formulate a response for the questions you selected. Your response for each essay should be no more than two typed, double-spaced pages (12 pt font):
1. The mission of the CSD Department is posted above. How are your career goals consistent with the mission of the CSD Department?
2. Describe your interest in the study and practice of speech-language pathology as well as the reason for your interest in enrolling in the Communicative Sciences and Disorders program at The University of Montana.
3. Describe a communication problem that is of interest to you and describe the contribution you plan to make toward the resolution of the problem.
4. Describe an accomplishment, achievement, activity, initiative, or event and its relationship to the development of one or more of your personal qualities (for example, passion for service, writing and speaking skills, care and concern for others, initiative and sustained effort, commitment to moral principles).
4. International Students
For additional information about financial assistance, see the Financial Information section on this web site.
Scholarship opportunities will be posted through the CSD department and on the CSD webpage.
Communicative Sciences and Disorders
Curry Health Center, Lower Level 061
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634 Eddy Avenue, Room 009
Missoula, MT 59812-6695
Fax: (406) 243-2362
Lucy Hart Paulson