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Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Program Description

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 academic and clinical program 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. 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, swallowing, 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 for more information.

Program Degree Offered
Speech-Language Pathology M.S.

Degrees Offered

M.S. - Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Requirements for M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology

Thesis Option:  54 total credits (33 program course credits, 15 practicum credits, and a minimum of 6 thesis credits)

Non-Thesis Option: 51 total credits (33 program course credits, 15 practicum credits, and 3 research paper credits)


NOTE: CSD application process restructured as of 10/10/13

1. Application Deadline

  • Application packets are due by February 1st for fall enrollment only. Late applications will not be considered.
  • Applicants must apply to CSDCAS (Communication Science and Disorders Centralized Application Service). For application instructions, go to the website:
  • Applicants will be notified by March 20th about application status; those meeting CSD candidacy requirements will then be instructed to submit and application to the University of Montana Graduate School.

2.  Program Requirements for Admission

  • A bachelor's degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) or Speech-Language Pathology OR bachelor's degree in a related field and completion of a CSD leveling program.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for all college work.
  • Minimum GRE scores of 291 with a test date within the past five years.
  • Participation in the UM CSD graduate program requires a criminal background check, immunizations, and completion of 25 ASHA-certified observation hours along with a number of other items. Detailed information is available on the CSD department website at under Graduate Requirements for Clinical Practicum.

3. Required Application Materials

The Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders requires all application materials be submitted to CSDCAS. For specific instructions regarding the following items, please refer to the CSDCAS website at

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • A current resume
  • Transcripts
  • Essay
  • GRE scores

4. International Students

  • International applications follow the procedures described above. In addition, see the information in the International Admission section on the web site.

Financial Assistance

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 website

Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Department website

Campus Location
Curry Health Center, Lower Level 061

Federal Express Delivery - Street Address
634 Eddy Avenue, Room 009
Missoula, MT 59812-6695


Program Information 243-2363Fax: (406) 243-2362

Lucy, Hart Paulson, Department Chair

Updated 10/2013