Faculty/Instructors/Staff FAQ's


Monday, Nov. 30 – Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. Your Dean and the Office of the Provost must approve exceptions for courses that run outside of these 3 weeks.


Almost all of our Winter Session courses are being conducted online or remotely. There may be some labs or some other experiential learning opportunities available in person on campus.  


If a department would like to propose an exception to teach a course face-to-face in Winter Session, exceptions must be submitted by the Deans in a shared Box File. The link for this Box File will be shared with the Deans. The Office of the Provost will review these exceptions on a case by case basis and will notify the Dean of approval or non-approval for all exceptions for face-to-face Winter Session courses.

Please fill out the Course Creation Form, review the form with your chair or dean, and seek approval. All chairs must submit the Winter Session Course Creation Form to registrar_rooms@mso.umt.edu by Tuesday, Sep. 1.

All faculty and instructors are eligible to teach during Winter Session, but no faculty or instructor is guaranteed a teaching assignment.

No. Teaching during Winter Session is completely voluntary.

No. This is based on the fact that Winter Session is a self-supported model.


Per Collective Bargaining Agreement 13.650, the rate of pay for Winter Session classes is $1,100 per credit. 

Yes. The pay would be the same as faculty and instructors. Per Collective Bargaining Agreement 13.650, the rate of pay for Winter Session classes is $1,100 per credit.

Cost for Students

The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education has set a fee of $250 per credit ($750 for a 3-credit course) for UM-Mountain Campus courses and $125 per credit for Missoula College courses. This Winter Session fee will be added to your spring 2021 bill.

Jan. 11, 2021 and Jan. 20, 2021. Please have students contact UM Student Accounts at UMstudentaccts@mso.umt.edu or (406) 243-2223 if they have any questions about their bill.



Oct. 26 – 30, 2020: Winter Session 2020, Spring Semester 2021 priority registration for continuing students according to class standing. Summer 2021 registration will open the week of Nov. 9, 2020. 

UMOnline provides instructional design and media services to support faculty in developing online courses. Course development should start a semester in advance whenever possible. For more information about support and services, please see the UMOnline Instructional Design website.

Colleges should give no less than a three-week notice (Nov. 9, 2020 deadline) when canceling a Winter Session course. 

No, but they are strongly encouraged. Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, course evaluations are required for Spring and Fall, but not for Winter or Summer.

Student Information for Reference

View the Winter Session 2020 course offerings. Students can also search in the live Course Search for Winter Session courses.

  1. Click on the Course Search to browse classes beginning the last week of September.
  2. Select “Spring Semester 2021” term from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click “Continue”
  4. Select “Winter Session” from the “Part of Term” option.
  5. Click “Search”

All Winter Session courses will be returned in the results. Note: you can narrow down your search by selecting additional options within the “Part of Term” and “Online/Attendance Method” options.

The choice will ultimately be the students, but we advise that students take no more than one course during this three-week time frame.

Still have questions?

If you have questions that were not answered above, please contact UMWinter@mso.umt.edu.