Graduate Programs


Nestled in the Rocky Mountain grandeur of western Montana, Missoula is the hub of five valleys and three major rivers – the Blackfoot, the Bitterroot and the Clark Fork. Halfway between Glacier and Yellowstone national parks, Missoula is a blend of small-town charm and big-city sophistication.

One of the first things visitors notice is how friendly people are here. With about 70,000 residents and visitors from around the globe, the city has an increasingly diverse population. On summer Saturdays, Missoulian’s congregate at the Farmer’s Market for fresh produce, coffee and conversation. Year-round, they meet on the recreational trails that run alongside the river through the heart of downtown and past campus. Hiking, bicycling, fly fishing, river rafting and skiing are all big here.  It’s no wonder that the book “How to Get an Ivy League Education at a State University” called Missoula “a Rocky Mountain Berkeley ... the kind of place many people hate to leave.”

The Master’s degree in IPAT is recognized by the Western Region Graduate Programs.  This means that students from WICHE States will not pay full out-of-state tuition.  Instead, they will pay only 150% of a Montana resident's in-state tuition.  A tremendous cost savings to applicants from Western States!



Listen to Confluence, the graduate school podcast, Bertha Morton winner, Katherine Christison, share her journey to UM, women in STEM, and the benefits of exercise and dragon boat racing for breast cancer patients and survivors. 

View our Confluence podcast with PHD candidate Katie Christison!



Grad Students ACSM

Professor Dr. John Quindry discusses his work on exercise and cardiac physiology and his philosophy pertaining to graduate student mentorship in the SoundCloud podcast below. Also hear the voices of a few of his current students – Cassie Williamson-Reisdorph, Katie Christison and Joe Sol – interspersed throughout the episode as they reflect on their experiences of having Dr Quindry as a graduate adviser.