Current Students


The Graduate School manages admissions and graduation for all of the graduate programs at UM. They are a great source of information regarding academic policies. In addition to programmatic requirements for graduation, make sure to pay attention to the Graduate School's requirements! 

The Writing Center provides invaluable help for students at any point during the writing process. They offer FREE one-to-one tutoring by appointment and on a drop-in basis. They will provide feedback on any writing task including research proposals and papers, literature reviews, speeches, thesis projects, and grant applications. They also offer workshops on specific types of writing and on the various parts of a writing process, including a Jump Start Dissertations/Thesis Boot Camp and a five-part workshop series each semester.

The Faculty Development Office at UM offers a series of professional development workshops. They are designed for faculty but graduate students can sign up as well. They cover topics from teaching techniques to utilizing technology at UM and other topics in between and can be very useful for graduate students.

The Mansfield Library is a great resource for academic and other needs. The library staff are always helpful in locating tools and resources and you can talk to them online or in person. The library is full of tools to help you with your research, including access to various technology and equipment (computers, GoPro camera; Web Conference Kit; scanners; flash drives, portable dvd player, portable optical drive, TI-83 Plus calculator, typewriters, etc.). The library also offers numerous room options for studying or meetings. The Paw Print in the library offers printing and copying services. The One Button Studio is an intuitive video studio to practice presentations and create video content. 

Health and Wellness

Curry Health Center provides quality, affordable, accessible health care for students at the University of Montana. They offer free or discounted medical and dental services for students who have paid the Health Service Fee (all full time students). They also offer affordable counseling as well as wellness services and have a conveniently located pharmacy. Taking care of your mind and body in graduate school is essential!

The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is a campus wide team of appointed professionals responsible for identifying, assessing, and responding to serious concerns and/or disruptive behaviors by students who may threaten the health or safety of the campus community.  Guidebook and contact information:

Resources and Services

The Office of Disability Equity ensures that programs of the University of Montana are as accessible to and usable by students with disabilities as they are for any student. They determine a student's eligibility to request reasonable modifications and coordinate modifications for those who are registered with their office. 

The Associated Students of The University of Montana is the student government at UM and provides numerous services, primarily funded via student fees. These services include:

  •  ASUM Legal Services provides low cost professional legal advice and representation to students of the University of Montana.

    Third year UM law student interns work under the supervision of licensed attorneys to provide advice and representation.

  • The ASUM Sustainability Center offers a variety of ways for students to learn about sustainability initiatives and play an active role in improving the university's sustainability efforts.  We offer internships, volunteer opportunities, and educational events to increase awareness of sustainability issues on campus.

Inclusive Excellence for Student Success (IESS) is a student-centered office designed to support our diverse community and engage in diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism efforts at UM. IESS is a component of the university's mission to foster inclusive excellence on our campus and fulfill UM's commitment to place student success at the center of all we do. IESS works directly with underrepresented students to both lift up and give strength to their events and ideas, as well as address any concerns or issues students may have with the University, their peers, or the Missoula community.

UM Resources and Connections: General Campus and by Community

The University Center (UC) is the student union. The UC has a number of services including an art gallery, hi-tech study lounge, game room, theater, conferencing services, shipping and mail center, bank and ATM’s, copy center, full-service hair salon, bookstore, market, food court, and Griz Card Center.

The IRS VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM offers free tax help to those with low-to-moderate income ($53,000 or less). Certified volunteers from the University of Montana receive training to help prepare basic tax returns in our community.
Gallagher Business Building, Room 209, Every Saturday beginning January 30 through March 7, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., First come, first served--no appointments available.

General Information


Teaching assistants (TA) can be financially supported by the University and teach classes while research assistants (RA) are generally financially supported by external funding, i.e. via grants acquired by a faculty member and do research.

Graduate students in degree programs must register for credits each Fall and Spring Semester (with exceptions including some distance learning programs or the School of Education where students may be registering primarily in the Summer). Students who step out of their graduate programs and who do not maintain continuous registration will be dropped from their program's roster and will need to petition their program and the Graduate School for readmission. For more information about this policy, see section B3.000 of the Graduate School Policies.

Full Time:  9 or more enrolled credits
1/2 Time:  6-8 enrolled credits
<1/2 Time:  5 or fewer enrolled credits
Not enrolled:  0 enrolled credits (withdrawn/graduated, etc.) 

The University of Montana provides the opportunity to apply as a Distance Education only student. Visit the website for more information. 

The University delineates between in-state and out-of-state students which may affect fee amounts associated with the University. 

In state/out-of-state requirements

Importantly for obtaining in-state tutition, during the 12-month period you cannot be registered for more than seven (7) credits per semester (including summer).  The residency pre-screening checklist has more information.


The Student Conduct Code describes expected standards of behavior for all students, including academic conduct and general conduct, and it outlines students' rights, responsibilities, and the campus processes for adjudicating alleged violations.

Graduate Students who are not continuously registered will be dropped from their programs.  If students are required to step out of their programs because of an emergency, they may petition for a leave of absence from their program by filling out a Request for Leave of Absence Form PDF.  See the Graduate School website for more information.