Online Programs, Degrees and Certificates

Whether you are augmenting your professional credentials, just starting your academic career or exploring new passions, the University of Montana’s online programming makes distance learning convenient and even fun.

Master's Degrees

The M.Ed., Curriculum Studies program prepares current educators for roles as master teachers or other advanced education professionals. This program is available fully online with the following options: General Curricular Studies, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Literacy Education and Library Media.

The Curriculum and Instruction doctoral degree prepares educational professionals who will work with K-12 classrooms and teachers as curriculum specialists and with teacher education programs as university faculty.

The M.A. in Education program is available fully online and is geared toward graduate students who may already hold teacher licensure, or those from other areas interested in professional education degrees to prepare them for work in nonprofit or non-school settings. This degree will also prepare participants for doctoral work in education.

The M.Ed., Educational Leadership program, a nationally accredited program, is designed to provide students with a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership while preparing them for a Montana Class 3 Administrative License and a K-12 Principal Endorsement. This program is offered fully online.

This terminal research Educational Leadership degree program is designed for students seeking administrative or teaching positions in higher education or positions of increased responsibility in K-12 schools.

The International Educational Leadership master’s degree program offers advanced training in international education leadership, theory and advocacy all over the world.

The International Educational Leadership program is designed for professionals in governmental, educational, and nonprofit settings seeking a focus on education both as an instrument of international development and as a means of promoting cross-cultural understanding.

The M.M., Music Education program offers high-quality, in-depth training in the most current instructional methods and trends. This program is offered partially online, with some classes held on campus during the summer.

The M.P.A., Public Administration program prepares students for positions in the public and nonprofit sectors. It also prepares college graduates for professional public service and enhances the professional competence of mid-career public administrators. It is offered fully online, in person, or via robot. This is the only nationally accredited MPA Program in the state of Montana. In addition, this is the only MPA program in a school of law in the United States.

The Joint MPA/M.P.H., Public Health program enables professionals to gain knowledge of the factors which influence legislative and social policies; apply broad-based, state of the art qualitative and quantitative problem-solving skills; develop multidisciplinary and collaborative strategies for solving health-related problems; enhance their communication skills; be positioned for leadership roles in health promotion and disease prevention.

Note: This program is offered fully online or combination of online and in person.

The M.P.H., Public Health program is 42 credits, and enables professionals to gain knowledge of the factors which influence legislative and social policies; apply broad-based, state of the art qualitative and quantitative problem-solving skills; develop multidisciplinary and collaborative strategies for solving health-related problems; enhance their communication skills; be positioned for leadership roles in health promotion and disease prevention.

Note: This program is the only accredited (Council on Education for Public Health) public health program in the state of Montana, and can be completed entirely online.

Upon completion of the Distance MS Speech-Language Pathology program graduates will be prepared to become a certified speech-language pathologist, able to assess and treat infants, children, and adults with acquired or developmental speech, language, and/or swallowing disorders. Our program is fully accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and meets the clinical and academic standards for Certification of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) by ASHA and licensure requirements in Montana and many other states.

The Master of Arts in Teaching School Mathematics (MATSM) degree is focused on what teachers actually do. Courses weave together math content and practice-based strategies for math teaching to deepen your understanding of the content you teach, and strengthen your teaching practice. Courses are differentiated to accommodate teachers of all levels, K-12.

Undergraduate Degrees

The B.A. in Anthropology is now offered fully-online and requires 30 credits of anthropology and linguistic courses. Anthropology is the study of people, both ancient and modern. Anthropology includes four key areas of study: biological, archaeological, cultural and linguistic. Anthropology uses a holistic approach to integrate findings from the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities.

The B.A. in Arts degree develops skills in a variety of media, combining visual and applied arts. Students explore diverse courses such as design, film, painting, web production, printmaking, photo, data visualization and illustration. The final year synthesizes these diverse skills, and students tailor their projects to fit their interests.

The fully online Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) is now available through the School of Speech, Language, Hearing, and Occupational Sciences. This online option provides the flexibility of online courses with the high-quality standards of our established on-campus B.A. CSD degree programming.

The B.A. in Integrated Digital Media track will enable students to maximize their creative potential through the study and artistic application of emerging digital technologies. It will focus on interactive media, the web and internet, gaming and a variety of digital design applications. Harnessing the power of a globally connected internet, this program is designed to help students take advantage of unprecedented learning opportunities and engage with the world in a powerful new way.

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) 2+2 Program allows students to complete the final two years of their social work degree online and start making a difference in their communities sooner.

Associate Degrees

The Associate of Arts (AA) degree at UM is designed to be a general education transfer degree. It is considered to be the equivalent of the first two years of a baccalaureate degree.

The Associate of Sciences (AS) degree at UM is designed to be a general education transfer degree. It is considered to be the equivalent of the first two years of a baccalaureate degree.

Minors

The minor in anthropology is now offered fully-online and requires 18 credits of anthropology and linguistic courses. Anthropology is the study of people, both ancient and contemporary, in their biological, archaeological, cultural and linguistic context. Anthropology uses a holistic approach to integrate findings from the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities.

The minor in Communications program is offered fully online. The knowledge and skills the student may acquire in communication studies are important to functioning effectively in one's personal life, at work, and as a citizen of the larger society in a rapidly changing world.

Certificate Programs

Missoula College Commercial Driver's License (CDL) training program teaches drivers wishing to refresh their skills with the basics of truck driving as well as equipment knowledge, Department of Transportation (DOT) rules and regulations with an emphasis on safety and prepares them for a Montana Class A License. Our training is offered through the Outreach Department of Missoula College. We are approved for VA educational benefits and Work-force Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) training benefits.

Our fully-online Post-Baccalaureate Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Leveling Certificate program is designed for individuals returning to school with a completed bachelor's degree in a field other than speech-language pathology or audiology. The purpose is to provide students with foundational knowledge in the areas of speech, language, and hearing development in order to be eligible to apply to graduate programs in speech-language pathology and/or audiology.

The Customer Relations Certificate of Applied Science provides students with skills to promote excellent customer relations in business settings. Job opportunities may be found in the following areas: advertising, computer technology, health, legal, education, non-profit, retail, insurance, manufacturing and public relations. This program is fully online.

The Cybersecurity Professional Certificate is designed to prepare computer and networking professionals for a career in the emerging field of computer security by providing advanced experience in the areas of business continuity, computer system design, risk assessment and mitigation techniques, contingency planning, data integrity, security investigation and troubleshooting.

The Certificate in Early Childhood Education (P-3) is offered fully online and is designed for licensed K-8 teachers who already have a master’s degree or those who are interested in the P-3 endorsement without pursuing a master's degree.

The Environmental Education Certificate program is designed for those seeking the skills and knowledge to successfully implement environmental education programs and curriculum.

The 12-credit Certificate in Environmental Health Sciences (CEHS) will focus on examining the relationship between the environment and human health. This includes the impact that environmental contaminants and other environmental issues (air pollution, soil pollution, water pollution, hazardous waste, climate change, etc.) have on rural and underserved populations of the Northern Rocky Mountain region. The 12-credit Certificate in Environmental Health Sciences can be completed entirely online. In addition, students interested in pursuing the 42-credit MPH can transfer in the 12 credits completed in the Certificate in Environmental Health Sciences program towards the 42-credit MPH program.

The 12-credit Certificate in Epidemiology will provide an overview of epidemiology, an emerging field of study within public health. Students will be taught the principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation and an overview of relevant biostatistical applications, including the basis for conducting and interpreting epidemiologic studies. The 12-credit Certificate in Epidemiology can be completed entirely online. In addition, students interested in pursuing the 42-credit MPH can transfer in the 12 credits completed in the Certificate in Epidemiology program towards the 42-credit MPH program.

The Forensic Studies certificate is primarily designed as a stepping stone toward a baccalaureate degree for those interested in a career in forensic sciences or a related field. It is also designed as an avenue for law enforcement agents, forensic scientists or other professionals in the justice system to satisfy mandatory continuing education requirements for continued employment or promotion. This program is offered fully online.

The Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education is an online professional certificate that complements students’ academic qualifications by providing them with the specialized skills necessary to teach gifted and high ability students and plan and deliver appropriate programs to meet their unique needs.

The Health Behavior Coach Certificate is a 12-credit on-campus program that trains Health and Wellness Coaches to support clients seeking to enhance their well-being through self-directed, lasting changes that are aligned with their values. Graduates of this certificate can work in governmental organizations, hospitals, primary care centers, insurance companies, non-profit organizations, university wellness centers and for corporate employers.

The Certificate in Global Health (CGH) brings together faculty and courses from across the University in an integrated program that prepares students in the health sciences, public health and the practical social and cultural dimensions of implementing health and well-being programs in disadvantaged contexts. The 12-credit Certificate in Global Health can be taken completely online, but also offers opportunities for on-campus instruction. Students interested in pursuing the 42-credit MPH can transfer in the 12 credits completed in the Certificate in Global Health program towards the 42-credit MPH program.

The Medical Reception Certificate prepares students with the required skills to provide exceptional service to patients in a medical setting, ranging from private practice receptionists to hospital ward secretaries. Students learn how to perform essential duties including:

  • Greeting patients, scheduling appointments, screening telephone calls, obtaining and entering patient registration information, releasing appropriate medical information, maintaining medical records and managing patient flow
  • Understanding the financial transactions of practice with a clear understanding of all the activities in the billing and collection cycle
  • Applying foundational knowledge of medical law and the principles of medical ethics as well as the guidelines established by HIPAA.

Upon completion of the program, students receive a Certificate of Applied Science and will be prepared to work as receptionists in health care facilities and physician offices.

The Nonprofit Administration Online Certificate Program offers students graduate-level education and specific training in the field of nonprofit administration. This program is offered fully online and the only one of its kind in Montana. Upon completion, students have the option to apply these credits towards the MPA Program.

The Principal Licensure Certificate prepares professionals already holding a master’s degree for Montana’s Class 3 Administrative License and the K-12 Principal endorsement.

The Certificate in Public Administration offers public employees fundamental skills through a series of core courses important for the profession of public administration. These classes provide basic knowledge and skills that enhance the level of professionalism in public service. Upon completion, students can apply these credits toward the MPA Program.

The Public Health certificate is a 12-credit online program geared toward those who currently work in the public health setting, but wanting to gain additional public health skills and training. The Certificate in Public Health is also ideal for those who work in related fields but interested in learning more about public health, and for those that are interested in ultimately pursuing the 42-credit MPH degree. Importantly, the 12 credits completed in the Certificate in Public Health program can be transferred into the 42-credit MPH program.

The Certificate of Public Health Administration is a 12-credit online program, and will provide students with a general overview of public health and health care policy and systems at the global, national, state and local levels. Students interested in pursuing the 42-credit MPH can transfer in the 12 credits completed in the Certificate in Public Health Administration program toward the 42-credit MPH program.

The Certificate in Public Policy offers public employees fundamental and advanced skills through a series of core courses. These classes provide basic knowledge and skills that enhance the level of data-driven decision-making in public service organizations. Students can easily transfer credits from this certificate into the MPA Program if they so choose to do so.

The Sales and Marketing Certificate is fully online. Marketing is a vital function of any organization. The objective is to market and effectively sell products or services to sustain itself, whether for profit or not-for-profit. Opportunity is limitless, the job is never boring, you work with people and jobs are in demand.

Our fully online Speech-Language Pathologist/Audiologist-Assistant (SLP/A-A) Certificate program is designed to provide students with foundational knowledge in the areas of speech, language and hearing development in order to be eligible to become assistants in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and includes an increased amount of credit hours dedicated to clinical application and observation in the fields of SLP and Audiology. Being an SLP/A-assistant provides the opportunity to directly work with and help individuals with speech, language and hearing disorders in schools, clinics and hospitals, under the supervision of a certified speech-language pathologist.

The Superintendent Licensure Certificate provides coursework for Montana’s K-12 Superintendent endorsement. To qualify, students must hold a master's degree, the Class 3 Administrative License and the K-12 Principal endorsement.

The Wilderness Management Graduate Certificate is offered fully online and provides students and professionals with training and expertise in the key topics related to wilderness management and provides the necessary foundation for careers in this field.

Endorsements

The Library Media program prepares teachers who will comfortably fill all the roles in the library. This program is offered fully online.

Noncredit Programs

UM's Online Beekeeping Certificate program consists of three university-level courses at the apprentice, journeyman and master levels, culminating in a certificate designating the participant as a "Master Beekeeper." The program is endorsed by the Montana State Beekeepers Association, The American Honey Producers Association and Project Apis m. UM also teaches special topics courses such as Natural Beekeeping. Our courses are taught by UM faculty members and owners of Bee Alert Technology, Dr. Jerry Bromenshenk, Scott Debnam and Phillip Welch, widely regarded as one of the nation's premier honey bee research teams.

The Crosscut Sawyer is designed to provide the basic technical knowledge needed by federal land management agency employees and partners to use crosscut saws safely and efficiently for bucking in moderately complex or "B-level" situations. The course is intended to complement, but not replace, field certification, in which sawyers may also be required to prove their competence to a certifying official before being allowed to operate a crosscut saw.

Introduction to Culinary Medicine is an online course available to interested parties in the general public that covers the same material offered at the graduate level, 3-credit university course. It will provide an overview of the many facets and intriguing insights into this newly evolving discipline.

The DEI Professional Certificate is a three-part, highly interactive on-line professional certificate  designed for business professionals interested in gaining proficiency in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion theory and practices. It introduces participants to key concepts and methods for effective promotion and development of diversity, equity and inclusion principles in the workplace. Participants finish the certification with a clear analysis of gender, race, intersectionality and privilege as well as proven methods for implementing DEI principles to effect substantive change. Specific resources include field-tested analysis, real-world applications, and research-based principles and guidelines.

Taught by Theresa Floyd, associate professor of Management; Elizabeth Hubble, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies director; and Tobin Miller Shearer, African-American Studies program director.

Topics covered include:

  • The Iceberg Metaphor for Dismantling Racism
  • Broad framework for making change (Charlotte Bunch's 4-step model)
  • Framework for understanding and acknowledging privilege and oppression
  • Framework for understanding intersectionality (i.e. why we can't talk about gender without talking about race, class, sexuality, etc.)
  • Tools for understanding gender identity and sexuality in today's climate
  • Tools for understanding, assessing and shifting language around gender, race, class and sexuality
  • Identify who we are
  • Naming and claiming our Sphere of Influence
  • Applying Growth Mindset to DEI
  • Determine Employee Code of Conduct
  • Identifying and celebrating the DEI Employee of the Month
  • Recruiting for diverse candidate pools
  • Rethinking job requirements and selection tools
  • Designing voluntary mentoring programs
  • Tools for creating a diversity task force
  • Creating a culture of inclusivity
  • Applying the iceberg metaphor in your business office

The University of Montana’s GRE Preparation Course is designed to help you successfully complete the Graduate Required Examination. The course allows you to prepare for the GRE at your own pace and curates all the resources you need to be successful.

Topics include: Overview of the GRE, General Test-taking Strategies, Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing.

The course is supported by a professional course mentor, who is available to address GRE-related questions. An adaptive math program is included to help you brush up on basic to advanced math skills. Writing support is also available for the analytical writing section of the test through the University’s Writing Center. As participants get ready for the test, they will receive guidance on how to sign-up for the GRE and what to expect on test day. Further information is provided on how to apply to graduate school at the University of Montana.

The Job-Site Ready Construction Training course provides an overview of safe industrial practices, provides students with both classroom and hands-on experience in workplace safety for a variety of industries and provides multiple industry recognized credentials. Students will complete the requirements for an approved OSHA 10 Hour Safety Training Card, and be introduced to the safe use of basic hand and power tools most common in construction. Additional topics include basic carpentry, blueprint reading, basic crane safety and hand signals, aerial lift safety and strategies for participating in a culture of safety within the working environment.

In this five-part, online Montana Brews course you will learn about some of the fine craft beers being brewed in the state today, with a focus on Missoula breweries, get an introduction to the magical world of homebrewing, including the all-grain process and (as an added two beer glasses and hops sitting on a wooden surface bonus) get insider access to recipes for some of the most notable Montana beers.

The Montana Geriatric Education Center (MTGEC) is an interdisciplinary center which provides geriatric education and training for Montana health professionals, higher education faculty and students, so they might better meet the health needs of the older residents of the state. It is the home of the Montana Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (MGWEP). Programming continues to be developed and refined for a variety of health professionals including nurses, pharmacists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physicians, physician assistants, mental health providers and social workers.

Mountain Montana is an online course that, through narrative and photography, introduces students or reacquaints them with human and natural habitats of western Montana.

Once students complete this course of study, they will be able to travel throughout this human habitat knowing what they are looking at is more than just scenery. Final day discussions will review all of the possibilities within easy reach of campus.

 

The Montana Public Health Contact Tracing Certificate course will result in a certificate in COVID-19 contact tracing for non-UM students. Through three recorded training and associated quizzes, the goal of this class is to build the workforce capacity to conduct COVID-19 contact tracing throughout Montana.

The TESOL Certificate Program will provide teacher candidates with a solid background of the practices and theories of teaching a foreign language and with an understanding of how the principles of modern linguistics can be applied to language instruction.

CFSD's foster parent training will help you better understand and successfully meet the needs of your foster child. We provide access to training modules, educational videos and resources on topics that address the complex needs of children and youth. There are additional links to other resources and toolkits to help you care for your child.