Communication. Innovation. Transformation.

Welcome to the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders in the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Montana!

We prepare students to become competent professionals who study and serve the developmental, treatment, and assessment needs of individuals with disorders in speech, language, swallowing, and/or hearing. Our department educates students for employment in school (K-12 and higher education), medical, and human service settings.

Students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders programs receive training in the areas of:

  • Effective communication
  • Speech, language, hearing development
  • Social and cultural foundations
  • Neural development, anatomy, and physiology
  • Acquired and developmental disorders related to communication
  • Client assessment and evaluation and intervention
  • Research methods
  • Professional orientation

Academic Programs

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Develop a strong foundational knowledge base in language, speech and hearing development, and social and behavioral communication. This program also prepares you to go on to seek graduate degrees in medical and education fields as well as to apply for clinical graduate programs of speech-language pathology and audiology.

Post Baccalaureate Leveling Program

This leveling program provides post baccalaureate students with the communication and hearing foundation for graduate study in speech-language pathology with on-campus and online offerings.

Master of Science Degree

The Master of Science degree prepares students to work as licensed and certified speech-language pathologists, an excellent career choice for work in clinical areas within education and allied health. On-campus and distance offerings are available.

National Accreditation

The master of science education program in speech-language pathology at the University of Montana is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).


Student Outcomes

Equal Opportunity – Non-Discrimination

The University of Montana provides to all people the equal opportunity for education, employment, and participation in University activities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation. Responsibility for effecting equal opportunity accrues to all University administrators, faculty, and staff. This responsibility includes assurance that employment and admission decisions, personnel actions, and administration of benefits to students and employees rest exclusively upon criteria that adhere to the principle of Equal Opportunity. The University prohibits retaliation against a person for bringing a complaint of prohibited discrimination, for assisting someone with a complaint of discrimination, or for participating in any manner in an investigation or resolution of a complaint of discrimination. For further information, please visit UM Equal Opportunity.

Contact Us

Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders
University of Montana
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812-6695
P: (406) 243-2363
F: (406) 243-2362