Communicative Sciences and Disorders



The Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) program prepares students interested in making a difference in the lives of individuals with communication disorders at three programmatic levels: undergraduate, post baccalaureate, and graduate.

Academic Programs

Bachelor of Arts

Post Baccalaureate
Leveling Program
Master of Science

Our Bachelor of Arts degree provides students with the foundations for graduate study in the high-demand professions of speech-language pathology and audiology. The curriculum includes coursework, independent research, and clinical observations.

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.

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.

Career Opportunities

Professional positions in speech-language pathology and audiology are readily available in Montana, across the country, and internationally. Settings include schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, early intervention programs, private clinics, and even include web-based teletherapy to help clients across the age span with a range of speech, language, literacy, swallowing, and hearing challenges.

CSD Mission

The mission of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders is to prepare students for progressive, collaborative, and research-minded careers in speech-language pathology, audiology, and related fields through rigorous academic and clinical training. We strive to be innovative in the use of technology and program delivery to provide services to traditionally underserved regions and populations. Through our emphasis on typical and atypical speech, language, cognition, swallowing, and hearing function, students gain knowledge and skills along with ethical and culturally competent values that foster a commitment to lifelong learning and civic engagement.


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), 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5781.

logo_CAA (Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology)

Graduate Student Outcome Data

This statistical information illustrates the success of UM CSD graduate students.

CSD Strategic Plan

The CSD Strategic Plan is a living document that was developed through an iterative process. The plan aligns our Department goals with the University of Montana Strategic Plan, UM 2020 Building a University for the Global Century.

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.

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