Graduate Application Process

Application Deadline & Status

  • Application submissions must have a verified status by January 15th for fall enrollment only. Late applications will not be considered.
  • Applicants must apply to CSDCAS (Communication Science and Disorders Centralized Application Service); detailed application completion and submission instructions are available on the CSDCAS website.
  • Applicants will be notified about application status via email; those meeting CSD candidacy requirements will then be instructed to submit an application to the University of Montana Graduate School upon acceptance.

Program Requirements for Admission

  • A bachelor's degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) or Speech-Language Pathology OR bachelor's degree in a related field and completion of a CSD leveling program.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for all college work.
  • Official GREs are not required for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle
  • Participation in the UM CSD graduate program requires a criminal background check, immunizations, and completion of 25 ASHA-certified observation hours along with a number of other items.  Detailed information about clinical practicum requirements is available on the CSD master's program website and clinical education website.

Required Application Materials

The School of Speech, Language, Hearing & Occipational Sciences requires all application materials be submitted directly to CSDCAS.  For specific submission instructions regarding the following items, please refer to the CSDCAS website.

  • Letters of recommendation: Three (3) letters of recommendation submitted, directly to CSDCAS, by persons who have direct knowledge of the applicant's character and abilities. At least one letter should be from a current or former professor and address the academic qualities of the applicant.  Other letters may be from:
    • current or former employers/supervisors
    • someone who knows the applicant professionally who can address the applicant's qualifications, experience, and drive to become a speech-language pathologist
    • someone who can address the applicant's personal character qualities necessary for professional practice in speech-language pathology
  • Resume:  Information from a current resume, including education, paid experience, volunteer experience, community involvement and other related activities will be entered into your CSDCAS application under the "Supporting Information" section. Please note: no PDF of a current resume is required for this year's application.
  • Transcripts:  Official undergraduate transcripts from all universities and college attended submitted directly to CSDCAS.
  • GRE scores: Due to COVID-19 and access issues, offical GRE scores will not be required for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle
  • Essay:  Two-page typed, double-spaced using 12-point type size in the CSDCAS application

Supplemental Application Questions

  • Several short-answer information-gathering supplemental questions are included as part of the CSDCAS application.

International Students

  • International applicants follow the procedures described above.  In addition, see the information in the International Admission section on University of Montana Graduate School website.
  • Non-native English Speakers- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) institution code is C122.

Financial Assistance

For information about financial assistance, see the Financial Information section on the University of Montana Graduate School website.

Grad Student Scholarship Application


Current UM Students: Complete a General Application in the UM Scholarship Portal. Then, fill out the Submittable application.

All other applicants: If you are not a current UM Student, you are still eligible to apply. Fill out the Submittable application first. If you are awarded the scholarship and have received and accepted admission into UM Graduate School, then you will be prompted to fill out a General Application in the UM Scholarship Portal.

Essay Question for 2021-2022 Scholarship Application Cycle: When reflecting on the last five years, what have you engaged in to develop your professional skills and how do you see these translating to your future career?

Due Date: Applications are due by Wednesday, 04/07/2021, 11:59 PM (MST).

Please apply using our Submittable link (link is now live for the 2021-2022 Scholarship cycle).

You will be required to submit the following in the Submittable application:

  • Cummulative GPA
  • Overall GPA for CSD/SLP specific courses
  • Resume
  • Essay

Submittable Button

*All awards are non-transferable and must be used through University of Montana, MS in Speech-Language Pathology program. Please note, the Scholarship Committee shall determine the amounts of the scholarship awards and the recipients, therefore the award amounts may be divided amongst two recipients.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES (updated as of 2/18/2021):

Laura Jo McKamey Memorial Scholarship

Award: $1000.00

Recipient selection: Applicants must be a graduate student in Speech-Language Pathology in the School of Speech, Language, Hearing, and Occupational Sciences during the scholarship award year. Applicants must be in good academic standing. Recipients shall be community involved, exemplify leadership qualities and encourage and promote the success of others.

Walter and Elaine Anderson Scholarship Fund

Award: $1600

The Walter and Elaine Anderson Scholarship Fund will provide annual scholarships for deserving students who are actively working toward an MS in Speech-Language Pathology through the School of Speech, Language, Hearing, and Occupational Sciences and intend to make a career in that field.

Contact Us

Contact the School of Speech, Language, Hearing & Occipational Sciences at or 406.243.2365 if you have any questions.

Clery Act

In 1998, Congress passed amendments to the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, which had amended the earlier Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), renaming the law to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, also known as the Clery Act.

The purpose of the Clery Act is to provide current and prospective students and employees with accurate and important information about crimes and campus safety so they can make informed decisions. The U.S. Department of Education electronically publishes UM data, along with comparable information from other colleges and universities.

Campus Safety & Clery Compliance Act