Online Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Sciences and Disorders
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 BA CSD degree programming.
In addition, students in the BA CSD program have the opportunity to stack on a few more courses within their program of study to also receive the Speech Language Pathology/Audiology Assistant (SLP/A-A) Certificate (offered online or on-campus) upon graduation.
Graduates of the BA CSD in the School of Speech, Language, Hearing, and Occupational Sciences will leave the University of Montana with a strong foundational knowledge base in speech, language, and hearing development, as well as social and behavioral communication. In addition, students will learn to effectively work with individuals with acquired and developmental disorders related to speech, language, and hearing. An undergraduate degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) prepares students to go on to seek graduate degrees in speech language pathology and audiology, as well as related medical and educational fields, such as, linguistics, education, psychology, neuroscience, and physical or occupational therapy.
Depending on whether a student has completed general education requirements, the core CSD courses of the online Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) can be completed within 2 years (CSD courses only with general education completed) or spread out over a traditional 4 year period (with online general education courses completed at UM in addition to the core CSD courses). Courses are offered fully online (no face-to-face sessions required) in an asynchronous learning environment. This means students can work on courses at times that best fit their schedule within a structured semester system in which professors assign deadlines for assignments, course projects, and exams.
Cost of tuition follows the University of Montana's tuition and fees matrix found HERE, in which fees are subject to change per academic year with the Board of Regents' approval. Online Bachelor of Arts CSD program tuition and fees are delineated on the Online Undergraduate and Post Baccalaureate matrix. For an estimation of total tuition and fees, contact Student Accounts within Business Services at UMstudentaccts@mso.umt.edu
Frequently asked questions about the Online Bachelor of Arts CSD Program
What is the deadline to apply?
- See UM Admissions (HERE) for specific deadlines to apply to the University of Montana in order to start your coursework in either Fall or Spring semesters. We recommend that you apply with plenty of time before the start date (more than 1 month) in order to be admitted and qualify for financial aid.
Am I required to begin in the Fall?
- Most online and all on-campus students start in the Fall to finish in a schedule time frame.
- A Spring start option is available for the online BA CSD.
Do I have to take all courses?
- Some students may only need to take the core CSD courses if general education requirements are met. Note that you will need to go through the preliminary inquiry process and indicate the single courses requested, and certain general education courses will be required for graduate speech-language pathology or audiology programs to receive state and national certification upon graduation.
Do I need to log-in at certain times to join a virtual classroom if I am taking online courses?
- No. Although, there are set dates when assignments and quizzes must be completed. The online program was designed for individuals who are interested in completing the coursework, but need flexibility for their work and family schedules. The exact format of each course may vary, and each course instructor may require different timing requirements for exams, proctoring, and assignments.
If I have taken similar courses at a different university, can these courses count towards this BA CSD or do I need to retake them at UM?
- It depends. If you think you have covered the content in one of our CSD BA courses in another program (and earned a grade >C), fill out THIS Course Equivalency form and return it along with the course syllabus/syllabi to our Academic Advisor (firstname.lastname@example.org) for review.
If I take BA CSD courses at the University of Montana, will these courses be accepted at other universities for graduate programs?
- The content for most prerequisite courses is relatively standardized nationally across CSD programs. Our courses are meant to meet the standards and requirements for admissions in speech-language pathology and audiology graduate programs across the country. The ultimate decision to accept prerequisite coursework is decided by your chosen institution. If you have concerns, we recommend that you verify with your intended graduation institution(s).
How much time should I devote to each class?
- For every one credit hour in which you enroll in the campus-based program, you will spend approximately two to three hours outside of class studying (i.e., one 3-credit course= 6-9 hours per week of studying over 15 weeks, for a total of 90-135 hours per regular university semester).
- The same amount of content is covered in each course for the online program, but the duration of each course is shorter. Keep in mind that you will still need to study for approximately 90-135 hours during the duration of the course (e.g., for an eight-week course, plan to study 11-17 hours per week).
Mina May, M.S., CCC-SLP
Distance Program Coordinator | Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Speech, Language, Hearing, and Occupational Sciences (formerly CSD)
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