Communicative Sciences & Disorders


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. 

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 under-served 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.

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

University of Montana Communicative Sciences & Disorders Department Strategic Plan 2017-2022

Academic Programs

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 of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.


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

University of Montana Health & Medicine


The Communicative Sciences & Disorders Department is a part of University of Montana Health & Medicine (UMHM), which holds many degree options here on campus. UMHM provides students with a community of faculty, staff, and students who are committed to helping you gain the skills, confidence, and wherewithal to enter your dream profession. Learn more about UMHM's wonderful community of learners on their website.