Graduate Application Process

Application Deadline & Status

  • Application submissions are due 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.

Frequently Asked Questions / Helpful Information

  • Our document, FAQ Responses & Helpful Information, was prepared to address the most commonly asked questions received by the program and to provide detailed answers to those questions, which includes tuition and fee figures. Please contact us if you have further questions.

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.
  • GRE must be taken within the last five years
  • 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 under Information for Current CSD Graduate Students. 

Required Application Materials

The Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders requires all application materials be submitted 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 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
  • GRE scores: Official GRE Scores. 
  • 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.

Financial Assistance

For information about financial assistance, see the Financial Information section on the University of Montana Graduate School website. Scholarship opportunities are posted in the CSD department and can be found on the College of Education and Human Sciences website under Scholarships.

Contact Us

Contact the Communicative Sciences and Disorders Department at or 406.243.2365 if you have any questions.