The University of Montana Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(3.94 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 62 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU, + 2 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: ABA, + 9 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Small
  • Student Population: 13,044 (10,777 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 48% part-time, 52% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $5,818 in-state; $19,933 out-of-state
Source: NCES

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3.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2016

The Environmental Studies Department at University of Montana allows for a tremendous amount of flexibility in designing your graduate course of study. You are free to take courses from throughout the university and have very few requirements within the department. This has its pros and cons. Students need to be self directed to succeed in this program.
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Pharmacy
Graduation Year: 2016

The faculty are exceptional, and understanding of student needs and different learning styles. Overall the Skaggs School of Pharmacy at the University of Montana has been a challenge, but I don't know of a more valuable and rewarding place to be spending my time to pursue my career in pharmacy.
2.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros - Montana is a beautiful area and taking online courses are convenient. Missoula is centrally located for Western Montana so getting to campus is fairly easy. Cons - As an online course, I feel professors and instructors have too much of a hands-off approach. They are hard to correspond with and my experience is that they would rather NOT deal with you. My adviser is horrible and has rarely offered any guidance or advice. Many of the professors are excellent and offer various types of opportunities for learning, but unfortunately these quality teachers get overshadowed by the ones who are absolutely terrible. Just because a course is online does not mean it should be self-taught and you can be non-existent. The Biostatistics class was a nightmare and did not need to be. I feel they are graduating too many students who have no knowledge of this concept due to the lack of adequate teaching of the material.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2015

The communication studies grad program is great! I have especially liked the amount of support provided by professors and fellow students. The atmosphere is really friendly and not too competitive. Support within the program is especially good if you want a phd. They really have connections to phd programs and will help with your applications. Missoula is also amazing! A great artsy town with lots of outdoor activity. Not for you, however, if you're a "big city person." It does snow a lot in the winter and driving can be a pain. The city busses are good though!
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2015

The program thus far has been wonderful. The program is online but does not compromise quality, only makes the program more convenient. The faculty is accessible, competent, well-rounded and enthusiastic. The student body is experienced and they bring so much to the table. The program does require both a professional paper and a practicum; both provide a great opportunity to be published, present and apply the knowledge from proceeding courses. Overall the program is a very good value, can be completed in a realistic amount of time while working full time and offers many opportunities for research and application of skills. The only con I can think of is the $450 per credit super tuition, however the program is still affordable relative to others with that extra expense.
3.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2015

The organismal biology and ecology program at UM is definitely top notch. Although the university as its self doesn't rank very high, UM has some of the best programs for life sciences in the country.
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications (Speech Pathology)
Graduation Year: 2016

After completing the first semester of my graduate program, I feel that the knowledge gained from my clinical requirements and challenging coursework will propel me forward to a successful career in speech-language pathology. I am very fortunate to have chosen this school's program, allowing me to be under the guidance of such a wonderful faculty.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

The program is excellent in that the faculty is small, dedicated, experts in their fields, and attentive to individual student needs and trajectories. However, out of state tuition is high and funding is spotty and inconsistent. This is challenging in a place that has such a high cost of living. The outdoors opportunities here are spectacular, though, and may be worth the financial hardship to some.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2009

UM has great graduate programs and Missoula is a wonderful town to live in for a few years!
3.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2015

My graduate program is excellent in content, faculty, and hands on experience. However, I have found that the financial aid help is very lacking, mostly due to the fact that it is very hard to work and do well in this program at the same time. We are required to participate in internships but only a couple are paid and getting them is very competitive!
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