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About The Graduate School

About the Graduate School

The Graduate School staff invites you to contact us for information about any of our graduate programs. We are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM until 4:30 PM mountain standard time. If you pay a visit to campus, please stop by our office in the Lommasson Center - Griz Central, Room 224.

Phone: (406) 243-2572
FAX: (406) 243-4593

Mailing address:
The University of Montana
Graduate School
32 Campus Drive #2592
Missoula, MT 59812-2592

The Staff of the Graduate School

Dean of The Graduate School - Sandy Ross

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Kelly Speer - Computer Systems Analyst

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 I have lived in Montana my entire life. I graduated from Columbia Falls High School and attended college at Montana Tech in Butte. I enjoy living in Montana because my family is close and I enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting and softball.

After working for the United States Forest Service for nine years, I started work for The University of Montana Business Services in 2003. In 2005, I started working at the Graduate School. I am very happy to use my background in technology to work on projects at the Graduate School dealing with automation, recruiting and diversity.

Blakely Brown- Interim Director, Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs

Blakely Brown is the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies program. In this capacity, she works with students who are interested in pursuing graduate degrees in either the master's of interdisciplinary studeies (M.I.S) or the doctorate of interdisciplinary studies (I.I.P) to assist them in assembling their committees, course of study and application materials, and also works closely with graduate students enrolled in these degree options. Dr. Brown also helps administer the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Program for Native American students, and is actively involved in other Graduate School diversity related grants and activities.

Chelsea Niewald - Admissions Coordinator


I moved to Missoula from Washington, in 2010 to persue a degree in Native American Studies and English. I will be focusing on attending Business School in the near future.

As the Admissions Coordinator, I enjoy building a bridge of communication between prospective students, the Graduate School, and specific departments. I joined the Gradaute School team in 2011 and took an interest in admissions. I enjoy being a part of a very important transitional period in a student's life by building relationships and providing resources. Please don't hesitate contacting me about questions or concerns pertaining to the admissions process, graduate school, or campus life in general.

Isa Atkinson - Graduate Information Specialist

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My name is Isa Atkinson, and I am the Graduation Coordinator for the Graduate School.  I came to work at the University of Montana in August of 2008, after relocating to Missoula from the Oregon Coast, where I worked as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor  and  an early recovery group facilitator.  

The best part of my job here at the U is working with the students at the graduation stage of their time here at the University, and seeing the relief on their faces when they have  successfully completed  their master's or doctoral degrees, and the pride that they have in themselves for a job well done. 

Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions, or concerns.  I can be reached at 406.243.2572.