Academic Pathways

Big Sky Culinary

Students in the capstone course at Missoula College work to prepare and present a plated meal for a group of invited guests at Missoula College.

We are home to the leading hospitality and culinary arts school in Montana.When you study here, you will experience high-quality instruction in three state-of-the-art kitchens by caring and passionate faculty and will be surrounded by people who love food, just like you.

This certificate is the appropriate path for those wishing to advance their cooking skills without wanting to pursue a career in the food service industry. This would be a great option for those wanting to enter the food and beverage industry as an entry-level cook.

Option for those wishing to enter the food and beverage industry as a mid-level cook or entry-level manager, or for those wishing to own and operate their own food service business.  This option includes basic leadership and operations management training in various areas of the industry.

Business and Technology

Our Business Technology Program works intimately with business and industry to prepare our students with the necessary skills to be competitive in the workforce. Faculty work tirelessly to engage and challenge our students, providing them with the resources they need to be successful. Our society and how it operates is constantly changing. Sometimes due to technological innovation, other times due to changing business practices. We keep our finger on the pulse, preventing our instruction from going out of style and staying ahead of the curve.  

A UM student works at her laptop in the Gallagher Business Building.


Our accounting fundamentals certificate is designed as an intro to the accounting world. Students considering this program should be analytical, detail-oriented, and enjoy using technology.

Business Management

People respond to emotion, engagement, and strong design. Combine your unique talents in digital media, expressive arts, visual communications, and business toward a career in media design for businesses, education or nonprofit organizations

Learn to turn common problems into service opportunities!Increase your competitive advantage by creating a service culture, building and maintaining relationships, and developing customer service management systems.

Opportunity is limitless, the job is never boring, you work with people, and jobs are in demand. You will train in professional sales, learn and practice exceptional customer service, and understand the psychology of selling to assist clients in meeting needs and solving problems. The curriculum also involves marketing activities, bookkeeping functions, and merchandising skills. Successful marketing and sales professionals are creative, self-motivated, optimistic, work well in team environments, are organized and detail-minded.

Information Technology

The Cybersecurity Management Certificate is designed to provide students with the technical and management skills necessary to work in the Cybersecurity field. Students will use Cybersecurity skills as a consultant or as an employee helping an organization to develop and implement a Cybersecurity program or respond to security incidents.

The Certificate of Technical Skills in Cloud Computing is designed to provide the foundations for students to understand, use, and provision cloud resources. As cloud computing becomes ever more prevalent in society these skills become ever more necessary. Students will gain competence in general networking and network infrastructure; installation, use, and administration of Operating Systems; Virtualization; fundamental security concepts; and cloud computing concepts, use, and provisioning.

Computer Support is a 31-credit certificate program that prepares students for entry-level positions in the computing field. Required coursework includes programming, operating systems, networking, PC hardware, data modeling, and web technologies.

Legal Studies

The Legal Studies program offers students a stable launch pad to enter the field of law.The program is tailored to meet the needs of those interested in pursuing paralegal work in law firms, government agencies, public administration, legal justice, and health insurance.

Medical Information Technology

The Medical Reception Certificate prepares students with the required skills to provide exceptional service to patients in a medical setting, ranging from private practice receptionists to hospital ward secretaries.

Students are prepared academically and professionally for claim specialist positions in insurance organizations and healthcare facilities.



Do you enjoy creating order from chaos?  Solving puzzles and sleuthing? Are you balanced and organized, yet flexible, dynamic and fun?  If so, accounting could be your calling. The curriculum is rigorous, the bar is set high, and the program prepares students with not only technical skills, but with management and communication acumen. This program has a very strong placement track record!

Business Management

This program features industry-expert instructors that not only will teach you cutting-edge best practices, but will also use their networks to connect you with a diverse array of professional opportunities (internships, apprenticeships, job placements, etc) that fit your interests and strengths. 

Information Technology

Technical support professionals in computing and information technology are in high demand. The Missoula College Information Technology program offers a number of pathways to credentials. You'll develop a well-rounded technical background with coursework in data modeling, networking, operating systems, PC hardware, coding, programming and more.

Medical Information Technology(MINT)

The Medical Information Technology program will prepare students to work in the healthcare industry as medical coders and biller, patient advocates, insurance specialists, and more. These jobs can be from home, in a small office, or a larger organization or hospital.

Medical administrative assistants are critical to a healthcare facility. They are the first person a patient talks to or meets when they come in for care. This program offers students a career in this fascinating and high-demand medical field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, positions in these medical areas are expected to increase over 20 percent in the next several years.

General Education

General Education at Missoula College


The Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree at UM is designed to be a general education transfer degree. It is considered to be the equivalent of the first two years of a baccalaureate degree. In addition, most, if not all, Montana University System institutions recognize an AA or AS degree as having satisfied their lower-division general education requirements.

Students work with their advisor to determine which general education cores is most appropriate for them. Please refer to the General Education section of this website for more information on both cores. Click to view more Details.

Nine (9) credits of coursework in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) beyond those taken as general education requirements. Click to view more Details.


Our Department of Health Professions Programs share many prerequisite courses, they employ an inter-professional model of learning, and all make use of clinical rotations. During these rotations, students work at our healthcare facility partners alongside licensed professionals, with real patients, to develop their skills and confidence.
Devin Hunt holds a sample of bacteria up to the light during a day of lab work in the Health Sciences Building on Sept 29, 2020.

Students in Medical Assisting are cross-trained with skills and knowledge in front office administrative, clinical, and limited laboratory procedures that are designed to assist healthcare practitioners in administering to the needs of patients.

The primary goal of the Missoula Paramedic Program is to prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.

Radiology is sometimes called the eyes of medicine, as it reveals the body’s hidden secrets of injury and disease. It follows, then, that Radiologic Technologists (Radiographers) are the photographers who make it possible to see.

At Missoula College prepares students to be excellent nurses who will play a vital role in patient care and recovery. Students obtain knowledge and skills to promote health, prevent disease, help patients cope with illness, and be an advocate for patients, families and communities.

As members of a team of health care professionals, respiratory therapists evaluate, treat and manage patients of all ages suffering from respiratory illnesses and other cardiopulmonary disorders.  These services are provided in wide variety of clinical settings including, but not limited to: hospitals, long term acute care facilities, physician offices and clinics, and patients’ homes.

This program is designed to prepare the student for employment as a surgical technologist, who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients.


Industrial Technology

Industrail Technology
The mission of the Department of Industrial Technology is to provide the regional workforce with credentialed, skilled, and competent entry-level technicians, and to be responsive to emerging workforce needs. The Department encourages the development of teamwork and interpersonal communication skills that are required in the workplace. It also stresses the importance of a strong work ethic and the value of continuing education and lifelong learning. Courses and degrees are available for both in-person and remote learning. 

Commercial Driver's License 

Missoula College is committed to providing a comprehensive CDL training program which offers an ideal learning environment for new truck drivers to develope driving skills in a commercial vehicle and prepares the student to obtain their Class A Commercial Driver's License.

Heavy Equipment Operation 

The Heavy Equipment Operation Program provides students a basic understanding of fundamental machine function and capabilities and is designed to develop apprentice-level skills in the safe operation of heavy equipment.

Percision Machine Technology

The Precision Machine Technology Certificate of Applied Science program provides instruction in the theory and operation of mills and lathes, both manual and CNC, other tools related to the machinist trade, and associated programming. Students can earn NIMS credentials in all phases of the training. Upon completion of this program, students will enter employment in the machining industry, pursue apprenticeship in machining, or further their education toward higher academic degrees.

The Certificate of Technical Studies in Precision Machine Technology provides instruction in the theory and operation of manual mills and lathes, precision measurements, blueprint reading, and the use of other tools related to the machinist trade. Students can earn NIMS credentials in all phases of the training. Upon completion of this program, students will enter the workforce at entry level, pursue apprenticeship, or continue their machining training to earn the CAS.

Sustainable Construction Technology

The CAS in Carpentry includes additional training and coursework cover hands-on training on the entire process of the building shell, including framing, roofing, siding, windows, stairs, and insulation. Additional course work in blueprint reading, drafting and design, and woodworking expand your existing skills base.

In addition to the JSR training, courses in Basic Carpentry, Site Work, Foundations, and an Introduction to Blueprint Reading, this CTS provides more in-depth training for someone interested in an entry level position. Additional classroom and hands-on training supply you with the knowledge and skills to become a safe, confident, productive construction team member.

The engineering technology (formerly CAD) program offers graduates pathways into professional careers as technicians in architectural, civil, and mechanical drafting. Other career opportunities exist in Geographic Information Systems, mapping, surveying, and technical design.

No longer a niche market, Green Building is becoming the way all buildings are built. Having the added knowledge of what that actually means…and how to apply it…..are valuable skills for construction industry professionals. We cover site work, energy efficiency, sustainable materials, water efficiency, indoor air quality and the major Green Building Certification program options.

Coursework and training in general project management, planning and scheduling, estimating and cost control, and the hiring, training, and managing of employees and trade partners provide skills for anyone interested in leading others or starting their own construction related business.

Welding Technology

The mission of the Welding Technology Program is to provide the regional workforce with credentialed, skilled, and competent welders and to be responsive to emerging workforce needs.  The Welding Technology Program prepares students to operate and troubleshoot a variety of welding power sources and related equipment.

Diesel Equipment Technology

The mission of the Diesel Equipment Technology Program is to provide the regional workforce with credentialed, skilled and competent diesel technicians and to be responsive to emerging workforce needs. Students in the Diesel Equipment Technology program train to be diesel mechanics that repair diesel-powered trucks and heavy equipment.

Welding Technology

The mission of the Welding Technology Program is to provide the regional workforce with credentialed, skilled, and competent welders and to be responsive to emerging workforce needs.Courses such as Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD), OSHA Rules and Compliance, and Related Metals Processes provide for a solid background in the metals industry. Fabrication basics and Metal Design and Construction utilize all of the gained knowledge in an instructor-approved/student-designed project.

Sustainable Construction Technology

Program designed to equip learners with the work experience and essential skills to start an entry-level job in the Construction trades. Applicants will walk away with exposure to tool use and maintenance, materials handling, workplace safety, industrial practices, and project management.

Social Sciences

The Certificate in Addiction Studies is a set of courses that meet the required 330 hours of addiction education  with a requirement of a completed accompanying degree (Associate/Baccalaureate/ or Advanced Degree in specific disciplines, i.e. psychology, addictions, sociology, social work or similar emphasis areas.
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A set of courses that meet the required 330 hours of addiction education, with a requirement of a completed accompanying degree (Associate/Baccalaureate/ or Advanced Degree in specific disciplines, i.e. psychology, addictions, sociology, social work or similar emphasis areas.