UM Master’s Degrees in Education Land National ‘Best Value’ Rankings

November 23, 2015

MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences offers two of the nation’s top 50 “Best Value” graduate programs in education, according to rankings released by Top Masters in Education.

The website, in two separate rankings, placed both UM’s master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and its master’s in educational leadership at No. 29 in the country, citing the programs’ commitment to preparing students working in public school settings to deliver high-level instruction and leadership.

“We are thrilled to receive this acknowledgement of our programs,” said Roberta Evans, dean of the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences at UM. “With new endorsements being created and current licensure and non-licensure programs transitioning to online and blended formats, master’s degree programs in our college are helping meet many needs in Montana and the nation by producing well-prepared and ambitious educators.”

UM’s graduate program in curriculum and instruction incorporates the integration of ideas, cooperative endeavors, and respect for learning and individual worth to successfully prepare education professionals who will work in K-12 classrooms,  in teacher education programs and as district curriculum leaders.

“It is outstanding to see one of our high-caliber graduate programs in education recognized in this way,” said Georgia Cobbs, chair of UM’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction. “Our department has a long history of strong graduate scholarship and now, more than ever, this program is leading the field through innovative and unique course offerings and endorsements.”

The college’s master’s degree in educational leadership prepares existing educators to become principals upon completion of the program, which includes earning a Montana Class 3 Administrative License and a K-12 Principal Endorsement.

"We are very proud of our students and very proud of our accomplishments,” said John Matt, chair of the Department of Educational Leadership. “They are successful leaders across the state, country and world, and this ranking reflects the effort that our faculty and college have invested in this quality program."

More information about the college’s master’s degrees in curriculum and instruction and educational leadership, as well as other programs the college offers, is online at

Contact: Peter Knox, communications and outreach manager, Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences at UM, 406-243-4911,