The University of Montana
School of Extended and Lifelong Learning

Based on The University of Montana campus, the School of Extended and Lifelong Learning extends UM’s reach to students on campus and off campus, to adult community members and to professionals seeking to advance their career-based knowledge. SELL provides continuing education and online education opportunities throughout Montana and beyond.  Its primary audiences are returning adult students, professionals, members of the community, and students wanting academic programs delivered via distance education technologies.

The school offers a growing array of online classes. In addition to individual classes, some entire programs — from certificate to academic minor to master’s degree — are offered online.

Along with its central online program offerings, the school manages:

  • Extended Degree Programs, Extended Courses: The goal behind these offerings is to enhance the quality of one’s life and/or career development with courses that speak to both personal enrichment and professional development. Offered are both academic credit and noncredit courses, programs, workshops, seminars and conferences. Course delivery can include in-classroom, online, blended learning, travel and experience learning opportunities. Extended courses also offers academic credit courses and programs designed for professional development in many career disciplines, including teacher recertification. Formal admission to the University is not required and nonresidents pay the same fees as residents.
  • Conference Planning Services: This department offers a blend of event organizers, writers, trainers and planners to make any conference, symposium, workshop, lecture or event a success. Beyond UM faculty and staff, conference services are available to professional associations, government agencies, businesses or other private entities and groups ranging from 10 to 500 or more.
  • UM Summer Semester: Two five-week sessions offering special summer-only classes as well as “standard” courses.
  • UM Wintersession: A January menu of three-week courses, study abroad opportunities and field studies.
  • The Montana Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (MOLLI): Offers programs that promote the lifelong learning and personal growth of community members through a diverse collection of noncredit, short courses offered in the fall, winter and spring. MOLLI students are age 50 and older, are from all backgrounds and levels of education, are curious and love to learn. It is truly learning for learning’s sake, so no exams or grades. MOLLI courses expose learners to Montana’s best teachers, including emeritus and current faculty, as well as professionals from the community. Program offerings include lectures, ongoing discussions, short courses, and interest groups covering topics from the humanities, sciences and the arts, as well as community and regional issues.
  • Reading skills programs: For pre-K through adult.

Contact Information

Please contact the School of Extended & Lifelong Learning by phone 406.243.2900; fax 406.243.2047; or email:

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The school’s offices are located on the UM campus at 32 Campus Drive.

Missoula Economic Partnership | 500 N. Higgins Ave. | Suite 300 | Missoula, Montana 59802 | P: 406.541.6461 | F: 406.541.6464