Enrollment processes vary depending on course format, and some of MU's schools and colleges have varying enrollment procedures for their distance degree program students.

If you are not a current MU student, you must first be admitted as a nondegree student before you can enroll in individual courses. Read more about the nondegree admission process.

University of Missouri is unable to accept online students from certain states; or in some cases, unable to accept online students in certain programs due to state regulation of distance education. Learn more.

Distance course formats

Self-paced courses with 9-month max to finish

  • Can be completed in as few as six weeks from the date of your first lesson submission or take up to nine months… you choose your start date.
  • Are open for enrollment any day of the year.
  • Use Mizzou Online customized learning management system (rather than Blackboard).
  • Courses are accessible with mobile devices.
  • Students work independently and receive personalized instructor feedback.
  • Students generally have in-person proctored exams.

Self-paced courses with either 8-week sessions or 16-week sessions

  • Start and end with the regular MU 8-week or 16-week academic session; you do not choose your start date.
  • Use Mizzou Online's customized learning management system (rather than Blackboard)
  • Courses are accessible with mobile devices.
  • Students work independently and receive personalized feedback.
  • Have checkpoint dates within the semester/session for completion of classwork and exams.
  • Students generally have in-person proctored exams.

Semester-based courses

  • Begin and end on specified dates; and have weekly due dates for assignments, class work and quizzes throughout an 8- or 16-week class.
  • Students have weekly interaction with the instructor and other class members via an asynchronous online discussion board.
  • Some classes may have live online chat sessions.
  • Generally use Blackboard software for course delivery.
  • Generally have online quizzes and exams; may have proctored exams in some cases.

Mizzou's online courses are developed and taught by their on-campus academic departments. As an online student, you complete the same amount of work and receive the same credit as you would in on-campus classes.