University of Missouri

Enrollment processes vary slightly 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 University of Missouri-Columbia 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 or take up to nine months to finish; 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 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 customized learning management system (rather than Blackboard)
  • Courses are accessible with mobile devices.
  • Students work independently and receive personalized feedback.
  • Have two checkpoint dates within the semester/session for completion of class work and exams.
  • Students 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.