Deliver effective online teaching experiences


Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Successful completion of the program requires 18 credit hours of required courses and 12 credit hours of electives.

The courses below are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.

Required courses (18 credit hours)

IS_LT 9450 Introduction to Research in Library and Information Science   
IS_LT 9485 Designing Online Learning
Prerequisite: ISLT 9471 or taken concurrently
IS_LT 9484 Teaching Online Courses   
IS_LT 9471 Instructional Systems Design   
IS_LT 7361 Introduction to Digital Media   
IS_LT 9483 Capstone: Online Education Emphasis Area
1 credit hour

Choose two from the following

IS_LT 7372 Exploring CourseSites
1 credit hour
IS_LT 7373 Exploring Moodle
1 credit hour
IS_LT 7374 Exploring Canvas
1 credit hour

Electives (12 credit hours)

Choose your electives in consultation with your adviser. See the full list of SISLT Courses. MyZou is the official source of course information. Please visit MyZou to enroll in a course.


Post-baccalaureate enrollment

Prior to acceptance into the program, you may enroll as a post-baccalaureate (formerly nondegree-seeking) student in up to 9 credit hours. Enrollment does not guarantee acceptance. Learn more about nondegree-seeking university student admissions.


The program culminates with a capstone project (IS_LT 9483), in which you will synthesize your learning and demonstrate mastery of the competencies for the selected emphasis area by designing and developing an online course.


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page.

How to apply

  1. Fulfill the admission requirements:
    • Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
    • If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
    • GRE scores are not required.

    If you do not meet one of the above requirements, the department may admit you on the condition that you maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 during your first 12 credit hours of graduate course work, with no grade lower than a B.

  2. Mark your calendar
  3. This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend you submit your application six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

    Application dates

    To start classes in Apply by Course work begins
    Fall, first 8-week session July 1 August
    Fall, second 8-week session Sept. 1 October
    Spring, first 8-week session Dec. 1 January
    Spring, second 8-week session Feb. 15 April
    Summer, first 4-week session April 15 June
    Summer, second 4-week session June 1 July

  4. Gather your papers
  5. Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:

    • Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Have official transcripts sent to Graduate Admissions, 210 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211.
    • Résumé or CV.
    • Statement of purpose explaining what you hope your degree will do for you.
    • Two letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of university faculty members, employment-related professionals, etc. who can attest to your intellectual, experiential and interpersonal abilities. The Graduate School will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
    • TOEFL or IELTS score reports for applicants whose native language is not English.

  6. Complete the online application
  7. Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.

    • Upload the above documents in the online application
    • Degree/Delivery: Masters- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
    • Academic Program: Learning Technologies and Design/Online Education-Distance (MS)
    • TOEFL or IELTS scores: Institution Code 6875 (if applicable)

    Apply Here

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This program is administered by the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies. SISLT is a proud member of the iSchools consortium, an international coalition of leading information schools.