Great Plains IDEA

AT MIZZOU

Mizzou is a member of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA). Great Plains IDEA is a partnership of multiple public universities offering fully online degree programs. Students apply to, are admitted by, enroll in courses by and graduate from Mizzou. However, the online courses are taught by expert faculty in the discipline from several universities. Why rely on just one university to help you earn your degree when we can help you learn from multiple universities working together to shape the future of education?

Accessible

Great Plains IDEA programs are 100% online, allowing you to work toward the degree you need while allowing you the flexibility to maintain your busy life. The courses in each program are semester-based and asynchronous, so you can learn on your own time.

Affordable

Students pay the Great Plains IDEA common price per credit hour for graduate courses or undergraduate courses at all universities, regardless of degree program or course, or whether in-state or out-of-state.

Accredited

All Great Plains IDEA member universities are accredited by regional agencies approved by the U.S. Department of Education especially to evaluate academic institutions in specific states. The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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Bachelor’s

Early childhood education

Bachelor of science in human development and family science with an emphasis in early childhood education in a mobile society (BS)

Prepare to work in educational settings with young children in civilian communities and on military installations.

Graduate certificate

Financial and housing counseling

Graduate certificate in financial and housing counseling

Show households how to manage their personal finances to best meet their needs for housing, debt recovery and long-term financial planning. Help middle- and lower-income individuals and families take control of their economic security.

Food safety and defense

Graduate certificate in food safety and defense

Protect our food supply from accidental or deliberate contamination. Deal effectively with food safety and biosecurity issues.

Gerontology

Graduate certificate in gerontology

Advance your career meeting the needs of Americans age 65 and older. Better understand the diversity of aging populations and the unique challenges they face.

Personal financial planning

Graduate certificate in personal financial planning

Support individuals and families in achieving and sustaining economic stability. Prepare for the rigorous national Certified Financial Planner examination and become a CFP professional.

Youth development program management and evaluation

Graduate certificate in youth development program management and evaluation

Work one-on-one with youth and their families. Enhance your credentials, obtain continuing education credits or to boost your qualifications for future employment.

Youth development specialist

Graduate certificate in youth development specialist

Inspire a generation to succeed. Prepare to work with youth and their families, while honing your skills and enhancing your career outlook.

Master’s

Agricultural leadership, communication and education

Master of science in agricultural leadership, communication and education (MS)

Develop your leadership skills and prepare for a role in the public sector or industry. Gain skills in advanced teaching methods, evaluating educational programs, research design, technical communication and more.

Family and community services

Master of arts in human development and family science with an emphasis in family and community services (MA)

Manage and evaluate programs, deliver programs for children and families, and provide leadership in social service agencies.

Gerontology

Master of arts in human development and family science with an emphasis in gerontology (MA)

Gain a better understanding of the diversity of aging Americans and the unique challenges they face, and learn to serve this dynamic, growing demographic.

Personal financial planning

Master of science in personal financial planning (MS)

Learn to support individuals and families in achieving and sustaining economic security. Prepare for the rigorous national Certified Financial Planner examination and become a CFP professional.

Youth development

Master of arts in human development and family science with an emphasis in youth development (MA)

Provide youth with positive opportunities to learn and grow. Gain the knowledge and skills to create, facilitate and evaluate programs promoting healthy youth development.

What our students are saying

Penny Kittle

Master’s in youth development `18

Through the Great Plains IDEA program, Penny had the unique opportunity to share experiences with people across the world. Most importantly, she proved to herself and her family that she could overcome any obstacle that stood in her path along the way.

Brandi Sutherland

Master’s in family and community services `16

Brandi works for the University of Missouri's Extension Office and wanted an education that would directly serve her county. The Great Plains IDEA program allowed Brandi, a first-generation college student, to finish a degree at her own pace.

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Learn more about our online programs and how you can earn your degree with Mizzou and Great Plains IDEA.

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