Great Plains IDEA

Memorial Union on Mizzou's campus.

Choice and flexibility for lifelong learners.

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?


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.


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.


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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Graduate certificate

Administration and management of family and community services (Grad cert)

Graduate certificate in administration and management of family and community services

Learn to manage and evaluate programs for individuals and families, and provide leadership for social service agencies or other community organizations. If you already work with children, youth, adults and families, this certificate may be a perfect fit.

Food safety and defense (Grad cert)

Graduate certificate in food safety and defense

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

Youth development program management and evaluation (Grad cert)

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 (Grad cert)

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.


Agricultural leadership, communication and education (MS)

Master of science in agricultural leadership, communication and education

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 (MA)

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

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

Youth development (MA)

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

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


Early childhood education in a mobile society (BS)

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

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

What our graduates are saying

You get the opportunity to meet people from across the world.
Master’s in youth development ’18
I wanted challenging course work and I wanted to complete a program that I could really be really proud of.
Master’s in family and community services ’16

Take your first step

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