New opportunities are waiting for you, thanks to Mizzou. On this episode of Online Stripes, we’re taking a look at the new online degrees and certificates that could set you up for success in your career.

New career opportunities are waiting for you at Mizzou. Online education is expanding! We’re launching more than 25 online programs in the fall of 2020. That means you’ll have more than 150 online degree and certificate options to choose from.

No matter what you want to study and no matter how busy your life is, we can help you reach your goals.

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Latha Ramchand says, “Online e-learning has allowed us to deliver things in a way that we say, ‘You tell us what fits you best’ and we want to deliver it in that modality.”

That flexibility is one of the things that prompted us to bring more programs to students everywhere.

As Robin Harris, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Sinclair School of Nursing, says, “Ultimately, our goal is the student’s goal.”

The new programs include master’s programs in business, music education, clinical and diagnostic sciences, nursing, and school counseling. There are also graduate and undergraduate certificates launching that include global supply chain management, veterinary science, public health communication, sports analytics, investments, and assurance.

And there’s still more to come! Several MU departments are also seeking approval from the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development for additional degrees and certificates launching in the spring and summer of 2021 — and beyond.

While new programs are on the way, remember that Mizzou has more online programs than any institution in the Midwest. There’s a lot to choose from. But that’s not the only thing that makes us stand out.

Robin Harris says, “One of our pillars is excellence. When you say where you graduated from, people know the kind of quality education that you get at the University of Missouri.”

And keep in mind… you might be getting your degree online, but you won’t be alone. You’ll be among more than 4,000 students earning University of Missouri degrees online. And once you graduate, it won’t be goodbye.

Like Latha Ramchand says, “We’re not just a degree-granting institution. When you graduate, that’s not the end of something. It’s the beginning of a lifelong relationship. We absolutely want you to reach out because I guarantee you we’ll be here to help.”

Thanks for listening to Online Stripes. Presented by the University of Missouri — home of Mizzou Online. Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio, and smart speakers.

What’s the best thing about springtime at Mizzou? Graduation. On this episode of Online Stripes, hear about Mizzou's online 2020 commencement, and meet graduate Maddie Jeffrey, who made it to the finish line — and is on her way to making her career dreams come true.

More than 809 online Mizzou students received their degrees the weekend of May 15. Mizzou’s online graduating spring class of 2020 studied with us from all over the world — including 44 states and 6 countries — some as far away as China. And in a nod to our mantra that it’s never too late to get your degree, our graduates range in age from 21 to 70. Inspiring? You bet it is. 

It was a wonderful celebration, as campus leaders, students and faculty shared messages of congratulations on Mizzou’s social media channels — including well-known alumni like sports commentator John Anderson, actor Jon Hamm, and singer Sheryl Crow.

We are so proud of all our graduates —their many achievements, and all the wonderful things they are going to accomplish in the future after receiving their degrees from Mizzou. Each one of our Spring 2020 graduates has their own unique story to tell, including Maddie Jeffrey.

Maddie, who comes from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, just received her master’s in positive coaching and athletic leadership online. Maddie has always had a love and passion for sports — but also for psychology. After meeting a mental conditioning coach for a sports team in Florida, she realized that she could combine the two into one career. And she found the perfect place to get her master's and achieve that goal — Mizzou Online.   

Although she started the program thinking she’d become a sports psychologist, Maddie realized that she was even more interested in organizational psychology and leadership. She says, “I love helping people find the fun in life, especially in the workplace, and especially with the dynamic of mental health in today’s world.” Whether it’s dyeing their hair blue or running a marathon for the first time, her passion is helping others be their true and authentic selves.

And now that she’s received her master’s degree, Maddie is ready to do just that. But in the meantime, she says that she’s going to celebrate graduation and her great accomplishment by doing what she loves to do most: spreading joy. 

Congratulations to Maddie and every single one of our Spring 2020 graduates who have earned their Online Stripes. We’re proud of you — and we wish you the best in all your future endeavors. Onward Tigers — we can’t wait to hear you roar.

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Sometimes our students look no further than their own family for some inspiration to go back to school. On this episode of Online Stripes, meet the Schmedding family — a brother, sister and dad who are all Mizzou graduates.

Many of our students have families and a busy life — online flexibility is a big perk — so there’s a good chance that those family members are the ones inspiring them to get their degree.

That’s true for the Schmeddings. A brother, sister and dad who all graduated from Mizzou. Dad — Gary Schmedding — paved the way, when he graduated in 1960 with his bachelor’s degree in journalism.

Gary: “I just think the time here at the University of Missouri gave me a set of principles, core values, an opportunity to do what I really wanted to do with my life. My future was so much greater when I left here than when I came and I could not believe it."

And now his daughter, Teresa, and his son, Neil, are both graduates.

Gary: “I think it's just a terrific legacy and I'm proud of them and I'm happy for me.”

Teresa followed in his footsteps.

Teresa: “Growing up, my dad was my hero. He was a journalist. He stood for truth and justice, and I always admired what he did. So I was super excited to be able to come to Missouri and carry on his tradition in journalism, both as a profession and also from being a part of the Missouri family.”

She graduated from Mizzou with her bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1989. And then in 2009, she got her master’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in strategic communication online… taking one class at a time while working full time.

Teresa: “I really started to learn how to manage people better and how to run a newsroom and handle the finances associated with that. And those were all lessons I learned in the online program, and I apply those every day.”

After graduating, she encouraged her brother, Neil, to join the Mizzou family.

Neil: “We had had a conversation before I started about whether or not the quality would be there for the on-campus experience versus the online experience. And since she had done both, she felt that her quality of education was just the same online as it was being on campus.”

So Neil took the leap and got his bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy through an online program.

Neil: "It feels great. It's kind of something very nice to share with my dad and my sister.”

And his dad, Gary, agrees. 

Gary: “It's a great family reunion and it's a great Tiger reunion.”

Join the family — our family of students, faculty, and alumni at Mizzou Online.

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Do you know where your education journey will lead you? Maybe. But maybe not. On this edition of Online Stripes, hear the story of Mizzou graduate AND associate professor Amy Simons, who once thought she’d be a reporter, but soon found herself going in a whole different direction.

Think you know what your future career will be — and where your education will take you? Think again, because you might be surprised. Case in point? Mizzou graduate and associate professor Amy Simons. 

"When I first came to Mizzou, I was convinced I was going to be a reporter. Never thought I was going to become a television producer. Never thought I'd become a teacher. Never thought I would go back to school. Didn't want to give up the time."

Amy began her career working in the newsroom of the Chicago Tribune where she worked as a digital news editor. Today, she’s a professor in the Missouri School of Journalism, and she also received her master’s in learning technology and design, with an emphasis in online education.

"One of the things that this program did that suited me so well is that so much of it was project-based. Even the research methods class, which might be considered one of the most academically rigorous, was broken down in such a way that, for people like me, who hadn't been in a classroom as a student for the better part of 20 years, made it accessible because you could do it in stairs. You could do it in steps and you could do it in pieces."

As a student, Amy loved that the program was not only approachable and accessible — but, also, that she felt so supported through the years she spent working towards her master’s.

"The more I started doing the work, the more I realized it really was "me" time. Even when I was doing my homework because it was for my own benefit. I was doing it for myself." 

Today, Amy brings her vast experience in the real world of journalism to the classroom, as she teaches multi-modal platform reporting and editing in the online interactive media master’s and graduate certificate programs at Mizzou. Her students learn through the “Missouri Method” which means “learning by doing” through student-to-student and instructor-to-student interactions online.

"I feel like I'm in a pinnacle and I'm so excited for the opportunity to take everything I've learned and really put it into action."

Amy’s exceptional work with her students earned her the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association. As Amy said when she accepted this award, her home now is in education, teaching college students about journalism — “how we do the work we do”. We are so incredibly proud of Amy — not only as one of our successful graduates — but also as one of our extraordinary faculty members, passing along her expertise and knowledge to the next generation of journalists. 

So keep an open mind when you start your education journey. You never know where it might lead you.

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There is no wrong time to go back to school. On this episode of Online Stripes, meet the mom who pulled triple duty to get her master’s.

Do you want to go back to school, but think it’s too late, or you have too many responsibilities? You're certainly not alone. In fact, you’re in great company. Many of our online students are working professionals and parents looking to advance their careers.                

That was Stephanie Gilliam — who's actually pulling triple duty. She’s a full-time veterinary nurse and an adjunct clinical instructor at the University of Missouri Veterinary Health Center, and she’s a mom of two. And on top of that — she just graduated from Mizzou with an online master’s degree in biomedical sciences. So why did she go back to school?

“When you choose a career in health care, no matter if it’s human or veterinary-related, you have to dedicate yourself to continually learning. The profession is always changing. There's always new things coming out and I have to be my best self for my patients and my clients and my students.” 

But Stephanie says she was only able to pursue her dream of getting her master’s degree because the program is online.

And now that she graduated... She has a message for her kids.

“I want them to know that you can do whatever you set your mind to.”

So what are you waiting for? Mizzou’s online programs are flexible for busy students with full-time responsibilities at work and at home. If you have a career goal, we want to help you get there.

“A mentor actually said to me just a few weeks ago, ‘Steph, you have grit.’ And I think grit is really what it takes. If you're a hard worker and you dedicate yourself, you can accomplish this goal.” 

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Are you interested in getting a degree, but concerned about how you can do it if you’re traveling or on the road? On this episode of Online Stripes, hear from two students  — Emily Tobias who travels, and Ben Coe, who’s in the military— and how Mizzou Online has been there for them — wherever they may be in the world.

Are you currently working a full-time job? Have late night or early morning shifts? Or maybe traveling for work? One of the wonderful things about getting your degree at Mizzou online is that it allows you the flexibility you need while working wherever you are in the world — even if you’re constantly on the move. 

Ben Coe is a captain in the Air Force Reserve. He serves in the 932nd medical squadron as an emergency room nurse there as well. He first came to Mizzou years ago as a freshman, wanting to be a doctor.

Coe: "I wanted to go to med school and have my MD and I started working in this ER and I saw the interactions between doctors and patients and I saw the interactions between nurses and patients and I just knew. I'm like, if I go into medicine that's the route I want to take."

Not only does Ben love patient care — but he also loves to teach— so he made the decision to go back to school to get a teaching degree.

Coe: "I definitely want to move into academia and not only still be able to pick up shifts as a bedside nurse but I really want to be able to teach and be able to bring about our next generation of nurses and get more nurses out here to the bedside."

Ben found that an online program fit in with his busy schedule as an overnight nurse.

Coe: "If I was in a traditional sit-down class program, I wouldn't be able to do that but if I can log in at any time that's comfortable for me and do my work... It's been a nice realization."

But because Ben is in the military, there is the possibility that he will suddenly be called to duty — and need to travel, on a moment's notice, to another part of the world. 

Coe: "I'm not always going to be here. There's always that potential that I could be deployed and it's one of the great things about this online program, anywhere I've got an internet connection, I've got class. It's been great having the ability to take school with me wherever I go."

Learn more about Mizzou's online nursing degrees and certificates.

Emily Tobias also decided to go back to school after a few years of nursing experience to study for her doctorate — and turned to Mizzou.     

Tobias: "Definitely, the number one strength of the DNP program is the flexibility. A year into the DNP program, I made a big life decision to become a travel nurse. So I was nervous about continuing my degree at Mizzou while traveling to different states in the country."

But no worries. While Emily traveled to Alaska, California, and Washington, she was still able to continue working towards her degree. 

Tobias: "I took less classes sometimes but, the point was, I was able to continue working on it and, if I hadn't been able to do that, I'm not sure that I would have continued in the program, so it allowed me to continue with my life while continuing my degree."

Although Ben and Emily are both interested in different nursing specialties, they have one thing in common — they both are thankful to the Sinclair School of Nursing for helping to advance their careers — and have the comfort of knowing that wherever they are in the world, Mizzou Online will be there, too.

Tobias: "My advice to a prospective student would be to go for it. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Nursing is growing and they need us, our work, so it's important."

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Thinking of furthering your career? On this episode of Online Stripes, we hear from four of our graduates — Jennifer Krtek, Brooklyn Kolbe, Ashley Shaw and Callie Rinehart — and hear what attracted them to getting their degrees online at Mizzou.

Compassion. Dedication. Commitment. Caring. That’s nursing. And today, more than ever, there’s a huge demand for quality, high-skilled nurses all over the country – and around the globe. At Mizzou, we attract students from all over the world who want to further their nursing careers and make a positive impact on the lives of others.

Learn more about Mizzou's online nursing degrees and certificates.

For most, nursing is a calling, not a job. Our nursing students — whether they’re working towards their bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate, or certificate — each have their own personal story of what led them to Mizzou.

Jennifer Krtek, who has been a nurse for 14 years, earned her BSN degree through the RN to BSN program at Mizzou, while taking care of a family and holding down a full-time job.

Krtek: "Mizzou's a prestigious university. It's well-known throughout the country and, I think, all over the world really actually and so I felt like it was important to show people that I was going to the best of the best. I was able to learn more about research and the new things that were coming out and they took things that I maybe hadn’t been exposed to and they added that to what I already knew."

Brooklyn Kolbe received her doctorate from Mizzou — online.

Kolbe: "Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to go to MU. MU was important to me. It is prestigious, well-known in the field of nursing. One of the biggest strengths of the program at MU is the faculty. Right from the go, they treat you as a colleague, because that's honestly how they see you. You know, I'm a single mom. I have kids at home. I mean, the online non-traditional student was the way to go for me."

Ashley Shaw graduated with a PhD in nursing. She also received both her undergraduate degree in exercise science at Mizzou, as well as her master’s in public health. 

Shaw: "The program offered is more of an interdisciplinary program and I was really interested in women's health, intimate partner violence particularly, and I thought it would be a really good fit so I could continue as a researcher and educator. Actually, I love the flexibility in the program so I didn't necessarily have to be here. The faculty were really supportive. If I needed anything, they're always a Skype call away." 

Callie Rinehart loved working in patient care, but as she got older she wanted to concentrate on administrative leadership, so turned to Mizzou to get her master’s in leadership in nursing and health care systems.

Rinehart: "Reading about the actual leadership program and the qualities that you would come out with after you were finished with the program was very, it meant a lot to me. Their motto is just…enriching. I don’t feel like all programs have that type of enthusiasm that they take to building their nurses and making them great when they come out."

So if you’re thinking about continuing YOUR education in nursing or another field of study at Mizzou, Jennifer Krtek has some good advice!

Krtek: "I would absolutely say jump in and do it." 

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Are you wondering what the next chapter in your life looks like? In this episode of Online Stripes, you’ll meet a graduate who was able to take the next step in her career while serving our country, thanks to Mizzou Online.

Many of us can relate to the feeling of, “what’s next?” What’s the next step in your career? Or the next step after graduating?

Major Christine Harris has been there. She’s in the Army, working as a nursing director for the Department of Family Medicine at the Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. After serving for 19 years, she was worried that her skills wouldn’t translate outside of the Army. So that’s why she turned to Mizzou Online.

“I was at the point in my career where I had to make a decision. If I stayed in the army, what does it look like? And if I transition from the army, what do I do? And so that’s what I was hoping to learn. How do I transition and get a better understanding of civilian health care and be able to work in that environment and be competent at it.”

Through Mizzou’s flexible program and online course work, Christine graduated from the Sinclair School of Nursing with her doctorate in nursing leadership and innovations in health care. All while serving our country. Pretty impressive, right? Mizzou Online gave her the tools and confidence to tackle her next chapter.

“That’s what this degree actually did for me. It helped me to get out of my comfort zone.”

Mizzou Online wants to help you, too. If you’re in the military like Christine, or if you have family who is we have extra support to make the process a little easier. In fact, we have an entire Student Veterans Resource and Support Center to walk you through VA benefits, admissions, and scholarships. Just go to veterans.missouri.edu. 

You’ll quickly learn that the sky’s the limit with fellow students and faculty by your side.

“Thank you, Dr. Harris. She sat me in her office when I came to immersion the first time and she said, ‘Christine, when you finish with this degree, people are going to ask you to come on board with their organization. Don’t just go with anyone. You’re going to know your worth at the end of this degree.”

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IT student Matt Sadler with his son. Sadler is among a growing number of adults looking for a career change and turning to IT through Mizzou’s online program.

This story originally appeared on the MU Engineering website.

Adults looking for a career change are turning to an Information Technology degree from Mizzou Engineering.

It’s little wonder. Technology-related jobs are growing at a faster-than-average rate over the next decade, and IT salaries are also above average. Although COVID-19 is having an economic impact on all sectors, more people are relying on technology to work, shop and connect with loved ones—requiring skilled professionals to keep digital platforms up and running.

Meet two adults returning to college to take advantage of these trends. They’ve taken different paths to Mizzou’s online IT program, but both agree they’re getting the skills needed to compete in an evolving professional landscape.

Matt Sadler worked in the lucrative oil business before deciding to use his GI Bill to go back to school and pursue software development.

Kim Murphy has worked in computing for more than 30 years. She returned to college this past semester to learn the tools and skills that weren’t available when she graduated with a computer engineering degree in the 1980s.

Matt Sadler

Matt Sadler

Matt Sadler attended college right after high school but decided it wasn’t for him. He took a job in the oil business before joining the Army. When he got out, Sadler returned to his previous profession equipped with educational benefits from the military.

“I had access to a free education just sitting there,” he said. “So I decided to pursue what I really wanted to go into, and that was software development.”

Sadler started at Penn State and transferred to Mizzou after seeing the coursework offered here.

“The Mizzou curriculum had a lot more as far as software development, and that was a big seller to me” he said.

Classes have been challenging but rewarding, Sadler said. He attends school full-time but also balances his studies and his role as a father of two small children.

“It’s handy with it being online; I can go and do it at any time,” he said. “It’s required a lot of me, but it’s taken my skills to the next level, and that’s encouraging. I’ve gained a lot of confidence in my skills, and that makes me feel marketable to employers.”

And that’s why he recommends the program to others looking for a career switch to IT.

“Prepare to be challenged, but know that that’s a benefit,” he said. “You’re going to really gain knowledge applicable to your industry. And you’ll be confident at job interviews telling employers you have the knowledge that they’re seeking.”

Kim Murphy

Kim Murphy

Murphy earned a computer engineering degree from the University of Illinois and has enjoyed a long career in the business application, development and project management side of information technology.

For much of her career, she said she could keep up with technological advances.

“But the technology has moved so beyond what it was when I graduated, I just felt like I needed to know more about what people are doing today,” she said.

Murphy worked with advisors at Mizzou Online to transfer the credits she had already earned so that she could focus solely on the courses she wants to take. She’s taking one course per semester, which allows her to continue to work as a part-time project manager.

The skills she’s learned in her first class, digital media design, are new to her, though she admits the tools would have come in handy over the course of her career. That’s one benefit of returning to college as an adult, she said: she understands how the coursework relates to real-world scenarios.

“I know how the subject applies back to the industry,” Murphy said. “And I’ve learned tons. It’s fun and interesting to learn new technology.”

In addition to learning contemporary best practices, Murphy says she’s also learned more about herself.

“I have learned that I can do it,” she said. “I was nervous about being able to do it—would I be able to keep up? Yes, you can. I can. That’s what I learned, and it’s very encouraging.”

Murphy, who has a son and two nieces in college, says both traditional college students and adults returning to school should take a look at Mizzou’s IT program.

“What you’re going to be taking are courses that are important today and will be for the next 10 years,” she said. “These days, there are so many choices in IT. There are plenty of courses for you to specialize in. I would totally recommend this.”

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We’re tremendously proud of our graduates from all over the world – and all they’ve achieved. On this episode of Online Stripes, meet one of them — Dr. Katie Murray, a Urologic Oncologist, who since graduating from Mizzou has gone on to accomplish great things.

At Mizzou, we’re tremendously proud of our graduates from all over the world — and all they’ve gone on to achieve after they received their degrees. Whatever their course of study, whatever their aspirations, we love hearing about their personal career victories, even years after leaving Mizzou. Among our thousands of success stories is Dr. Katie Murray. Not only is she now a female urologist in a specialty dominated by men, but she also is the only urologist in the country with a master of science degree in academic medicine from Mizzou, which she earned online.     

"It is an excellent program with a wide range of courses. You can do a real focus on the research side of things and learn about grant writing and manuscript writing and publications — or you can really focus in on the educational aspect — or you can do a combination of both. That's what I did because I wanted to enhance both of those skills for me." 

After medical school and a urology residency, Dr. Murray became the first and only doctor of osteopathic medicine to be accepted into the world-renowned urological oncology 2-year fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Today she is an assistant professor at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, as well as medical director of the Department of Urological Oncology at MU’s Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. She attributes much of her success to her time studying at Mizzou.

"I practice as a Urologic Oncologist but I do have a big focus on research and also have roles in mentoring and teaching students and residents— so the academic medicine program was perfect for me."

Dr. Murray now uses the mentoring skills she learned at Mizzou to advise and counsel many female medical students as they enter a male-dominated field, just as she did. She also attributes Mizzou with enhancing her writing capabilities, which are so important in her work.

"Throughout two semesters, I worked on writing a grant that I was actually able to submit and had some great results with that."

And now, every day, Dr. Murray uses the knowledge she acquired at Mizzou, in both the operating room and clinic, to benefit those who are most important in her work — her patients.

"I have lots of research questions, and questions that I want to answer that are directly related to my clinical practice. Based on, you know, the posts and the assignments that I had through class, I was able to, you know, focus in on these questions to make them much more feasible to be completed, and improve the lives of my patients ultimately."

We celebrate Dr. Katie Murray — and all our graduates, who over the years have moved on to great careers. We salute each and every one of them who have earned their online stripes — reached their goals — and achieved their dreams.

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