Graduate JoDee Kenney is proving that you’re never too busy to get your degree. In this episode of Online Stripes, you’ll hear what a Mizzou program did for her career while still working and raising a family.

Do you think you’re too busy to go back to school? JoDee Kenney might make you think again.

She’s been a journalist for over 25 years — reporting the news all while raising a family. But at the same time, she was able to graduate with her master’s in journalism, specializing in interactive media. What made her want to fill her plate just a little bit more?

“The business has changed significantly since I've gotten into journalism. I mean, we used to have reporter/photographer teams with a big crew that would go out with you and we'd tape on these big tapes and, now, a lot of the work is being done online. I wanted to make sure that I was still relevant, that I still had the skills, where I can step into a newsroom and say, ‘I'm an expert at something.’ And, so for me, interactive media was a no-brainer.”

So how did she do it all? With online course work. So JoDee could work and take care of her family, while still learning new skills that she can apply to her job.

“Well, what I love about this program is it helped me to think critically, in a different way than I had prior to coming back to academia. So what I love about this is I'm going to walk away with skills that help me look at maybe a topic or a story that I'm covering in multiple directions.”

Now with her degree...

She has the knowledge that she needs to evolve and succeed in the ever-changing world of journalism.

But whether you’re considering this program or any of our others, JoDee has this to say… 

“Mizzou was the choice. It was the choice. Really, I looked at a lot of colleges, but this program was so wonderful and flexible and yet top-notch at the same time.”

Tune in to our next episode of Online Stripes. Presented by the University of Missouri — home of Mizzou Online. Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio, and smart speakers. 


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Some students are immediately giving their careers an upgrade after graduating from an online Mizzou program. On this episode of Online Stripes, you’ll meet the students and we’ll share what they’re studying that’s making them stand out amongst the crowd.

Is your career at a standstill? You can get your degree online at Mizzou in a field that’ll open up new doors for your career.

That’s what’s happening to graduates of the data science and analytics program. With our online master’s degree and graduate certificate, big opportunities have come their way.

Renee Henderson graduated with her master's. She says, “I know there are probably a lot of people like me that are looking into this program and thinking, can I do it? I would say the faculty made this really accessible to us.”

So what happened after she got her degree? Renee says, “Upon graduation, the DSA program allowed me to easily transition into a full-time role at the University of Missouri in enrollment research. I was immediately able to jump in and provide support to the growth of the institution.”

If you’re wondering how these students are getting such an advantage after graduation, student Jacky Zhao says, “There is the Industry Advisory board composed of CTOs, VPs, and other executives at top data-driven companies. They tell us what they value most and our faculty teach us to satisfy industry needs.”

Our program can give you real-world experience so you can solve industry, academic, business, and decision-making challenges. There’s a good chance you’ll be able to apply this knowledge to your career — no matter what that is.

Eileen Joyce has been in journalism for 18 years. She decided to get her master’s in data science and analytics because she says, “There is an abundance of data and no one knows what to do with it. I’m learning how to handle these big data sets and sort them out. She says, the 'knowledge of data is widely applicable across a bunch of industries.'”

That means you’re not just taking on big data. You’re taking on big companies and building their value. 

Mizzou Online wants to help you elevate your career, regardless of what you want to study. Pick from more than 150 online degree and certificate options. We’ll be there from enrollment to commencement and beyond.

Tune in to our next episode of Online Stripes. Presented by the University of Missouri — home of Mizzou Online. Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio, and smart speakers.

Did you know there’s a program where you can learn from faculty all over the country, including Mizzou? On this episode of Online Stripes, find out about the Great Plains IDEA program, and meet Penny Kittle who received her degree through this unique online partnership.

By now, you probably know that as a student at Mizzou Online you get to interact with students from all over the world — but did you know that there’s a program where you can also learn from faculty from all over the country? That’s right. It’s called the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance — or as we call it: the Great Plains IDEA.

How does it work? Students apply and are admitted to Mizzou, which becomes their home university. Then online courses are taught by the best faculty—in the discipline of your choice—from several of our 19 member universities. All 100% online. All semester based and designed so you can learn on your own time.

Penny Kittle, who lives in Novinger, Missouri, was working full-time for the 4-H program when she decided to get her master’s in youth development at Mizzou.

"I've always been a fan of Mizzou but more importantly for me, the youth development program and the opportunity to do it online were the determining factors."

Penny received that degree through the Great Plains IDEA program.

"Through the Great Plains IDEA, all of your courses are taken online. However, they vary from university. I took classes through Texas, Michigan, Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas. It just depends on where the teachers from that's teaching with that program, so you get the opportunity to meet people from across the world."

That connection with her peers, from divergent environments and backgrounds, opened Penny’s eyes to many new ways of thinking.

"I think the most interesting part about working with people from different countries was the different perspectives they came with. We all have different struggles and different challenges and so it was a great opportunity to discuss those challenges and maybe share some ideas on how to overcome some of those unique challenges."

The program is not only accessible — but affordable, too. Regardless of your degree program or course, whether in-state or out-of-state, students pay the Great Plains IDEA common price per credit hour for courses at all universities. Plus – no worries about transferring credits.

And when you complete your studies, your degree or certificate is awarded by Mizzou. Through the Great Plains IDEA program, Penny graduated with a master's in youth development. It was a great day for both Penny and her family.

"This degree gives me the opportunity to advance up through MU Extension and make more money and work with more youth and do more of what I love to do."

So whether you’re a recent graduate, or someone thinking of changing careers — or, like Penny, someone who wants to advance their current career to the next level — check out Mizzou — and prepare yourself for a great future.

Tune in to our next episode of Online Stripes. Presented by the University of Missouri — home of Mizzou Online. Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio, and smart speakers. 


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Is a busy life holding you back from getting your degree? In this episode of Online Stripes, graduate Brittany Smith says that as a student of Mizzou Online, it’s not about you fitting into a class schedule — it’s about how school can fit in with your life. 

So what’s holding you back from getting that degree you’ve always dreamed of? Is it because you can’t seem to visualize balancing your current job AND studying for your degree all at the same time? Or maybe it’s because of your many family obligations. Whatever your reason, we’re here to tell you that with Mizzou Online, it can be done. And don’t just take our word for it. Meet Brittany Smith, from Chicago. Brittany received her master’s degree in family and community services. Why did she choose Mizzou?

"One of the best things, I think, about this online classroom is that you are able to mold things as you need them. It's not about you fitting into a class schedule. It's about how school can fit into your life." 

But convenience wasn’t Brittany’s only factor in choosing Mizzou. It was also the excellence and reputation of Mizzou’s online programs. 

"It also has a really highly-acclaimed Human Development and Family Studies program. I'm not someone that wants to just get an easy degree. I want to work for it. I want to be challenged. I want to have my thoughts and theories provoked. Mizzou did all that." 

While she studied for her degree, Brittany also worked as a child life specialist in a Chicago hospital emergency room — sometimes until 3:00 am — so she was very grateful to find that her professors were very flexible and responsive to her scheduling needs.

"The one thing I really appreciate about Mizzou is that the professors were so communicative about 'These hours I'm free. Do you want to Skype? Do you want to email? Do you want to do a phone call?' They were really open."

At one time during her studies, when she knew she was going to be overwhelmed at work with 8 children receiving transplants at the hospital, Brittany was worried, and emailed her professor to tell him she would be busy for 2 full weeks —and he was more than supportive of her situation.

"He gave me a prompt early and said, 'You know, I understand. We're here to help support you. We want you to learn. How do we help facilitate that?'"

As Brittany discovered, Mizzou offers an excellent online master’s in family and community services that helps students understand family, interpersonal and community dynamics. Her master’s has already been an enormous help in work at the hospital.

"I think saying I have a master's from Mizzou really helps me feel complete with the knowledge that I have. I actually really already been able to take multiple things I've learned from class and apply them to my work and share them with people in my department and throughout the hospital."

And how does Brittany feel about her time at Mizzou?

"Doing Mizzou Online, it's a chance to learn more and be more. Yeah, it's worth it."

Tune in to our next episode of Online Stripes. Presented by the University of Missouri — home of Mizzou Online. Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio, and smart speakers. 


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Do you love helping other people? You could make it your career like Stacy Brummer did. She’s an Air Force veteran who got her online degree hundreds of miles away from Mizzou. You’ll hear why Stacy chose a program that gave her the flexibility that she needs.

Do you love helping others? It’s important to love what you do, and now more than ever, that passion could change lives.

So make it your career. It could begin online with one of our programs — like a bachelor’s degree in health science. We’ll help you build a foundation in a field that’ll prepare you for whichever direction you want to go.

It’s a nonclinical degree — which is perfect for someone like Stacy Brummer, who wanted more.

“I didn’t want to just limit myself to laboratory science. I kinda wanted to explore what was out there. So that’s why I chose Mizzou’s health science program because it had many different options especially in the electives.”

Mizzou Online was also a great option for Stacy because she was in the Air Force — stationed in Vacaville, California — far away from the University of Missouri. But it doesn’t matter where you are in the world because this program is 100% online. You’ll still see some familiar names though.

“In the health science program, I met a lot of people that we wound up being in the same classes over and over again together. We were able to connect and keep in touch through this entire journey. Some of them are spread out throughout the country. There was one girl in Florida, there’s another one that’s coming in from Alaska.”

So what can Stacy and her online classmates do with this degree? After graduation, they’ll have a lot of careers to choose from.

Career paths include becoming a health educator, sales representative, healthcare IT consultant, patient representative, or a clinical data manager. But what’s the real takeaway?

“Never give up on yourself. Figure out what you want to do and never let it go because you are your biggest investment.”

Take the leap and, like Stacy, learn from anywhere with Mizzou.

“It may not happen overnight, but it’s something that if you want bad enough, you can do it.”

Tune in to our next episode of Online Stripes. Presented by the University of Missouri — home of Mizzou Online. Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio, and smart speakers.


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For practicing clinicians looking to advance their careers, the University of Missouri’s School of Health Professions has three new 100% online options.

The Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences is launching a master’s in clinical and diagnostic sciences with emphasis areas in clinical laboratory science, imaging sciences and respiratory therapy.

Focus on leadership

The three new programs are designed for credentialed clinicians who want to learn to lead fellow clinicians. With a blend of interprofessional classes and discipline-specific classes, the master’s program prepares graduates for effective leadership in interprofessional workplace environments.

Students who pursue the online master’s in clinical and diagnostic sciences will be prepared to teach courses for educational programs in clinical laboratory science; lead interprofessional teams of clinicians in the hospital/clinic setting; or take on a nonclinical role in sales, marketing, or product or customer support.

Interdisciplinary course work

The master’s in clinical and diagnostic sciences is a customizable interdisciplinary program that allows students to craft a degree that suits their specific educational needs and career goals.

Students start with core clinical foundation courses designed to introduce students to graduate-level concepts. They choose a leadership graduate certificate offered by the School of Health Professions or by a partner MU school or college to achieve a high level of depth in an area of their interest. Students also take emphasis area-focused electives — in clinical laboratory science, imaging sciences or respiratory therapy — to further knowledge of their profession.

Apply today

The new online clinical and diagnostic sciences master’s programs are 100 percent online; no campus visits required. The new programs are currently accepting applications for the Summer 2020 semester, with classes beginning in June, and the Fall 2020 semester, with classes beginning in August.

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Do you wonder how you'll be able to further your education at this point in your life? On this episode of Online Stripes, one of our graduates, Beth Diederich, talks about getting her degree while living and working in South America.

Do you wonder how you'll be able to further your education at this point in your life? Mizzou has thousands of students who once had that very same question – but now know that studying online and achieving their degree is eminently possible. Just listen to Beth Diederich — a student who completed her master’s in literacy education while living in South America.

"I completed the entire program in Santiago, Chile. There was not an option to attend any face-to-face classes at all. I needed one hundred percent distance learning and got that." 

Since Beth lives and teaches in Chile, you might think the six-month seasonal difference would be a problem with the timing of her classes. Think again. 

"There were so many times where professors were willing to just understand the position I was in. Because it's Northern and Southern hemisphere, the seasons are flipped. My summer courses would be while I was in a full semester ... And professors were always willing to work with ways to make the assignments possible, regardless of whether I was teaching or not at that time of year."

Mizzou Online’s master’s in education program is ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. And Beth’s own personal experience with the program backs that up. 

"The classes offered serve so many different interests and also age level of the students. So throughout the program, I realized how much I was interested in struggling readers, for example, so the more interested that I became, the more classes were available."

Plus, the College of Education faculty and instructors supported her throughout her studies. 

"I've gained quite a bit of confidence in my own discipline. It's opened my world to the amount of research and literature that's out there — and the professional community only supports that curiosity."

What advice does Beth have for those prospective students who are considering obtaining a degree online with Mizzou?

"If a student was similar to myself and hadn't experienced online learning before, you know, trust that you'll have the discipline and, not only that, because of the community, you're not isolated."

So, wherever in the world you might live, get in touch with us, let us answer all your questions, and then help you begin your journey to a degree — that will open doors to a whole new future. 

"Honestly, I was incredibly satisfied with the program, and with what the instructors had to offer, what peers had to offer, it was great."

Tune in to our next episode of Online Stripes. Presented by the University of Missouri — home of Mizzou Online. Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio, and smart speakers.


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Want to further your career while making an impact in the lives of others? On this episode of Online Stripes, we meet Tony Chambers — who started college late — but now has a master’s degree. He’s living proof that it’s never too late to follow your dreams.

Choosing where you go to further your education is a really big decision. And choosing Mizzou may be one of the best decisions of your life. With our prestigious world-class faculty, our affordable tuition — and the fact that you can complete the program entirely online wherever you live in the world – at your own pace – in your own time – is what attracts so many students to Mizzou. Nearly 340,000 Mizzou alumni live around the globe today. Tony Chambers is one of them.

"I'm currently an associate behavior analyst with Special School District. I work in a special needs high school, overseeing forty-one kids who receive applied behavior services." 

There is an enormous need in the world for qualified educators, like Tony, who chose Mizzou to get his master's in special education with an emphasis in autism. He found that while taking classes, he was able to use what he learned right away at his current job. 

"It was really important for me to dive into this disorder as deeply as possible, along with education, and this couldn't be more of a perfect fit for that."

While getting his master’s degree, not only was Tony working with children with special needs, but he had a very busy and challenging home life.

"I was very open with my advisor on, just kind of, life in general and my career and my kids. I had a baby during this program. My son, Daniel, who's five, lives with a rare genetic disorder which requires a lot of care. So there are some hospital visits and just things that come up, and they are always accommodating."

Tony feels his education has helped him communicate with his student’s parents, and answer their questions in a meaningful way that they can understand. 

"Having this knowledge allows you to be that professional, that expert, that can, hopefully, guide them in a direction that helps their kiddos."

Wherever you are in your life, it’s never too late to go back to school and further your career. Tony is living proof. 

"I started late with college. There's no real wrong time to kind of go, whatever kind of stage of life you're in. You can start early if you want and take that path or, if you end up in my path, there’s still nothing that stops you."

And now, with degree in hand, Tony is on his way taking his career to the next level — and impacting the lives of others 

"I'm the first one on both sides of my family to get a master's degree, which is huge. I'm proud and excited."

Inspired by Tony’s story? You can do the same. Get ready to enter the workforce, or to make your next career move, with one of MU's online degree or certificate programs. We’ll be with you every step of the way. 

Tune in to our next episode of Online Stripes. Presented by the University of Missouri — home of Mizzou Online. Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio, and smart speakers.  


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The Sinclair School of Nursing is opening 10 new online programs in Fall 2020. These new programs make the school’s advanced practice nurse practitioner (NP) and clinical nurse specialist (CNS) programs available at the graduate level, both as master’s degrees and graduate certificates.

“2020 is the ‘Year of the Nurse’,” said Sarah Thompson, dean of the Sinclair School of Nursing. “The Sinclair School of Nursing is dedicated to educating more nurses to help fill a shortage in the workforce.”

Designed for working nurses

The five new online MS(N) programs — adult gerontology CNS, family NP, pediatric CNS, pediatric NP, psychiatric and mental health NP — allow nurses to continue working as they gain the knowledge and skills they need to advance their careers. Courses have a focus on supporting students as they transition to practicing as an APRN.

The five new graduate certificate programs are designed for nurses that already hold MS(N) degrees. The graduate certificate options may be a good fit for nurses looking to specialize in a new area. Options include adult gerontology CNS, care management, family NP, pediatric CNS and psychiatric and mental health NP.

“We want to meet people where they are in their careers and in their lives. … The new online master’s and graduate certificate options allow working nurses to advance their careers and continue making a difference in the health and well-being of people,” said Dean Thompson.

Both the MS(N) and graduate certificate programs give students the opportunity to learn from experienced practicing faculty who belong to a strong network of nurses across the nation.

Seamless BSN-to-DNP

The new MS(N) options make it easy for students to continue their education and earn a DNP if they choose. Students can sit for their APRN certification and start earning more — while they start DNP course work.

Apply today

The new online nursing master’s programs are blended: All course work is online but an on-campus visit is required once per year. The graduate certificate options are 100 percent online; no campus visits required. The new programs are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2020 semester, with classes beginning in August.

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Take your career to the highest level with Mizzou Online. In this episode of Online Stripes, you’ll meet Chris Bowers who went back to school to add irreplaceable value to his company.

Let’s get down to business — literally — with a degree that could take your existing career up a notch. Mizzou offers more than 120 graduate-level programs that can do just that.

One of these programs is the execMBA, a program that is designed for working professionals. So with the help of Mizzou Online, you could go from management level to the highest level.

An online master’s degree in business administration from MU is worth the money. It’s an investment in yourself and your career — and that could mean a bigger paycheck.

Is an executive MBA the missing link? It was for Chris Bowers.

“The execMBA program gave me an opportunity to have a lens into my own company and how they did business, the positives and the negatives.”

You’ll gain a new perspective and a wealth of knowledge to elevate your career and add irreplaceable value to your company.

And you won’t do it alone. You’ll complete most coursework online and visit campus 4 times each year during the 21-month-program, for a total of 8 sessions with your cohort made up of peers walking through a similar journey.

“Of course, you’re getting the education. Of course, you’re able to take the degree and move vertically within your company or with a change of career. What it also does it gives you an opportunity to get to sit one-on-one with business leaders and future business leaders.”

You’ll get an insider’s guide on how to become a successful business leader. MBA professors at Mizzou Online can teach you how to expand your network, make yourself more marketable, build a global resume, and stay ahead of the curve of business changes. You’ll also be saying “yes” a lot more. Why? You’ll learn the importance of saying yes to new opportunities while laying out your career goals.

Mizzou Online realizes this too — you need to make time for your personal life. Our programs allow you to work, continue your education, while still making time for your family and friends.

“What we have at the execMBA program at Mizzou is a much better take on the executive looking for a demanding opportunity, but with an understanding that we also have demanding professional lives. We also have demanding private lives.”

The support doesn’t stop after graduation. Besides the tools to advance your career, you’ll be left with a network of 340,000-plus Mizzou alumni to help set you up for success.

“I’m excited to be able to join an alumni family and have a larger network. But also leave with the confidence and the skills to know that I can say ‘yes’ to any opportunity that comes my way in the future.”

The Trulaske College of Business also offers online master’s in finance, accountancy, and a brand new master of science in business, made up of stackable graduate certificates. 

Tune in to our next episode of Online Stripes. Presented by the University of Missouri — home of Mizzou Online. Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio, and smart speakers.


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