Heather Hunt is an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical, Biological and Chemical Engineering and a Faculty Fellow for Strategic Initiatives in the Office of eLearning at the University of Missouri.

This story originally appeared on the College of Engineering website.

Students who switch from face-to-face teaching to high-quality online even within a semester show similar learning outcomes – yet overall prefer the online setting, a new study has found. This spring, when the COVID-19 outbreak forced the University of Missouri and other institutions of higher education to move all courses to digital learning (fully online or remote teaching), the team’s research suddenly became extremely relevant.

A research article published in the International Journal of Engineering Education looked at how student learning outcomes would be impacted if the modality of an engineering technical elective class switched from in-person to online learning mid-semester using a course that had been previously designed/offered online and that had previously passed a quality course review process. Johannes Strobel, a professor in the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies and his PhD student Hao He conducted an experiment in 2018 in Heather Hunt’s hybrid bioengineering class. Hunt is an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical, Biological and Chemical Engineering and a Faculty Fellow for Strategic Initiatives in the Office of eLearning at the University of Missouri. She taught her class with one group of students spending the first eight weeks in a face-to-face classroom setting and a second group starting the semester online. After eight weeks, the two groups flipped. The research study shows both groups had no significant differences in learning outcomes, yet the group that started face-to-face learning and ended up with online learning had higher learning satisfaction and course ratings compared to the other group.

“I was happily surprised that, in that particular scenario in 2018, there were no significant differences in learning outcomes,” Hunt said. “I think one of the things this does tell us as we prepare for the fall term, because we know summer is completely online, is that we do know how to design a high-quality online course for the whole term. As faculty and instructors, we need to be prepared in case the situation arises again that we have to go online for a period of time or the remainder of the term.” When the instructors and courses are prepared ahead of time following high-quality course design principles, the transition may not be detrimental to the students’ learning outcomes, as many instructors, students and parents have feared.

“However, it is important to remember that students knew and understood ahead of time that this was a hybrid class, that we were doing a study, and they were prepared for that transition like we were,” Hunt said. “A planned modality switch, where students know before they register, is a vastly different scenario than what we experienced this spring.”

Online champions

Hunt started working on online courses about six years ago after receiving a request from her department chair at the time, Jinglu Tan, to take her junior-level technical elective class online to see how it would work.

“The idea was, if we did a really good job and showed our faculty that a high-quality online course could have the same outcomes as a face-to-face course, then more faculty would be willing to do it,” Hunt said. “This study arose out of that initial class.”

Johannes Strobel, a professor in the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies and his PhD student Hao He conducted an experiment in 2018 in Heather Hunt’s hybrid bioengineering class.

Hunt said it’s difficult to compare the results from one semester to the next because it’s a different set of students. So, she reached out to Strobel for assistance. SISLT has been a leader in online learning at MU with the first fully online master’s program starting in 1999 and a leader in online learning research as well. SISLT offers an online Educator graduate certificate preparing higher education faculty and K-12 teachers to design high-quality online classes and effectively teach in this modality.

“I asked him if there was a way we could do this and get valid data that looks at student comparisons, and with his graduate student Hao He’s help, he developed an experimental design that allowed us to look at students as their own control.”

The team secured approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and told students when they registered that they could wait to take her course if they did not want to participate in her switching modalities study. She said all of the students who registered for the class were willing to do the study.

“They each got face-to-face and online in the same term, which is interesting because that’s what we did inadvertently this term,” Hunt said. “One caveat of this study is the students knew ahead of time they were going to do this and already said yes. The other caveat is my class had been designed to be fully online, so I wasn’t quickly trying to bring a class online.”

Hunt said she thinks the reason students who started face-to-face and switched to online were more satisfied is because they went from a constrained in-class setting to an incredibly flexible online setting, whereas students who had gotten used to having that flexibility in the first part of the semester were less satisfied when they had to go to campus and sit in class. Strobel added that the research also points toward the great flexibility that online learning affords students as study participants did not prefer that flexibility being taken away.

Surprised but not surprised

Hao He is the first author and Strobel is corresponding author of “Switching Modalities: An Empirical Study off Learning Outcomes and Learners’ Perceptions in a Hybrid Engineering Course.” Strobel said that switching modalities works, but notes that in the study the switch was planned and they already had an online version prepared.

PhD student Hao He helped develop the experiment to compare student learning outcomes.

“There is an opportunity here to look back at the last weeks of the semester and take it as a learning opportunity and reflect on what worked and what didn’t in this ‘emergency remote’ teaching,” he said. “For future online efforts, I would recommend to offer in the beginning of online classes opportunities for students to see and interact live with the instructor. As an instructor, you want to develop an ‘instructor or teaching presence.’ Students should also be able to see that the other students are real—what is called facilitating a ‘social presence’ for your students.”

Hunt said the idea of an instructor establishing a presence with students—engaging with them early for online courses—is very important.

“If you start an online course or remote teaching for a week and you’re not individually reaching out to your students, they feel abandoned, especially if they were face-to-face before,” she said. “An important lesson coming out of this pandemic and the switch to remote teaching is for those faculty who reached out in that first week and had Zoom meetings or had some sort of one-on-ones, I’m going to guess their students are much happier than the students who did not have that opportunity.” She noted that she held individual Zoom meetings with every student during the first week of her hybrid class to establish her presence as an instructor.

Hunt said she was surprised but not surprised that the learning outcomes did not change.

“To an education professor, the results of this study are probably not that surprising because they’ve seen this time and again, but this study, where we did a hybrid class and flipped modalities in the middle has never been done in engineering to the best of our knowledge. There is a lot of talk right now about, ‘How much are students really learning?’ and ‘Is this a good experience for them?’ and it really depends on how well the instructor does in producing that high-quality online or remote portion.”

Strobel previously has researched how one’s inner clock predicts when a student is most active and effective in online learning. The study indicated an early-type student may prefer studying online in the morning while a late-type student may prefer studying at a later time of the day.

“It’s good to keep in mind that online provides a flexibility for both students and instructors, and it is good to design courses with this flexibility in mind,” he said.

Do you have dreams of moving up in your career or starting your own business? Give yourself a leg-up with a degree from Mizzou. Meet graduate Sarah Swoboda and we’ll show you what your degree can lead to.

A lot of people dream of getting promotions, raises, or starting their own business. But with Mizzou, it doesn’t have to be just a dream. You can make it happen. 

After earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Sarah Swoboda is now a graduate of the Trulaske College of Business. But before she walked across the stage and got her degree, she had an obstacle to overcome. She wanted her bachelor’s in business — but she didn’t want to sit in a classroom. 

“Sometimes being on-campus just does not work for you and now there’s an option.”

That’s where Mizzou comes in. Their bachelor’s degree program in business administration is 100 percent online. But you’ll still be interacting with faculty and other students.

“Having that relationship with your teachers and your peers is probably the biggest thing I could say because you have that support group. For me, that was profound. That was just my niche, my thing so I don’t know if I would have made it through all four years of college had I been on campus all four years.”

With her bachelor’s degree, she now has the tools to plan, organize, staff, and direct a business, project, or department. In this program, students learn how to create and manage customers, connect consumers to goods, navigate the decision-making process in organizations, and understand how financial markets work. 

So what happens after graduation? You’ll be well-positioned for careers in banking and finance, business management, human resources, insurance, and marketing and sales.

No matter what you choose, you’ll be in a position to launch your career. Because Mizzou Online can show you a better way to do business.

“I’ve got to do so many things by allowing myself to get better, to do better, which I would not have been able to do had I not been able to do Mizzou Online.”

On our next episode, we’ll walk you through another option after graduating with your bachelor’s continuing your education and getting your master’s online.

Tune into 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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If these unprecedented times have shown us anything — it’s that nothing is going to stop Mizzou’s graduates.

We celebrate Spring 2020’s unwavering class of #MizzouMade grads this weekend, May 15–16 with a virtual commencement celebration. Among them are more than 800 earning their degrees and certificates online. Members of Mizzou’s online graduating class range in age from 21 to 70, and live in 44 states and six countries — some as far away as China.

One of these hard-working graduates is Maddie Jeffrey in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, who completed her master’s in positive coaching and athletic leadership online.

Meet Maddie

Lu Ann Cahn-Houser

Maddie grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and completed her undergraduate degree in digital filmmaking at Stephens College in Columbia. During this time, she worked for Mizzou Football as a videographer, a job where she was able to combine her passions for both film and sports.

Maddie has always loved sports. She played softball growing up and, more recently, has become a marathoner and triathlete. She also has an interest in psychology. After moving to Florida and starting her job as an educator for lululemon, Maddie had the opportunity to meet a mental conditioning coach for a sports team. She realized it was possible to fuse both sports and psychology into another job that she could be passionate about.

She found the positive coaching program at Mizzou and knew it would be a great fit to help her find her next step and fulfill her dream of being a Tiger. “I always wanted to go to Mizzou,” said Maddie.

A different path

Maddie found that the positive coaching program has allowed her to learn more about herself — an experience that has helped her shape a future career. “This program can help you start a completely different path,” she said.

She started the program with the intention of being a sports psychologist. But Maddie realized that the organizational psychology and leadership sides interested her even more. “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,” she said.

Maddie finds true happiness in helping others be their true and authentic selves. “Whether it’s dyeing your hair blue or running a marathon for the first time,” she said.

The marathon mentality

Another way that Maddie has combined her love for sports and psychology — running. She has completed eight marathons and countless half-marathons, not to mention, two triathlons (a half Ironman and a full Ironman, which consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.22-mile run.)

Maddie hopes to use her own determined spirit, in combination with what she’s learned from the master’s program, in helping others reach their goals. She enjoys teaching others, even non-runners, to instill a “marathon mentality” in their daily lives.

Now that she’s reached the finish line of her master’s degree, Maddie is ready for the next step in her career. In the meantime, she’s going to celebrate her huge accomplishment in true Maddie fashion — “I’m going to spread joy.”

Congratulations to Maddie and all the graduates who have earned their #OnlineStripes.

Join us in celebrating the graduating class on their virtual commencement celebration. 

Earning your degree through an online program? Share your experience with us on social media by tagging us and using #OnlineStripes:

Ready to earn your own #OnlineStripes? Join nearly 340,000 Mizzou alumni making a difference across the globe. Learn more about Mizzou’s 125+ online degrees and certificates.

Not sure what career you want to pursue? We can help. On this episode of Online Stripes, hear what two of our graduates, Bill Poteet and Nelson Perez, had to say about coming back to school and receiving their bachelor’s degrees.

Here’s an interesting fact for you. More than 700,000 Missourians start but never finish college. And that figure JUST includes those in Missouri. Think of what that figure must be worldwide. So many students come to Mizzou Online from all over the world to finish their degrees – or to further their education. 

Some are not sure which career path they want to follow —so they pursue a degree in general studies — which offers a strong foundation in many disciplines. 

Meet Bill Poteet from Naples, Florida, who attended Mizzou many years ago, but didn’t finish his education because of a family crisis 

Poteet: "I left school in 1973. Intended to come back, but then life took over, so I went and got a job. Did what I needed to do. But later on, this was a kind of a nagging thorn in my side."

As Bill discovered, our general studies program, which is part of our College of Arts and Science, offered him a strong foundation in many disciplines—helping him with skills in written and oral communication, and critical thinking. 

Poteet: "This school made it very easy for me to go and finish my degree, and so I would advocate to come to Mizzou."

Because a degree in general studies offers classes in different fields — you can then create your own unique path to the career of your choice. Nelson Perez was working in case management in St. Louis, working with low-income families and individuals, when he decided to go back to school to get his degree in general studies, so he could pursue his dream career. 

Perez: "I worked with my student adviser and I explained what I wanted was to do all the prerequisites for getting into the master's in social work program. She helped me figure out what classes I need to take. Right now, I could go into the master's in social work program." 

The general studies program offers two options to get your degree: Semester courses, which start and end on specific dates, and are 8 or 16 weeks long. Or, if it’s better for your current life-style situation, sign up for self-paced courses, where you can enroll anytime, work at your own pace, and take up to 6 months to finish each course.

Perez: "I can say taking the classes I took definitely made me a much better caseworker. I was able to take the things I was learning and apply them directly to what I worked at."

Both Bill and Nelson, now graduates of the general studies program, are proud of all they have accomplished— and look forward to the future. Nelson has a bit of advice for prospective students. 

Perez: "You can't ever succeed if you don't try. And, even if it takes you the 2 years from your associates, 4 years from starting, or, like me, a 20-year plan, you know, eventually you'll get it done —and it really is a big deal to finish."

And how does Bill feel after receiving his bachelor’s degree from Mizzou over 45 years later?

Poteet: "Exuberant, elated, satisfied, and proud…and a tiger."

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. 

Hear more from Bill & Nelson

An online degree from Mizzou could turn a passion into a booming career. That’s what it did for agroforestry graduate Meredith Evans. You’ll hear her story and we’ll explore the other online degrees that could prepare you to put your passion to work.

What is your passion? MU likely has a program to fit that. One example is agroforestry, one of MU’s online agriculture, food, and natural resources degree programs.

The rapidly expanding and globally acclaimed field of agroforestry is a big part of it. Mizzou Online offers a graduate certificate and a Master’s degree program. Be part of the revolution, just like Meredith Evans.

“I feel like Mizzou is definitely on the cutting edge of everything that’s happening here, with the Agroforestry program, especially with our conservation program. We're so far ahead as a nation.”

Researchers at the University of Missouri are helping land managers understand how to use controlled fires to reach forest management objectives. How cool is that?

So what could you do with an agroforestry degree? Graduates of the online programs can go on to help landowners diversify their income, improve soil quality, and increase biodiversity.

“For prospective students that are considering agroforestry degree here at Mizzou, it's a lot of work but, if it's something that you're passionate about, it's a truly incredible program. I would highly recommend it.”

And that’s just one online program within the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. There’s also a graduate certificate for food safety and defense. With that certificate, you can protect our food supply from accidental or deliberate contamination. Or you could get your Master’s in agricultural leadership, communication and education — that could prepare you for a role in the public sector. There’s also a doctorate program in agricultural education and leadership. It’s an innovative, high-tech approach to agricultural education.

Whatever your passion is, Mizzou Online is here to help kickstart your career.

“Earning my degree, I feel a huge sense of relief and accomplishment.”

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. Share, subscribe, and comment to let us know what you think.

Hear more from Meredith

Now, music educators have the opportunity to pursue professional development and advance their careers entirely online with the University of Missouri. Mizzou’s School of Music is launching an online master of music with an emphasis in music education. The new online program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Learn from experts

This program is designed for general music, choral or instrumental music educators with any level of experience that are looking to further their practice. Through in-depth course work,  students can explore the latest methods of research and pedagogy with leading faculty, such as:

  • Brandon A. Boyd: Assistant Professor, Choral Music Education/Choral Conducting.
  • Wendy L. Sims: Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor & Director of Music Education.
  • Brian A. Silvey: Associate Professor of Music, Director of Bands.

Through the new program, these faculty members and others strive to help creative, innovative educators develop their knowledge and skill in ways that empower them to inspire their students, encouraging lifelong musicianship.

Applicable course work

Course work includes teaching practicums and research-to-practice capstone courses. These courses are designed specifically to give online students the opportunity to work with expert music educators individually to increase their pedagogical skills through research and best practices. What students learn through the program can be applied immediately to their jobs.

The program’s online flexibility allows students with full-time jobs to take one or two classes each semester, including summers, and finish the program in about three years.

Apply today

The online master of music with an emphasis in music education is 100 percent online: no campus visits required. The program is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2020 semester, with classes beginning in August. To learn more and apply, visit online.missouri.edu/MusicEdMM.

The Trulaske College of Business is now accepting applications for a fully online master of science in business degree. In these times, it is more important than ever that degrees be market-facing and market-relevant — and the MS in business allows for just that. 

The new master’s in business is a customizable interdisciplinary program that allows students to craft a business degree which suits their specific educational needs and career goals. The program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

Stackable graduate certificates

Course work is comprised of stackable graduate certificates along with a core business curriculum. Students can blend graduate certificates from Trulaske or another MU school/college that match their interests, such as public health, health informatics, nonprofit management, public management and personal financial planning.

“Trulaske is a leader in business education, which is reflected in our rigorous curriculum and the innovative delivery of programs like the MS in Business,” said Ajay Vinzé, dean of the Trulaske College of Business. “The stackable format of this new online program is the first of its kind at Mizzou.”

Business-focused certificate options include new online graduate certificates in assurance, global supply chain management and investments. Additional in-seat graduate certificate options are available.

Applicable to many career paths

The program is open to many students, including working professionals in a variety of occupations and industries — from small business owners wishing to expand their business, to professionals who want to modernize their skills or shift careers, to students wanting to take the next step in their academic career.

No matter what industry they’re currently working in, students can benefit from the online flexibility and personal connections that this program has to offer. By earning a Trulaske College of Business degree, students join a powerful network of more than 34,000 alumni. Students can also experience hands-on, personal coaching from faculty — many of whom are business leaders themselves.

Apply today

The online master’s in business program is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2020 semester, with classes beginning in August. To learn more and apply, visit online.missouri.edu/BusinessMS.

Many women in male-dominated fields, such as engineering, often experience what’s known as “imposter syndrome”—the feeling that no matter how much they’ve accomplished, they aren’t worthy of the success they’ve earned. On this episode of Online Stripes, 5 talented engineers talk about their experiences with imposter syndrome, and give tips to conquer it. 

Have any of you ever had the feeling that no matter how much you’ve accomplished in your education or your career that you weren’t worthy of the success you’ve earned? You’re not alone. In fact, that feeling has a name. It’s called imposter syndrome. Elizabeth Loboa, Mizzou’s first female dean in the College of Engineering, says she felt this during the years when she was getting her degree in mechanical engineering. 

 "Speaking from personal experience, I would get what's called “Imposter Syndrome” when I was a student, which is this little evil voice in the back of your head that says you're not as good as they think you are, regardless of grades or whatever was happening."

“Imposter syndrome” is way more common than you may think. Research shows that 70 percent of people experience it at some point in their lives. But it can be especially felt by women in fields dominated by men—like engineering. And that’s why we talked to 5 incredible women engineers, including Dean Loboa, to hear their thoughts and tips for overcoming it.

Kate Nolan, a materials and process engineer at Boeing, who earned her undergraduate degree at Mizzou, says that she fights imposter syndrome by reminding herself of her achievements. “It’s so good to look back at everything you’ve accomplished,” she says. “I didn’t get all of this just by being lucky. And you didn’t just get there by being lucky!”

Adjunct assistant professor Tojan Rahhal says that it’s important to realize you’re not alone – there’s so many CEOs, professors, and executives that have gone through impostor syndrome at different stages in their careers. Her advice? “Talk about it, form a peer network or group you can talk through your doubts with because everyone deals with it.” She also suggests to write down a few of your accomplishments each month until you have an enormous list to look at when you are having a bad day.

Dr. Heather Hunt is an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical, Biological & Chemical Engineering at Mizzou, and the program coordinator for the online master’s in biological engineering. She says that even if you don’t experience it, it’s really valuable to understand what your peers might be experiencing, because it helps us to build empathy. “Empathy is important to have in a field like engineering where everything we do leads toward this idea of making the world a better place,” she says.

Mizzou is well aware of imposter syndrome, and has put programs in place to help. Christine Costello, assistant professor in the Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering, says the new Advocates and Allies program at Mizzou explores unconscious gender bias in STEM fields — and looks to increase the recruitment and retention of female students, faculty, and staff. Plus, they host events throughout the year to encourage students and faculty to share experiences of imposter syndrome. 

Don’t feel like you can overcome it alone? Dean Loboa encourages engineers to seek advice and guidance from those that inspire them.

"You have this voice saying, "Well, maybe you shouldn't be in this degree." Well, yes, you should. It's hard. You can do it.  It is a stellar, stellar degree to have. The world will be your oyster when you’re done."

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. Share, subscribe, and comment to let us know what you think.

This story originally appeared on the MU News Bureau website.

As demand for online classes continues to rise, the University of Missouri is planning to launch more than 25 online programs in fall 2020, bringing the total number of online degree and certificate options to more than 150.

Among the subjects soon to be available to students everywhere are master’s programs in business, music education, clinical and diagnostic sciences, nursing and school counseling. Graduate certificates launching include global supply chain management, veterinary science, public health communication, sports analytics, investments and assurance. Undergraduate certificates in biomedical science, veterinary science and sports analytics will also soon be available.

The Trulaske College of Business is taking applications for a master of science in business degree that is composed of stackable graduate certificates along with a core business curriculum.

“Trulaske is a leader in business education, which is reflected in our rigorous curriculum and the innovative delivery of programs like the MS in Business,” said Ajay Vinzé, dean of the Trulaske College of Business. “The stackable format of this new online program is the first of its kind at Mizzou.”

The new online business master’s degree will allow students to blend graduate certificates that match their career interests, such as public health, health informatics and nonprofit management. Many of MU’s schools and colleges already offer online graduate certificates, and more options are being developed.

The Sinclair School of Nursing is opening 10 of the new programs with a special focus on making their advanced practice nurse and clinical nurse specialist programs available at the graduate level, both as master’s degrees and graduate certificates. Previously those advanced nursing professional credentials were only available at the doctoral level at MU.

“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. 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.”

Several MU departments also are seeking approval from the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development for additional degrees and certificates launching in spring and summer 2021.

Mizzou has more online programs than any institution in the Midwest and has the second most programs in the SEC and among the public AAU institutions. Investment in online programming is important to MU because “we want to meet people where they are in their careers and in their lives,” Thompson said.

To learn more about MU’s new online programs, visit online.missouri.edu/2020

Interested in getting your degree in engineering or a STEM-related field? On this episode of Online Stripes, hear from the Dean of the College of Engineering, Elizabeth Loboa — and learn how a degree in engineering can open doors — and boost your career prospects. 

Thinking of getting your degree in engineering or a STEM-related field? You’ve come to the right place. At Mizzou, we offer several programs in engineering. We also offer programs in data science and informatics that are fully online, which we’ll cover in detail in a future episode — so stay tuned.

In engineering, you can earn a bachelor’s in information technology, a master’s in biological engineering, or a master’s in industrial engineering. These classes are taught by our first-class faculty and researchers who have been recognized for groundbreaking work in the field — led by Dean Elizabeth Loboa, the College of Engineering’s first woman to serve in this position at Mizzou.

"Mizzou had contacted me about becoming the Dean here. As I did research and looked at what Mizzou had to offer. I fell in love with it, and I thought this is where we can really make a difference as a College of Engineering." 

If you need a bachelor’s degree that will put you in high demand, consider the online bachelor of information technology. You’ll be hands-on with app development, software engineering, integrated systems design or even visual effects and media technology systems. 

"The online options are really exceptional to allow us to reach out to a broader constituency, bring in students from all over the country and the world and give them that level of training that is really going to help them further their careers."

If you already have your bachelor’s degree, know that getting your master of science in biological engineering from Mizzou is also a unique experience. Why? Many institutions require their graduate students to have completed undergraduate work specifically in engineering. But at Mizzou, we admit students from any STEM background to pursue their engineering degree. And that includes— science, technology, engineering and math.

What’s more, if you’re thinking of switching career paths, a biological engineering degree opens the door for many new opportunities.

"We're in a pace of technological growth and change in this country and in the world that is really on an exponential rise. We are not producing and graduating enough engineers. We’re just not."

Our online industrial engineering MS program is open to all engineering and management disciplines. And coming soon — an online graduate certificate in global supply chain management for students who want to further their careers in that area. 

We know that for many of you, continuing your education while balancing a full-time job, home life, and other responsibilities sounds challenging. We understand. That’s why our programs are designed with people like you in mind — current professionals who are looking to boost their careers. And by taking two classes each semester, you can complete your degree in just a few years. 

So take a look, and join us. We’re here to help 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. Share, subscribe, and comment to let us know what you think.

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