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.”

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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."

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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.

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Are you a member of the military or a veteran wanting to move into academic life? Then this episode of Online Stripes is for you. Meet Max Butler, a member of the military and student at Mizzou, who shares his thoughts on continuing his education. Also, learn how Mizzou offers those in the military a whole host of financial aid opportunities to help you accomplish your goals. 

Are you a member of the military or a veteran wanting to move into academic life? If so, Mizzou has you covered! You bravely served our country – and, in turn, Mizzou is honored to serve you.

Meet Max Butler. Max was in college before he signed up with the Missouri National Guard as a Satellite Communications Operator. He missed a couple of years of college while he was in training, but knew he wanted to continue his education — and so he chose Mizzou Online.

"I saw that Mizzou had an online business administration program, so that’s the one I decided to go with. So just had to have those transcripts set up and Mizzou took care of the rest." 

Max began the program when he was in Iraq and says Mizzou was helpful in getting him established.

"Mizzou is very well equipped to handle online students, even students that are international. Without this online program, I’d have to put off college for another year and wait till I would come back home and start back up again. So this is actually…it’s keeping me from falling so far behind as compared to my peers."

Many in the military worry about financial issues when going back to school. But don’t stress. Mizzou is pleased to offer military members and veterans a whole host of financial aid opportunities. The Veterans Administration has several GI Bill benefits programs, with some including benefits for children and spouses. The Department of Defense provides tuition assistance to eligible service members of the National Guard and Reserves. The Missouri Returning Heroes Education Act Grant caps tuition for combat veterans at $50 per credit hour.  

In the meantime, check out our Veterans Center online — our one-stop-shop to answer any questions you might have about applying to Mizzou. Go to veterans.missouri.edu — and begin your journey to the life you’ve always imagined.

"If you’re second-guessing it, just do it. The faculty will be there to help you. They know we have personal lives, we’re busy, we do have very busy lives, but they’re there to help you and get what you need to get done."

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Do you have a family, a career, and still want to go back to school? You can do it all with the help of Mizzou Online. In this episode of Online Stripes, we have tips on how to balance it all and you’ll meet a couple who joined forces to get their degrees together.

Taking online courses, coordinating your career, and taking care of your family isn’t easy. It’s a daily balancing act. So what can you do to make it all happen? We have some tips — and some inspiration from a couple who went through graduate school together — to make your life a little easier.

First, stay motivated, disciplined, and persistent with your weekly routine. There are only so many hours in the day — and you’re only one person — so create a schedule and stick to it. Put everything on your calendar that needs to get done. We know it’s kind of like a jigsaw puzzle, but plot out your day so you’re accomplishing what you need to do academically and personally.

Set goals and deadlines for projects. Maybe you need to work a little ahead on your studies so you can help your kids with their homework. Do whatever works for you.

This is an important one. Find your best study spot — away from distractions. Pick a place that’s quiet so you can stay focused. We recommend a room in your house that everyone knows not to disturb.

And don’t forget to take care of yourself. Your well-being is critical for optimal learning. If you’re in the right headspace, you’ll be able to concentrate on school without worrying about 12 other things happening in your life.

Taking care of yourself might also mean delegating. Have someone else take care of the laundry so you can study. Or if extra hands aren’t available, give yourself a night off from kitchen duties every once in a while and delegate to a pizza shop. Order in!

Travis and Sara Inman

How about this… is a buddy system available? Maybe your friend or partner wants to enroll too. That worked for Travis and Sara Inman. They’re a husband and wife who tackled graduate school together with Mizzou Online. While also working full-time, Sara wanted to take her career to the next level with an online master’s in health administration. And Travis, a former Missouri state trooper, came to Mizzou to fulfill his dream of becoming a veterinarian so he started a dual master’s degree in veterinary medicine and public health. Did we mention they also have a small child? Mizzou Online gave this couple the flexibility to work, take care of their little one, and go to school. “There can be a lot of anxiety for nontraditional students,” Travis said. “But I’m here to say Mizzou offers a lot of support for us.”

There are many different paths Mizzou Online students can take to achieve their goals. Remember along the way to reward yourself. Because you’re not just bettering your own life, you’re bettering your family’s too. Just remember to get back to studying.

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This story originally appeared on the MU News Bureau website.

The need for school counselors continues to rise in Missouri and beyond. The University of Missouri’s College of Education is aiming to fill that need by adding an online master’s degree in school counseling beginning August.

“The University of Missouri College of Education has a legacy of excellence in school counseling, and I am very excited that online students can benefit from the knowledge of our incredible Counseling Psychology faculty,” said Kathryn Chval, dean of the College of Education. 

As the state school board looks to change the student-to-counselor ratio from 400-1 to 250-1, it is likely job openings will increase statewide. Professor emeritus Norm Gysbers said the field has a bright future as the need for school counselors is substantial.

Extending accessibility 

Norm Gysbers and Christopher Slaten Norm Gysbers, "the father of modern school counseling," speaks with Christopher Slaten, Associate Professor and Program Director, about the new program.

Christopher Slaten, program director and associate professor, said the program will allow individuals to take courses while continuing to work full time.

“Traditionally, the accessibility of school counseling programs has been sparse in rural communities,” Slaten said.

For Gilliam resident Jennifer Shepard, a mother and full-time employee, the program will allow her to do just that. The previous associate director of admissions at Central Methodist University said she is looking to get back into education. 

“I never thought I could be a Tiger,” Shepard said. “I like the work-life balance of the online program.”

Career-ready graduates 

Students will be able to obtain their school counseling certification as well as earn professional development graduate hours. School counselors in Missouri must have their master’s degree in school counseling as well as obtain the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education certificate. The online program will allow students to earn both. 

Graduates from the program will be license-eligible in Missouri as a school counselor at both elementary and secondary levels. For graduates looking to go out of state, most states honor reciprocity of Missouri’s school counseling certification

“We believe that this online format is just really a new extension of the hard work that we've been doing for decades with our school counseling program,” Slaten said.

Well-rounded curriculum

Norm Gysbers and Christopher Slaten Norm Gysbers and Christopher Slaten

Course work covers theories and techniques of counseling, foundations of career psychology, school counseling practicum and more. Most courses are offered in eight-week format, allowing students to take one course at a time and complete the program in three years.

Gysbers created the school counseling curriculum to focus on the science-practitioner model of training, comprehensive school guidance and counseling psychology. Students can expect to learn how to help kids ages kindergarten through 12th grade with their academic and career development as well as social-emotional development.

Slaten added the need for mental health services for students within the school building is paramount and can aid in promoting a more positive school climate, reduced bullying behavior, and stronger sense of belonging and school safety.

Springfield teacher and MU alumna Kirsten Miller said a master’s degree in counseling can help teachers understand their students better.

“There’s so much more to teaching than just academics,” Miller said. “I have so many kids that could use one-on-one counseling.”

Miller and Shepard are just two of many looking to pursue the new program and become a school counselor.

To learn more about the program, visit https://online.missouri.edu/counselor

At Mizzou Online, we’re totally committed to you and your success. Whether you’re a current or prospective student, today’s episode will give you some important tips to assure you’re prepared for your online education — and help pave the way for your success.  

At Mizzou Online, your success is our most important goal. So whether you are one of our current students – or a prospective student exploring your options, we feel it’s critical for you to prepare for what’s in store as you begin – or continue – your online education. Here are some tips to help you succeed.

First, know what to expect. Be aware that extra reading is required when learning online, so log in early and create a course calendar that will help you manage your time. And remember: Even though you have the flexibility of learning remotely and working at your own pace, you’ll still be required to learn the content.

Next…examine your study habits. If you’ve been away from the classroom for a while, it may be time to brush up. Or, you may need to readjust your study habits as you adapt to an online environment. Work on your time management skills, meet your goals and objectives each day, and really focus on one task at a time. Evaluate how you approach your work, make a plan and stick to it. Also, find your perfect workspace that is quiet without any distractions. Just make sure you have a good internet connection and access to power. It’s your lifeline to class.

Don’t forget to take advantage of our resources. From our distance learner library – to our career center – we’ve got you covered. Familiarize yourself with the myriad of resources we have to offer – and use them whenever you need them. 

Also: Remember that communication is key. Interact with your professors and classmates in your “virtual classroom.” It will help you feel engaged, connected, and part of the Mizzou community. Many instructors hold online discussions — where you can really get to know them and your peers —ask questions, give feedback, and share thoughts and ideas with each other.

And finally, don’t ever be afraid to ask for help. When accepted into the degree program at Mizzou, you’ll be assigned an adviser who is your personal go-to person — and will answer any questions or concerns. And if you have a question about a specific course or assignment, reach out to your instructor or fellow students.

Bottom line? Know that we are all here for you. We’re rooting for you. So be prepared, study hard, and look forward to one day receiving your degree — and making an impact in your chosen field.

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.