Why choose Mizzou? Whether you’re coming back to school after a long absence, or just out of high school and want to study remotely, Mizzou Online can help make your educational dreams a reality. 

When thinking about getting a degree online, the options of which school to choose might seem endless. So, if you’re thinking, “Why Mizzou?” Well, the answer is easy.

Many of our distance students say they chose Mizzou Online for 3 reasons. It’s affordable, our reputation is unmatched, and we have so many degree programs to choose from. There are over 125 online degree and certificate options — and over 1,000 online courses that are designed to bring the best of the University of Missouri to you. So, whether you’re someone who’s coming back to school after a long absence, or someone who needs to balance work and school and family obligations — or even someone who just graduated from high school, but wants to study remotely, we are here for you. When you become an online student at Mizzou, you’ll be joining thousands of other students from all over the world….

…like Kweku and Lu Ann.

Kweku Osei and his family

Kweku Osei came to the United States from the Republic of Ghana in 1999 — with only $300 in his pocket — and a dream. That dream was education. Today, he’s a full-time nurse and graduate of Mizzou — he earned his doctor of nursing practice with an emphasis in family nurse practitioner. Kweku says that Mizzou’s online format allowed him to work and take care of family responsibilities – which includes 3 children.

Lu Ann Cahn-Houser

Lu Ann Cahn-Houser earned a master’s in journalism with an emphasis in media management — a degree that she says was “10 years in the making.” And it all started with a dare. Lu Ann was feeling “stuck.” Knowing she needed a change, her daughter dared her to do something new every day for a year. One of these dares was to earn her master’s degree. Because she found that a traditional in-seat program wouldn’t work with her busy career, family life, and other obligations, she signed onto Mizzou’s online program — and discovered it was a perfect fit.

These are just two stories out of thousands. Each one of our students have very personal and unique stories to tell about what brought them to us — how it’s changed their lives — and how happy they are that they chose Mizzou Online.

Lu Ann says: “Even though you’re getting your degree online, you’re getting Mizzou’s brand of this very highly respected journalism program. I was impressed with my professors all along the way. I was learning in a new way. I was really being challenged.”

Kweku says: “I cannot thank the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing enough because they have really given me an opportunity. In doing so, they have also prepared me very well for the real world.

So, let us show you what Mizzou Online is all about. In these uncertain times, it’s okay to keep thinking about what’s next for your career. And if you’re longing for a degree or a new direction, we can help you make that happen. 

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. 


We are Mizzou Online — the online education gateway to the University of Missouri. What does that mean to you? It could be the first or even the next big step in making your career dreams come true. In our first episode of Online Stripes, discover who we are, what we have to offer, and how you can study with our world-class faculty — from wherever you are in the world.

Welcome to Online Stripes, presented by the University of Missouri, home of Mizzou Online. It’s education wherever you are, with help every step of the way so you can earn your stripes.

There’s a lot going on in the world right now. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused our lives to change drastically almost overnight, impacting each of us in different ways. We know you have a lot to think about. But if going back to school this fall seems like the right thing to do for your career, we’d love to talk to you about it.

At Mizzou, we know that everyone has goals, but not everyone knows how to reach them. Maybe you’ve put off going back to school and now is the right time. Or is it time for a career change? Or maybe you want to go back, but you feel like with your family life, you just can’t balance it all — and that’s on top of working. But the truth is you can with the help of Mizzou Online. Your new journey can start right now — today!

When you become one of our students, you’re so much more than that. You become a Tiger. You become part of history. The University of Missouri goes all the way back to 1839 and we’re first in a lot of ways. We were the first public university west of the Mississippi River. We’re home to the world’s first journalism school. We started the tradition of homecoming. Yes, you can thank us. We’re a flagship institution in the heart of Missouri, in beautiful Columbia, but you don’t have to move here to become a Tiger.

Because wherever you are in the world, Mizzou Online offers you a choice of more than 125 University of Missouri graduate and undergraduate degrees and certificate options. And as one of our online students, you’ll be receiving a first-rate education from our fantastic faculty.

Whatever career path you want to follow, Mizzou Online has an affordable course of study for you. Check out our degrees and programs in subjects like the arts, agriculture, business, journalism, education, engineering, law, medicine and so much more. Can you tell we’re excited about what we do?

We’re very proud to say that the University of Missouri is a national leader in online education. But what also makes us great is our values — the four pillars of being a Tiger. The first is Respect in welcoming differences and the exchange of ideas. Next is Responsibility, being accountable to ourselves, each other, and the public we serve. The third is Discovery, the lifelong process of seeking knowledge, and the fourth is the pursuit of Excellence through diligent effort and collaboration.

So where do you start? Right here! We want to help you become a Tiger and answer all of your questions. So join us twice a week for a new episode of Online Stripes. We’ll take you through every aspect of the online Mizzou journey — what to expect, financial aid, our courses of study — plus you’ll hear from real students and graduates who have taken our online courses. Every student has a personal, unique story of what brought them to Mizzou Online, their experience with us and their lives today, after reaching their goals.

In today’s new world, simplifying our lives has become a priority. And that’s what Mizzou Online is all about. Let us help you easily navigate the way for you to earn your degree online. It’s a journey you won’t regret.

Yes, we are Mizzou, where Black and Gold runs deep and Truman the Tiger embodies our bold spirit. Come join us. Experience the joy of learning and make that career you’ve always dreamed of a reality.

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.

The University of Missouri’s online programs ranked among the best in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Online Programs. With more than 127 options, Mizzou offers the second most online programs in both the SEC and among AAU public institutions.

U.S. News bases rankings on institution-supplied data evaluating student engagement, student services and technology, faculty credentials and peer reputation among other categories.

Best online graduate education programs

Best online graduate education programs

For the third consecutive year, Mizzou’s online graduate education programs have been named the best in Missouri and ranked 60th nationally. With 23 online master’s and eight online graduate certificate programs, the College of Education offers the most online options of all of Mizzou’s schools and colleges.

“The University of Missouri is top notch,” said Shannin Preshinger of Helena, Montana, a recent graduate of the online master’s in English education program. “I feel like I got the highest quality education from a very prestigious university without having to leave my own town, state or my own house.”

In addition to the overall “Best Online Graduate Education” ranking, Mizzou Education earned specialty rankings for their excellence in the areas of special education and educational administration and supervision.

Best online bachelor's programs

Best online bachelor’s programs

Mizzou’s online bachelor’s programs’ ranking climbed 15 positions from last year to 99th out of 345 ranked schools. With the addition of five new programs in 2019 — information technology, communication, English, psychology and sociology — the University of Missouri offers 16 online bachelor’s options, all 100% online.

Recent graduate Sarah Swoboda describes the experience of earning her bachelor’s in business administration online with Mizzou as “profound.” She credits the online option as one of the reasons why she was able to graduate and further her career.

“Most people do not get out of their parents’ income bracket. I was in and out of foster care and my mom and dad rarely had jobs. … Now, I have surpassed their income bracket.”  

Best online bachelor's programs for veterans

Best for veterans 

Mizzou’s online graduate education programs and online bachelor’s programs also earned the distinction of “Best for Veterans” due to a high overall ranking and a focus on veteran support. Among other services, MU offers a 10% tuition award toward online degree and certificate programs for veterans, active duty, National Guard, reserves and spouses and dependents.

Best online graduate education programs for veterans

MU graduate Joseph Osmack, a former sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, found the university’s veteran services to be one of the deciding factors in his decision to earn his MPA online with Mizzou.

“Deciding on the degree was always more important to me than picking a degree,” said Osmack. “Mizzou's reputation, online program, national ranking, accreditation, tuition rate and military-friendliness were all deciding factors. The University of Missouri was the best fit for me.”


Mizzou celebrates Fall 2019 graduates this weekend, December 13 – 15. Among them are more than 300 earning their degrees online. Members of Mizzou’s graduating online class live in 36 states and two countries — some as far away as China. Ranging in age from 21 to 64, the graduates are earning degrees from the bachelor’s to the PhD level.

Lu Ann Cahn-Houser

Do something every day that dares you

Lu Ann Cahn-Houser of Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, is earning a master’s in journalism with an emphasis in media management, a degree that “has been 10 years in the making!” And it all started with a dare.

In 2009, Lu Ann was feeling “stuck.” Although she had a career as an Emmy-winning investigative reporter at a news station in Philadelphia and had just fought and defeated cancer twice, she felt miserable. Knowing she needed a change, Lu Ann’s daughter dared her to do something new every day for a year and blog about it. That blog turned into a book and the year-long journey changed Lu Ann’s life.

One of these dares was to earn her master’s degree. However, she found that a traditional in-seat program wouldn’t work with her busy career, family life and other obligations. She discovered Mizzou’s online program, and it was a perfect fit.

While learning online was a new experience for Lu Ann, she was up for the challenge, and she found immense value in the program. She was able to meet peers around the world. The course work was applicable to both her previous role as a television reporter and her new role as the Klein College of Media and Communication Director of Career Services at Temple University — a switch she made halfway through the master’s program.

“Even though you’re getting your degree online, you’re getting Mizzou’s brand of this very highly respected journalism program,” she said. “I was impressed with my professors all along the way. I was learning in a new way. I was really being challenged.”

Staying true to her bold mentality, Lu Ann decided to road trip with her friends to commencement this weekend. She simply couldn’t pass up the dare.

Shannin Preshinger

Embrace the gift of knowledge

On the other side of the country, Shannin Preshinger of Helena, Montana, had a similar need as Lu Ann. As a full-time teacher and mother of two, Shannin needed a flexible program. Beyond that, she couldn’t find a nearby master’s program that offered an English education emphasis. Enter Mizzou’s online master’s in English education.

As a high school English teacher, Shannin was looking for a program where she could hone her skills and improve the learning experience for her students. She embraces the “always be learning” mentality and hopes her students and children — who are currently college students themselves — will take her experience as an example.

“The University of Missouri is top notch,” Shannin said. “I feel like I got the highest quality education from a very prestigious university without having to leave my own town, state or my own house. … All of the course work I could apply immediately to my classroom. It challenged me to think deeper, to be more reflective in my practice.”

This weekend, Shannin will be celebrating her degree from home in Montana, but she still feels strongly connected to Mizzou. “I made a few very strong connections that bridged the Internet.”

What’s next for Shannin in her career? The sky is the limit. “This program opens a lot of doors for me,” said Shannin. “I have opportunities now that I wouldn’t have had without the University of Missouri.”

Vanessa Whittle

Take a risk

While Vanessa Whittle of Waynesville, Missouri, lives a bit closer to campus than Lu Ann or Shannin, like them she also has little time to spare in her schedule.

As a middle school social studies teacher, Vanessa is also a go-to learning technology resource for her school. She found that the educational specialist in learning technologies and design was the right blend of course work she needed to impact her career.

In the program, Vanessa found a network of educators worldwide and felt that their perspectives were an important element of her experience. “I’ve been in classes with people who live in Italy and on the West Coast. I have a network of people across the country who aren’t just from right here in Missouri.”

Like Shannin, Vanessa is hoping to inspire her students and children. “I think that learning should take place at all ages,” she said. “Part of a reason I’m walking at commencement is to set a good example for my students and for my own kids. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can go back, earn your degree and change the course of your career. … All of us tend to doubt ourselves, and trying something new is a risk.”

Vanessa took that risk and impacted her life and career along the way.


Join us in celebrating the graduating class on their online commencement ceremony website. Drop a congratulatory note in the guest book. Listen to inspiring words from Sinclair School of Nursing Dean Sarah Thompson, PhD.

Earning your online degree this weekend? Share your experience with us on social media using #OnlineStripes:

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

UPCEA, a leading national organization for online education, recognized two University of Missouri faculty members with awards at their SUPER Regional (Central and West) Conference Oct. 24 in Denver, Colorado.

Heather Hunt

Emerging Professional Continuing Educator Award

Heather Hunt, an associate professor in the College of Engineering, took home the Adelle F. Robertson Emerging Professional Continuing Educator Award. Dr. Hunt was on site to accept the award.

Dr. Hunt has become an advocate for online teaching not just within her department, but across the university and the University of Missouri System, in part because her own online courses embody the standards of excellence and quality that her faculty and students expect to experience in engineering course work.

Although initially reluctant to teach online courses, Dr. Hunt has fully embraced the format — and her enthusiasm shows in her course design. She worked with instructional designers to create engaging and innovative bioengineering courses that have impressed both students and her department. Dr. Hunt recently led the development of the master of science in biological engineering program, for which she now serves as the program coordinator.

Amy Simons

Excellence in Teaching Award

Amy Simons, an associate professor in the School of Journalism, received the Excellence in Teaching Award. During the awards ceremony, she was en route to Beijing to teach at Communication University of China for two weeks.

“Ten years ago this week, I was sitting in my fourth floor cubicle in the Chicago Tribune newsroom working as digital news editor … I make my home now in education, teaching college students about journalism and how we do the work we do,” said Simons in her online acceptance speech.

Simons’ real-world experience in the journalism field is made apparent with her teaching style. She has brought the “Missouri Method” (learning by doing) to life for her students through experiential assignments that transform students’ use of discussions. The blend of student-to-student and instructor-to-student interactions in her online courses has earned glowing reviews. Simons teaches multi-modal platform reporting and editing in the online interactive media master’s and graduate certificate programs.

About UPCEA

The University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) is the leading association for professional, continuing, and online education. For more than 100 years, UPCEA has served most of the leading public and private colleges and universities in North America. Founded in 1915, the association serves its members with innovative conferences and specialty seminars, research and benchmarking information, professional networking opportunities and timely publications. Based in Washington, D.C., UPCEA also builds greater awareness of the vital link between contemporary learners and public policy issues.

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Mizzou Homecoming 2019

Mizzou’s Homecoming began November 25, 1911. It was then that a tradition began unlike any other of its time. Since then, Mizzou claims one of the largest, longest and best national Homecoming celebrations.

The same year that the Homecoming tradition started, Mizzou also began offering distance education courses. From the early days of correspondence courses for rural Missourians to more than 125 online degree and certificate programs for learners everywhere, our goal has always been about bringing Mizzou to the homes of our students.

In honor of Homecoming 2019, we’re inviting Mizzou’s online alumni to “come home” and tell us what they’ve been up to since they graduated. Throughout the week, we’ll share some of these stories on our social media channels and give graduates an opportunity to learn more about their fellow Tigers.

Did you earn your #OnlineStripes? If so, how has earning your degree impacted your life and career? Capture a video of yourself telling your story. Share this video on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Tag us and use the hashtag #OnlineStripes to enter a giveaway to win one of three $50 gift cards to the Mizzou Store. (And yes, you can shop online!)

Post your entry by Sunday, October 13 at 11:59 p.m. CT — and make sure your post is public so we can see it! We will randomly select three winners on Monday, October 14 at 9 a.m. CT. For more information on rules and how to enter, see below.

Go Tigers!


How to enter:
  1. Take a 1-minute video (maximum) of yourself explaining how earning your degree online with Mizzou has impacted your life and career.
  2. Post the video to your personal account on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Ensure that your account is not private (Twitter, Instagram) or the post is public (Facebook) in order to be viewed by the Mizzou Online team.
  3. Tag @MizzouOnline on Facebook/Twitter or @Mizzou.Online on Instagram and use the hashtag #OnlineStripes in your post.
 
Rules and giveaway details:
  1. Period: The giveaway will start at 9:00 a.m. CT on Monday, October 7 and end at 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday, October 13.
  2. Eligibility: All entrants must be in good standing as alumni of the University of Missouri and have completed their degree through an online program at Mizzou to be eligible.
  3. Entries: Entrants may post multiple times but will get one entry in the giveaway.
  4. Winners: The winners will be chosen at random at 9:00 a.m. CT on Monday, October 14. Winners will be notified via the social media platform in which they entered the giveaway.
  5. Prize: All eligible entries received during the giveaway will be entered to win one (1) of three (3) $50 gift cards to the Mizzou Store. The prizes will be mailed to the winners. All federal, state and local taxes associated with the receipt or use of the prize are solely the responsibility of the winner.
  6. Sponsor: Mizzou Online, 136 Clark Hall, Columbia, Missouri 65211. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
  7. Release: By entering this giveaway, you agree to allow Mizzou Online to use any part of your name, program of study, video or story in advertisements, including but not limited to print, web, or social media. 

Sarah Swoboda | Bachelor of Science in Business Administration `19

Sarah Swoboda | Bachelor of Science in Business Administration `19

Enrollment in Mizzou’s online programs increased nearly 10% over last year, with more than 3,000 students taking online classes.

422 undergraduates and 2,666 graduate students are taking online classes this year through Mizzou Online, which offers 125 online degree and certificate options and more than 1,000 online courses. Mizzou offers the second-most distance degree and certificate programs in the SEC and among the public institutions in the Association of American Universities.

“There are several paths for student success at Mizzou,” said Kim Humphrey, vice provost for Enrollment Management at MU. “Through partnerships with community colleges and online learning, Mizzou is committed to ensuring that all Missourians have access to high-quality and affordable education.”

On Monday, MU announced that 5,459 freshmen began classes, an increase of 16% compared to last year. Overall enrollment at Mizzou increased approximately 1%, with a total of 29,677 students on campus.

Read the full story on the MU News Bureau website.

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More than 53% of MU students took at least one online course in academic year 2018 (Mizzou Online Annual Report, AY18). As this number climbs year over year, online instructors at Mizzou continue to set the pace for distance education nationwide.

At the 2019 Celebration of Teaching event, the MU community had the opportunity to gather and engage with colleagues from all disciplines. Among these faculty members were four instructors honored for their efforts in facilitating and designing high-quality online courses.

After recently celebrating the commencement of more than 660 Mizzou students who earned their degrees online, we recognize the faculty who make it all possible.

Excellence in Online Class Facilitation Award

This award honors faculty members who excel in facilitating an online learning experience.

Amy Simons

Amy Simons, an associate professor in the School of Journalism, was awarded for her excellent facilitation of The News Media: Journalism and Advertising in a Democratic Society, an undergraduate online course.

Simons brings the long-recognized Missouri Method (learning by doing) to life. Students in Simons’ online course have noted a newfound appreciation for the field of journalism due to engaging group projects and thought-provoking assignments. In fact, one student noted that the course “changed their perspective on journalism.”

Lauren Arend

Lauren Arend, an assistant professor of early childhood education in the College of Education, was awarded for Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, a graduate online course for practicing teachers.

The course engages students in content that can be uncomfortable. Facilitating online dialogue around issues of equity, race, privilege and identity poses a challenge, but Arend creates a safe environment for students to discuss. Students call the course “life-changing” and recommend that “every teacher should take this class in order to better understand our society.”

Outstanding Online Course Design Award

This award honors an outstanding online course supported by Mizzou Online that was delivered in the previous academic year with the instruction mode of online or e-learning.

Tom Warhover

Tom Warhover, an associate professor in the School of Journalism, was awarded for Language, Thought and Journalism, an undergraduate online course.

Warhover sought to create an intentional class that both motivates and interests students, and he’s accomplished that by engaging students in the course content. Beyond technical components of the course, Warhover’s passion for fostering relationships with other students has been instrumental to student success. Students call Tom the “epitome of an educator” and have noted that he is easy to connect with online.

Kerri McBee-Black

Kerri McBee-Black, an instructor in the Department of Textile and Apparel Management in the College of Humane Environmental Sciences, was nominated for her contributions to the redesign of Basic Concepts of Fashion Design.

Throughout the course redesign project, McBee-Black demonstrated a dedication to ensure students’ learning experiences were noteworthy, exciting and engaging. The new course content mirrors the reality of teamwork present in the fashion industry, and prepares students for real-world application. In the words of her nominator, McBee-Black’s work on this course “raises the bar for other course designers in the future.”

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Students and alumni of the University of Missouri College of Education already know the quality of their online master's programs. Now, higher education rankings sites, such as OnlineMasters.com, are recognizing Mizzou Ed's programs as well. So far in 2019, the website has ranked 10 College of Education programs among the nation's best, including:

  • TESOL M Ed: No. 1 among "Best English Language Learning Programs." Also recognized as "Best for Administrative Careers" on the list.
  • Gifted education M Ed: No. 2 among "Best Gifted and Talented Education Programs." Also recognized as “Best in Career Development” on the list.
  • Early childhood education M Ed: No. 2 among "Best Early Childhood Education Programs." Also recognized as "Best Program Structure" on the list.
  • Positive coaching M Ed: No. 3 among "Best Coaching Programs." Also lauded for "Best Program Structure" among the institutions on the list.

Six additional education programs were recognized this year by OnlineMasters.com: Literacy education M Ed, online education MS, social studies M Ed, art education M Ed, learning technologies and design MS, and early childhood special education M Ed.

The online master’s programs honored by the ranking site are taught by the same practiced faculty and instructors who teach on campus.

Earn your #OnlineStripes from one of the best education programs in the nation.

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This weekend, May 17 – 19, the University of Missouri celebrates a new class of graduates during commencement ceremonies and events. Among them are 661 graduates who earned their degrees online. Members of Mizzou’s online class of `19 live in 46 states and 5 countries — some as far away as Thailand. Ranging in age from 22 to 68, the graduates are earning degrees from the bachelor’s to PhD level.

A suitcase and a dream

Kweku Osei and his family

When Kweku Osei emigrated from the Republic of Ghana in 1999, education was on the top of his list of priorities. “I came with $300 in my pocket. I only had one suitcase and just a dream … and now, here I am. A graduate.”

Osei and his family live in Parkville, Missouri, where he is a full-time nurse. Osei is earning his doctor of nursing practice with an emphasis in family nurse practitioner (DNP) this week. He is married with three active children, so he needed a flexible program with supportive faculty.

“I cannot thank the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing enough because they have really given me an opportunity,” said Osei. “In doing so, they have also prepared me very well for the real world.”

Despite the format allowing him to work and take care of other responsibilities, Osei wants prospective students to know that going to school online isn’t easy. “It’s a lot of work. Right from the beginning, you are challenged. You have to be persistent and research-minded.”

And, now, all of Osei’s hard work has paid off. He gets to further his nursing career and also have more control over his schedule. In fact, his son hopes that his dad’s newly freed up schedule allows for some more family downtime. “I’m looking forward to coaching his soccer team,” he said.

A new perspective

Leigh Spence

Both family and career played a role in Leigh Spence’s decision to pursue her educational specialist (EdSp) degree online.

Spence was part of the team of six that launched Battle High School in Columbia, Missouri, in 2013. While putting in extra hours at work, she started on the journey to earn her EdSp. “The university was flexible with me, which allowed me to meet expectations all the way around — both workload and family life.”

Throughout the EdSp program, she found that the knowledge she was learning in her courses could be applied to her job as the director of counseling at the school. Spence appreciated the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and gain a new perspective on her daily work.

“I’m interested in knowing how people do things differently because I think we can always grow and evolve. The program afforded me the opportunity to do that.”

Battle High School is going through a time of change with a new principal on the horizon. With her EdSp under her belt, Spence feels confident in representing the counseling department, and the mental health needs of students, as leaders discuss the school’s vision for the future.

A step ahead

Bailey Ganz

For Bailey Ganz, securing a job as a junior didn’t mean she needed to stop pursuing her bachelor of health science (BHS) degree. When her internship in Columbia offered her a full-time position, Ganz turned to her adviser. They suggested moving from the on-campus program to 100% online version.

Ganz had prior experience with online studies before making the switch. Specifically, she recalls taking an online medical terminology course during her internship that gave her skills to help her stand out. “I have no idea what I would’ve done if I didn’t have that class.”

In her senior year, Ganz continued to find the course work to be valuable for her job in physician support. With assignments that have helped her learn real-world skills, she is prepared for the next steps in her career. Not to mention, she has been able to hone-in on her leadership skills. “Not all programs teach that.”

A second chance

Gabby Bucaro

Another campus student turned online graduate, Gabby Bucaro, is earning her bachelor’s in hospitality management.

After moving back home to Chicago, getting a job at a local country club and pursuing her studies at a private university, she felt something was missing. She considered moving back to Mizzou to finish her degree.

But when Bucaro reached out to a previous contact at the university, she learned her on-campus program was available online — an option that would allow her to stay home and continue working in a job where she found her true passion. “It was destiny,” she said. “The universe was telling me to keep going and finish.”

“At one point, I felt that I wasn’t meant to get a degree. And that’s not the case. I am smart. I can do it. I just needed a little extra help and that’s what the online program gave me.”

Bucaro shares words of inspiration for prospective students that might be in the same situation: “It’s never too late to finish your degree. You can get your degree at 60. You can get your degree at 22. It makes no difference.”


Join us in celebrating the online class of 2019 on their online commencement ceremony website. Drop a congratulatory note in the guest book. Listen to inspiring words from Dean of College of Engineering Elizabeth Loboa. You’ll also hear from graduate speaker Tom Rose, an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Health Professions, who earned his online master of public health in 2017.

Earning your online degree this weekend? Share your experience with us on social media using #OnlineStripes:

Ready to earn your own #OnlineStripes? Join more than 317,000 Mizzou alumni making a difference across the globe. Learn more about Mizzou’s 125 online degrees and certificates.