About Graduate Studies
Considered one of the nation's top-tier institutions, Mizzou has a reputation for excellence in teaching and research and is the flagship campus of the four-campus University of Missouri System. It is one of only 34 public universities, and the only public institution in Missouri, to be selected for membership in the Association of American Universities.
MU offers 150+ graduate degree programs — including online degree options — and is designated “Doctoral/Research Extensive” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. MU offers students more academic power and advantages that comes with its status as both a top-level research institution and a land-grant university.
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The University of Missouri has been designated by the Association of Public Land-grant Universities (APLU) as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University (IEP), recognizing MU for its successes in innovation and entrepreneurship, technology transfer, talent and workforce development, and community development.
Flexible curricula ensure that Mizzou’s graduate students are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the challenges of a dynamic workforce. Beyond course work, our graduate degree programs offer professional development to help students hone their workplace-ready skills. Pick any discipline and employers will tell you that Mizzou’s advanced degree holders add value to the workplace.
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A Mizzou’s hallmark: Our highly collaborative research culture. Graduate students have numerous opportunities to engage in interdisciplinary research within and across schools and colleges. As the state’s original land-grant institution, Mizzou’s research mission is tightly connected to teaching, outreach, service and economic development. By graduation, Mizzou students are prepared to conduct interdisciplinary research in academic, government and industry settings. Many of our alumni have become scientific leaders in their chosen disciplines.
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More teaching opportunities
Many of MU’s academic programs offer graduate students the opportunity to work as instructors or teaching assistants. To further prepare students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to enter academia, we offer aspiring educators a Minor in College Teaching and professional development programming. Students who tap into these opportunities’ become competitive for academic positions at community colleges, regional intuitions, liberal arts institutions and national research universities.
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Professional development programming
For graduate students who will pursue careers outside of the academy, the Graduate Schools offers new professional development programming to help students hone their transferable, workplace-ready skills.
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Internships, global engagement and real-world opportunities
Many degree programs help their students gain professional work experience prior to earning a degree through internships, externships, study abroad, and volunteer work. For example, students of the Truman School land prestigious internships in the federal government, the United Nations and national non-profit organizations; those in the health professions gain experience at the MU hospital and clinics; journalism students may work for an NBC-affiliate TV station, newspapers, websites, or our National Public Radio affiliate; and MBA students are required to complete real-world projects throughout the curriculum.
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Financial support for graduate studies
Many of MU’s academic programs offer teaching and research assistantships to help students defray the costs of education. Other means of financial support include fellowships, travel grants and awards.
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An inclusive and civil campus environment
The Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative is the catalyst for enhancing institutional diversity with collaborative partnerships and strategic efforts. Mizzou also is home to specialized centers and offices that provide student support, including the MU Veterans Center, the Office of Multicultural Affair, the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Resource Center and the Office of Academic Retention Services.
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The Office of Disability Services provides academic accommodations and student support. Additional services are available through the Adaptive Computing Technology Center, the Assessment and Consultation Clinic and the Office of the ADA Coordinator. Disabled veterans may also contact the MU Veterans Center for information.
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