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Considering MU

Why Pursue a Graduate Degree?

A master's or doctoral degree is often the key to attaining employment in many disciplines. Why? Today's global and dynamic workforce demands that its professionals acquire specialized knowledge and skills. In some occupations (e.g., accountancy, health, education, law and engineering) professional certification and licensure are contingent upon the acquisition of knowledge and skills that can only be acquired through advanced studies. An advanced degree is a long term career investment: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, over a lifetime, people with a doctoral degree will earn an average of $3.4 million; those holding a master's degree will earn an average of $2.5 million.

Finding a Degree Program Right for You

We are thrilled that you are considering Mizzou for your advanced studies. We encourage prospective students to gather and analyze information about the institution, degree programs, faculty and surrounding community. Beyond ratings and rankings, factors to consider may include the degree completion requirements, opportunities for interdisciplinary study, level of faculty-student engagement, opportunities for student publication and conference travel, percent of graduates employed in field of study, and state of facilities, library collections, laboratories, and equipment. You should also consider both tuition and estimated cost as well as assistantships and fellowships to offset the cost.

This section of our site will help you learn about our graduate programs. Be sure to study a wide variety of factors before making your decision!

Academic Diversity

To make this happen, we have to have a university that reflects the demographic of the state and the nation. Our curriculum offers courses that prepare students for the 21st century, and our student services must provide the support infrastructure for success. Our research enterprise must be open to new areas of scholarship and inquiry that will help us understand this global phenomenon better.

An inclusive campus takes into account the diversity of the students, faculty and staff. It goes beyond mere tolerance. It respects the myriad of experiences and provides opportunities for these experiences to be shared and celebrated with others.

We hold the premise that you will be successful at whatever you do at MU if you feel welcomed, respected and able to be your authentic self. And, if you are engaged in co-creating this environment, the knowledge and skills that you have acquired can be transferred to other aspects of your life and future jobs in the U.S. or any other countries in the world.

Learn more about diversity at MU and the Office of Disability Services.