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Academic and Professional Enrichment

Professional Development

The Office of Graduate Studies is committed to aiding the development of graduate students both academically and professionally. The Office of Graduate Studies provides various programs and resources to aid in the professionalization of graduate students. 

More information about professional development opportunities can be found here.

Preparing Future Faculty

The Preparing Future Faculty Program (PFF) helps doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows learn about faculty roles and job expectations that helps ensure that future faculty are prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Program themes include:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Scholarship
  • External funding
  • Service

PFF participants have an opportunity to meet with faculty members from MU, regional universities and community colleges.

More information about the Preparing Future Faculty program can be found here.

Graduate Certificates

The Office of Graduate Studies oversees a variety of graduate certificate programs. A graduate certificate is not a graduate degree. Rather, it is a document verifying the successful completion of a specified group of graduate courses. Certificates are intended to help students acquire (or enhance) discipline-related knowledge and skills. To accommodate a variety of learners’ needs, Mizzou offers two types of graduate certificate programs.

More information on MU's Graduate Certificate programs can be found here.

Minor in College Teaching

Approximately 75 percent of faculty positions in the United States are held at institutions in which teaching and professional service are emphasized as much as or more than research. The minor in college teaching, available to all MU graduate degree-seeking students, helps prepare students to be effective educators.

More information on the Minor in College Teaching can be found here.

Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholars Program

The Doctoral Scholars Program provides multiple layers of support — not only financial assistance and research funding, but also career counseling, job postings and a scholar directory for networking and recruiting. Mentoring and advocacy for scholars is crucial, and support continues into early careers as graduates become faculty members. And each fall, a thousand scholars and young faculty members convene to learn and support one another at the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring.