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Home to approximately 6,000 graduate students, MU’s mission is to ensure a positive student experience in a safe and diverse graduate community.

Considered one of the nation’s top-tier institutions, Mizzou holds a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. As the flagship of the four-campus University of Missouri System, Mizzou is one of the only 36 public universities, and the only public institution in the state, to be selected for membership in the Association of American Universities.

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Our Mission

The Graduate School provides foundational administrative and financial support to academic programs for recruitment, admissions, retention, and placement.

Our mission is to ensure a positive student experience in a safe and diverse graduate community that promotes excellence in graduate education, and empowers all students to meet the challenges of a global future.

Our Vision

The Graduate School will be recognized as a leader in evidence-based practice and outcomes for graduate education.

Centrally Located

As an MU student, you can get the best of small town living as well as easy access to city life. Located in friendly Columbia, Missouri, Mizzou is centrally located in the middle of the US, halfway between St. Louis and Kansas City.

Our campus is within walking distance to The District, so students can easily experience the charming shops, restaurants, parks, and historic architecture of Columbia’s downtown area.

Real-World Experience

We aim to ensure graduate students are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the challenges of a dynamic workforce by providing unmatched real-world opportunities and flexible curricula.

With 1,000 educational, social, and cultural programs and over 200-degree programs and graduate certificates available, our goal is to prepare all students to enact the University’s values of respect, responsibility, discovery, and excellence in their careers and throughout their lives.


Mizzou’s Core Values


The Graduate School will maintain an inclusive and welcoming environment that values all differences. We will be fair and just as we respond to the needs of students and programs.


The Graduate School will provide campus-wide leadership, as well as resources and support, to promote the success of students and their graduate programs.


The Graduate School will provide and facilitate co-curricular and professional development opportunities for students and faculty that enhance a commitment to continuous improvement and life-long learning.


Using evidence-based practices, the Graduate School will provide outstanding student services, academic program support, and transparency of data and information.