This degree is a bachelor of educational studies (BES) with an interdepartmental emphasis.

This program is offered both on campus and online. Visit Mizzou Online for more information regarding the online option. Neither the online nor the on-campus program lead to certification.

About the Program

The Bachelor of Educational Studies is intended for students who wish to study education, innovative technology-based learning, leadership, organizational change, and policy but do not wish to be certified as K- 12 teachers. The BES is suited for students pursuing careers in educational and community leadership. The courses provide a foundation in educational theory, research, and practice that engage students in settings where they can influence change (e.g., schools, international contexts, student affairs, churches, sports, non-profits, private organizations).

This degree offers an interdisciplinary approach with flexibility to personalize a program of study based on career aspirations and interests.  Students like the flexibility of online and/or on campus delivery, as well as the ability to expand their job options beyond teaching in the classroom.  Students can specialize in areas related to innovative technology-based learning (e.g., game and simulation design), community leadership, higher education, and more. For more information about the online program, please visit Mizzou Online.

Choose the focus area best suited to your career 

  • Educational policy
  • Student Affairs
  • Health policy
  • Grant writing
  • Library support
  • Games and simulations for learning, design and development
  • Multimedia design and development
  • After-school enrichment programming
  • Non-profit educational enterprise
  • Human resources development
  • Allied health
  • Digital media production
  • Computer applications
  • Educational entrepreneurship

Program of Study

To earn this degree, you must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours. This includes the following requirements:

  1. 45 hours of general education courses
  2. 24 credits of core education courses
  3. 24 to 32 credits in your area of concentration

Contact Advising Services for more information about this degree.