Earn your degree or certificate from a top tier university. Anytime. Anywhere. Online.

The Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA) is a partnership of 19 public universities providing access to the best educational opportunities by collaboratively developing and delivering high quality, online academic programs. Great Plains IDEA is an academic alliance that offers fully online graduate and undergraduate coursework in high demand fields of Agriculture and Human Sciences.

Why rely on just one university to help you earn your degree when we can help you learn from the best faculty at multiple universities?

Why students are choosing Great Plains IDEA
Distinguished Faculty

Learn from the best faculty at multiple universities.

Flexible Learning

Complete coursework when and where it's convenient for you.

Affordable Education

One common price per credit hour.  No out-of-state fees or distance delivery fees.

Reputable Programs

Offering nationally accredited programs from 19 top tier universities.

Get the job you always wanted

Great Plains IDEA students are people just like you who want a high quality education you can complete anytime, anywhere.  Great Plains IDEA provides career-focused curriculum designed with working adults in mind.

Not sure you can do it? We've got your back.

Ready for something new but not sure what? Learn about our degrees and certificates.

Have a job or career in mind but not sure how to get started?  Visit with a campus coordinator to understand how we can get you there.

Giving students and professionals access to more high quality educational experiences
– – April-Dawn Knudsen, North Dakota State University