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Online Colleges in
MISSOURI

Online schools in Missouri

Article Sources
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  • Key Industries, Missouri Department of Economic Development, http://www.ded.mo.gov/BCS%20Programs/BCSProgramDetails.aspx?BCSProgramID=93
  • Missouri's Big Goal, Missouri Department of Higher Education, http://dhe.mo.gov/initiatives/MissourisBigGoal.php
  • Missouri's Top 50 Employers, Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, http://www.missourieconomy.org/industry/top50/index.stm
  • Missouri State University, http://www.missouristate.edu
  • Online Education, St. Louis Community College, http://www.stlcc.edu/Distance_Learning/
  • Long Term Occupational Projections, Projections Central, http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
  • University of Missouri, http://online.missouri.edu/
  • Missouri, "Occupational Employment Statistics," Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, May 2014, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_mo.htm
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, http://www.bls.gov/ooh
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Missouri's "Big Goal" is to create the highly trained workforce needed to meet employer demand in the coming years. According to the Missouri Department of Higher Education, 60 percent of all jobs in the state will require some form of postsecondary training by 2018. However, in 2013, only 37.6 percent of the state's adults had an associate or bachelor's degree. When those with certificates are included, the number moves up to 49 percent but still falls short of expected employer demand.


Therefore, the state has made it a priority to encourage higher education opportunities for its residents. Its initiative, known formally as Missouri's Big Goal for Higher Education, seeks to help 60 percent of state adults receive a certificate or degree by 2025.

Institution type No. offering bachelor's degrees No. offering associate's degrees No. offering certificates and other non-degree awards No. offering advanced degrees (master's, Ph.D., etc.)
Private nonprofit43283739
Public14195013
Private for-profit2141795



The state has already seen some success, with degree attainment increasing 1.5 percent from 2008 to 2011 — the sixth largest increase in the nation during that period. With the help of established schools, the Columbia, Springfield, Kansas City, St. Louis and Fulton communities are already flourishing college towns in Missouri.

City Total estimated population
(U.S. Census, 2015)
No. of enrolled students
(NCES, 2016)
No. of students as a percentage of total population % of residents with bachelor's degrees
(U.S. Census, 2015)
Kansas City467,99034,8377.44 percent 32.3 percent
Columbia115,39131,28127.11 percent 55.5 percent
Cape Girardeau38,9597,16718.40 percent 34.5 percent
Kirksville17,5746,21435.36 percent 33.3 percent
Lee's Summit93,6186,0416.45 percent 42.9 percent
Independence117,1925,5154.71 percent 18 percent
Joplin51,0424,7519.31 percent 24 percent


However, you don't have to travel to one of these cities to get a quality degree or certificate. Online colleges in Missouri offer many of the same educational opportunities through a convenient and accessible format.

What to know about online schools in Missouri

Like traditional campus programs, online colleges in Missouri are working to prepare students for employment in many of the state's key industries. According to the Missouri Department of Economic Development, these industries include the following:

  • Life sciences
  • Information technology
  • National security
  • Energy
  • Transportation and logistics
  • Financial services
  • Automotive
  • Agricultural business

Some of the state's biggest employers are hospitals, universities and manufacturers. While not all jobs at these businesses require a higher education, many do. For those who can't attend class on-campus, online programs offer an alternate way to gain necessary skills and knowledge.

While the details may vary by school, many online colleges in Missouri allow students to log-in to complete their studies at whatever time is most convenient for them. This arrangement can be ideal for students who have work or family obligations and may need to listen to lectures or complete assignments late at night or early in the morning. In addition, some schools use the same curriculum and instructors both online and on-campus, which means students can get the same education regardless of their learning format.

Online colleges in Missouri to consider

Missouri students have plenty of choices when it comes to earning an online degree or certificate. Some of the most distinguished colleges and universities in the state offer online programs. In addition, national schools, many of which pioneered online learning, are also available to Missouri students. Some popular institutions are:

  • University of Missouri
  • Liberty University
  • Missouri State University
Institution type No. offering 4-year degrees No. offering 2-year degrees No. offering certificates and other non-degree awards No. offering advanced degrees (master's, Ph.D., etc.)
Private nonprofit2 - 22
Private for-profit - 1 - -
Public5 - 66

In addition, there are seminaries, Bible colleges and other specialty institutions offering online degrees and certificates in Missouri. Depending on the school and program, students may have the option to earn their degree entirely online. Other programs, such as those in the health care field or with a hand-on component, may require some on-campus coursework.

Featured schools in Missouri

Students interested in a more complete list of Missouri-based institutions offering online degrees can start by exploring this map, which shows the location of all colleges with online offerings in the state based on 2013 data from the National Center for Education Statistics. Once you identify schools located nearby, it's easy to explore what online degrees might be offered near you. (Mobile users will need to visit the full Schools.com site to use the map.)

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Which degree to get in Missouri

When it comes time to select a specific degree program, students may want to look at the state's key industries and employers for guidance.

The Missouri Economic Research and Information Center notes the Barnes-Jewish Hospital System, Mercy Hospital System and Lester E. Cox Medical are among the top ten largest employers in the state. Degrees and certificates in health care may be useful in finding employment at these and other medical care systems. Boeing is another major employer in the state, and they may require individuals with engineering training. Computer science, business and finance may also be smart choices based upon the state's industries.

Of course, employment can and does change over time. There is no guarantee that a job that is hot today will be in-demand tomorrow. Online schools in Missouri can help you review employment trends and determine the best education course to pursue.

In addition, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates job growth, and their predictions may also be helpful for students selecting a degree program. The following chart uses government data to highlight the degrees needed for some of Missouri's fastest growing occupations:

Degree

Occupation

Expected job growth (2012-2022)

Associate or bachelor's degree in sonography

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

35.5%

Bachelor's degree in a foreign language

Interpreter or Translator

32.7%

Master's degree in nursing

Nursing Instructor

31.9%

Vocational training

Skincare Specialist

30.5%

Associate degree in occupational therapy assisting

Occupational Therapy Assistant

28.3%

Other students may be interesting in pursuing a career in a higher-paying field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, all five of the jobs with the highest average salaries in the state are in the medical field.

  • Internists, general - $246,760
  • Obstetricians and gynecologists - $237,450
  • Anesthesiologists - $228,550
  • Podiatrists - $201,770
  • Physicians and Surgeons, all other - $197,280

Managers across multiple fields also appear to be well-paid in Missouri. The government found marketing managers, financial managers, computer and information systems managers, compensation and benefits managers and natural sciences managers were among those occupations with average annual incomes in excess of six digits.

A look at colleges in Missouri

Whether you are planning to earn an associate degree at a community college or a graduate degree at a university, Missouri likely has an institution to meet your needs. Here's a closer look at some of the top online colleges in Missouri.

  • University of Missouri: Founded in 1839, the University of Missouri was the first state university to be established in the Louisiana Purchase territory. Today, it enrolls 35,000 students, and its Columbia campus contains 19 colleges and schools as well as a nuclear research reactor. With Mizzou Online, the university offers 90 degree programs and more than 900 courses online to students in the state and beyond its borders.

For adult learners who want to combine online learning with classroom interaction, the Evening College Plus program at Missouri State provides the best of both worlds as it blends the two forms of learning.


  • Missouri State University: The main campus of Missouri State University was founded in Springfield in 1905. For much of its history, the school was known as Southwest Missouri State until its name was shortened in 2005 to reflect its broad enrollment and appeal. For adult learners who want to combine online learning with classroom interaction, the Evening College Plus program provides the best of both worlds as it blends the two forms of learning.
  • St. Louis Community College: Not every online student wants or needs a four-year degree. St. Louis Community College is one of the largest institutions, in terms of enrollment, in the state and a top choice for those seeking a certificate, associate degree or vocational training. Students can choose from eight programs offered entirely online. Another 13 degrees and a certificate can be earned partially online.
  • Columbia College: The University of Missouri isn't the only institution based in the city of Columbia. In 1851, Columbia College was founded as Christian Female College. It has since grown into a co-educational school that supports 35 campuses in 13 states in addition to its main campus in Missouri. The college also supports 6,000 online learners who can choose from 29 online degrees and more than 800 undergraduate courses.
  • Webster University: Webster University is another of the private online schools in Missouri. Its home campus in St. Louis was founded in 1915, and the university now operates around the world. Online students can earn a certificate, undergraduate degree or graduate degree through programs that the school says meet the same rigorous standards as its on-campus courses.

Online colleges in Missouri include some leading names in education as well as many smaller institutions that also provide excellent learning opportunities. The next step for those considering an online degree program is to further investigate individual schools to find the right fit for your career goals. A list of online schools in Missouri is below to get you started.

Last updated: April 24, 2015

Article Sources
Methodology

To get our list of the best colleges, we ranked 1,649 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Each school was scored on a 100-point scale, using the most recent data available from government sources. Our data points include:

  • The in-state tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The estimated cost of books and supplies, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The average net price for students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average net price for low-income students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average amount of institutional grant aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduate students as a percentage of in-state tuition and fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • Median debt of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • 3-year student loan repayment rate of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered via distance education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Percent of students enrolled in any distance education classes, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Average retention rate for full-time and part-time students, National Center for Education Statistics, Fall 2015-16
  • Graduation rate within six years, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Flexibility and student services, based on whether the school offers the following services, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experience
    • Advanced Placement credit
    • Programs of study that can be completed entirely on weekends or in the evening
    • Remedial services
    • Academic and career counseling
    • Job placement services for graduates
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Tuition payment plan
    • Any other alternative tuition plan
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21st Century eSchool
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
7106 South Avenue
City
Middleton
State
WI
Zip Code
53562
Website
http://www.21eschool.com/index.html
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
21st Century Virtual Academy
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1829 Denver West Drive #27
City
Golden
State
CO
Zip Code
80401
Website
http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/online/
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
Academy Online High School
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1110 Chapel Hills Drive
City
Colorado Springs
State
CO
Zip Code
80920
Website
http://www.asd20.org/education/school/school.php?sectionid=3858
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
ACCESS Distance Learning
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
5351 Gordon Persons Building PO Box 302101
City
Montgomery
State
AL
Zip Code
36130
Website
http://accessdl.state.al.us/
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
Alabama A & M University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
4900 Meridian Street
City
Normal
State
AL
Zip Code
35762
Website
www.aamu.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
383-470
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
360-480
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
370-457
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
16-19
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
4,505
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admissions Rate
65%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$9,366
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
19
Number of Online Programs Offered
2
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
15%
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
Administration Bldg Suite 1070
City
Birmingham
State
AL
Zip Code
35294
Website
www.uab.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
520-630
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
520-668
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
22-28
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
11,511
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admissions Rate
60%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$7,766
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
13
Number of Online Programs Offered
6
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
67%
Amridge University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1200 Taylor Rd
City
Montgomery
State
AL
Zip Code
36117
Website
www.amridgeuniversity.edu
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
308
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$50
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
0
In-State Tution & Fees
$10,860
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
10
Number of Online Programs Offered
22
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
100%
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
301 Sparkman Dr
City
Huntsville
State
AL
Zip Code
35899
Website
www.uah.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
520-650
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
550-680
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
24-30
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
6,013
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admissions Rate
81%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$9,128
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
20
Number of Online Programs Offered
15
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
12%
Alabama State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
915 S Jackson Street
City
Montgomery
State
AL
Zip Code
36104
Website
www.alasu.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
370-450
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
360-460
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
16-19
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
4,764
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$25
Admissions Rate
46%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$8,720
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
18
Number of Online Programs Offered
4
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
13%
University of Alabama System Office
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
500 University Blvd. East
City
Tuscaloosa
State
AL
Zip Code
35401
Website
www.uasystem.ua.edu
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
-1
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
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