Missouri K-12 Online Schools

Students in grades K-12 can learn online through the state’s virtual school, the Missouri Virtual Instruction Program. This program enrolled 1,992 students in courses during the 2013-14 school year. Students can also study a few courses online through district programs and dual credit courses. The District’s Choice Online Learning works with 61 Missouri schools and three Illinois districts to bring 150 courses to students in grades 6-12. Mizzou K-12 Online offers 200 self-paced courses and 51 scheduled courses. Severe budget cuts for online programs in recent years have led to a significant decline in online options, but some programs continue to move forward by charging enrollment fees.

Missouri Virtual Instruction Program K - 12 Jefferson City On-Demand/Asynchronous Public (573) 751-2453
University of Missouri High School 3 - 12 Columbia On-Demand/Asynchronous Private (800) 609-3727
Greenways Academy 5 - 12 St. Louis On-Demand/Asynchronous Private (866) 677-2111

Missouri Online Colleges and Universities

Missouri’s private and public universities offer online courses from the undergraduate to graduate degree levels. Notable online programs can be found through the University of Missouri, Crowder College, Missouri Southern State College, Saint Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis. Community colleges in the state offer single online courses or full degrees to students who want to pursue distance learning.

Community Colleges

Missouri is home to 20 community colleges, offering a diverse array of academic specialties and programs. Students can achieve their associate’s degree and can even earn a fully-accredited four-year bachelor’s degree from some of Missouri’s community colleges. From Cottey College, an independent liberal arts college for women with an average class size of 14 students, to Wentworth Military Junior College, a co-ed military academy that offers its graduates a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army, students have a wide range of unique learning options.

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Moberly Area Community College 101 College Ave Moberly +
Missouri State University-West Plains 128 Garfield Avenue West Plains +
Three Rivers Community College 2080 Three Rivers Blvd Poplar Bluff +
Ozarks Technical Community College 1001 E. Chestnut Expressway Springfield +

Public Colleges

The University of Missouri System is the state’s largest public university network, offering undergraduate, research and post-doctoral academic programs to a combined student body totaling over 75,000. The system contains four main campuses, which include the University of Missouri in St. Louis, University of Missouri at Kansas City, Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly the University of Missouri-Rolla, which also includes the University of Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy) and its flagship campus, University of Missouri at Columbia. Known for its competitive academic, research and sports programs, the University of Missouri System boasts the state’s only NCAA Division 1-A sports program, a major hospital and medical research facility in its University of Missouri Health System, and highly-ranked graduate schools in law, business, education and medicine.

Private Colleges

Missouri is home to 160 private colleges representing a broad spectrum of academic, athletic and student life experiences. From small, highly selective liberal arts colleges such as the College of the Ozarks to large, top-ranked research universities such as Washington University of St. Louis, there is a private college to suit nearly any student goal.

Specialty Colleges

Missouri offers many private colleges with religious affiliations, including Saint Louis Christian College, Concordia Seminary, Southwest Baptist University and College of the Ozarks, which has a Presbyterian affiliation. There are also colleges offering associate or bachelor’s degrees that guide students along a fast track toward specific professions, such as the Chamberlain College of Nursing-Missouri and the Saint Louis College of Pharmacy. The state also has many technical colleges that prepare students for technical careers, including Missouri Tech, Ranken Technical College and Linn State Technical College.

Missouri Post-Secondary Spotlight

University of Missouri

One of the biggest online schools in Missouri, the University of Missouri’s Mizzou Online offers over 90 degree and certificate programs and 900 online courses for both undergraduate and graduate students. Some degrees are offered fully online, such as general studies, educational studies and health sciences, while others require some campus or in-person attendance. Graduate students have dozens of online degree options, including agricultural education, health communication, social work, health informatics and educational leadership.

Students interested in pursuing an online degree program at MU must apply directly to a selected program. In addition to specific program application requirements, they must also submit transcripts, a resume, a personal statement and/or letters of recommendation.

Tuition can vary slightly based on degree program. Additionally, out-of-state undergraduates pay a small non-resident fee, while all graduate students pay the in-state tuition regardless of their location.

To learn more about online learning at MU, visit http://online.missouri.edu/.

Missouri State University

At Missouri State Online, students can choose from a variety of accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Unlike some other online schools in Missouri, all undergraduate distance programs at MSU are 100 percent online. Fields of study include communications, finance, general business, nursing and informational technology service management. Certificate programs are also available in manufacturing management and writing for television and film. At the master’s degree level, fully-online programs include nursing practice, communications, business administration, criminology and criminal justice, and project management. A number of certificate programs are also offered in areas such as homeland security and defense, sports management, nurse education, and orientation and mobility, which is the only hybrid certificate program.

Some online courses require test proctoring, where exams are taken in the presence of an approved proctor. Students near the main campus may have the option of completing exams at the Online Test Proctoring Center.

More information about online degrees and classes at MSU can be found at http://outreach.missouristate.edu/missouristateonline.htm.

Western Governors University Missouri

One of the more unique online schools in Missouri, the Governors University Missouri is a state branch of the national online college WGU. Formed in 2013 from a partnership between WGU and the state of Missouri, the university offers more than 50 bachelor’s and master’s programs from their colleges of education, business, information technology and health. A flat tuition is charged every six months, no matter how many credits a student takes. WGU’s Missouri program is only open to in-state residents.

Students who have earned credits or an associate degree from a community college can transfer their credits to WGU Missouri to apply toward a bachelor’s degree. The university has an articulation agreement with St. Louis Community College, where graduates and faculty of the community college can apply to WGU Missouri for free. If admitted, they receive discounted tuition and an easier transfer of credits.

For more information, visit http://missouri.wgu.edu/.

Columbia College (Online Campus)

Columbia College’s Online Campus offers 27 degree programs and 800 online classes, with over 16,000 enrolled students each year. There are five sessions offered each year, starting in January, March, June, August and October, and courses last for eight weeks. Associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees are offered in the areas of business administration, computer and mathematical sciences, criminal justice administration, education, general studies, history and political science, human services, humanities, physical and biological sciences, and psychology and sociology. Out-of-state students must verify that the master’s in educational leadership is not recognized in their state.

Online courses at Columbia College are centered on a syllabus and discussion forum. While following the detailed syllabus for assignments, readings and other course tasks, students are expected to contribute their perspectives, feedback and questions to discussions with peers and professors on the forum. Similar to other online schools in Missouri, testing methods vary by program and class—some professors choose to hold proctored tests while others use less formal evaluation measures. Assignments, essays, and contributions to online discussions typically have the greatest impact on students’ grades in Columbia College’s online courses.

Read more about Columbia College’s Online Campus at http://www.ccis.edu/online/index.asp.

4 Year Online Colleges in Missouri

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Missouri State University-Springfield Public 901 S National Springfield +
Washington University in St Louis Private not-for-profit One Brookings Drive Saint Louis +
Missouri University of Science and Technology Public 1870 Miner Circle Rolla +
Drury University Private not-for-profit 900 N.Benton Springfield +
Nazarene Theological Seminary Private not-for-profit 1700 E Meyer Blvd Kansas City +
Lindenwood University Private not-for-profit 209 S Kingshighway Saint Charles +
Central Methodist University-College of Graduate & Extended Studies Private not-for-profit 411 Central Methodist Square Fayette +
Missouri Baptist University Private not-for-profit One College Park Dr Saint Louis +
Saint Louis Christian College Private not-for-profit 1360 Grandview Dr Florissant +
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Best Online Colleges and Universities in Missouri

Best for Future Service Members

Missouri is an ideal choice for those students who want to find the best education while still serving their country. Many ROTC programs can be found across Missouri campuses, allowing enrolled students to pursue opportunities with the Army, Navy or Air Force. We’ve compiled a list of all of Missouri’s four-year, nonprofit colleges that provide at least two ROTC programs. Highlighted selections indicate the most cost-efficient programs, with the price of attendance approximately $20,000 per year or even less in some instances.

Tuition City ROTC - Army ROTC - Navy ROTC - Air Force
Columbia College$6,007 Columbia Yes Yes Yes
University of Missouri-Columbia$8,082 Columbia Yes Yes Yes
William Woods University$19,200 Fulton Yes Yes Yes
Harris-Stowe State University$4,680 Saint Louis Yes No Yes
University of Central Missouri$6,288 Warrensburg Yes No Yes
University of Missouri-St Louis$7,968 Saint Louis Yes No Yes
Missouri University of Science and Technology$8,082 Rolla Yes No Yes
Westminster College$19,750 Fulton Yes No Yes
Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts & Sciences$19,990 Fayette Yes No Yes

Best for Personal Attention

Missouri colleges offer four-year degree programs in high-demand academic majors. The schools listed below combine a quality education with smaller class sizes of 19 or fewer students per professor. These schools focus on a higher caliber of professor-student interactions.

Missouri Baptist University 20 to 1 4,218$19,730 Private not-for-profit Saint Louis
Southeast Missouri State University 20 to 1 11,811$5,814 Public Cape Girardeau
University of Missouri-Columbia 20 to 1 27,821$8,082 Public Columbia
Ranken Technical College 19 to 1 2,681$13,944 Private not-for-profit Saint Louis
Drury University 19 to 1 6,467$21,500 Private not-for-profit Springfield
Missouri Western State University 19 to 1 7,027$4,534 Public Saint Joseph
Central Christian College of the Bible 18 to 1 367$9,600 Private not-for-profit Moberly
Missouri Southern State University 18 to 1 6,565$5,084 Public Joplin
St Louis College of Pharmacy 17 to 1 720$25,117 Private not-for-profit Saint Louis
Central Bible College 17 to 1 725$12,412 Private not-for-profit Springfield
Evangel University 17 to 1 2,009$17,930 Private not-for-profit Springfield
Missouri University of Science and Technology 17 to 1 5,987$8,082 Public Rolla
Truman State University 17 to 1 6,067$6,978 Public Kirksville
University of Central Missouri 17 to 1 11,617$6,288 Public Warrensburg
University of Missouri-St Louis 17 to 1 16,381$7,968 Public Saint Louis
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 16 to 1 394$6,672 Private not-for-profit Kansas City
Ozark Christian College 16 to 1 713$9,920 Private not-for-profit Joplin
Barnes-Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing 16 to 1 1,007$29,547 Private not-for-profit Saint Louis
Westminster College 15 to 1 1,158$19,750 Private not-for-profit Fulton
Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts & Sciences 15 to 1 1,221$19,990 Private not-for-profit Fayette
Missouri Valley College 15 to 1 1,936$17,400 Private not-for-profit Marshall
Southwest Baptist University 15 to 1 3,285$18,360 Private not-for-profit Bolivar
Lincoln University 15 to 1 3,950$6,150 Public Jefferson City
Saint Louis Christian College 14 to 1 357$14,400 Private not-for-profit Florissant
Baptist Bible College 14 to 1 488$7,040 Private not-for-profit Springfield
Avila University 14 to 1 1,524$23,100 Private not-for-profit Kansas City
College of the Ozarks 14 to 1 1,587$17,900 Private not-for-profit Point Lookout
Culver-Stockton College 13 to 1 867$22,250 Private not-for-profit Canton
William Woods University 13 to 1 1,294$19,200 Private not-for-profit Fulton
Harris-Stowe State University 13 to 1 2,025$4,680 Public Saint Louis
University of Missouri-Kansas City 13 to 1 14,377$7,968 Public Kansas City
Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences 12 to 1 234$12,180 Private not-for-profit Kansas City
Rockhurst University 12 to 1 2,308$29,100 Private not-for-profit Kansas City
Maryville University of Saint Louis 12 to 1 3,514$22,786 Private not-for-profit Saint Louis
Saint Louis University-Main Campus 12 to 1 14,598$34,740 Private not-for-profit Saint Louis
Park University 12 to 1 20,942$9,688 Private not-for-profit Parkville
William Jewell College 11 to 1 1,179$29,859 Private not-for-profit Liberty
Hannibal-LaGrange University 11 to 1 1,502$17,150 Private not-for-profit Hannibal
Fontbonne University 11 to 1 1,722$20,860 Private not-for-profit Saint Louis
Webster University 11 to 1 4,326$23,010 Private not-for-profit Saint Louis
Kansas City Art Institute 10 to 1 822$31,992 Private not-for-profit Kansas City
Stephens College 10 to 1 832$27,210 Private not-for-profit Columbia
Logan University 9 to 1 64$4,200 Private not-for-profit Chesterfield
Cox College 9 to 1 903$10,802 Private not-for-profit Springfield
Cottey College 8 to 1 325$16,600 Private not-for-profit Nevada
Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary 8 to 1 342$9,920 Private not-for-profit Kansas City
Washington University in St Louis 7 to 1 8,017$42,500 Private not-for-profit Saint Louis
City Vision College 6 to 1 70$6,000 Private not-for-profit Kansas City
Kenrick Glennon Seminary 4 to 1 35$16,222 Private not-for-profit Saint Louis
Conception Seminary College 4 to 1 110$17,534 Private not-for-profit Conception

Best for Women in Technology

Missouri is a premiere destination for women seeking the best technology and engineering programs in the country, and the online schools in Missouri are no exception. The state is home to many colleges that create excellent learning environments for women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) disciplines. The best programs offer resources such as female mentorships, female-only living residences and centers devoted to forwarding the education of women in technology and engineering. We’ve recognized the top programs in Missouri for women in these fields.

Missouri University of Science and Technology$9,350 Rolla 218 6,229 Public
Washington University in St Louis$43,705 Saint Louis 127 11,823 Private Not for Profit
University of Missouri-Columbia$9,257 Columbia 106 29,432 Public
University of Central Missouri$7,147 Warrensburg 74 8,631 Public
Missouri State University-Springfield$6,792 Springfield 54 15,065 Public
Saint Louis University-Main Campus$35,256 Saint Louis 42 10,714 Private Not for Profit
Webster University$23,070 Saint Louis 27 6,241 Private Not for Profit
University of Missouri-Kansas City$9,299 Kansas City 23 9,745 Public
Lindenwood University$14,600 Saint Charles 15 8,580 Private Not for Profit
Drury University$22,075 Springfield 15 3,673 Private Not for Profit
Avila University$23,950 Kansas City 15 1,422 Private Not for Profit
Southeast Missouri State University$6,750 Cape Girardeau 14 8,337 Public
Kansas City Art Institute$31,992 Kansas City 8 766 Private Not for Profit
Columbia College$6,739 Columbia 5 10,682 Private Not for Profit
University of Missouri-St Louis$9,314 Saint Louis 5 7,091 Public

Best Schools Fighting for Families

Missouri’s online schools are ideal for degree-seeking students interested in social work. With plenty of programs dedicated to the social and psychological health of families, Missouri colleges have consistently high rankings based on clinical settings and fieldwork, outstanding curriculum, and scholarships, fellowships and internships. We’ve selected these featured Missouri colleges for their superior academic facilities, family-friendly approach and experiential learning in the field of social work.

University of Missouri-Columbia Columbia 254 201 53 $9,257 29,432
Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis 217 187 30 $43,705 11,823
University of Missouri-Kansas City Kansas City 144 119 25 $9,299 9,745
University of Missouri-St Louis Saint Louis 124 114 10 $9,314 7,091
Missouri State University-Springfield Springfield 113 85 28 $6,792 15,065
Saint Louis University-Main Campus Saint Louis 109 96 13 $35,256 10,714
Drury University Springfield 77 62 15 $22,075 3,673
University of Central Missouri Warrensburg 62 49 13 $7,147 8,631
Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau 47 41 6 $6,750 8,337
Columbia College Columbia 38 31 7 $6,739 10,682
Truman State University Kirksville 28 23 5 $7,216 5,727
Missouri Western State University Saint Joseph 27 25 2 $6,007 4,354
Southwest Baptist University Bolivar 23 18 5 $19,150 2,224
Park University Parkville 22 19 3 $9,788 1,198
Avila University Kansas City 21 15 6 $23,950 1,422
Lindenwood University Saint Charles 20 18 2 $14,600 8,580
College of the Ozarks Point Lookout 19 16 3 $18,330 1,359
Missouri Southern State University Joplin 17 15 2 $5,271 4,040
Lincoln University Jefferson City 15 13 2 $6,725 2,289
Evangel University Springfield 10 9 1 $19,050 1,822
William Woods University Fulton 9 9 $19,850 1,318
Fontbonne University Saint Louis 8 6 2 $21,220 1,380
Northwest Missouri State University Maryville 8 2 6 $6,175 5,819
Westminster College Fulton 6 5 1 $20,850 1,102