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Online Colleges in Missouri

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Whether you live in Jefferson City, St. Louis, or in the Ozarks region, Missouri's online colleges can provide residents throughout the state an opportunity to earn an associate, bachelor's, or master's degree. An online college can be a great fit for working professionals or others who lead busy lives — you can take classes at times that align with your schedule without making drastic changes to your lifestyle.

Here's a look at Missouri's online college landscape:

  • Associate degree programs can be completed at 48 colleges while bachelor's degree programs are available at 51, and master's degrees can be earned at 49 schools.
  • The majority of online degree programs in the state can be found at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Park University, and Webster University.
  • The University of Missouri is the largest university system in the state with four campuses that offer online degree programs.

Missouri's higher education goal is for all residents in the state to earn a certificate or degree by 2025. The state's 15 to Finish program, designed to encourage students to enroll in 15 credits per semester, is one initiative that supports this goal.

Below, we've selected the 10 best online colleges in Missouri as well as the most affordable ones. In addition, we've listed a number of Missouri-specific financial aid options that can make your degree more affordable.

What Makes a Good Online College?

We've created multiple rankings that show the best online schools in Missouri, each based on carefully selected criteria. The most important of our criteria is that every school on this page is accredited by an official accrediting agency, such as the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Take a look at our "What is College Accreditation?" page to learn more about the importance of accreditation. For details about accreditation specific to Missouri, visit the Missouri Department of Education.

We create these rankings to help students select the right online school in Missouri. By displaying data and describing the best schools, we make it easy to learn important facts such as average in-state tuition, average amount of financial aid awarded and number of online programs offered. Check out the "What Makes a Good Online College?" section on our "About Us" page to find out why we believe these factors are relevant to the online college experience in Missouri.

Best Online Colleges in Missouri for 2018-19

Our list of the best colleges in Missouri was compiled with data drawn from the National Center for Education Statistics. We analyzed all the schools in the state that offer distance education programs, using multiple data points such as each school's percentage of online learners and the net cost for in-state tuition. For more details about the methodology used, see the bottom of this web page. Alternately, create your own rankings using our Top Colleges Tool.

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Methodology
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Missouri State University-Springfield

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,306
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
32%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
72
School Type
4-year

A public university with a mission to enhance public affairs, Missouri State University-Springfield offers numerous educational options both on campus and online. Though Missouri State Online, online bachelor's and master's degree programs in fields such as communication studies, criminal justice, business and psychology are available, with a whole host of additional certificate programs at the graduate and undergraduate level to help refine and focus your education. Missouri State Online uses Blackboard to deliver coursework to students, and the MSU Career Center offers career counseling services and other guidance for the university's distance learners.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

901 S National Avenue,
Springfield, MO 65897
 
2

Webster University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$27,100
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
42%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
72
School Type
4-year

Webster University prides itself on uniqueness and personalization, which it strives for in everything from its campuses to its global learning curriculum. Yes, "global" -- this private, nonprofit university features campuses in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa, and connects them all through its online learning management system, WorldClassRoom.

As part of this online learning environment, Webster offers a handful of undergraduate degree programs and a plethora of graduate degree programs, as well as several programs with specialized formats, such as bachelor's degree completion programs, or dual master's degree options. If you're intrigued by what Webster has to offer, consider previewing the Webster experience with their Online Course Demonstration.

3

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$9,246
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
21%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
40
School Type
4-year

Graduate certificate and degree programs are the focus of online education at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. This university offers online master's degree programs in complex STEM-related subjects such as aerospace engineering, geotechnics and business administration. On a case-by-case basis, some of the university's doctoral degree programs may also be available for completion online.

Most of the online courses at Missouri University of Science and Technology are streamed live through WebEx, giving students the opportunity to participate and respond in real-time even from a distance. Classes are specifically set up in distance-learning classrooms, with a behind-the-scenes technician operating microphones, cameras and the switchboard during class.

4

University of Missouri

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$9,787
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
26%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
42
School Type
4-year

Prospective online students to the University of Missouri -- the first public university west of the Mississippi River, affectionately known as "Mizzou" to students and locals alike -- have hundreds of academic options for enhancing their education. In particular, distance learners at Mizzou can find dozens of online and hybrid degree programs to choose from, many of them at the master's degree level. Hundreds of individual courses can be pursued at a distance as well, most of them semester-based but several self-paced. Available subjects span a vast number of fields, among them journalism, medicine and agriculture.

5

Maryville University of Saint Louis

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$28,470
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
45%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
21
School Type
4-year

Founded in 1872 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart to educate women during a time when this was not widely accepted, the Maryville University of Saint Louis has gone on to push the boundaries of higher education ever since. This includes admitting male students as of the 1960s, launching a "Weekend College" initiative in the 1980s, and offering online programs to their student body.

The university's online degree programs can be found at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral level. Examples include a bachelor's in cybersecurity program; an MBA program; a bachelor's in liberal studies program; and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

6

University of Central Missouri

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,520
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
33%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
21
School Type
4-year

At the University of Central Missouri -- formerly known as Central Missouri State University -- online degree programs and individual courses are widely available through UCM Online. Available subjects include aviation safety, criminal justice, gerontology, library science and information services, and others.

Online coursework is delivered through the Blackboard learning platform, and students have the option to kick off their degree programs with an online orientation. UCM's distance learners also can contact the university's library and the technology center -- which is available around the clock -- for resources or help.

7

Drury University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$27,015
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
25%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
15
School Type
4-year

A private liberal arts college, Drury University extends its education far beyond its 90-acre campus in Springfield, Missouri. Drury boasts a study-abroad satellite campus on the Greek island of Aegina, partnerships with educational institutions worldwide, and a network of online degree programs through the Moodle learning management system that brings its students together, regardless of distance.

Drury's online undergraduate degree programs are offered through its College of Continuing Professional Studies, while its online graduate degree programs are hosted by the College of Graduate Studies. Subjects available for study include business, communication, education and leadership.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

900 N Benton,
Springfield, MO 65802
 
8

Truman State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,656
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
17%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
2
School Type
4-year

Founded in 1867, Truman State University is a close-knit and selective public liberal arts and sciences university, and a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. The university makes many online courses available to its students, in subjects from accounting to music to theater, and conveys them through the Blackboard learning management system. Most of Truman's online courses are asynchronous, and the university's Learning Technologies Team has created a series of pages to help students decide whether online learning is right for them. If they're looking for academic resources, Truman's online students can rely on the online learning tools and resources of the Pickler Memorial Library.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

100 E Normal Avenue,
Kirksville, MO 63501
 
9

Missouri Southern State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$6,067
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
43%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
6
School Type
4-year

Missouri Southern State University's mascot is the Lion, and the university has no hesitation about putting its Lion Pride front and center. The university's Lion Pride Tuition Discount makes it possible for students from any state touching Missouri to attend MSSU at in-state tuition rates, a benefit that is compounded by MSSU's multiple online degree programs.

Via Blackboard, MSSU offers online bachelor's degree programs (several with specialization options), degree completion programs, minors, undergraduate certificates and more. On top of this, through partnerships with other Missouri schools, MSSU also allows students to complete certain graduate degree programs completely online.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

3950 E Newman Road,
Joplin, MO 64801
 
10

Southeast Missouri State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,185
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
48%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
10
School Type
4-year

Founded in 1873 in Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri State University offers online education in many different formats, including bachelor's and master's degree programs, certificate programs, minors and specialist degree programs. Subject matters include business administration, criminal justice, teaching, nursing and more.

Most of the classes available at the university are offered online in 16-week formats, although four-, six- or eight-week courses are occasionally available as well. An entire webpage on the school's site is devoted to tutorials on Moodle, the online course management system that SEMO students use to access and communicate in their classes. These tutorials can help students learn how to log into Moodle, check their grades, upload assignments and more.

Affordable Online Colleges in Missouri for 2018

Below are several of the most affordable two- and four-year online colleges in Missouri, organized in order of tuition costs as provided by the National Center for Education Statistics. To organize the online colleges of the United States based on our own preferences instead, you can use our Top Colleges Tool.

  • School Type - 2 Years
  • School Type - 4 Years
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    DISTANCE EDUCATION PARTICIPATION
    Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL WEBSITE
    East Central College$3,48024%2eastcentral.edu
    Crowder College$3,84032%9crowder.edu
    St Charles Community College$3,88823%6stchas.edu
    Ozarks Technical Community College$4,16436%10otc.edu
    State Fair Community College$4,20056%26sfccmo.edu
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    DISTANCE EDUCATION PARTICIPATION
    Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL WEBSITE
    Harris-Stowe State University$5,34038%1hssu.edu
    City Vision University$5,600100%11cityvision.edu
    Central Methodist University-College of Graduate and Extended Studies$5,76043%26centralmethodist.edu
    Missouri Southern State University$6,06743%6mssu.edu
    Logan University$6,86035%6logan.edu

Financial Aid Resources in Missouri

If you're planning to attend college in Missouri, you can count on the Missouri Department of Higher Education for support and guidance. It not only administers a number of state grant and scholarship programs, but it's also committed to helping families understand the financial aid process so they don't miss out on potential funding. For instance, the Missouri FAFSA Completion Project was launched to help walk people through the process so that they can apply for aid with less confusion.

Doing some research on financial aid in Missouri can be crucial to affording your online college education. This section can help you to get started with your research, by exploring some of the financial aid available for students attending college in Missouri.

What Grants and Scholarships are Available in Missouri?

Grants and scholarships are a great way to help lower the cost of college, since award money does not have to be repaid. Missouri's state scholarship programs recognize students with both high academic achievement and financial need. Here are several Missouri financial aid options that might be of use to you:

1.Missouri Higher Education Academic Scholarship ...
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must score in the top 3% on the ACT or SAT while in high school and attend an eligible Missouri college.
Award Amount
$2,000
Application Deadline
August 1
Renewable
Renewable annually for up to 10 semesters until recipient has completed a bachelor's degree. Minimum 2.5 GPA, continue to attend an approved Missouri post-secondary school, and provide requested eligibily information are required in order to maintain the award.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
2.Bright Flight Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a Missouri resident whose SAT Reasoning or ACT scores place him/her in the top 3% of Missouri residents taking those tests. Award may be used at any Missouri institution of higher education.
Award Amount
$10,000
Application Deadline
February 1 (Priority)
Renewable
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
3.Missouri College Guarantee Program
Type : Grant
Criteria:
Applicant must demonstrate financial need, be a legal Missouri resident, and be working toward the first undergraduate degree as a full-time student attending an approved non-profit Missouri institution. Students majoring in theology or divinity are not eligible. Applicant must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and a minimum composite ACT score of 20 (combined SAT I score of 950). FAFSA must be received by central processor by April 1.
Award Amount
$2,014
Application Deadline
April 1
Renewable
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
4.Curators Scholar Award
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a Missouri resident, rank in the top 5% of class, and have a minimum composite ACT score of 28 (combined SAT I score of 1250).
Award Amount
$3,500
Application Deadline
August 15
Renewable
Minimum 3.25 GPA is required to retain scholarship.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL

Be sure to read the Ultimate Guide to Grants for advice and strategies on finding grants, and the Ultimate Guide to Scholarships to learn the same about scholarships.

Student Loans in Missouri

Missouri does not currently offer a state-based student loan program. However, student loans are often required to help bridge the gap between financial aid and the total cost of attendance. Students are encouraged to fill out the FAFSA to see if they are eligible for federal loans, which have more favorable rates and terms and are sometimes subsidized.

Get the lowdown on student loans and what they entail in our Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Missouri

Costs for Out-of-State Students in Missouri

The Midwest Student Exchange Program, or MSEP, is a multi-state reciprocity program, and Missouri is one of its 10 member states. This is excellent news for students from Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio or Wisconsin, as it's essentially turned the Midwest into a big, happy affordable non-resident tuition family. Essentially students from member states aren't likely to pay more than 150 percent above the in-state tuition rate, which can amount to significant savings.

There are also other school-specific ways to reduce out-of-state tuition, even for students whose states are not part of MSEP. For instance, the University of Missouri-St. Louis offers Dean's Non-Resident Scholarships, the Provost's Non-Resident Scholarship, Regional Achievement Awards (for MSEP and students from Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Tennessee) as well as Freshmen Merit Scholarships and Transfer Merit Scholarships.

As you can see, there are plenty of options to reduce your out-of-state tuition if you want to head to college in Missouri. Schedule a chat with your admissions counselor to discuss the details and further questions you may have.

 
 
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Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either "Four or more years" or "At least 2 but less than 4 years"
  • Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  • At least 1 percent of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • "Number of programs offered via distance education" was an integer greater than 0

We ranked the resulting 1,813 colleges on 11 criteria, using provisional 2016-17 data from IPEDS:

  1. Number of programs offered via distance education
  2. Ratio of students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  4. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
  5. Graduation rate
  6. Retention rate
  7. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed, Other)
  8. Services (Academic/Career, Placement for Completers)
  9. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
  10. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  11. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

NOTE: Schools' tuition amounts are based on 2016-17 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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