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The Missouri Department of Higher Education estimates that by 2018, 60% of all jobs in the state will require some form of postsecondary credentials. However, as of 2013, only 37.6% of the state’s working adults held either an associate or bachelor’s degree. If you include people holding certificates, you now have 49% of your required pool of employees ― still far short of the anticipated employer needs.

This expected shortfall changed the focus of the state of Missouri to increasing higher education opportunities for its residents. Its initiative, formerly known as “Missouri’s Big Goal for Higher Education,” seeks to increase graduation statistics to equal the required 60% of the state’s adults obtaining a certificate or degree by 2025.

You don’t have to attend an on-campus program to earn a quality degree or certificate. Online colleges in Missouri offer many of the same educational opportunities through a convenient and accessible online format. By virtue of their flexibility and adjustable pace, such online opportunities can in turn play a large part in the state’s push to improve graduation rates and boost their college educated workforce.

But before we dive into our list of the very best online schools in Missouri for 2016, let’s start with the state of higher education and online education in particular in Missouri today.


A Brief Overview of Higher Education in Missouri

In 2013, the National Center for Education Statistics reported that Missouri had 133 degree-granting institutions, broken down as follows: 27 public schools, 56 nonprofits and 50 for-profits. The total number of bachelor’s degrees awarded in the ’12-’13 school year at these schools was: 21,186 at public schools, 17,942 at private nonprofits and 1,835 at private for-profits.

Tuition-wise, the College Board found that, in the ’15-’16 school year, the average in-state tuition and fees for four-year public schools was $8,560, while the out-of-state average was $19,710.

As for the state’s financial aid efforts, the National Association of State Student Grant & Aid Programs (NASSGAP) reported that Missouri awarded $60.5 million in need-based grants and $46.9 million in nonneed grants for the ’13-’14 school year. Grants make up 11.3% of the state’s total fiscal support for higher education.


The State of Online Higher Education in Missouri

The NCES estimates that at least 12.2% of students enrolled in Missouri’s Title IV institutions are in fully online programs. Of those, 11.3% were reported to be undergraduates and 71.3% were found to be living in Missouri.

Missouri is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), which makes it easier for students living in one state to participate in distance learning programs offered by universities in another. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts.

Missouri is also one of twelve states in the SARA midwestern region’s Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC). Through this compact, students enrolled at public colleges in member states can take advantage of non-resident tuition breaks, a greater selection of courses and a simplified transfer process. This agreement, which opens so many doors for its in-state distance students, captures Missouri’s support of online education.


Best Online Colleges in Missouri

Below, you will find our rankings of the best online four-year programs in Missouri. Our profiles look at how schools approach online education and then list out their services for distance students and their popular, fully online degrees. After reviewing our best of Missouri, explore our state resources, like a database of every college and university in Missouri or our index of popular in-state scholarships.

Want to know what it takes to make our rankings? Check out our distinct approach.

Methodology

To determine the best online colleges in each state, we examined the factors most important to prospective students: Academic quality and reputation, online program strength, and cost and student aid. At the most basic level, we use the following formula to determine the best online colleges: Academic Quality + Online Offerings + Cost and Student Aid = Final Score. Of course, there's more to these calculations than meets the eye. Visit our methodology page to discover the data points that shape our formula and to learn more about the process we use to rank schools.

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Washington University in St Louis

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Washington University in St Louis
Saint Louis
$44,841

An Online Education at Washington University in St Louis

Operated through the University College department, online degrees as WUSL offer many options, especially for undergraduate students. Online learning is delivered via Blackboard, and both faculty and staff can receive training to optimize their use. For students looking to accelerate their learning, the department offers back-to-back scheduling that allows students to take two courses at a time. The majority of work is delivered asynchronously, meaning busy students can balance their schoolwork with other responsibilities. Undergraduate applicants will need high school transcripts and diploma, ACT/SAT scores and between six and twelve transferable college-level courses. Graduate students will need transcripts from all previous college-level classes, GRE scores and three letters of recommendation.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor’s in Anthropology
  • Bachelor’s in Business
  • Bachelor’s in Communications
  • Bachelor’s in Economics
  • Bachelor’s in Health Care
  • Bachelor’s in History
  • Bachelor’s in Journalism
  • Bachelor’s in Mathematics

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master’s in International Affairs
  • Master’s in Human Resources Management
  • Master’s in Nonprofit Management

Contact Information

One Brookings Drive
Saint Louis, MT 63130-4899
(314) 935-5000

Webster University

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Webster University
Saint Louis
$23,760

An Online Education at Webster University

Webster is a private, non-profit university that has fully embraced the online format at the bachelor's and master's degree levels. The virtual classroom experience can be accessed through the WorldClassroom portal, which is powered by the popular Canvas platform. Canvas is extremely user friendly, with native support on both mobile devices and desktop computers. This interface enables students to create discussion board posts, chat with one another, take quizzes and submit assignments electronically.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Intelligence Technologies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Media Communications
  • Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Global Society
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (R.N. to B.S.N)

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Gerontology
  • Master of Science in Environmental Management
  • Master of Arts in Information Technology Management
  • Master of Arts in Management and Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Social Science Education
  • Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Master of Arts in Communications Management

Course sizes are capped at 24 students, so that instructors can provide personal attention. Some graduate programs require GRE or GMAT scores.

Contact Information

470 E Lockwood Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63119-3194
(314) 961-2660


Acclaim for online programs

  • #126on the U.S News and World Report's Best Online MBA Programs
  • #67on the U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA)
  • #86on the U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs

Saint Louis University

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Saint Louis University
Saint Louis
$36,726

An Online Education at Saint Louis University

Distance learners can earn bachelor's degrees, undergraduate minors and certificates completely online or in a blended format by attending this private research institution. Non-degree seeking students may also enroll in single courses offered online.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • B.S. in Computer Information Systems
  • B.A. in General Studies
  • B.A. in Organizational Studies
  • B.S. in Aviation Management
  • B.S. in Nursing - RN to BSN
  • B.S. in Organizational Leadership & Technology
  • B.S. in Security & Strategic Intelligence

Online studies are facilitated through the Blackboard learning management system, a platform that allows students to connect through collaborative classroom wikis, shared academic materials and discussion boards. While registering for classes, students should note format abbreviations such as "ON" for online and "BL" for blended courses. Students can reach the Tech Service Center for online course assistance using multiple channels, such as Google Chat, email and by calling 977-4000, extension 2. Military students are eligible to receive a reduced tuition rate when they attend classes online.

Contact Information

One Grand Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63103-2097
(314) 977-2222


Acclaim for online programs

  • #78on the U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs

Missouri State University-Springfield

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Missouri State University-Springfield
Springfield
$6,908
$13,388

An Online Education at Missouri State University-Springfield

Missouri State University offers a wide selection of 100% online bachelor's, master's and certificate programs. Undergraduate students can also customize their online degrees by enrolling in communications or criminology minors.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminology
  • Bachelor of Science in General Business
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Services (Clinical Services Option)
  • Bachelor of Science in Professional Writing
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Service Management

Graduate applicants are expected to have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75. Those who do not meet this requirement may still be considered for admission based on GRE performance. Many programs require the submission of standardized graduate pre-admission exam scores.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Master of Science in Administrative Studies
  • Master of Science in Computer Information Systems
  • Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Education, Literacy
  • Master of Science in Project Management
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

Distance learners use the widespread Blackboard learning management system to access course materials, chat with peers on message boards and submit coursework to instructors. Online students can access several academic services remotely, such as career counseling, advising, tutoring, textbook stores and the disability resource center. Those in need of technical support can reach the office of Adult Student Services at (877) 678-2005. MSU's online programs are available to distance learners in most of the United States, with the exception of Alabama, Kentucky, New York, Utah and Iowa.

Contact Information

901 S National
Springfield, MO 65897
(417) 836-5000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #87on the U.S News and World Report's Best Online MBA Programs

University of Central Missouri

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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg
$7,265
$13,659

An Online Education at University of Central Missouri

The University of Central Missouri has adopted distance learning technologies to provide a diverse range of program options: bachelor's, master's, certificates, minors and post-graduate credentials can all be earned completely online or in a hybrid format. First year students are required to submit SAT or ACT scores along with their high school transcripts.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Crisis and Disaster Management (B.S.)
  • Bachelor of Science for Registered Nurses (RN to BSN)
  • Occupational Education (B.S.)
  • Technology Transfer program (B.S.)
  • General Studies (B.A. or B.S.)
  • Criminal Justice (B.S.)

Several graduate programs require GRE or GMAT exam results, so applicants should check with their respective programs to learn about minimum score requirements.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Aviation Safety (M.S.)
  • Career and Technical Education Leadership (M.S.)
  • Criminal Justice (M.S.)
  • Elementary Education/Curriculum and Instruction (M.S.E.)
  • Kinesiology (M.S.)
  • Library Science and Information Services (M.S.)
  • Teaching (M.A.)

Distance learners access online classes through the Blackboard system, which is characterized by interactive elements such as video conferences, collaborative wiki pages, discussion boards and quizzes. Most online courses are delivered in asynchronous sessions that last 8-16 weeks. Students can reach out to the Technology Support Center by calling 660-543-4357.

Contact Information

202 Administration Building
Warrensburg, MO 64093
(660) 543-4111


Acclaim for online programs

  • #107on the U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs

University of Missouri - Kansas City

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University of Missouri - Kansas City
Kansas City
$9,456
$22,203

An Online Education at University of Missouri - Kansas City

The Kansas City campus of the University of Missouri provides several bachelor's, master's, doctoral and certificate programs completely online, particularly within the healthcare field. There are three main distance learning formats: asynchronous courses for students who prefer to sign on at any time, synchronous courses for students who prefer real-time activities and hybrid courses with blended campus and online instruction.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Liberal Arts (BLA)
  • Bachelor of Dental Hygiene (BS)
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN to BSN in Nursing)

Prospective graduate students must hold a bachelor's or professional degree to be considered for admission. Several graduate programs have GRE, MAT or GMAT requirements, so applicants should check with their respective departments for details.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Masters of Dental Hygiene Education (MS)
  • Education, General (Ed.S. in District-Level Education Administration)
  • Master of Curriculum & Instruction in Multicultural Education (MA)
  • MSN (Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator Tracks)
  • Nursing (PhD)
  • Nursing Practice (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  • Pharmacy (PharmD)

Online coursework and academic materials can be accessed through the Blackboard platform, a popular virtual classroom environment that features video web conferencing, discussion boards and collaborative classroom wikis. Students can chat with tech support online five days a week by signing into the Blackboard live support portal.

Contact Information

5100 Rockhill Rd
Kansas City, MO 64110
(816) 235-1000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #34on the U.S News and World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #18on the U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs

Evangel University

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Evangel University
Springfield
$20,040

An Online Education at Evangel University

Prospective undergraduate students can select from two baccalaureate degree programs in Management or Church Studies at EU. Both degrees are delivered fully online via an accelerated format, allowing students to finish their programs more quickly than a traditional classroom approach allows. Online students have access to many of the same resources as their on-campus peers, including an academic advisor, technical assistance, career services and a digital library. Students must hold a high school or GED diploma, ACT/SAT scores and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor’s in Management
  • Bachelor’s in Church Studies

Contact Information

1111 N Glenstone
Springfield, MO 65802
(417) 865-2811


Acclaim for online programs

  • #53on U.S. News and World Report for Online Graduate Business Programs

Northwest Missouri State University

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Northwest Missouri State University
Maryville
$6,390
$11,391

An Online Education at Northwest Missouri State University

NMSU provides certificate, bachelor's and master's programs entirely online through the CatPAWS system, powered by eCollege. Students use this platform to access eBooks, earn academic achievement badges, submit assignments and explore tutoring services. Each course runs for a duration of 15 weeks. Students are expected to sign onto their courses 5-6 days per week to be successful in a distance learning program.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • BS in Business Management
  • BS in Marketing

Several graduate programs require applicants to submit GRE or GMAT scores. Prospective master's students must also have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 to be considered for admission.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MBA
  • M.S. in Geographic Information Science
  • M.S.Ed. in Teaching: English Language Learners
  • M.S.Ed. in Special Education

Online advising, disability services and technical support are just some of the assistance NMSU provides to online learners. Students can get in touch with 24/7 technical support resources by chatting with LearningStudio representatives.

Contact Information

800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-6001
(660) 562-1212

University of Missouri

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University of Missouri
Columbia
$274
$6,576

An Online Education at University of Missouri

With such a diverse array of fully online degrees available at the undergraduate level, it’s no wonder that students from across America and the globe elect to study at UM St. Louis. In addition to full programs, some of the offerings are also available as degree completion programs for students who have already begun their learning elsewhere. The school prides itself on providing an “online concierge” to help guide and support students through their entire online education. This includes helping students use the Blackboard virtual learning platform to take their classes, discuss readings with fellow students and faculty, submit assignments and view their grades. The school has specific admission requirements, which can be found on the undergraduate application page.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies
  • Bachelor’s in Business Administration
  • Bachelor’s in Criminology & Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor’s in History
  • Bachelor’s in Nursing
  • Bachelor’s in Political Science (available soon)

Contact Information

105 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-2121


Acclaim for online programs

  • #50on U.S. News and World Report for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
  • #68on U.S. News and World Report for Best Online Graduate Education Programs

Stephens College

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Stephens College
Columbia
$27,954

An Online Education at Stephens College

Stephens is an all female college that provides certificate, bachelor's and master's programs in an entirely online format. Students who are not seeking degrees are also welcome to apply for individual courses. Stephens seeks to incorporate online learners into various aspects of student life through remote services. For example, online students who have completed their studies are invited to campus for a commencement ceremony that is also streamed online for guests who are not able to visit.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration

Upon enrollment, Stephens College graduate students must complete an hour-long digital class orientation to learn more about student responsibilities at the master's level. Applicants are not required to turn in scores for the GRE or MAT to be considered for admission.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master in Strategic Leadership
  • Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction

Online students sign onto the Canvas learning management system to view important academic documents, access assignments, attend web conferences, take quizzes and check class schedules. Students can get technical assistance by calling the help desk at 573-876-2381.

Contact Information

1200 E Broadway
Columbia, MO 65215
(573) 442-2211


Acclaim for online programs

  • #184on the U.S News and World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs

Maryville University of Saint Louis

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Maryville University of Saint Louis
Saint Louis
$25,002

An Online Education at Maryville University of Saint Louis

Though Maryville University has distinguished itself by offering renowned online nursing degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels, the school also has a number of other distance learning programs delivered through its digital platform, Canvas. Online students take advantage of classes delivered asynchronously by the same professors lecturing on campus, with special accelerated options for those who wish to complete their degrees quickly. MU has a number of general and specific mandates for applicants, depending on the degree path chosen, which can be found on the admission requirements portion of their website.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor’s in Cybersecurity
  • Bachelor’s in Healthcare Practice Management
  • RN to Bachelor’s in Nursing (RN-BSN)

Online Graduate Degrees

  • BSN to Nursing Practice (BSN-DNP)
  • MBA
  • Master’s in Nursing
  • Ph.D. in Nursing Practice

Contact Information

650 Maryville University Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63141-7299
(800) 627-9855


Acclaim for online programs

  • #82on U.S. News and World Report for Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs

Lindenwood University

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Lindenwood University
Saint Charles
$15,150

An Online Education at Lindenwood University

This private university offers a modest selection of bachelor's and master's degree options that can be completed totally online. These courses are hosted on the Blackboard learning management system, where students can connect to video conferences, read their latest class materials, post thoughts on classroom discussion boards and upload assignments.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • BA Business
  • BA Criminal Justice
  • BA General Studies

A few graduate programs require the submission of official GMAT or GRE scores.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MA in Educational Technology
  • MA in Gifted Education
  • MA in Leadership
  • MA in Nonprofit Administration
  • MBA in Business Administration
  • MFA in Writing
  • MPA in Public Administration

Coursework is delivered on an asynchronous basis, providing students with the greatest amount of schedule flexibility. Online learners who need technical assistance can reach the help desk by calling (877) 615-8212 or find answers in the Online Support Center's knowledge base.

Contact Information

209 S Kingshighway
Saint Charles, MO 63301-1695
(636) 949-2000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #98on the U.S News and World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #123on the U.S News and World Report's Best Online MBA Programs
  • #162on the U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs

William Woods University

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William Woods University
Fulton
$20,650

An Online Education at William Woods University

William Woods University is a private institution that offers associate, bachelor's and master's degrees entirely online. Class sizes tend to be small, with a student-to-teacher ratio of 13:1. To meet the admissions requirements, undergraduate students are expected to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Some programs also have minimum standardized test score requirements of 900 on the SAT or 19 on the ACT.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies

Graduate applicants are also held to a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Prospective master's students are not required to submit scores for pre-admissions exams like the GRE or GMAT.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Master of Education (MEd) in Teaching and Technology

Distance learners sign onto The Woods, an online portal driven by the Moodle learning management system. Students use this platform to send messages to instructors and classmates, take quizzes, access multimedia learning materials and respond to coursework through forum posts. Students can get in touch with 24/7 technical assistance by calling 1-800-985-9781.

Contact Information

One University Avenue
Fulton, MO 65251-1098
(573) 642-22512251


Acclaim for online programs

  • #180on the U.S News and World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #136on the U.S News and World Report's Best Online MBA Programs
  • #168on the U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs

Avila University

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Avila University
Kansas City
$24,950

An Online Education at Avila University

Students can earn accelerated bachelor's or master's degrees entirely online at Avila University, which is distinguished by its 8-week course schedules that allow students to enroll at their own pace. These programs are designed for non-traditional adult learners who are at least 23 years of age. Undergraduate applicants must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.0 to be considered for admission.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Business Administration
  • Corporate Communication
  • Healthcare Management
  • Human Resources
  • Psychology
  • RN to BSN

Master's degree students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to seek admission to a graduate program. Standardized scores for exams like the GRE, MAT or GMAT are not required.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Management - Fundraising
  • Project Management
  • Instructional Design and Technology
  • Organizational Development
  • Strategic Human Resources
  • Executive Leadership

Distance learners use the Canvas LMS to attend virtual classes from their computers, smartphones or tablets. This platform features classroom discussion forums, digital assignments, multimedia content and many other collaborative tools. Students can get technical assistance by submitting a request ticket online to the Information Technology Services department.

Contact Information

11901 Wornall Rd
Kansas City, MO 64145-1698
(816) 942-8400

Culver-Stockton College

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Culver-Stockton College
Canton
$23,300

An Online Education at Culver-Stockton College

Culver-Stockton is a private liberal arts institution that offers a modest range of bachelor's and master's degree programs 100% online. Distance learners sign into the MyCulver portal to access coursework, which is run on the e-learning LMS. Digital courses range in length, taking between 5-8 weeks to complete. Undergraduate applicants must submit high school transcripts and hold a minimum score of 860 on the SAT or 18 on the ACT. Individual programs may also have their own high school GPA minimum requirements.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Business (BS), Specializations in Accounting & Finance or Management
  • Criminal Justice (BAAS)
  • Criminal Justice (BS)

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Business of Administration (Specialization in Accounting & Finance)
  • Master of Business Administration (Specialization in Management)

To pursue the online MBA options, future graduate students must first complete several prerequisite courses in subjects like accounting, macroeconomics and finance. The GMAT is an admissions requirement for these programs.

Contact Information

One College Hill
Canton, MO 63435-1299
(573) 288-6000

Fontbonne University

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Fontbonne University
Saint Louis
$22,684

An Online Education at Fontbonne University

Fontbonne U presents future students with several bachelor's, master's and certificate programs entirely online or in a blended format. Online learners can access many remote students services, including test proctoring, the Fontbonne bookstore, academic tutoring and reference librarians. Students can reach the technology help desk by calling 314-719-8095.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Special Education - Paraprofessional Pathways SM

Graduate applicants are expected to submit letters of recommendation, official transcripts, a personal statement and a portfolio (if required by a program). Some programs require GRE, MAT or GMAT scores.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Learning Technologies
  • Education
  • Management
  • MBA
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Teaching: Special Education - Paraprofessional PathwaysSM
  • Instructional Design & Technology

Students access courses through GriffinNet, a portal driven by the Blackboard learning management system. Virtual classrooms are comprised of shared learning materials, discussion boards, wikis and video conferencing tools.

Contact Information

6800 Wydown Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63105-3098
(314) 862-3456

Central Methodist University

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Central Methodist University
Fayette
$21,320

An Online Education at Central Methodist University

Students who wish to complete their degrees fully online can choose from a raft of undergraduate programs, in addition to two graduate degrees. They also have the option to take classes lasting eight or 16 weeks, depending on their area of study. CMU also offers an online course readiness quiz to help students understand if a distance learning degree is the best option for them. Classes are delivered via Blackboard Collaborate, and students are able to access 24/7 academic support via the online portal. Other services available include technical support, library resources, financial assistance, and career services. Undergraduate students should have transcripts from all previous academic endeavors available, as well as ACT/SAT scores when they apply. Graduate requirements are varied and can be found on the admissions information webpage.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor’s in Accounting
  • Bachelor’s in Business
  • Bachelor’s in Child Development
  • Bachelor’s in Computer Science
  • RN to Bachelor’s in Nursing (RN-BSN)
  • Bachelor’s in Public Administration
  • Bachelor’s in Psychology
  • Bachelor’s in Sociology

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master’s in Math
  • Master’s in Nursing

Contact Information

411 Central Methodist Square
Fayette, MO 65248-1198
(660) 248-3391

Central Christian College of the Bible

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Central Christian College of the Bible
Moberly
$13,800

An Online Education at Central Christian College of the Bible

Though all online degrees offered by CCCB are bachelor’s programs in Religious Studies or Bible, students are able to choose from a wide spectrum of concentrations, ranging from church planting and nursing to accounting and graphic design technology. All classes are delivered via eight-week intensives and, aside from deadlines, all work can be completed asynchronously. Prospective students should be prepared to spend 15-20 hours per week completing coursework, including approximately 100 pages of reading every week. Classes are interactive and incorporate video/audio lectures, discussions, tests/quizzes and writing assignments. Students can also work with staff to incorporate an internship or service experience as part of their degree. Prospective students should have copies of their transcripts and SAT/ACT scores ready when they apply.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor’s in Religious Studies with various concentrations
  • Bachelor’s in Bible

Contact Information

911 E Urbandale Dr
Moberly, MO 65270-1997
(660) 263-3900110

Hannibal-LaGrange University

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Hannibal-LaGrange University
Hannibal
$18,770

An Online Education at Hannibal-LaGrange University

This private college associated with the Missouri Baptist Convention offers a few bachelor's and master's degree programs entirely online. Students are expected to login to their online classrooms 3-5 days a week, with each course lasting 5-8 weeks. The BSN program can be completed within two years, while the master's programs can be finished within a single year.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Leadership
  • Master of Science in Education

Some online learning activities may be scheduled on a synchronous basis, which means that students are expected to sign on and join live chat sessions with their classmates and instructors. Non-degree seeking students also have the option of enrolling in single online courses. Students use the Moodle portal to access digital course materials, academic achievement badges, quizzes and peer discussions.

Contact Information

2800 Palmyra Rd
Hannibal, MO 63401-1999
(573) 221-3675

Missouri Baptist University

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Missouri Baptist University
Saint Louis
$21,790

An Online Education at Missouri Baptist University

This private college is home to bachelor's and master's degree programs that can be completed entirely through online classes or in a blended format. These courses are delivered through the popular Blackboard platform, which supports diverse communications methods like video chat, private messaging and discussion board posts. Each online course runs for eight weeks at a time.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Sports Management

Graduate students are not required to submit GRE or GMAT exam scores. Necessary application documents include official transcripts, recommendation letters and a 900-word personal statement regarding one's professional plans.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Counseling (School)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Educational Technology
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Fitness Management
  • Master of Science in Sport Management

Students attending MBU may be eligible to earn additional college credits for their previous professional and personal experiences. To learn more about this, ask an admissions officer about the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), which helps academic institutions measure subject mastery based off experience.

Contact Information

One College Park Dr
Saint Louis, MO 63141-8698
(877) 434-1115

Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary

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Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary
Kansas City
$10,816

An Online Education at Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary

No matter the online degree they choose, students enrolled at CBCTS complete 29 foundational credits in bible and theology as part of the university mission. Classes are delivered in an eight-week format and students can choose from six different starting times throughout the academic year. Online students at CBCTS receive the same individualized care as their peers taking classes at the college’s brick-and-mortar campus. Some resources available include an academic advisor, library services, technical support, financial assistance and career services. Students should have their official transcripts and ACT/SAT scores ready to be sent to the school, as well as references from their pastor and a personal friend.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor’s in Advanced Biblical Studies
  • Bachelor’s in Business Administration with various concentrations
  • Bachelor’s in Ministry Studies with various concentrations

Contact Information

15800 Calvary Road
Kansas City, MO 64147-1341
(816) 322-0110

Southeast Missouri State University

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Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau
$6,863
$12,195

An Online Education at Southeast Missouri State University

The undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered fully online by SMSU run the gamut, with options ranging from business and criminal justice to psychology and emergency preparedness. Enrolled students use the online learning platform Moodle to complete coursework, communicate with peers and professors, turn in assignments and review their grades. All applicants submit their information online, with varying requirements depending on the level and area of study. SMSU is committed to ensuring their online students have the same enriching experience as their on-campus peers and offer services such as career services, academic advising, technical troubleshooting and online library services to every student.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor’s in Business Administration
  • RN to Bachelor’s in Nursing (RN-BSN)
  • Bachelor’s in Healthcare Management
  • Bachelor’s in General Studies
  • Bachelor’s in Psychology
  • Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems
  • Bachelor’s in Social Science
  • Bachelor’s in Emergency Preparedness

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master’s in Business Administration
  • Master’s in Management
  • Master’s in Elementary Education
  • Master’s in Secondary Education
  • Master’s in Criminal Justice
  • Master’s in Technology Management
  • Master’s in Healthcare Management
  • Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis

Contact Information

One University Plaza, MS4675
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 651-2000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #15on U.S. News and World Report for Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs
  • #49on U.S. News and World Report for Best Online Graduate Business Programs
  • #68on U.S. News and World Report for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
  • #89on U.S. News and World Report for Best Online MBA Programs
  • #142on U.S. News and World Report for Best Online Graduate Education Programs

Missouri Valley College

23
Missouri Valley College
Marshall
$18,300

An Online Education at Missouri Valley College

This private college offers undergraduates the opportunity to earn associate and bachelor's degrees 100% online through the Moodle virtual classroom environment. Online learners can use this interactive system to view multimedia course files, check grades, take quizzes and contribute to classroom message boards. Students also use Google Drive to create, manage and share documents. Prospective undergraduates are required to submit high school transcripts along with SAT or ACT scores to be considered for admission.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Most courses run for a duration of eight weeks. A range of remote student support is available to distance learners, such as disability services and a counseling center. The help desk for technical support can be reached by calling 866-259-4329.

Contact Information

500 E College St
Marshall, MO 65340
(660) 831-4000

Drury University

24
Drury University
Springfield
$22,295

An Online Education at Drury University

Drury hosts a wide selection of associate, bachelor's and certificate programs that can be completed either fully online or in a hybrid format. Digital courses are delivered through the Blackboard platform, which supports forum discussions, video conferencing and collaborative classroom blogs. Prospective students are encouraged to practice using the Blackboard system by taking a sample course online. Online courses are delivered over the span of eight weeks.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement
  • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication and Development
  • Bachelor of Science in Instructional Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

All graduate applicants are expected to take the GRE or MAT and should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 to gain regular admission status. Those who do not meet this threshold may still be considered for admission based on an MAT exam score.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Education in Instructional Mathematics K-8
  • Master of Education in Instructional Technology

Advising, library reference materials and tutoring are some of the academic accommodations available to distance learners. Technical support can be found through the help desk chat or by calling (417) 873-7000.

Contact Information

900 N.Benton
Springfield, MO 65802-3791
(417) 873-7879

Ozark Christian College

25
Ozark Christian College
Joplin
$11,040

An Online Education at Ozark Christian College

In the fall of 2015, Ozark Christian College launched its first fully online degree — a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies. In terms of scheduling and credits, the program is fully in-line with the school's on-campus corollary. Each course is eight weeks long and work must be completed synchronously, meaning that students must participate on a weekly basis with a few specific log-in times required. Courses include surveys of church history, new and old testament texts and interpretation scholarship. Online students have slightly fewer courses to choose from than resident students.

Online Undergraduate Degree

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies

Contact Information

1111 N Main St
Joplin, MO 64801
(417) 624-2518


Most Affordable Online Colleges in Missouri

Below you’ll find another list of the best online schools in Missouri, this time sorted by their affordability, as measured by tuition rate.

Want to know what it takes to make our rankings? Check out our distinct approach.

Methodology

Our list of the most affordable online colleges is based on in-state yearly tuition, or annual tuition rates if a school does not differentiate between in-state and out-of-state students. Tuition rates are based on a full course load each semester or term. All colleges on the list offer at least one bachelor's degree completion program available entirely online. Those institutions with the lowest tuition are ranked highest, providing prospective students with a true list of the most affordable online colleges in their state.

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Missouri Southern State University

1
Missouri Southern State University
Joplin
$5,376
$10,225

Northwest Missouri State University

2
Northwest Missouri State University
Maryville
$6,390
$11,391

University of Missouri

3
University of Missouri
Columbia
$274
$6,576

Lincoln University

4
Lincoln University
Jefferson City
$6,838
$13,228

Missouri State University-Springfield

5
Missouri State University-Springfield
Springfield
$6,908
$13,388

University of Central Missouri

6
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg
$7,265
$13,659

University of Missouri - Kansas City

7
University of Missouri - Kansas City
Kansas City
$9,456
$22,203

Park University

8
Park University
Parkville
$10,600

Lindenwood University

9
Lindenwood University
Saint Charles
$15,150

Missouri Valley College

10
Missouri Valley College
Marshall
$18,300

Hannibal-LaGrange University

11
Hannibal-LaGrange University
Hannibal
$18,770

William Woods University

12
William Woods University
Fulton
$20,650

Missouri Baptist University

13
Missouri Baptist University
Saint Louis
$21,790

Drury University

14
Drury University
Springfield
$22,295

Fontbonne University

15
Fontbonne University
Saint Louis
$22,684

Culver-Stockton College

16
Culver-Stockton College
Canton
$23,300

Webster University

17
Webster University
Saint Louis
$23,760

Avila University

18
Avila University
Kansas City
$24,950

Columbia College

19
Columbia College
Columbia
$26,800

Stephens College

20
Stephens College
Columbia
$27,954

Saint Louis University

21
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis
$36,726


Scholarships and Financial Aid in Missouri

Academic Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $2,000 See Scholarship

For freshmen entering the University of Missouri with an ACT score of 24+. Applicants must be within the top 25% of their graduating high school class. The award is $2,000, renewable for 2 additional years.

Bright Flight Scholarship

Deadline: rolling
Scholarship Amount $3,000 See Scholarship

The Bright Flight Scholarship is for freshmen entering an undergraduate program in Missouri. To be eligible, students must score within the top 3% of all Missouri high school seniors taking the ACT in their senior year. Funds are administered by the Missouri Department of Higher Education.

Community College Scholars Award

Deadline: February 1, 2016
Scholarship Amount $2,000 See Scholarship

For students who earned an associate’s degree at a Missouri community college with a GPA of 3.25+. To be eligible, applicants must be entering the University of Missouri the semester immediately following graduation from community college. Missouri residents only.

Curator’s Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $7,000 See Scholarship

The University of Missouri – St. Louis Curator’s Scholarship is available to Missouri residents who rank in the top 5% of their high school class. An ACT score of 28+ is required. Award amount is $7,000, renewable for 2 additional years.

Excellence Award

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $2,000 See Scholarship

For University of Missouri freshmen who rank in the top 50% of their high school class and have an ACT score of 27+. Award amount varies based on class rank and ACT/SAT scores. Maximum amount is $2,000 per year for 4 years. Missouri residents only.

George C. Brooks Scholarship

Deadline: December 15, 2015
Scholarship Amount $7,500 See Scholarship

Available to University of Missouri freshmen with an ACT score of 25+. To be eligible, applicants must belong to a group that is under-represented at UM, including African-American, hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander students. Maximum award is $7,500 per year for 4 years.

Mark Twain Nonresident Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $10,000 See Scholarship

For out-of-state freshmen entering the University of Missouri. Applicants must be in the top 50% of their graduating class, and have an ACT score of 27+. Award varies based on ACT/ SAT scores and class rank. Maximum amount is $10,000 per year for 4 years.

National Merit/Achievement Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $2,000 See Scholarship

Available to National Merit or Achievement finalists entering the University of Missouri as freshmen. To be eligible, finalists must indicate University of Missouri as their first-choice school to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Maximum award is $2,000 per year for 4 years.

Out-of-State Fee Stipend

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $6,480 See Scholarship

Open to out-of-state freshmen entering Missouri State University. To be eligible, students must be in the top 25% of their graduating class, and have a GPA of 3.5+ or ACT score of 24+. The award is a waiver of all non-resident tuition fees.

University Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $2,500 See Scholarship

This scholarship is open to freshmen entering the University of Missouri – St. Louis. To be eligible, students must rank in the top 25% of their high school class and have an ACT score of 25+. The award is $2,500. It may be renewed for 2 additional years.


Higher Education Resources in Missouri