2019 Best Online Colleges in Missouri

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The following schools highlight the best online colleges in Missouri based on affordable tuition costs and alumni salaries. Northwest Missouri State University is ranked #1 and has the highest median salary at $88,464, charging an annual tuition rate of $17,913. University of Missouri is ranked #2, has a tuition rate at $11,091 per year, and offers degrees in business administration, hospitality management, and more.

Alumni salaries were provided by PayScale. View our methodology for more details or learn more about SR Education Group. To see all online schools in Missouri, view our comprehensive list.

Rank School Annual Tuition Median Salary
#1 #1 Northwest Missouri State University $17,913 $88,464
#2 #2 University of Missouri $11,091 $81,023
#3 #3 Southeast Missouri State University $8,520 $79,771
#4 #4 Missouri State University $8,850 $77,408
#5 #5 Webster University $22,720 $77,152
#6 #6 University of Central Missouri $8,344 $74,227
#7 #7 University of Missouri-Kansas City $20,014 $75,723
#8 #8 Avila University $14,430 $74,112
#9 #9 Saint Louis University-Main Campus $43,160 $77,927
#10 #10 Central Methodist University $7,500 $69,198
#11 #11 Drury University $9,548 $68,849
#12 #12 Stephens College $9,120 $66,445
#13 #13 University of Missouri at Saint Louis $29,769 $68,738
#14 #14 Missouri Southern State University $8,391 $64,564
#15 #15 Evangel University $22,146 $64,809
#16 #16 Fontbonne University $25,980 $64,410
#17 #17 Lindenwood University $16,900 $60,448
#18 #18 Missouri Baptist University $12,360 $58,145
#19 #19 William Woods University $8,350 $50,998

2019 Online Colleges in Missouri Ranking Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

  • Annual Tuition: $17,913
  • Median Salary: $88,464
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Online
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Northwest Missouri State University has more than a dozen online degree programs. NMSU's offerings are particularly strong in business and education. Two of their newer programs are the Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in Reading and in Healthcare and Physical Education.  B.S. degrees are available in Business Management and Marketing, and they also offer an R.N. to B.S.N program. The graduate offerings in business include an accelerated M.B.A. in Human Resource Management that can be completed in as little as 12 months. Other graduate programs are available in the fields of geographic information science, education, and health science and wellness. Bachelor's programs are $589 per credit and graduate tuition is $694 per credit.

  • Annual Tuition: $11,091
  • Median Salary: $81,023
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Columbia
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The University of Missouri is the flagship of Missouri's university system. UM offers an outstanding array of more than a hundred programs through Mizzou Online. B.S. programs include degree completions in Radiologic Science, and in Respiratory Therapy. The extensive online graduate programs feature the M.S. in Agricultural Leadership, and an M.S. in Natural Resources in Agroforestry. Among the graduate degrees in the College of Human Environmental Science are programs in architectural studies, gerontology, social work, and youth development. The College of Education has an impressive variety of M.Ed. programs, including autism education, gifted education, and TESOL. The online doctoral programs require some residency. Undergraduate online tuition is $857 per credit, and graduate is $1,007 per credit.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,520
  • Median Salary: $79,771
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Cape Girardeau
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Southeast Missouri State, located in Cape Girardeau, has more than thirty online programs. The range of options is particularly notable in education. The Bachelor's programs include B.S. degrees in Criminal Justice, Healthcare Administration, and Healthcare Management. The Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) in Applied Technology completes a degree for students with an Associate in Technology. The programs in Education include an M.A.T. in teaching STEM courses, and an M.A. in Teaching Leadership, which prepares students to be principals and school administrators. M.B.A. degrees are offered in Business and Sport Management. Tuition is $284 per credit hour for bachelor's programs and $347.25 per credit hour for graduate programs. Some programs or courses may have additional fees.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,850
  • Median Salary: $77,408
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Springfield
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Missouri State University offers more than twenty online degrees. The nine undergraduate online options include B.S. programs in communication studies, finance, general business, psychology, and health service. Graduate programs include an M.A. in History, an M.S. in Cybersecurity, an M.S. in Child Life Studies, and an M.S. in Project Management. The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (D.N.A.P.) and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) are designed for professional nurses. Online tuition is $295 per credit hour, though courses delivered from the McQueary College of Health and Human Services range between $320-$325 per credit hour. MSU's goal is to produce ethically minded professionals.

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  • Annual Tuition: $22,720
  • Median Salary: $77,152
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Saint Louis
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The main campus of Webster University is located in St. Louis but Webster is really a global institution, with locations on four continents. Webster has been providing online degrees since 1999, and now offers an impressive number of accredited undergraduate and graduate programs. The global focus is exemplified by two programs, the B.A. in Religion and Global Society and the M.A. in Multimodal Literacy for Global Impact. Among the B.A. and B.S. degrees are Criminology, Management, Communications and Data Analytics. The graduate degrees offered include the M.S. in Environmental Management, an M.A. in Public Relations, and an M.A. in Procurement and Acquisition Management. Tuition is $710 per credit for undergraduate programs and $780 per credit for graduate programs.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,344
  • Median Salary: $74,227
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Warrensburg
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The University of Central Missouri has more than 20 very affordable online degree programs. Undergraduate online tuition is $278 per credit and graduate is $348 per credit. Their B.A. in Crisis and Disaster Management has four options including Business Continuity and Environmental Hazards. These options plan for business survival during a disaster, and the possible environmental impact of disasters. Other undergraduate options include B.A.degrees in History, Nursing, Psychology and a B.S. in Criminal Justice. Graduate programs include M.S. degrees in Kinesiology, Social Gerontology, Occupational Safety Management, and Aviation Safety. Graduate programs also include an M.B.A., and an M.S.E. in Educational Technology. UCM is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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  • Annual Tuition: $20,014
  • Median Salary: $75,723
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Kansas City
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The University of Missouri-Kansas City has seven highly regarded online degree options, all related to health professions. The B.S. in Dental Hygiene (B.S.D.H.) offers a degree to students with a dental hygiene license. The Registered Nurse to B.S.in Nursing is a degree completion program. The M.S.N. degree prepares Nurse Practitioners in several areas, including Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP). The Ph.D. in Nursing requires two 4-day residencies, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) has a mandatory summer residency. Some states restrict out-of-state online nursing programs, so prospective students should check their state's regulations before applying. Tuition varies by program and by the student’s state of residency.

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  • Annual Tuition: $14,430
  • Median Salary: $74,112
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Kansas City
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Avila University is a Catholic university that was founded in 1866. Their online offerings include five bachelor's and two master's degrees. The B.A in Accounting is a stepping stone to an M.B.A. The B.S. degrees in Computer Science and Software Engineering target technical fields. The B.S. in Healthcare Management covers proposal writing, analytics, and other aspects of the field. The R.N. to B.S. in Nursing is designed for working nurses. Avila's M.A. in Education in Teaching and Learning and the M.A. in Management focus on career advancement. Tuition is $472 per credit for undergraduate degrees. The M.A. in Education is $505 per credit, and the M.A. in Management is $559 per credit.

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  • Annual Tuition: $43,160
  • Median Salary: $77,927
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Saint Louis
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The more than 20 online programs at St. Louis University-Main Campus are administered by SLU's School for Professional Studies. Several programs are unique, including the B.S. in Aviation Management and the Masters of Public Health in Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness. Bachelor's degrees include the B.A. in Organizational Studies and the B.S. in Emergency Management. Their nationally recognized nursing programs include the Doctor of Nursing Practice and the Ph.D. in Nursing. The Ph.D.in Nursing trains research scholars, and the D.N.P. emphasizes nurse administration and teaching. SLU's programs reflect the academic rigor combined with service associated with the school's Jesuit affiliation. Tuition is $650 per undergraduate credit hour, and $790 per graduate credit.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • Median Salary: $69,198
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Fayette
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Founded in 1854, Central Methodist University is one of Missouri's oldest colleges. CMU's College of Graduate and Extended Studies administers the more than 20 online degrees that are offered. Among the bachelor's degrees offered are the B.S. in Applied Behavioral Analysis, and the B.S.in Child Development. The M.S. in Mathematics does not require a thesis, but does require a campus visit for exams. The M.S.in Nursing (M.S.N.) has two options, Clinical Nurse Leader or Nurse Educator. Tuition is $250 per credit for undergraduate courses and $290 per credit for graduate. The school's association with the United Methodist Church leads to a focus on academics, career preparation, and social responsibility. CMU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,548
  • Median Salary: $68,849
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Springfield
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Drury University's online program includes 12 bachelor's degrees and nine associate degrees. Their slogan of "Above, Beyond, Farther" connects with DU's strong support of adult learners and their focus on career and life quality. Among the programs offered are a B.S. in Business Administration (B.B.A.) and a B.S. in Health Services Management. Their distinctive B.S. in Emergency Management trains students as future emergency management leaders. Another innovative program is the interdisciplinary B.S. in Behavioral and Community Health. This degree program covers a wide range of fields, from law enforcement and criminal justice to psychology and sociology. The tuition for online classes is $308 per credit hour. Founded in 1873, Drewry is located Springfield, Missouri.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,120
  • Median Salary: $66,445
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Columbia
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Stephens College is the second oldest women's college in the United States. They offer two online programs to help distance learners achieve their goals. The B.S. in Health Information Administration was the first online HIA program in the country. Their other online program, a Master of Fine Arts in TV and Screenwriting, was also the first of its kind in the country. Most of this program is online, but it does require two 10-day residences per year at the Jim Henson Studio in Hollywood. The program is aimed at increasing the influence of women in television and film. Tuition for the B.S. program is $380 per credit hour, while the MFA program is $19,200 per year.

  • Annual Tuition: $29,769
  • Median Salary: $68,738
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Saint Louis
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The University of Missouri at St. Louis offers a dozen online degree programs. Online degrees are administered by UMSL/NOW (Night, Online and Weekends). UMSL's bachelor's programs include a B.S. in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Liberal Studies (B.L.S.), and B.A.'s in History, Political Science, and Communication. There are three Masters of Education (M.Ed.) programs with concentrations in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Secondary Education. These M.Ed. programs can be completed in 12 months. UMSL also offers two online doctoral programs: the Ph.D. in Nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) The DNP requires several intensive 3-day seminars on campus. Undergraduate tuition is $930 per credit, and graduate tuition is $1,170 per credit.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,391
  • Median Salary: $64,564
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Joplin
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Missouri Southern University offers more than a dozen online degrees, all at the bachelor's level. They offer five Bachelor of Science in Health Science programs, including a B.S. in Business/ Life Health Science. The other four Health Science programs are degree completion programs that include dental hygiene, respiratory therapy, radiology and a B.S. in Health Science-Paramedic. The interdisciplinary Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) is designed for students not wanting an existing major. The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) focuses on giving students a very broad background, including in international aspects. Tuition for online programs is $271 per credit. MOSO is located in Joplin, Missouri.

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  • Annual Tuition: $22,146
  • Median Salary: $64,809
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Springfield
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Evangel University is a Christian university that offers ten online degree programs to help distance learners further their education while balancing other commitments. The B.S. in Church Ministries reflects EU's mission, and the M.A. in Theological Studies trains ministers and prepares them for further study. They offer a B.S. in Behavioral Health which prepares students for entry level positions in organizations serving client's behavioral needs. The B.S. in Business Management develops leadership skills based in Christian ethics. The graduate programs strongly emphasize leadership. The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degrees include concentrations in Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction Leadership. Online tuition is $285 per credit hour. EU is located in Springfield, Missouri.

  • Annual Tuition: $25,980
  • Median Salary: $64,410
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Saint Louis, Brentwood, St. Louis
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Fontbonne University offers six online degrees. Two of these programs involve Fontbonne's unique Professional Pathways program. In this program, a teacher's assistant can earn a B.S. in Special Education and simultaneously earn teacher certification in K-12 mild/moderate cross-categorical. Teachers with a B.A. can earn a Master's in Special Education while also earning K-12 mild/moderate certification. Other graduate programs available include an M.A. in Education, an M.B.A., and a redesigned M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology. Fontbonne's Catholic identity suffuses the school's mission to instill in students a sense of critical thinking and ethical action during their careers. Tuition is $694 per credit for bachelor's programs and $754 per credit for graduate programs.

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  • Annual Tuition: $16,900
  • Median Salary: $60,448
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Saint Charles
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Founded in 1827, Lindenwood University is located in St. Charles, Missouri. Lindenwood offers more than thirty online degree programs. The programs are particularly notable in art, design, digital media, and business. Several programs are offered on both the bachelor's and graduate levels, including Art History, Digital Web Design, and Fashion Business and Entrepreneurship. Among the notable offerings are the B.S. in Social Media and Digital Content Strategy, the Masters of Music Education (M.M.E.), and the M.A. in Nonprofit Administration. Some programs have an accelerated option. For example, the B.A. in Art History can be completed in three years. Tuition is $480 per credit hour. LU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,360
  • Median Salary: $58,145
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Saint Louis
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Missouri Baptist University offers twenty accredited online degree programs. Two of them reflect the college's Baptist orientation: the B.S. in Ministry and Leadership and the M.A. in Christian Ministry. Bachelor's degrees are offered in fields including applied management, sport management, criminal justice, and liberal arts. Many of the programs are accelerated, offering students the opportunity to earn their degree in 12-24 months. Some of the accelerated degree programs are the M.B.A. and the M.S. degrees in Criminal Justice, Fitness Management, and Sport Management. Undergraduate tuition is $412 per semester hour. Master’s degree tuition varies by program and ranges between $443-$613 per semester hour. Doctorate programs range from $613-$656 per semester hour.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,350
  • Median Salary: $50,998
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Fulton
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William Woods University has one of the top online education programs in the nation. They offer 18 online undergraduate, transfer, and graduate programs across a variety of fields. Two of WWU's programs are among the top in the nation: the B.S. in Deaf Human Services and the M.Ed. in Equestrian Studies. Students in the Deaf Human Services program will develop fluency in American Sign Language. Bachelor's degrees are offered in fields including Cybersecurity, Paralegal Studies, and Workforce Development. The M.Ed. programs include Health Administration, Teaching S.T.E.M, and Athletics/ Activities Administration. Tuition is $225 per undergraduate credit and $350 per graduate credit. WWU guarantees that tuition will never increase for continuously enrolled students. Accreditation is through the Higher Learning Commission.

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools in Missouri (60)

Popular online degrees offered by accredited schools in Missouri include business, nursing, education, and teaching. Colleges like Saint Louis University - Main Campus, which offers 15 nursing options for bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, and Lindenwood University, which offers 41 options for undergraduate and graduate business administration degrees, make it easy for tomorrow's professionals to get the education of their choice today. With a burgeoning health industry, degree programs like Maryville University's master's of business administration in health administration, and University of Missouri's bachelor's in health science help launch the next generation of workers.

At a Glance:

  • 48% of accredited online Missouri colleges have tuition of $12,000 or less.
  • The state of Missouri offers women targeted educational grant funding from numerous resources. Career Development Grants offer women funding for their degree programs, while the Dorothy Harris Endowed Scholarship acts as a grant award for female graduate students who specialize in sports.
  • Missouri's "Bright Flight" program provides resident high school seniors who score in the top 3% on the ACT and SAT up to $2000 each in scholarship funds.

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