2019 Best Online Community Colleges in Missouri

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These eight community colleges in Missouri provide opportunities to earn an associate degree or certificate entirely online. All but one of the community colleges listed here have annual tuitions under $5,000, and five even cost less than $4,000 per year. At #3-ranked Saint Louis Community College, students can select one of 12 different online associate degrees, including an Associate of Arts in General Transfer Studies, with concentrations available in Music, Film, Life Sciences, Theater, Public Relations, and more. Ozarks Technical Community College is not far behind at #4, and offers eleven online associate degrees.

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Rank School Annual Tuition Campus Location
#1 #1 North Central Missouri College $5,820 Trenton (MO)
#2 #2 State Fair Community College $4,960 Sedalia (MO)
#3 #3 Saint Louis Community College $4,725 Saint Louis (MO)
#4 #4 Ozarks Technical Community College $3,348 Springfield (MO)
#5 #5 Jefferson College $3,286 Hillsboro (MO)
#6 #6 Moberly Area Community College $3,840 Moberly (MO)
#7 #7 Metropolitan Community College-Longview $3,090 Lees Summit (MO)
#8 #8 Crowder College $2,640 Neosho (and 9 others)

2019 Online Community Colleges in Missouri - 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: $5,820
  • Accreditation: HLC and COE
  • Locations: Trenton
  • Online Associate Degrees: 7
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The degree and certificate programs available at North Central Missouri College offer the convenience and flexibility of online programs that appeal to parents and those working full-time. Some examples of online degrees they offer include an Associate of Applied Science in Behavioral Health Support, Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice, and Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Development. This community college also offers online certificate programs in accounting & business technology and business management essentials. Online students at North Central Missouri College have access to online tutoring, career counseling, libraries and a number of other services that students on-campus receive.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,960
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • Locations: Sedalia
  • Online Associate Degrees: 5
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State Fair Community College offers both online and hybrid classes that combine online coursework with on-campus visits. Online degree options include an Associate of Applied Science across several focuses including business management, diagnostic medical sonography, and health information technology. While all coursework can be completed remotely, some degrees require clinical rotations including clinicals held at the Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton. Certificate programs are also available online at State Fair Community College; options include a Professional Certificate in Pharmacy Technician, a Skills Certificate in Nurse Aide and a Skills Certificate in Pharmacy Technician.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,725
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • Locations: Saint Louis
  • Online Associate Degrees: 12
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At Saint Louis Community College in Missouri, students can take courses toward an associate degree or certificate online; they also have the option of attending full-time or part-time. Coursework requires that students log in to their account several times a week to address assignments, and communicate with professors and classmates. Exams are either offered online, at a local testing center, or in the form of final papers depending on the course. Saint Louis Community College offers a variety of online Associate of Arts in General Transfer Studies degree programs with concentrations in areas such as film, business administration, life sciences, mathematics, media communications, music, public relations and theatre. Additionally, they offer a number of online certificate programs that cover areas of criminal justice, funeral directing, and business.

Online Associate Degrees (12)

Online Certificate Programs (5)

  • Annual Tuition: $3,348
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • Locations: Springfield
  • Online Associate Degrees: 11
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Ozarks Technical Community College offers online degree and certificate programs with courses that can be taken over a period of 16 weeks, 14 weeks, or 8 weeks. Their flexible programs also allow for some students to begin a program mid-semester, making it more convenient for students to work around their schedules. Some associate degrees offered online at Ozarks Technical Community College include an Associate of Applied Science in several focuses including accounting & business management, business & marketing, and health information technology. They also offer online Associate of Arts degree programs in behavioral science, business, and criminal justice.

  • Annual Tuition: $3,286
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • Locations: Hillsboro
  • Online Associate Degrees: 1
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Jefferson College offers an online Associate of Arts in General Studies degree program specifically for students who will be pursuing a four-year degree and need to fulfill general education requirements. Students are required to complete 62 credit hours that cover subjects such as mathematics, social sciences, natural sciences, arts & humanities and communications. Required courses include an introductory college class, a computer literacy class, and 20 credit hours in electives. Any courses with a MOTR CORE42 designation are guaranteed to transfer to any public college or university in the state of Missouri.

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  • Annual Tuition: $3,840
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • Locations: Moberly
  • Online Associate Degrees: 3
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Moberly Area Community College offers an online Associate of Arts degree program in general studies that focuses on giving students a well-rounded education in mathematics, communications, humanities & fine arts, social & behavioral sciences, and natural sciences. The degree is structured to meet most requirements for entrance into bachelor’s degree programs at a four-year school. Online programs require students to complete assigned readings, post in thread discussions, listen to lectures, and submit assignments online. While courses are all offered online, some may require that students take proctored exams.

  • Annual Tuition: $3,090
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • Locations: Lees Summit
  • Online Associate Degrees: 4
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Metropolitan Community College-Longview offers an Associate of Arts online degree program that allows students to learn remotely through online lectures, discussion boards, and weekly assignments. Some professors may request that students meet in-person at their Missouri-based campus for an orientation and some exams. Most lectures can be streamed live either from home or via television in the TV studio on the Penn Valley campus. This allows students to participate in classes in real time using their computer’s camera and microphone.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,640
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • Locations: 10 Cities
  • Online Associate Degrees: 4
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Crowder College’s online degree programs are delivered through their virtual classrooms where students will find their assignments, study aids, and instructor feedback. Their community college in Missouri offers a variety of degrees surrounding the agriculture industry including an Associate of Applied Science in Agribusiness Technology, with options to take an agronomy emphasis, horticulture emphasis, livestock production emphasis, or marketing & management concentration. Their online community college also offers several business degree programs such as an Associate of Arts in Business Administration, an Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, and an Associate of Applied Science in Management.

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