University of Missouri
105 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-2491
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

University of Missouri traces its roots back to 1839, when 900 citizens of Boone County pledged the funding to start a new state university in Columbia, Mo. Growth was moderate over the next century and it wasn’t until 1962 that the institution became a four-year university. Today, the school enrolls nearly 34,000 students representing all 50 states and 120 countries. According to the school’s website, University of Missouri is the No. 1 choice for Missouri high school seniors. U.S. News & World Report ranked University of Missouri No. 97 in National Universities in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges. In Best Grad School Rankings, the institution ranked No. 54 for Best Business Schools.

Programs Offered

The University of Missouri offers more than 80 complete degree programs and certificates and more than 500 courses delivered entirely online for the convenience and benefit of distance learners. Students can earn an accredited degree from the university at the undergraduate and graduate levels without ever setting foot on campus. Special scholarships offer up to $1,000 for eligible students earning an online degree. Depending on the particular program, courses are either self-paced (completed entirely online) or in hybrid format with a possibility of a few campus visits for completion (i.e. RN to BSN). The self-paced courses are highly flexible as study times are conducted entirely at the student’s convenience. Despite the distance, the online programs are just as challenging and rigorous as the traditional versions and all degrees are accredited under the university’s accreditation. For a full list of available degrees, click here.


The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited the University of Missouri as a degree granting institution. Fifteen other agencies awarded specialized accreditation as well to specific programs.


Admission requirements are specific for each program and level of entry but follow the same general structure. Undergraduates will be admitted if they satisfy the required minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of high school and college course work and accumulation of at least 60 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited institution (or associate degree). Depending on the exact program, applicants are generally required to hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, hold an acceptable undergraduate GPA, supply recommendation letters, submit official scores from the GRE, GMAT, or MAT, write a statement of purpose and hold special certification related to the degree. The doctorate program requirements include a degree from a nationally accredited master’s nursing program, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 or have adequate scores on the GRE, produce two reference forms, hold a current unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse, and pass a personal interview (optional). Click on the program of interest to view more specifics regarding admission.

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