Best Associate Programs in Missouri

For many students, the associate degree is a first step on the way to a four-year degree. Many people find that an associate degree helps them advance in their careers. Two-year associate degrees in Missouri usually cost half as much as four-year degrees. Graduation typically takes two years or less.

Those with an associate degree in Missouri stand a better chance of making good money than those with just a high school diploma or GED. A median annual salary of $38,130, or $18.33 per hour, is earned by the 2,728,100 workers in the state. It is estimated that Missouri’s lowest earners earn $22,960, while its highest earners earn $93,080.

Below is a ranking of Missouri’s best schools for associate degrees to assist you in choosing a school. Using it will help you decide which program is right for you.

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    #1

    Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences

    Cape Girardeau, MO

    Graduation Rate

    100%

    Enrollment

    203

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $12050

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $12050

    From its campus in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences educates college students as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps learners reach their career goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that allows students to bolster their knowledge. Some applicants qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. A waiver makes it easier to enroll. Learners receive support in the form of tutoring and career services. Data on the school's average cost per credit is currently unavailable. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal student aid programs. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #2

    Cox College

    Springfield, MO

    Graduation Rate

    50%

    Enrollment

    975

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $10080

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $10080

    Cox College, which offers programs from its Springfield, Missouri campus, often ranks among the top schools. Instructors draw on their expertise in diverse fields. The school offers academic and technical tracks to help students meet a variety of professional goals. Depending on the program, students can spend anywhere from a few months up to as many as seven years earning their degree or certificate. Applicants may qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. These policies make it easier to enroll. The admissions department can provide more information on the process. At the accredited institution, enrollees also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #3

    Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

    Kansas City, MO

    Graduation Rate

    40%

    Enrollment

    3,432

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $8170

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8170

    From its campus in Kansas City, Missouri, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary enrolls students as a private institution. Enrollees take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. Students who complete an academic or technical program often enter the workforce right away. The amount students pay per credit on average is unknown. At the accredited school, degree-seekers qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. The institution reports that 100% of students receive financial aid and 34% take out loans. Enrollees graduate from the school at a rate of 40%. Prospective enrollees can expect an 97% admission rate. Prospective applicants can contact an admission advisor to learn more about applying. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #4

    State Technical College of Missouri

    Linn, MO

    Graduation Rate

    72%

    Enrollment

    1,756

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5430

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $10860

    State Technical College of Missouri, a public organization located in Linn, Missouri, offers multiple programs. The school offers programs that prepare learners for the workforce. The programs offer an academically rigorous course of study at an affordable price. Many of the school's degrees make national rankings. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. Degree-seekers attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Students receive an average aid award of $8149, lowering the average tuition cost after aid to $7218. Learners at the institution choose from academic and technical programs. Depending on their program, enrollees complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. State Technical College of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #5

    City Vision University

    Kansas City, MO

    Graduation Rate

    50%

    Enrollment

    127

    Format

    Online

    In-State Tuition

    $6000

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6000

    City Vision University enrolls students at its Kansas City, Missouri campus as a private institution. Learners study with experts in many different fields. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. Data on the school's average cost per credit is currently unavailable. Enrollees at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Students graduate from the school at a rate of 50%. The institution's admission rate is currently unknown. The admission department can provide more information about application requirements and start dates. City Vision University holds accreditation from the Distance Education Accrediting Commission.

    #6

    Bolivar Technical College

    Bolivar, MO

    Graduation Rate

    67%

    Enrollment

    129

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $14200

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $14200

    From its campus in Missouri, Bolivar Technical College enrolls students in 8 programs. The institution's programs offer a rigorous course of study. The school reports a student-to-faculty ratio of 6-to-1. The institution reports that 100% of students receive some form of financial aid. The private school reports a 67% graduation rate. Experiential learning opportunities help graduates on the job market. The admission rate is 100% for incoming students. Some programs operate with a test-optional policy for admissions. Prospective applicants can contact the admissions office for more information about applying.

    #7

    Missouri Baptist University

    Saint Louis, MO

    Graduation Rate

    35%

    Enrollment

    4,860

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $27946

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $27946

    From its campus in Saint Louis, Missouri, Missouri Baptist University enrolls students as a private institution. Learners take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or a bachelor's degree. Information on the school's cost per credit is unavailable. At the accredited school, learners qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. A total of 100% of students receive financial aid and 27% take out loans at the institution. Students graduate from the school at a rate of 35%. The school reports a 65% admission rate. Prospective applicants can contact an admission advisor to learn more about applying. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #8

    Cottey College

    Nevada, MO

    Graduation Rate

    54%

    Enrollment

    283

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $21300

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $21300

    Cottey College, a private institution in Nevada, Missouri, enrolls learners in multiple programs. The college offers academic and technical programs to help learners reach their educational goals. Students prepare for a successful career by completing degree- or certificate-specific coursework. Some programs may operate with a test-optional policy for admissions. A waiver makes it easier to apply. The school supports enrollees with tutoring and career services. The institution's average cost per credit is unknown. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal student aid programs. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #9

    William Woods University

    Fulton, MO

    Graduation Rate

    52%

    Enrollment

    2,114

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $25000

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $25000

    William Woods University, located in Fulton, Missouri, offers 59 programs for students. Degree-seekers enroll in rigorous, top-ranked programs at the school. The school reports a 10-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio. The institution reports that 99% of students receive some form of financial aid. The school reports a 52% graduation rate. The institution's commitment to experiential learning helps students enter the workforce. Learners participate in internships, research projects, and other forms of experiential learning. Prospective learners can expect admission rates of 63%. Some programs waive the test score requirement for qualified applicants.

    #10

    Park University

    Parkville, MO

    Graduation Rate

    28%

    Enrollment

    10,165

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $8251

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8251

    From its campus in Parkville, Missouri, Park University enrolls learners in 108 programs. Students benefit from rigorous programs that rank among the best in the nation. According to the school, the student-to-faculty ratio stands at 15-to-1. According to the school, 98% of students receive some form of financial aid. Degree-seekers graduate from the school at a rate of 28%. The institution's commitment to experiential learning helps graduates become more competitive in the job market. The school's admission rate is unknown at this time. Some programs offer test-optional admission policies. Prospective students can contact an admission advisor to learn more about applying.

    #11

    Stevens-The Institute of Business & Arts

    Saint Louis, MO

    Graduation Rate

    67%

    Enrollment

    109

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $12960

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $12960

    Stevens-The Institute of Business & Arts offers programs from its campus in Saint Louis, Missouri. Degree-seekers take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. The school offers academic and technical tracks to help learners meet a variety of professional goals. Academic programs can take as little as a few months or as many as seven years to complete, depending on the degree or certificate type and the student's enrollment status. Many schools no longer require admissions tests such as ACT or SAT. This makes it easier to enroll. The admissions department can help prospective students determine the next steps. Students also use financial aid to pay for their college degree or certificate. Stevens-The Institute of Business & Arts holds accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, an independent accrediting body.

    #12

    Metro Business College-Cape Girardeau

    Cape Girardeau, MO

    Graduation Rate

    Not Provided

    Enrollment

    Not Provided

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $11250

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $11250

    Located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Metro Business College-Cape Girardeau attracts students with their well-regarded programs. Students take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. The school offers academic and technical tracks to help students meet a variety of professional goals. Academic programs generally take anywhere from a few months to several years to complete depending on degree or certificate type. Applicants may qualify for a test score waiver. The waiver makes it simpler to apply. The admissions department provides more information about the application process. At the accredited institution, enrollees also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. The institution's accreditation status is currently unavailable.

    #13

    Metro Business College-Jefferson City

    Jefferson City, MO

    Graduation Rate

    Not Provided

    Enrollment

    Not Provided

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $11250

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $11250

    From its campus in Jefferson City, Missouri, Metro Business College-Jefferson City enrolls students as a private institution. Learners study with experts in many different fields. The college offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal financial aid, including grants and loans. The graduation rate is unavailable at this time. The school's admission rate is unknown at this time. Prospective students can contact the admissions office for more information about applying. The school's accreditation is unavailable.

    #14

    Metro Business College-Rolla

    Rolla, MO

    Graduation Rate

    Not Provided

    Enrollment

    Not Provided

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $11250

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $11250

    A top-ranked school, Metro Business College-Rolla enrolls learners in programs from its campus in Rolla, Missouri. Students study with experts in many different fields. With academic and technical tracks, the programs help learners reach a variety of career goals. Academic programs can take as little as a few months or as many as seven years to complete, depending on the degree or certificate type and the student's enrollment status. Many schools no longer require admissions tests such as ACT or SAT. These policies make it easier to apply. Admission advisors can provide additional information on submitting an application. Degree-seekers at the accredited institution also qualify for financial aid to cover costs. The accreditation status of this institution is unavailable.

    #15

    Calvary University

    Kansas City, MO

    Graduation Rate

    59%

    Enrollment

    469

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $10276

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $10276

    Calvary University, which enrolls students in programs from its Kansas City, Missouri campus. The institution offers a variety of degree-granting programs. Academic and technical programs help learners reach their unique professional goals. At the institution, students typically complete an associate degree in two years, a bachelor's degree in four years, a master's degree in 1-2 years, or a doctoral degree in 3-7 years. Applicants may qualify for test-optional admissions. These policies make it easier to enroll. The admissions department can provide additional resources on applying. At the accredited institution, students also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. The school holds regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #16

    Texas County Technical College

    Houston, MO

    Graduation Rate

    56%

    Enrollment

    52

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $14200

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $14200

    Texas County Technical College, which offers programs from its Houston, Missouri campus, often ranks among the top schools. Students take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. The programs offer academic and technical tracks to help students meet their career goals. Academic programs can take anywhere from a few months to several years to complete, depending on degree or certificate type. Some programs may no longer require standardized tests for admission. The waiver makes it simpler to apply. Admission advisors can provide additional information on submitting an application. Financial aid provides options for degree-seekers to pay for their education. The school holds accreditation from the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.

    #17

    Crowder College

    Neosho, MO

    Graduation Rate

    35%

    Enrollment

    4,194

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3696

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $3696

    Crowder College, which offers programs from its Neosho, Missouri campus, often ranks among the top schools. Instructors draw on their expertise in diverse fields. The school's academic and technical tracks help learners meet diverse career goals. Academic programs can take anywhere from a few months to several years to complete, depending on degree or certificate type. Some programs may no longer require standardized tests for admission. Students may find it easier to apply without a test score requirement. The admissions department can help applicants determine the next steps. Enrollees at the accredited institution also qualify for financial aid to cover costs. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #18

    St Charles Community College

    Cottleville, MO

    Graduation Rate

    29%

    Enrollment

    6,014

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4770

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6480

    Located in Cottleville, Missouri, St Charles Community College awards degrees and certificates as a public institution. Enrollees take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. The school's cost per credit is unknown. Enrollees at the accredited institution qualify for federal financial aid, including grants and loans. The institution reports that 76% of students receive aid, and 6% receive loans. The public institution reports a graduation rate of 29%. The rate of admission for the school is unknown. Prospective students can contact the admissions department for more details about application requirements. St Charles Community College has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #19

    Evangel University

    Springfield, MO

    Graduation Rate

    55%

    Enrollment

    1,999

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $23722

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $23722

    From its campus in Springfield, Missouri, Evangel University enrolls students as a private institution. Learners learn from experts in multiple disciplines. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or a bachelor's degree. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. At the accredited school, students qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. According to the institution, 99% of students receive aid and 91% receive loans. Learners graduate from the school at a rate of 55%. The admission rate for applicants is 95%. Applicants can reach out to the admissions office to learn more about enrolling. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #20

    Moberly Area Community College

    Moberly, MO

    Graduation Rate

    34%

    Enrollment

    4,878

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4740

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6450

    Moberly Area Community College, which offers programs from its Moberly, Missouri campus, often ranks among the top schools. Enrollees study with experts in many different fields. The programs offer academic and technical tracks to help students meet their career goals. Visit the program's website to find information on the typical timeline for completion. Some programs may offer test-optional admission policies. Flexible admission score requirements make it easier to apply. Admission advisors can provide additional information on submitting an application. At the accredited institution, degree-seekers also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #21

    Southwest Baptist University

    Bolivar, MO

    Graduation Rate

    48%

    Enrollment

    3,039

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $24500

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $24500

    From its location in Bolivar, Missouri, Southwest Baptist University offers multiple programs as a private institution. Enrollees earn an accredited degree that prepares them for the workforce. Learners benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Multiple programs at the school appear in national rankings. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. The school offers both academic and technical programs. Depending on their major, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Southwest Baptist University holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #22

    Hannibal-LaGrange University

    Hannibal, MO

    Graduation Rate

    43%

    Enrollment

    739

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $22500

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $22500

    Hannibal-LaGrange University, located in Hannibal, Missouri, welcomes students with 37 program options. The institution's rigorous programs rank among the best in the nation. The school reports a student-to-faculty ratio of 10-to-1. Approximately 94% of students at this school offset educational expenses with financial aid. Students in the school's programs graduate at a rate of 43%. Real-world experience helps candidates stand out on the job market. Prospective learners can expect admission rates of 65%. Some students qualify for test-optional admissions. Prospective applicants can contact the admissions office for more information about applying.

    #23

    Ranken Technical College

    Saint Louis, MO

    Graduation Rate

    66%

    Enrollment

    1,823

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $14952

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $14952

    A private institution, Ranken Technical College enrolls students from its campus in Saint Louis, Missouri. The institution's faculty brings expertise in multiple fields. The college offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce. The institution's average cost per credit is unknown. Enrollees at the accredited institution qualify for federal financial aid, including grants and loans. A total of 97% of students receive financial aid and 63% take out loans at the institution. The institution reports a 66% graduation rate. The school's admission rate is unavailable. The admission department can provide more information about application requirements. Ranken Technical College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #24

    Central Methodist University-College of Graduate and Extended Studies

    Fayette, MO

    Graduation Rate

    Not Provided

    Enrollment

    3,429

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5950

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $5950

    Central Methodist University-College of Graduate and Extended Studies, located in Fayette, Missouri, enrolls students as a private institution. Learners take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. The school's academic and technical programs prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal financial aid, including grants and loans. The institution reports that 100% of learners receive financial aid, while 32% take out loans. The graduation rate is unknown. The admission rate for new students is 100%. Prospective students can contact the admissions office for more information about applying. Central Methodist University-College of Graduate and Extended Studies is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #25

    East Central College

    Union, MO

    Graduation Rate

    38%

    Enrollment

    2,593

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3624

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $5400

    East Central College, which operates a campus in Union, Missouri, often ranks as a top school. Degree-seekers take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. With academic and technical tracks, the school's programs help students meet their professional goals. Consult the institution's website to find information on the typical timeline for program completion. Some applicants qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. A waiver makes it easier to enroll. Admission advisors can provide more information on the application process. Financial aid provides options for degree-seekers to pay for their education. East Central College has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #26

    Stephens College

    Columbia, MO

    Graduation Rate

    59%

    Enrollment

    622

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $23175

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $23175

    Stephens College grants degrees as a private institution from its location in Columbia, Missouri. Learners study with experts in many different fields. Students who complete an academic or technical program often enter the workforce right away. The amount students pay per credit is unknown at this time. The accredited institution meets the requirements for federal financial aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The institution reports that 99% of students receive financial aid and 92% take out loans. Bachelor's students graduate from the school at a rate of 59%. The admission rate is 64% for new students. The admissions office provides more information about application requirements and start dates. Stephens College has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #27

    State Fair Community College

    Sedalia, MO

    Graduation Rate

    33%

    Enrollment

    3,928

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4200

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $5688

    A public institution located in Sedalia, Missouri, State Fair Community College educates students through multiple programs. Students complete programs that prepare them for the workforce. The programs offer an academically rigorous course of study at an affordable price. Several of the school's programs appear in national rankings. The amount students pay per credit on average is currently unknown. Degree-seekers attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Students receive an average aid award of $5190, making the average tuition cost after aid $6343. The school offers both academic and technical programs. Depending on their major, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #28

    Jefferson College

    Hillsboro, MO

    Graduation Rate

    32%

    Enrollment

    3,740

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5040

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6720

    A public institution, Jefferson College educates students on its campus in Hillsboro, Missouri. The school offers academic and technical programs to help learners reach their educational goals. Students prepare to contribute to their field by completing courses. Applicants may qualify for test-optional admissions. Students may find it easier to apply without a test score requirement. The school supports learners with tutoring and career services. The amount students pay per credit on average is currently unknown. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal student aid programs such as the Pell Grant. Jefferson College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #29

    Missouri Western State University

    Saint Joseph, MO

    Graduation Rate

    36%

    Enrollment

    4,911

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $6600

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $13620

    Missouri Western State University offers programs from its campus in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Enrollees study with experts in many different fields. The programs offer academic and technical tracks to help learners meet their career goals. Typical time for program completion ranges from a few months to seven years depending on the type of degree or certificate offered. Applicants may qualify for a test score waiver. These policies make it easier to enroll. The admissions department provides additional resources on submitting an application. Financial aid helps enrollees cover their educational expenses. Missouri Western State University holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #30

    Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City

    Kansas City, MO

    Graduation Rate

    27%

    Enrollment

    13,085

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5730

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $7470

    Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City, a public organization located in Kansas City, Missouri, offers multiple programs. Students complete programs that prepare them for careers and professional advancement. The programs offer an academically rigorous course of study at an affordable price. The school's programs appear in national rankings. The amount students pay per credit on average is unknown. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Current students receive an average aid award of $4599, lowering the average tuition cost after aid to $7170. The school offers both academic and technical programs. Depending on their program, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.