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

    154

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $12177

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $12177

    Located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences grants college degrees as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, this school can help learners reach their educational goals. Students strengthen their knowledge of the field by completing coursework. Some programs may let applicants apply without submitting test scores. Flexible admission score requirements make it easier to enroll. The school supports learners with academic help 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. Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #2

    Cox College

    Springfield, MO

    Graduation Rate

    Not Provided

    Enrollment

    956

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $12600

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $12600

    From its campus in Springfield, Missouri, Cox College offers multiple programs as a private institution. Students complete programs that prepare them for careers and professional advancement. The institution provides academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Many of the school's degrees make national rankings. Information on the school's cost per credit is unavailable. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the school. Students complete fundamentals courses, technical classes, and general education requirements depending on their program. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #3

    Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

    Kansas City, MO

    Graduation Rate

    79%

    Enrollment

    3,038

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $8290

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8290

    A private institution, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary grants degrees and certificates from its campus in Kansas City, Missouri. Learners study with experts in many different fields. Students who complete a technical or academic program may enter the workforce. Data on the school's average cost per credit is currently unavailable. At the accredited school, enrollees qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. Degree-seekers graduate from the school at a rate of 79%. The school's admission rate is unknown at this time. Prospective applicants can contact the admissions office for more information about applying. Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #4

    State Technical College of Missouri

    Linn, MO

    Graduation Rate

    74%

    Enrollment

    1,724

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $6338

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $11595

    A public institution in Linn, Missouri, State Technical College of Missouri offers a variety of degree and certificate programs. Students learn from experts in multiple disciplines. The school's academic and technical programs prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. Data on the school's average cost per credit is currently unavailable. At the accredited institution, students qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. Degree-seekers graduate from the school at a rate of 74%. We do not currently have data on the school's admission rate. Admissions advisors can provide more information about application requirements and start dates. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #5

    City Vision University

    Kansas City, MO

    Graduation Rate

    100%

    Enrollment

    83

    Format

    Online

    In-State Tuition

    $6000

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6000

    Located in Kansas City, Missouri, City Vision University enrolls students as a private institution. Degree-seekers take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. The college offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. Data on the school's average cost per credit is unavailable. Enrollees at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Students earn their bachelor's degree from the school at a rate of 100%. The institution's admission rate is unknown at this time. The admissions office provides more information about application requirements. City Vision University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission.

    #6

    Bolivar Technical College

    Bolivar, MO

    Graduation Rate

    58%

    Enrollment

    130

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $17760

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $17760

    A private institution, Bolivar Technical College enrolls students on its campus in Bolivar, Missouri. With both academic and technical programs, this school can help learners reach their educational goals. Students prepare for a successful career by completing degree- or certificate-specific coursework. Some applicants qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. The waiver makes it simpler to apply. Learners benefit from support services like tutoring and career counseling. The school's cost per credit is unknown. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Bolivar Technical College holds accreditation from the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools, an independent accrediting body.

    #7

    Missouri Baptist University

    Saint Louis, MO

    Graduation Rate

    45%

    Enrollment

    5,309

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $28220

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $28220

    Located in Missouri, Missouri Baptist University offers 84 academic programs. The institution's programs offer a rigorous course of study. The average student-to-teacher ratio is unavailable. The average amount of aid awarded per student is not available. The school reports a 45% graduation rate. The institution's commitment to experiential learning helps graduates become more competitive in the job market. The institution's admission rate is unknown at this time. Some programs operate with a test-optional policy for admissions. Prospective applicants can contact the admissions office for more information about applying.

    #8

    Cottey College

    Nevada, MO

    Graduation Rate

    58%

    Enrollment

    256

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $21760

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $21760

    Located in Nevada, Missouri, Cottey College grants college degrees as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, this school can help learners reach their educational goals. The institution offers coursework that gives students the chance to gain relevant knowledge and skills. Applicants may qualify for a test score waiver. The waiver makes it simpler to enroll. The school supports learners with academic help and career services. The school's cost per credit is unknown. Learners at the accredited school qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Cottey College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #9

    William Woods University

    Fulton, MO

    Graduation Rate

    58%

    Enrollment

    2,153

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $24830

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $24830

    William Woods University, located in Fulton, Missouri, often ranks as one of the best schools. Degree-seekers take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. With academic and technical tracks, the school offers programs for learners with 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. Some programs may let applicants apply without submitting test scores. These policies make it easier to apply. The admissions department provides additional resources on submitting an application. Degree-seekers at the accredited institution also qualify for financial aid to cover costs. William Woods University holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #10

    Park University

    Parkville, MO

    Graduation Rate

    62%

    Enrollment

    11,415

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $11190

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $11190

    From its campus in Parkville, Missouri, Park University grants degrees and certificates as a top school. Instructors bring expertise in their fields. With academic and technical tracks, the school's programs help learners meet their professional goals. Consult the institution's website to find information on the typical timeline for program completion. Applicants may qualify for a standardized test score waiver. These policies make it easier to enroll. The admissions department can provide more information on the process. Financial aid helps students cover the cost of their degree or certificate. Park University has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #11

    Stevens-The Institute of Business & Arts

    Saint Louis, MO

    Graduation Rate

    100%

    Enrollment

    122

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $12285

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $12285

    A private institution located in Saint Louis, Missouri, Stevens-The Institute of Business & Arts offers a variety of programs. Graduates leave the school prepared for the workforce. Learners benefit from the school's academic rigor and affordable tuition rate. Many of the school's programs appear in national rankings. The amount students pay per credit is unknown at this time. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the school. Depending on their major, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Stevens-The Institute of Business & Arts holds accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.

    #12

    Metro Business College-Cape Girardeau

    Cape Girardeau, MO

    Graduation Rate

    Not Provided

    Enrollment

    Not Provided

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $11375

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $11375

    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

    $11375

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $11375

    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

    $11375

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $11375

    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

    36%

    Enrollment

    430

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $11164

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $11164

    Located in Kansas City, Missouri, Calvary University enrolls students as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, this school can help learners reach their educational goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that allows students to bolster their knowledge. Depending on the program, applicants may need to submit test scores. A test score waiver makes it easier to enroll. Learners benefit from support services, which include tutoring and career counseling. The school's cost per credit is unknown. Learners attending the accredited school also qualify for federal financial aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Calvary University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #16

    Texas County Technical College

    Houston, MO

    Graduation Rate

    67%

    Enrollment

    54

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $17546

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $17546

    A private institution in Houston, Missouri, Texas County Technical College offers a variety of degree and certificate programs. Experts in diverse disciplines teach at the institution. The college offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce. Data on the school's average cost per credit is unavailable. At the accredited school, enrollees qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. The institution reports a graduation rate of 67%. We do not currently have data on the school's admission rate. Contact the admissions department for more details about application requirements. Texas County Technical College is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.

    #17

    Crowder College

    Neosho, MO

    Graduation Rate

    35%

    Enrollment

    4,401

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3000

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $4344

    A public institution located in Neosho, Missouri, Crowder College enrolls students in several programs. The school offers accredited programs that prepare students for a successful career. The institution's affordable programs provide a rigorous course of study. The school offers nationally ranked programs in diverse fields. Information on the school's cost per credit is unavailable. Degree-seekers at the accredited school may qualify for federal financial aid, including the Pell Grant. The institution offers both academic and technical programs. The school offers foundational courses, technical classes, and general education courses in multiple majors. Crowder College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #18

    St Charles Community College

    Cottleville, MO

    Graduation Rate

    25%

    Enrollment

    6,363

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $2880

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $5520

    A public institution, St Charles Community College enrolls students on its campus in Cottleville, Missouri. The college offers academic and technical programs to help learners reach their educational goals. Students prepare for a successful career by completing the program's coursework. Some programs may let applicants apply without submitting test scores. Applicants may find it easier to enroll without a test score requirement. Learners benefit from support services like tutoring and career counseling. The school's average cost per credit is unknown. Learners at this accredited school also qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #19

    Evangel University

    Springfield, MO

    Graduation Rate

    56%

    Enrollment

    2,300

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $24327

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $24327

    Evangel University ranks as a top school from its campus in Springfield, Missouri. Instructors draw on their expertise in diverse fields. The school's academic and technical tracks help students meet diverse 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. Some applicants qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. A waiver makes it easier to apply. The admissions department can help students apply to the school. Learners at the accredited institution also qualify for financial aid to cover educational costs. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #20

    Moberly Area Community College

    Moberly, MO

    Graduation Rate

    33%

    Enrollment

    4,849

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3510

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $7050

    Located in Moberly, Missouri, Moberly Area Community College operates as a public institution. Enrollees take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. Students who complete a technical or academic program may enter 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 school reports a 33% graduation rate. The institution's admission rate is currently unknown. Prospective applicants can contact the admissions office for more information about applying. Moberly Area Community College holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #21

    Southwest Baptist University

    Bolivar, MO

    Graduation Rate

    46%

    Enrollment

    3,281

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $24578

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $24578

    From its Bolivar, Missouri campus, Southwest Baptist University offers 67 program options for students. Learners benefit from rigorous programs that rank among the best in the nation. The average student-to-faculty ratio is currently unknown. Data on the amount of aid students receive per year on average is unavailable. The school reports a 46% graduation rate. The institution's commitment to experiential learning helps students enter the workforce. The school's admission rate is unknown at this time. Some programs no longer require test scores for admission. The admission department can provide more information about application requirements.

    #22

    Hannibal-LaGrange University

    Hannibal, MO

    Graduation Rate

    41%

    Enrollment

    803

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $23590

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $23590

    Hannibal-LaGrange University offers programs from its campus in Hannibal, Missouri. Degree-seekers study with experts in many different fields. The school offers academic and technical tracks to help students meet a variety of 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. Test-optional policies make it easier to apply. The admissions department can help students apply to the school. Degree-seekers also use financial aid to cover their educational costs. Hannibal-LaGrange University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #23

    Ranken Technical College

    Saint Louis, MO

    Graduation Rate

    53%

    Enrollment

    1,799

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $14889

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $14889

    From its campus in Saint Louis, Missouri, Ranken Technical College offers academic programs as a private institution. Students leave the school with credentials that prepare them for the workplace. The institution offers affordable programs that do not sacrifice academic rigor. The school boasts several programs that appear in national rankings. Information on the school's cost per credit is unavailable. Degree-seekers at this accredited institution may qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Learners choose from academic and technical programs. Depending on their major, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Ranken Technical College holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #24

    Central Methodist University-College of Graduate and Extended Studies

    Fayette, MO

    Graduation Rate

    Not Provided

    Enrollment

    3,821

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $6550

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6550

    Central Methodist University-College of Graduate and Extended Studies, a private organization located in Fayette, Missouri, offers multiple programs. Students complete programs that prepare them for the workforce. The institution's affordable programs provide a rigorous course of study. The school boasts several programs that appear in national rankings. Data on the school's average cost per credit is currently unavailable. Degree-seekers attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the institution. Depending on their program, enrollees complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Central Methodist University-College of Graduate and Extended Studies is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #25

    East Central College

    Union, MO

    Graduation Rate

    35%

    Enrollment

    2,649

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3096

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $5880

    A public institution in Union, Missouri, East Central College offers a variety of degree and certificate programs. Degree-seekers study with experts in many different fields. Students who complete a technical or academic program may enter the workforce. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. At the accredited school, learners qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. Degree-seekers graduate from the school at a rate of 35%. The rate of admission for the school is unknown. Applicants can reach out to the admission department to learn more about enrolling. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #26

    Stephens College

    Columbia, MO

    Graduation Rate

    46%

    Enrollment

    652

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $22700

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $22700

    From its Columbia, Missouri campus, Stephens College enrolls students in 38 programs. Students choose from rigorous, top-ranked programs at the school. The student-to-faculty ratio is currently unavailable. How much aid students receive on average is currently unknown. The school reports a graduation rate of 46%. The institution understands that hands-on experience helps job seekers enter the workforce. The school's admission rate is unavailable. Some programs no longer require standardized tests for admission. Contact the admissions department for more details about application requirements.

    #27

    State Fair Community College

    Sedalia, MO

    Graduation Rate

    32%

    Enrollment

    4,288

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3240

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6000

    A public institution located in Sedalia, Missouri, State Fair Community College enrolls students in several programs. The school offers programs that prepare learners for the workforce. Degree-seekers benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Several of the school's programs appear in national rankings. The amount students pay per credit is unknown at this time. Degree-seekers at the accredited school may qualify for federal financial aid, including the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the school. Based on their major, students take foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. State Fair Community College has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #28

    Jefferson College

    Hillsboro, MO

    Graduation Rate

    31%

    Enrollment

    4,196

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3840

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $7200

    Jefferson College, located in Hillsboro, Missouri, offers 49 programs for students. Learners enroll in top-ranked programs that offer a rigorous course of study. The student-to-instructor ratio is currently unavailable. The amount of aid students receive on average is currently unknown. The public institution reports a graduation rate of 31%. The institution's commitment to experiential learning makes graduates more competitive. The admission rate is unknown at this time. Many schools no longer require test scores for admission. The admissions office provides more information about application requirements and start dates.

    #29

    Missouri Western State University

    Saint Joseph, MO

    Graduation Rate

    38%

    Enrollment

    5,608

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $8225

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $14135

    From its campus in Saint Joseph, Missouri, Missouri Western State University awards degrees and certificates as a top school. Experts in diverse disciplines teach at the institution. With academic and technical tracks, the school's programs help students meet their professional goals. Depending on the degree or certificate type, enrollees can spend anywhere from a few months up to as many as seven years completing a program. Applicants may qualify for test-optional admissions. A test score waiver makes it easier to enroll. The admissions department provides more information about the application process. At the accredited institution, enrollees also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. Missouri Western State University has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #30

    Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City

    Kansas City, MO

    Graduation Rate

    23%

    Enrollment

    15,770

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3240

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $7410

    Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City, located in Kansas City, Missouri, grants degrees and certificates as a public institution. Instructors draw on their expertise in diverse fields. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for a successful career. The amount students pay per credit is unknown at this time. Enrollees at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Students graduate from the school at a rate of 23%. The school's admission rate is currently unknown. Prospective applicants can contact the admission department for more information about applying. Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.