University of Missouri

The University of Missouri is also featured in our ranking 20 Best Value Colleges and Universities in Missouri.

The Road Less Traveled

As online education is becoming more widely accepted, many high school seniors are choosing online degree programs like the University of Missouri's online Criminology and Criminal Justice Bachelor's degree program. Getting a degree entirely online might be the road less traveled, but it certainly has its unique advantages for students with busy lives and myriad obligations outside of the classroom. Prospective students looking for more flexibility without sacrificing quality of education can turn to a plethora of online degree programs being offered by some of the best universities in the country – including the University of Missouri.

About University of Missouri

The University of Missouri is the largest university in the state of Missouri, with the most diverse offerings of degree programs of any university in the region. There are over 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including more than 90 offered entirely online, for prospective students to choose from. The quality of the education is apparent: faculty publish nearly two thousand scholarly articles and books every single year and spend hundreds of millions of dollars in research in virtually all fields of inquiry, which helps provide students with knowledge on some of the most cutting-edge engineering and medical technology. In spite of keeping up with – and contributing significantly to – the latest scientific achievements, students enjoy a learning environment rich in history. In fact, many of the building on campus are listed as historical buildings in the National Register of Historic Places.

University of Missouri Accreditation Details

With over 357 buildings and a campus statewide of more than 19,000 acres, the University of Missouri has a number of accreditations above and beyond its regional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. Of the university's 96 bachelor's degree programs, 89 Master's degree programs, 6 specialist degree programs, and 67 doctoral degree programs, "Mizzou" has been recognized by far too many professional organizations to list individually. Its invitation to the prestigious Association of American Universities – an honor bestowed on only 60 public and private universities in the United States – bears witness to its excellence as an institution of higher learning.

University of Missouri Application Requirements

In order to be eligible to apply to the University of Missouri, freshmen with no prior college education must achieve a minimum score of 17 on the ACT and 920-950 on the SAT and have a minimum GPA of 3.65. If a freshman with no prior college education applies with an ACT score of 24 or higher and an SAT score 1160 or higher, the GPA requirement is lowered to just a 2.0 average. In addition to achieving the requisite test scores, students must also have completed 17 specific high school courses with "good grades". Mathematics, English, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language, and fine art courses are all prerequisites to apply.

To apply to the University of Missouri as a transfer student, an individual must have completed 24 or more college-level credits with at least a 2.5 GPA AND either a grade c in a transferable mathematics course or a grade c or better in a transferable English composition course. If a transfer student doesn't meet that criterion, other options exist. They may still apply if they meet the criteria for freshman applicants with no prior college education or if they have at least a 2.0 GPA from a University of Missouri regionally-accredited community college and have either earned their associate's degree or the Missouri Core 42 designation from a regionally accredited college in Missouri.

International students must meet English language requirements, submit all required application materials, prove financial ability to cover all expenses related to attending the university for a full year and complete the required core coursework with the required minimum grades. Core coursework includes four units of mathematics in algebra or higher, three units of science, three units of social studies, two units of language courses, and at least one unit in fine arts. To meet language requirements, international students either have to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam with a minimum required score of 550 or 6.5 respectively, or earn a minimum grade of a B on the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) English exam.

The University of Missouri Tuition and Financial Aid

Costs for a Missouri resident attending the University of Missouri, based on a 14 credit hour per semester course load, are as follows:

• Tuition – $11,252

• Housing/Dining – $10,786

• Books/Supplies – $1,232

• Transportation Expenses – $3,408

• Personal Expenses – $1,368

For non-residents of the state of Missouri, the costs of attending the university, based on a 14 credit hour per semester course load, are as follows:

• Tuition – $27,090

• Housing/Dining – $10,786

• Books/Supplies – $1,232

• Transportation Expenses – $3,408

• Personal Expenses – $1,368

In other words, the cost to attend the University of Missouri is nearly $16,000 more for non-residents than for residents of the state; a major consideration for those considering the online criminal justice degree program at Mizzou. Fortunately, the university offers a number of automatic awards to both residents and non-residents of Missouri, including the Border State Award, which is given to students who live in Illinois, Arkansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oklahoma, or Tennessee.

Diverse in its offerings and by any standards a quality institution of higher learning, University of Missouri could be an excellent option for anyone interested in earning an online degree in criminal justice from a reputable university. If cost is a consideration, it may not be the very best option for those outside of the state of Missouri, but the university's reputation and high-quality education may indeed make it more than worth the investment.