Students interested in real estate appraisal training courses in the state have few options to choose from. Only four schools in the state offer programs that help students learn about real estate and prepare for licensure exams. A few schools offer undergraduate degree programs, while one offers continuing education courses. Below are short summaries of each college's appraisal courses, as well as a comparison table providing degree information and tuition fees.
Ozarks Technical Community College
Ozarks Technical Community College offers certificate and associate's degree programs to over 15,100 students at its Springfield campus. The school's Center for Workforce Development offers courses in real estate sales and appraisal. The real estate appraisal classes include coursework in home inspection, basic appraisal principles and procedures, market analysis, appraiser site valuation and cost, residential report writing and residential sales and comparisons. All classes are also approved by the Missouri Real Estate Appraisal Commission for pre-licensure. The college also offers coursework in real estate sales, which prepares students for the national and state real estate salesperson licenses.
University of Missouri - Columbia
The largest college campus in the state of Missouri, the Columbia branch of the University of Missouri offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a real estate emphasis through its Robert J. Trulaske Sr. College of Business. Students interested in the real estate emphasis must first gain acceptance into the BS BA program with an emphasis on finance and banking. Once those prerequisites have been completed, the real estate track of the major includes coursework in three upper-level classes: principles of real estate, real estate appraisal and real estate finance and investment. This program trains students for careers in real estate investment and mortgage banking.
Missouri State University
MSU offers a Bachelor of Science in Real Estate degree that can be completed in eight semesters. Most students require four years to earn the degree, but students with prior college credit can graduate sooner. Hosted by the university's Finance and General Business Department, the program provides instruction and training in common real estate topics such as insurance, business communications, and public speaking.
St. Louis Community College
Students wishing to avoid the time constraints of a traditional degree program can instead opt for the continuing education courses offered by STLCC. These courses, five in total, are generally completed in a single day, often taking only a few hours to finish. The courses focus on different aspects of the real estate business, such as buying and selling homes.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Real Estate Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-19)|
|Ozarks Technical Community College||2-year, public; midsize city|| Real Estate Appraisal Program,
Real Estate Sales Program
| $4,640 (in-state)*,
|University of Missouri - Columbia||4-year, public; midsize city||Bachelor of Science in Business Administration|| $9,972 (in-state)*,
|Missouri State University||4-year, public; midsize city||Bachelor of Science in Real Estate|| $7,376 (in-state)*,
|St. Louis Community College||2-year, private; large city||Continuing Education Real Estate Courses|| $4,725 (in-state)*,
Source: *NCES College Navigator