Missouri graduate students have a variety of schools to choose from, including public, private for-profit and private not-for-profit colleges and universities. This article takes a closer look at some of Missouri's traditional public and private non-for-profit schools that offer doctoral programs, then compares them in the following categories based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
Missouri Schools Near Large Cities
Being in an urban area can provide students with a variety of opportunities, ranging from research opportunities to extracurricular activities. Below are five schools that are in midsize to large cities and offer doctoral degree programs, according to the NCES.
- Rockhurst University (Kansas City, MO)
- Saint Louis University (Saint Louis, MO)
- University of Missouri-Kansas City (Kansas City, MO)
- Missouri State University-Springfield (Springfield, MO)
- University of Missouri-Columbia (Columbia, MO)
Largest Schools in Missouri
Students who attend larger universities also tend to find more opportunities, as well as a larger variety of programs. If this is something you are concerned about, here are the five largest schools that offer Ph.D. programs, ordered by total student population (undergraduate and graduate students) according to 2015 NCES reports.
- University of Missouri-Columbia (35,424 enrolled students)
- Missouri State University-Springfield (22,273 enrolled students)
- Saint Louis University (17,047 enrolled students)
- University of Missouri-St Louis (16,738 enrolled students)
- University of Missouri-Kansas City (16,685 enrolled students)
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The overall cost of an advanced education is often a chief concern of prospective graduate students. This category ranks a few schools with low in-state graduate tuition rates, according to NCES data for the 2015-2016 academic year.
- Southwest Baptist University ($3,720 in-state)
- Evangel University ($5,304 in-state)
- Missouri State University-Springfield ($5,500 in-state)
- University of Missouri-Kansas City ($7,215 in-state)
- William Woods University ($7,450 in-state)
Highest Graduation Rate
NCES graduation rates only include the number of first-time undergraduates who enrolled full-time in fall 2009 and earned a degree within 150% of normal time - for a bachelor's program, that would mean six years or less. Even so, graduate students can look at overall graduation rates to determine the quality of education a school offers. The following schools had some of the highest graduation rates of the area, per NCES data.
- Washington University in St Louis (93% undergraduate graduation rate)
- Rockhurst University (71% undergraduate graduation rate)
- Maryville University of Saint Louis (71% undergraduate graduation rate)
- Saint Louis University (71% undergraduate graduation rate)
- University of Missouri-Columbia (69% undergraduate graduation rate)
When choosing which Ph.D. program to apply to, there are quite a few things you should in mind. To help get you started, this guide provides you with information about some of the Missouri schools that offer urban opportunities, a larger cohort, low tuition and a high graduation rate.