Not all of the programs listed below prepare students to jump into engineering careers upon graduation; however, the associate's programs profiled are designed for students who are planning on eventually completing a bachelor's program in engineering. Universities in Missouri, however, typically offer engineering programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels. These programs are available in many different disciplines including mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering. Students may also have opportunities to study abroad or complete a program through distance learning.
Columbia College is located in the city of Columbia. While this school does not offer a bachelor's degree in engineering, students can find an Associate in Science in Pre-Engineering that can prepare students to transfer to a bachelor's program upon completion. The aim of the program is to provide students with a math and science background that prepares them for a specialized engineering program. Students can expect to take courses like chemistry, calculus, differential equations, and physics.
Missouri State University - Springfield
Located in Springfield, the College of Natural & Applied Sciences at Missouri State University offers two engineering degrees for undergraduate students. The civil engineering and electrical engineering programs are offered on-campus in conjunction with the Missouri University of Science & Technology as a part of the Cooperative Engineering Program. Students in the civil engineering program can expect to take courses in soil mechanics, transportation engineering and structural analysis, while electrical engineering students get to take courses in electromagnetics, circuits, and electronics.
The school also has a two-year program in pre-engineering, which allows students to continue their engineering studies at another college.
Missouri University of Science & Technology
Located in Rolla, this school offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate engineering programs. Undergraduate students begin with the Freshman Engineering Program, which includes coursework required for all of the engineering majors offered at the school. The school also offers a variety of master's and Ph.D. engineering programs; notable offerings include ceramic engineering, petroleum engineering, mining engineering, and nuclear engineering. Some of the graduate specialties are offered within Doctor of Engineering programs. Students can also complete some of the Master of Science engineering programs via distance learning options.
Saint Louis Community College
Saint Louis Community College in St. Louis offers an Associate in Science in Engineering Science that prepares students to transfer to a four-year program. This college has transfer agreements with a few different schools in the region, which ensures that specific courses will transfer for credit when a student moves on to a bachelor's program. All students take courses in differential equations, engineering physics, programming, and calculus. The program also includes some elective options that apply to the field of study a student is planning on pursuing. Elective options may include engineering circuits, mechanics of materials, surveying, manufacturing process and environmental engineering.
Saint Louis University-Main Campus
Located in St. Louis, Saint Louis University has many undergraduate and graduate degree options for potential engineering students. Undergraduate students may choose from eight specialty areas, including aerospace, biomedical, civil and mechanical engineering. The school offers a study abroad program specifically for engineering students, which requires two years of study in Madrid, Spain, and two years at the main campus. Master's and Ph.D. students may concentrate in one of four specialty areas, including biomedical engineering and civil engineering.
University of Missouri - Columbia
Located in Columbia, the University of Missouri offers bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. engineering programs through its College of Engineering. Some of the specializations offered include industrial engineering, computer engineering, biological engineering, chemical engineering, and nuclear engineering. Students also have the opportunity to join a variety of organizations, such as the Steel Bridge Team, Engineering Student Council, Society of Women Engineers and Engineers Without Borders.
University of Missouri - Kansas City
The University of Missouri in Kansas City (UMKC) offers several undergraduate and graduate programs in engineering through its College of Engineering and Computing. The mechanical engineering, electrical and computer engineering and civil engineering programs are accredited by ABET. Robert H. Flarsheim Hall, which is on the main UMKC campus, is home to engineering work areas, laboratories, and classrooms.
University of Missouri - St. Louis
The University of Missouri in St. Louis collaborates with Washington University to offer engineering degrees to undergraduate students. Students may pursue an ABET-approved Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering, electrical engineering or mechanical engineering. There is a pre-engineering core that students of any engineering discipline must complete prior to becoming specialized. This core includes courses like introduction to engineering, engineering ethics, and dynamics. Students can also gain a foundation in math and science through coursework in the pre-engineering portion of their studies.
Washington University in St. Louis
Located in St. Louis, Washington University offers a variety of specialization options for both undergraduate and graduate engineering students. Undergraduate students may choose to major in one of seven engineering disciplines, six of which are approved by ABET. They may also design their own engineering major program to suit their interests. Graduate students can pursue a Master of Engineering, Master of Science, Doctor of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degrees.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that entry-level engineering professions require applicants to have at least a bachelor's degree, and many engineers also become licensed as Professional Engineers. In order to become licensed in Missouri, aspiring engineers must possess an ABET-accredited engineering bachelor's degree, have four years of documented work experience and pass the Fundamentals of Engineering exam.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Engineering Degree Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Columbia College||Four-year; private, not-for-profit; midsize city||Associate in Science in Pre-Engineering||Undergraduate: $8,400 in-district*|
|Missouri State University - Springfield||Four-year; public; midsize city|| Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering,
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering,
|Undergraduate: $7,376 in-state; $15,326 out-of-state*|
|Missouri University of Science & Technology||Four-year; public; remote town|| Bachelor of Science in 15 specialties,
Master of Science in 18 specialties,
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in 15 specialties,
Doctor of Engineering in eight specialties
| Undergraduate: $9,440 in-state; $26,461 out-of-state*
Graduate: $11,372 in-state; $30,869 out-of-state*
|Ozarks Technical Community College||Two-year; public; midsize city||Associate of Science in Engineering||Undergraduate: $3,392 in-district; $4,640 in-state; $5,600 out-of-state*|
|Saint Louis Community College||Two-year; public; large city||Associate of Science in Engineering Science||Undergraduate: $3,315 in-district; $4,725 in-state; $6,465 out-of-state*|
|Saint Louis University - Main Campus||Four-year; private, not-for-profit; large city|| Bachelor of Science in eight engineering specialties,
Master of Science in five engineering specialties,
PhD in four engineering specialties
|University of Missouri - Columbia||Four-year; public; midsize city|| Bachelor of Science in seven engineering specialties,
Master of Science in eight engineering specialties,
PhD in seven engineering specialties
| Undergraduate: $9,972 in-state; $27,042 out-of-state*
Graduate: $10,017 in-state; $25,351 out-of-state*
|University of Missouri - Kansas City||Four-year; public; large city|| Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering;
Master of Science in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering;
PhD in Engineering or Electrical and Computer Engineering
| Undergraduate: $8,178 in-state; $20,207 out-of-state*
Graduate: $10,605 in-state; $25,216 out-of-state*
|University of Missouri - St. Louis||Four-year; public; large suburb|| Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering,
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering,
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
|Undergraduate: $9,792 in-state; $26,040 out-of-state*|
|Washington University in St. Louis||Four-year; private, not-for-profit; large suburb|| Bachelor of Science in seven engineering specialty areas,
Master of Science in seven engineering specialty areas,
Master of Engineering in five engineering specialty areas,
PhD in seven engineering specialty areas,
Doctor of Science in Electrical Engineering
| Undergraduate: $53,399*
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics