Will a college degree really make a difference in my career?

The job market is increasingly competitive, meaning the value placed on a higher education has never been higher. On average, college graduates earn 75% more than high school graduates. This means a college graduate will earn almost one million dollars more than a high school graduate. Additionally, individuals with a master’s degree will earn on average an income of 110% more than high school graduates.1

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Education is essential in getting a high-paying job.”2 “In fact, for all but one of the fifty highest paying occupations, a college degree or higher is the most significant source of education or training.”

1 The Big Payoff: Educational Attainment and Synthetic Estimates of Work-life Earnings (July 2002 Issue) U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Surveys, March 1998, 1999, and 2000.

2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, June 2, 2004.

In order to determine if online courses are right for you, take this online questionnaire.
Is an online format comparable to the traditional residential, on-campus format of classes?
Yes. Our online classes are taught by the same professors and faculty members from our main campus and regional learning centers. This ensures online students will receive the same quality MBU education as those who physically attend classes at an MBU location. As an added bonus, online students are able to complete classes on their own schedule and are not restricted by the typical 9-to-5 class schedule.

Online students show initiative and self-discipline by managing their own schedule around work and other life responsibilities. Employers typically support online programs and their employees’ enrollment in Missouri Baptist University’s programs. Our flexible eight-week courses have shown great success for our online learning students.

You may either apply online, or by submitting a paper application through the mail. Since every student has unique needs and questions, Missouri Baptist University’s Distance Learning Program will assign you an enrollment specialist to help you throughout the admissions process, as well as with enrollment in your first classes. To get started today, please call:

Online classes are facilitated through myMBULearn.
Our online classroom experience is extremely user-friendly. However, should you have any questions or experience any difficulties, we offer online technical support, as well as over the phone assistance, by calling 1-314-485-8441.
Missouri Baptist University is proud to offer both complete degree programs and individual courses in an online format. The complete listing of online degree courses MBU offers it at the bottom of the main online learning page.
What is the difference between online, blended and residential programs?
Online degree programs are completed at a distance from the Missouri Baptist University campus completely through online instruction. Almost all courses are eight weeks in length, while a select few are 16 weeks in length. Online programs at MBU require an online orientation.

Blended, or hybrid, degree programs are completed through any one of the following combinations:

  • Online courses and traditional residential courses
  • Online courses and on-campus classes that are eight or 16 weeks long

Residential degree programs are primarily completed through face-to-face courses on one of the university campuses. These residential experiences occur in a variety of formats including:

  • Semester-long courses
  • Eight-week courses
  • Winterim courses
  • Summer courses
Yes, there are a number of ways to finance your education. You can view Missouri Baptist University’s financial aid process for undergraduate students here. Graduate students are encouraged to contact their graduate advisor for details.
Degree completion time greatly depends on the chosen program and the amount of transfer credit you may have. For undergraduate programs, the more credits you transfer in, the faster you’ll complete your degree. You may be able to earn credits from professional training, through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), EXCEL or by utilizing credit from previous college courses you have taken. For graduate and master’s programs, it depends on the program and the amount of time you have available to spend on your classes. Your new enrollment specialist will be able to help create the appropriate program for you.
With online courses, it doesn’t make a difference where you are located while completing your degree. You can take courses anywhere in the world as long as you have Internet access and a computer compliant with MBU’s technology requirements.
How long has Missouri Baptist University been in existence? Is it accredited?
Missouri Baptist University opened in 1957 with 68 students as Missouri Baptist College, an extension center under the auspices of Hannibal-LaGrange College and the direction of its president, Dr. L.A. Foster. Bible courses were offered for pastors and laymen at Tower Grove Baptist Church in midtown St. Louis. During the second term, several liberal arts courses were requested and provided. The first meeting of the Board of Trustees for Missouri Baptist College was held in January 1964. Dr. Frank Kellogg served as the first chairman of the Board of Trustees and later as the second president of the university.

In July 1964, an 81-acre site near Ballas Road and Highway 40 was purchased. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on February 19, 1967. In September of 1968, 186 students entered classes. The school made Tower Grove its home for eleven years, from fall 1957 to fall 1968. In May 1973, Missouri Baptist College graduated its first class of 29 students, each earning a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Dr. Robert Sutherland became the third president of Missouri Baptist College. Under Dr. Sutherland’s leadership, the school achieved financial backing for continued operation, achieved its initial North Central accreditation in 1978 and led a campaign for the first residence hall, later named Pillsbury-Huff. Dr. Patrick O. Copley saw MBU as a “place of pure potential.” Additional information about Missouri Baptist University’s national, regional, and program accreditations is available here.

Dr. R. Alton Lacey was appointed as president of Missouri Baptist College in the spring of 1995. Under Dr. Lacey’s headship, the $10 million goal of the Spirit of Excellence Campaign was attained, providing funds for the Pillsbury Chapel and Dale Williams Fine Arts Center. That year, Missouri Baptist College became Missouri Baptist University. In 2008, MBU was approved to offer its first online degree programs: the MS in Sport Management and MSE in Curriculum and Instruction. These programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Sport Management program is approved by the Sport Management Program Review Council (SMPRC).  All certification programs within the Education Division are accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Do Missouri Baptist University’s distance learning faculty hold masters or doctoral degrees?
All of our faculty members have either masters or doctorate degrees, so a quality education is ensured. In addition, many faculty members hold high-level positions within the fields they teach. Missouri Baptist University is devoted to upholding the academic integrity of your classes and the educational foundation of the professors instructing them.
Will my actual Missouri Baptist University diploma say ‘online learning’?
No. All of our diplomas state “Missouri Baptist University” with no distinction between residential, blended or online degree programs. Our curriculum is based on the current needs of each industry to which they relate. Our faculty consists of leaders of that industry to provide the most valuable, real-world education possible. Our academic instruction is continually updated to reflect the latest proven concepts, methods and practices.
When and how often do I have to be online for class?
When and how long you login during the week for online classes is completely up to you. Missouri Baptist University’s Online Learning program offers you the flexibility to complete assignments at your own pace and at a time convenient to you within each week. Courses are constructed so there are no required login times during the week. As long as you meet the deadlines specified by the professor, you can complete your assignment at any time of the day or night. This level of flexibility allows you to fit school into your personal schedule, not the other way around. You’re provided with enough structure to keep you on track to ensure successful completion.
Yes. We have students studying in countries all around the globe. Through our convenient online program, students are able to successfully complete their online programs without residency requirements. 
You can apply online now! If you have any further questions, please speak with a new enrollment specialist immediately by calling:

  • Undergraduate Distance Learning 1-877-434-1115
  • Graduate Studies 314-392-2327

Our office hours are Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Central Standard Time.

How do I get my books and course materials for my online class?
Visit our Textbooks & Software page to learn about purchasing books and materials through Follet.com, our online bookstore.