Colleges and Universities
Public and private. Big and small. Four-year, community, and technical. With more than a dozen local colleges and universities, Springfield, Missouri, is very much a thriving city with a focus on higher education. Nearly 50,000 students per year choose Springfield to pursue academic paths from liberal arts and business to engineering, architecture, medicine, science, and theology. Our wide array of undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs makes it easy to access a lifelong education. Read more about several of our area’s major institutions and professional programs, or scroll to the bottom to link to other great local campuses.
Missouri State University
Missouri State University (MSU) is the second-largest university system in the state with over 23,000 students, a main campus in Springfield, and satellite locations in West Plains and Mountain Grove, Missouri, as well as Dalian, China. The university is home to the largest business college in the four-state area, and students may choose from 88 majors with 187 different emphasis options. MSU is listed in America’s Top Colleges list by Forbes magazine and received a Best in the Midwest distinction from The Princeton Review.
Ozarks Technical Community College
With nearly 14,000 students, Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) is the second-largest learning institution in Springfield and one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the country. The college offers two-year degrees and certificates in a variety of fields from medical and dental assisting to culinary arts and welding and has branch campuses in Ozark, Hollister, Lebanon, and Waynesville. Its Center for Workforce Development provides employers and individuals with consulting and training services designed to boost workplace performance through development of specific professional and technical skills.
Drury University continually ranks at or near the top of U.S. News & World Report’s Great Schools at Great Prices list and was awarded Honorable Mention as Best Liberal Arts School in the nation by Time magazine. Modeled after schools like Yale and Harvard, this small, private institution focuses on academic and intellectual achievements with core values that integrate public service and global awareness. The university is a committed partner of Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise), a nonprofit organization empowering people throughout the world through free enterprise.
Evangel University is a private Christian university and the official liberal arts university of the Assemblies of God organization headquartered in Springfield. With more than 100 academic programs and nine graduate degrees, Evangel prepares students for leadership roles in business, government, vocational ministry, and other fields.
Southwest Baptist University—Bolivar
Southwest Baptist University is a Christ-centered, liberal arts academic community that equips students for lifelong success through faith-inspired academic and campus life programs. SBU offers associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 80 areas of study, including pre-professional programs, business, nursing, and the liberal arts. SBU has been recognized for being one of America’s 100 Best College Buys for 16 years and one of America’s Best Christian Colleges for 15 years. Nearly 1,600 undergraduate students attend classes at the main Bolivar campus with 1,000 more at branch campuses in Mountain View, Salem, and Springfield.
University of Missouri – Springfield Programs
New to Springfield are several specialized programs from the state’s largest university system, the University of Missouri.
University of Missouri-Columbia (MU), the number-one provider of physicians for Missouri, in collaboration with Springfield’s CoxHealth and Mercy health systems, is working to establish the MU School of Medicine Clinical Campus. This new Springfield campus will allow MU to expand its medical student class size by more than 30%, while providing more than 300 additional physicians for the state.
The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Pharmacy is also in the process of establishing Springfield’s first Doctor of Pharmacy program on the campus of Missouri State University. The new UMKC program will begin in fall 2014.
Missouri University of Science and Technology now offers degrees in both civil and electrical engineering through the Cooperative Engineering Program on the campus of Missouri State University.
Health Sciences and Nursing Programs
As two nationally recognized top 100 integrated health systems, both CoxHealth and Mercy health systems have a strong commitment to health care education – specifically when it comes to their respective colleges in Springfield.
For over a hundred years, Cox College has prepared individuals for a career in healthcare. Today, the private college offers a variety of degrees including an Associate, Bachelors, and Masters in Nursing, Associate degrees in Radiography and Medical Assisting, as well as Bachelors degrees in Diagnostic Imaging with specialties in Computed Tomography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Echocardiography, Interventional Radiology, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and Mammography. The college also offers Masters degrees in Occupational Therapy and Nutrition Diagnostics.
Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences is a joint venture between Mercy Hospital and Southwest Baptist University that offers Associate, Bachelors, and Masters degrees in Nursing as well as a Paramedic Bridge and a Licensed Practical Nurse Bridge. The school also offers Associate and Bachelors degrees in Health Sciences, and an Associate of Science in Radiography.
Springfield Colleges & Universities
- Missouri State University
- Ozarks Technical College
- Drury University
- Evangel University
- Southwest Baptist University
- Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences
- Cox College
- Baptist Bible College
- Everest University
- Vatterott College
- Forest Institute of Professional Psychology
- Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
- Webster University
- Bryan University
- Midwest Technical Institute