Post-Secondary and Higher Education

If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.

St. Joseph is perfectly positioned for post-secondary and higher education. Missouri Western State University offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate level programs, as does nearby Northwest Missouri State University. The American Business & Technology University offers online college degrees that are accredited, affordable, and accessible high-demand programs. Vatterott Career College meets the demand for higher-ed at the St. Joseph campus with modern equipment, labs and classroom space designed to provide an impactful environment.


Missouri Western:  Where everything is possible!

Whatever your passions and career goals, Missouri Western is a small university with big opportunities. With a student-faculty ratio of 16:1 and a focus on applied learning, Missouri Western students have access to research and real-world experience beyond the classroom. Missouri Western has resources for first-time freshmen, veterans, non-traditional students and international students, guaranteeing you a world-class university experience at an affordable price.

St. Joseph: A City of Makers

Hillyard Technical Center offers a variety of courses to help students pursue their dreams in manufacturing with courses in carpentry, welding, precision machining, computer-aided drafting and more. Hillyard partners with MWSU on the Manufacturing Technician Certification (MT1), which allows those who pass to more quickly obtain good-paying jobs with local employers in manufacturing.

Missouri Western State University spans more than 700 acres in St. Joseph, Mo., and was founded in 1915. Missouri Western became a full member of the State of Missouri system in 1977. In 2005, the institution received full university designation and changed its name to Missouri Western State University. Today, Missouri Western offers certificates, associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees across high-demand fields. What do students say? You’ll hear that the instructors are truly experienced and knowledgeable, but they never lose sight of providing individual, student-focused instruction. You’ll also hear high praise for the campus green spaces and amenities, a top-notch theater and music program, overall affordability and unique internship experiences. One of these is the applied Entrepreneurship Program through the Steven Craig School of Business. (Check it out in action at places including Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.)

North Central Missouri College offers certificates, two-year degree programs, and transfer degrees to the Northwest region of the state.  Its new, North Belt site was established to help ease the pressure of commuting and attending classes around a busy schedule.  It provides students in the area with a community college option, one that will follow the same academic standards as its main campus in Trenton, Mo.

The Missouri Western Western Institute offers specialized classes and courses in degrees and non-degree areas, with a range of course schedules. Check out programs in areas like criminal justice, law enforcement, music, sign language and volunteer training.

Looking for a change? The evening programs at Hillyard Technical Center open doors for students at all life phases. Study programs include a dental clinic, technology, trade skills, radiology/ultrasound fields and more.

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