FAQ for Prospective Online Students

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

In our increasingly competitive marketplace, employers place greater value on education than ever before. Today, college graduates earn on average an income of 75% more than high school graduates. Over the course of a career, that means a college graduate will earn on average almost one million dollars more than a high school graduate, while 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.”

Is an online course/program right for me?

Participate in an online questionnaire.

Is an online format comparable to the traditional residential, on campus format of classes?

Yes. Numerous studies have proven that distance learners perform as well or better than their on-campus counterparts. In the book, The No Significant Difference Phenomenon, author Thomas L. Russell cites 355 research reports, papers, and summaries dating back to 1928 that found no significant difference between distance learning and in-class learning. Where a difference was identified, it generally favored the distance learning student.

Many employers look very favorably on the fact that distance learning students have the discipline to manage their own schedule and work simultaneously. Employers typically support online programs and their employees’ enrollment in Missouri Baptist University’s programs.  In addition, Missouri Baptist University has identified that its 8-week online format is the most effective vehicle for distance education.

What is the cost of attendance at Missouri Baptist University?

View current tuition and fees.

How do I apply for admission?

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 assigns you a new enrollment specialist to help you throughout the admissions process as well as enrollment in your first classes. To get started today, please call:

Undergraduate Admissions 1.877.434.1115

Graduate Studies 1.314.392.2327

What type of computer and software do I need?

View computer requirements and recommendations.

How do online classes work?

Online classes are facilitated through Blackboard.  A complete set of tutorials for the latest release of Blackboard will be available soon.

What should I do if I have a technical problem with my computer?

Our online classroom experience is extremely user friendly. However, should you have any questions or experience any difficulties, we offer 24/7 online technical support as well as over the phone assistance by calling 1-314-485-8441.

Which degree programs are offered online?

View a complete listing of undergraduate and graduate online degree courses.

What is the difference between online, blended, and residential programs?

Online degree programs are completed at a distance from the Missouri Baptist University campus through online instruction.  Almost all courses are eight-weeks in length, while a select few are sixteen weeks in length. Online programs at MBU require an online orientation.

Blended 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 weeks or sixteen weeks long

Residential degree programs are primarily completed through participation in 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

Is financial aid available?

Yes, there are a number of ways to finance your education. View Missouri Baptist University financial aid process for undergraduate students. Graduate students are encouraged to contact their graduate advisor for details.

How fast can I complete my degree?

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. Most undergraduate and graduate programs have a certain number of courses that must be completed through Liberty in order to graduate. Please contact your new enrollment specialist to learn more.

What happens if I move to a new location?

The beauty of MBU’s Distance Learning Program is that it does not make a difference where you are located while completing your degree program. MBU’s classes can be continued from anywhere in the world as long as you have access to the internet and a computer that meets 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 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 mid-town 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.

In July 1964, an 81-acre site near Ballas Road and Highway 40 was purchased. Ground breaking ceremonies were held on February 19, 1967. In September of 1968, 186 students entered classes. The College 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 the Bachelor of Arts degree.

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

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, and Missouri Baptist College became University.  In 2008, MBU was approved to offer its first online degree programs (MS in Sport Management, and MSE in Curriculum and Instruction), which are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The Sport Management program at Missouri Baptist University 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?

To ensure the value of your education, all of our faculty members have either master’s or doctorate degrees. In addition, many faculty members hold high-level positions within the fields they teach. Missouri Baptist University is devoted to ensuring the academic integrity of your classes and the educational foundation of the professors instructing them.

Will my actual Missouri Baptist University diploma say “distance learning”?

No. All of our diplomas state “Missouri Baptist University” with no distinction between residential, blended, or online degree programs. You can be sure your degree will help you obtain the career you desire. To ensure that our programs provide the skills and expertise that are in high demand, we develop our curriculum based on the current needs of each industry they relate to. We then draw our faculty from among the 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 is completely up to you. Missouri Baptist University’s Distance Learning Program offers you the flexibility to complete assignments at your own pace, at a time convenient to you within each week. Courses are constructed so as there are no required login times during the week. As long as you meet the deadlines specified by the professor for turning in assignments, you can complete your assignment at any time of the day or night. This level of flexibility allows you to fit school into your busy schedule, rather than attempting to fit your schedule around school, while at the same time providing enough structure to keep you on track to ensure successful completion.

Do you accept International students?

Yes. Missouri Baptist University’s Distance Learning Program will have students studying from countries all around the globe. Through our convenient online program, students are able to successfully complete their online programs without residency requirements.

How do I get started?

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

Office hours Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Central Standard Time

How do I get my books and course materials?

Visit our Textbooks & Software page to learn about purchasing books and materials through Follet.com, our online bookstore.

(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.