Higher Education

Whether you’re looking for an advanced degree or to put your child through a college close to home, it’s important to know your options. Education is highly valued in KC and many employers pay at least a portion of the cost to obtain advanced degrees and certifications.

Here's a guide to Higher Ed in and around the Kansas City Metro.

Downtown Kansas City | Center of the Metro

  • University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC)
    Most recognized for its dental program, law school, school of business and arts programs, UMKC offers approximately 46 master’s degree programs.
  • Metropolitan Community College, Penn Valley
    One of five two-year colleges across the metro area, provides quality general education as well as healthcare career program, the Francis Child Development Institute and the Carter Arts Center.
  • The Kansas City Art Institute
    A leader in visual arts and design education, many graduates go on to be studio artists, museum curators, graphic designers, filmmakers and more.
  • Rockhurst University
    A Catholic Jesuit university, Rockhurst is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 15 schools in the Midwest.

North KC Metro

  • Benedictine College
    Consistently scores in the top five percent of colleges and universities on the National Survey of Student Engagement, and offers EMBA, International EMBA, MBA and MASL graduate degrees.
  • Park University
    An independent, liberal, four-year, co-ed, residential Christian institution founded in 1875, offers 38 Bachelor’s degree programs, five Master’s degree programs and 10 online Bachelor’s degree programs.>
  • William Jewell College
    A private, liberal arts college founded in 1849, offers more than 70 undergraduate degrees, including pre-med, pre-law and pre-engineering programs.
  • Metropolitan Community College, Business and Technology
    One of five two-year colleges across the metro area, Business and Technology  is the college headquarters for technical education and services.
  • Metropolitan Community College, Maple Woods
    One of five two-year colleges across the metro area, houses cutting-edge geographic information systems program, a sign language interpreting program and an exceptional veterinary technology program.

East KC Metro

  • Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
    A not-for-profit institution founded in 1916, it's the oldest medical school in Kansas City and the largest in Missouri.
  • University of Central Missouri
    UCM serves nearly 12,000 students from state, regional and national levels, with a diverse representation of international students from nearly 50 countries worldwide.
  • University of Missouri – Columbia
    The journalism school consistently ranks among the top in the country, along with programs in dispute resolution and family and community medicine. 
  • Vatterott College
    A technical school offering a wide variety of vocational instruction and technical certifications.
  • Metropolitan Community College, Blue River
    One of five two-year colleges across the metro area, offers a solid gen-ed foundation as well as extensive music and theater courses, and exceptional peace officer and firefighter academies.
  • Metropolitan Community College, Longview
    One of five two-year colleges across the metro area, exceptional liberal arts education, human services and engineering programs, as well as one of the nation's finest automotive technology programs.
  • Kansas City Kansas Community College
    A public, urban, open-door and comprehensive community college committed to excellence in higher education.

South KC Metro

  • Avila University
    With approximately 1,800 students, offers 36 undergraduate majors, three graduate programs and three certificate programs. 
  • Cleveland Chiropractic
    Offers both regional and specialized accreditation, as well as both B.A. and Doctor of Chiropractic degree programs.
  • DeVry University
    Two locations in South Kansas City and downtown offering degrees in technology and business – including a degree in Game and Simulation Technology.
  • MidAmerican Nazarene University
    The University offers undergraduate academic majors in over 40 areas, including a bachelor's degree-completion program in Management and Human Relations, a baccalaureate degree affiliation with European Nazarene College in Germany, and graduate-level programs in education, nursing, business administration and counseling.
  • University of Kansas Medical Center
    Houses the University of Kansas’ schools of medicine, nursing, allied health and graduate studies.
  • University of Kansas – Edwards Campus
    Offers seven undergraduate, certificate and graduate programs, tailored to meet the needs of working adults including late afternoon and evening classes.
  • Webster University
    Emphasizes excellence in teaching and offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts, the fine and performing arts, education, business and communications. 
  • Johnson County Community College
    The third largest educational institution in the state of Kansas, JCCC is a two-year comprehensive community college offering day and evening credit and noncredit classes and community service activities.

West KC Metro

  • Baker University
    Offers more than 40 areas of undergraduate study accelerated adult programs, B.S. in nursing and advanced education degrees.
  • Kansas State University
    K-State offers 250 undergraduate majors and more than 100 master's, doctoral and certificate programs.
  • University of Kansas – Lawrence
    KU is well-known for its programs in film and television, journalism, communications and business.


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