May 22, 2024  
Graduate Catalog 2022-2023 
Graduate Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About Columbia College

Columbia College, a private, coeducational institution, offers certificates, as well as, associate, baccalaureate and master’s degrees that prepare students of differing backgrounds for entry level or advanced positions in various occupations and professions. Founded in 1851 by charter of the Missouri legislature and then named Christian Female College, Columbia College assumed its current name and became coeducational in 1970. Although it retains a covenant with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Columbia College is a nonsectarian institution.

The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and holds a specialized accreditation in its education program. Students may enroll in day, evening or online education classes at the home campus in Columbia, Missouri, or through Columbia College Global (CCG) at one of our many nationwide locations.

Degree requirements, course objectives and academic standards at each CCG location are the same as those established for students on the main campus in Columbia, Missouri. Classes at extended locations are taught primarily by adjunct faculty who meet the qualifications for appointment by the full-time faculty of each academic department, based at the Columbia campus. The credentials of adjunct faculty are reviewed by academic department chairs who determine the courses they are qualified to teach; faculty who are determined qualified by the departments are then approved by the Dean of the course’s School.

Course goals and objectives are prescribed by full-time faculty. They develop master syllabi for all courses and recommend textbooks to be used. The Vice President for CCG, along with the director of each CCG location, has the responsibility of recruiting faculty and ensuring the academic programs and instruction at the locations are of the highest quality. The classrooms situated nationwide are housed in properly fitted facilities and are equipped with computers, internet access, projectors and other equipment that support academic courses and programs of study.

Columbia College educates more than 13,000 students each year and has more than 99,000 alumni.

 College Profile

Classification: Private, coeducational undergraduate and graduate-degree granting college with a liberal arts and sciences foundation. Carnegie Foundation classification: Master’s Level College.
Location: Home campus in Columbia, Missouri (population 126,000 plus more than 30,000 students at three separate colleges), on Interstate 70, halfway between St. Louis and Kansas City. Air service via major airline to Columbia Regional Airport. Nationwide locations located throughout the U.S. and in Cuba: Alabama: Redstone Arsenal; California: Lemoore, Los Alamitos, San Diego, San Luis Obispo; Cuba: NB Guantanamo Bay; Colorado: Denver; Florida: Jacksonville, NAS Jacksonville, Orlando, Tavares;  Georgia: Fort Stewart, Hunter Army Air Field, NSB Kings Bay; Hawaii: USCG Honolulu; Illinois: Crystal Lake, Elgin, Freeport, Lake County; Missouri: Fort Leonard Wood, Jefferson City, Kansas City, Lake Ozark, Moberly, Rolla, Springfield, St. Louis, Waynesville, Whitman AFB; North Dakota: Minot AFB; Oklahoma: Fort Sill; South Dakota: Ellsworth AFB; Texas: Mesquite, NASJRB Fort Worth; Utah: Salt Lake City; Washington: Marysville, NS Everett, NAS Whidbey Island.
Degrees Conferred: Associate in Arts, Associate in General Studies, Associate in Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of General Studies, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education and Master of Science in Criminal Justice.
School Code/FICE #: 002456
Campus:  37 buildings on a 40-acre campus four blocks from downtown Columbia, and also includes a building downtown.
Library: Print: More than 60,000 items. Electronic: More than 250,000 e-books and 55 databases. Member of MOBIUS statewide consortium.
Enrollment: More than 1,000 full and part-time day students, representing 25 states and 12 foreign countries; more than 1,000 evening and graduate students and more than 12,000 Nationwide and Online students per year.
Alumni: More than 99,000 Columbia College alumni.
Athletics: Member, American Midwest Conference of the NAIA: men’s and women’s: soccer, basketball, cross country, track and field, golf, and esports; men’s: baseball and lacrosse; women’s: volleyball, softball, bowling, competitive cheer and dance; and a variety of intramural sports.