Avila College, 11901 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64145-1698, (816) 942-8400. An 80-year-old Catholic four-year, co-educational values-based liberal arts institution offering graduate degrees in education, counseling psychology and an MBA with seven concentrations, including health care administration, as well as bachelor's degrees in 35 majors and an adult degree completion program. Average student/faculty ratio is 13/1. Avila is one of the 19 schools in the nation that offer a degree in radiologic science. Also offered are a baccalaureate nursing major, an ABA-approved paralegal program and an accredited social work program. Courses are offered day, evening and weekends. www.avila.edu.

Baker University in Kansas City, 8001 College Blvd., Suite 100, Overland Park, KS 66210, (913) 491-4432. Offering Associate of Arts in Business, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Management, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Management, all designed for the working professional. Classes form monthly in Overland Park, Kansas City, Mo., and Topeka. Offering a Master of Liberal Arts degree emphasizing humanities, social sciences and science and culture. Also offering a Master of Arts in Education. Evening classes from 6-10 p.m. www.bakerspgs.edu.

Brown Mackie College of Kansas City, 100 E. Santa Fe, #300, Olathe, KS 66061, (913) 768-1900. A two-year private institution offering degree programs in accounting, paralegal, business administration and business management. Medical office assistant, medical transcriptionist, dental assistant, word processing, computer science and computer networking also available. www.bmcaec.com.

Central Michigan University in Kansas City, Tiffany Center I, 10100 N. Ambassador Hill Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64154, (816) 505-7100. A public graduate school offering a Master of Science in Administration degree, including health services administration, general administration and human resources administration. Evening and weekend schedules. Credit for work/prior learning applied toward degree. Accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. www.cel.cmich.edu.

Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, MO 64093, offers undergraduate and graduate-level classes at several Kansas City metro area locations. Central serves as Missouri's lead institution in professional technology. Phone Extended Campus at 1-800-SAY-CMSU and its campus in nearby Warrensburg at 1-800-956-0177. www.cmsu.edu.

Cleveland Chiropractic College of Kansas City, 6401 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64131, (816) 501-0100, www.clevelandchiropractic.edu. A nationally accredited, four-year institution offering the degree Doctor of Chiropractic and a bachelor's degree in human biology. Curriculum includes basic sciences, clinical sciences and internship in the Health Center. Two years of pre-chiropractic college education are required for admission. Financial aid available. www.clevelandchiropractic.edu.

Columbia College, Kansas City site, 3800 S. Elizabeth Ave., Suite D, Independence, MO 64057, (816) 795-1515. Accelerated bachelor's degree programs for working adults. Degrees offered include business administration, computer information systems, psychology, individual studies, history, political science and criminal justice administration. Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. www.ccis.edu.

DeVry Institute of Technology, 11224 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO 64131, (816) 941-2810. A private school offering associate and bachelor degree programs in electronics, and technology-based business programs such as telecommunications management, computer information systems, accounting and business operations. All programs can be completed in three years or less. Day and evening classes available. DeVry is fully accredited and offers part-time job and career placement. www.kc.devry.edu.

Donnelly College, 608 N. 18th St., Kansas City, KS 66102, (913) 621-6070, FAX (913) 621-0354. Two-year associate degree program in liberal arts, continuing education and career programs. English as a second language; basic education for lifelong learning; peer tutoring program and entrepreneur training program. The Donnelly International Center provides a secure, convenient and economical residence hall for international students. www.donnelly.cc.ks.us.

Friends University, 5700 Broadmoor, Suite 1020, Mission, KS 66202, (913) 236-9191, and Missouri site at 3720 Arrowhead Ave., Independence, MO 64057, (816) 795-7872. This area campus of the private university in Wichita offers four bachelor of science degree completion programs in organizational management and leadership, business management, computer information services, and criminal justice, for people with at least two years of college; and four master's programs in the Kansas City area. www.friends.edu.

Graceland University-Independence Campus, 1401 W. Truman Road, Independence, MO 64050, (816) 833-0524. Private four-year institution offering bachelor and master of science degrees in nursing, and a bachelor of science degree with a major in addiction studies. A branch of Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa. www.graceland.edu.

Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS 66210-1299, (913) 469-8500. Associate degrees offered in arts, science and applied science. More than 40 one- and two-year career fields. General studies designed for transfer to four-year universities. Over 46,000 area residents participate annually in continuing education programs such as real estate, cultural arts and microcomputers. Flexible scheduling, financial aid. www.jccc.net.

Kansas City Art Institute, 4415 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64111-1874, (816) 472-4852. Founded in 1885, KCAI is a private, fully-accredited, independent, four-year college of art and design, awarding the bachelor of fine arts degree in ceramics, fiber, illustration, sculpture, photography and new media, printmaking, design, painting and art history. Two KCAI administrative buildings, Vanderslice Hall and Mineral Hall, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. www.kcai.edu.

Kansas City Kansas Community College, 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, KS 66112, (913) 334-1100. Two-year institution offering college transfer programs, career/occupational programs and continuing and basic education studies. Unique courses include robotics, mortuary science and electronics engineering technology. www.kckcc.cc.ks.us.

Kansas State University offers seven graduate programs in the Kansas City area - two in education and five in engineering. The KSU College of Education offers course work leading to a master of science degree in adult and continuing education as well as elementary/secondary education with a multicultural/urban emphasis. For adult and continuing education, contact Cheryl Polson at (913) 962-6264 Mondays or Fridays. For the elementary/secondary multicultural/urban program, call the Division of Continuing Education at 1-800-622-2KSU.

The Kansas City Educational Network (KC-EDNET) is a consortium of universities and colleges in the Kansas City area. As a member, KSU offers courses and degrees through various delivery methods including the World Wide Web, videotape, audiotape, TELENET 2, guided study, and other multimedia. For information, call 1-800-622-2KSU or e-mail info@dce.ksu.edu.

The KSU College of Engineering offers course work leading to KSU master's degrees in electrical and computer engineering with a power emphasis, chemical engineering, software engineering, civil engineering and engineering management. Courses are offered by videotape or World Wide Web. The programs have the same course requirements as the on-campus degrees. For information, call (785) 532-5592, or e-mail engineering@dce.ksu.edu.

The Metropolitan Community Colleges, Administrative Center, 3200 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111, (816) 759-1000. The district comprises four comprehensive community colleges offering two-year associate degrees and one-year certificates in more than 70 accredited areas. Occupational, college transfer and continuing education classes are available. MCC is also the largest corporate trainer in the Midwest, featuring custom-designed instruction for business and industry at the Business Technology Center, 6899 Executive Drive, Kansas City, MO 64120, (816) 480-5210.

Metropolitan Community Colleges:

MidAmerica Nazarene University, 2030 E. College Way, Olathe, KS 66062, (913) 782-3750. Christian liberal arts university offering 39 fields of study and five degree options: AA, BA, BS in nursing, Master of Education and MBA. More than 1,400 students attend classes on the 105-acre campus. MidAmerica is one of the largest private universities in Kansas. www.mnu.edu.

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 5001 N. Oak Trafficway, Kansas City MO, 64118, (816) 453-4600, www.mbts.edu. Southern Baptist graduate school and seminary offering the Diploma in Christian Ministry, Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Christian Education, church music degrees and the Doctor of Ministry degree.

National American University, 4200 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64133, (816) 353-4554. A four-year institution providing business and career-oriented programs leading to bachelor and associate degrees in business administration, management information systems, computer information systems and accounting, applied management and general business. Main campus in Rapid City, S.D. Diploma courses in business administration with emphasis on travel management, computer operator, word processing and accounting are also offered. Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. www.national.edu.

Northland Career Center, 1801 Branch St., Platte City, MO 64079, (816) 858-5505. Programs include micro-computer applications, network administration, electronics, diesel mechanics, industrial welding, practical nursing, nurse aide, culinary arts, heating/refrigeration/air conditioning, commercial building maintenance and building/construction trades.

Ottawa University - Kansas City, 10865 Grandview Drive, Overland Park, KS 66210, (913) 451-1431. Degree completion for the working adult. Career and academic counseling, individually designed programs, credit for learning from work/life experience, and a master's degree in human resources. www.ottawa.edu.

Park University, 8700 River Park Drive, Parkville, MO 64152, (816) 741-2000, Ext. 6215, www.park.edu. A private, non-sectarian college with undergraduate and graduate programs. Master's degrees include business (MBA), education, religion and public affairs. Park University has three metropolitan locations: Parkville Campus, 8700 River Park Drive, Parkville; MetroPark, 934 Wyandotte, Downtown Kansas City, Mo.; and Independence Campus at 291 Highway and 23rd Street. Park College offers undergraduate degree programs in both 16-week semesters and nine-week accelerated formats. Day, weekend and evening classes available. www.park.edu.

Rockhurst University, 1100 Rockhurst Road, Kansas City, MO 64110, (816) 501-4000. Private, four-year college offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees, plus preprofessional programs in law, medicine, veterinary, engineering, dental and optometry. MBA earned during evening hours. Master's degrees in occupational and physical therapy are offered. Rockhurst offers a BSN degree with the Research College of Nursing, including an "accelerated" option for students with degrees in other disciplines. Evening and day undergraduate courses available for full-time and part-time students. Noncredit certification courses available in several fields. Classes also available at a joint campus with Saint Louis University, located one block east of I-435 at 106th and Wornall Road. Rochhurst is one of 28 Jesuit colleges in America. www.rockhurst.edu.

Saint Mary College, 4100 S. 4th St. Trafficway, Leavenworth, KS 66048, (913) 682-5151. A four-year, Catholic coed, liberal arts college with daytime and evening/weekend programs for traditional and nontraditional resident and commuting students. Programs for all ages offered at three locations: Kansas City, Kan., Leavenworth and the Overland Park, Kan., location, which features distance learning capabilities. Bachelor's degrees offered in 23 majors; nine degree-completion programs for working adults also available. Master's degrees offered in education, management and psychology. Courses for teacher re-certification, professional development and noncredit continuing education also offered. www.smcks.edu.

University of Health Sciences - College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1750 Independence Ave., Kansas City, MO 64106-1453, (816) 283-2000. This is a not-for-profit, accredited, four-year, private osteopathic medical college founded in 1916. It has a current enrollment of 850 and has graduated more than 6,000 students with the DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) degree. There are approximately 40 full-time, doctoral-level faculty and 100 DO and MD clinical adjunct faculty. The school is accredited by the Bureau of Professional Education of the American Osteopathic Association. www.uhs.edu.

University of Kansas Medical Center, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160, (913) 588-5000. Health Care professional programs offered through the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health. The School of Medicine has been cited as one of the top 10 comprehensive medical schools in America by U.S. News and World Report. The Schools of Allied Health and Nursing were specifically mentioned for excellence in the Fiske Guide to Higher Education and its four-star rating of the University of Kansas. www.kumc.edu.

University of Kansas Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Road, Overland Park, KS 66213, (913) 897-8400. Offers 16 graduate degree programs of the University of Kansas to Kansas City area residents. Full- and part-time, evening and weekend programs for working adults. Courses are taught by KU faculty, and there is no out-of-state tuition. Programs include architecture, architectural engineering, business administration, civil engineering, communication studies, education, electrical engineering, engineering management, health services administration, marketing communication, public administration and social work. http://edwardscampus.ku.edu.

University of Missouri - Kansas City, 5100 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110, (816) 235-1000. UMKC is a comprehensive university found in a park-like setting near the heart of Kansas City. Students enjoy the proximity to downtown, Westport and the Country Club Plaza. One of four campuses in the UM System, it offers bachelor's through doctoral degrees and has more than 12,900 students with a 14:1 student/teacher ratio. Featured are a College of Arts & Sciences; Computer Science Telecommunications Program; Conservatory of Music; coordinated engineering programs; School of Graduate Studies; Biological Sciences; Business and Public Administration; Dentistry; Education; Law; Medicine; Nursing; and Pharmacy. Also, UMKC offers continuing education programs in a wide variety of fields. www.umkc.edu.

Vatterott College, 8955 E. 38th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64129 (816) 861-1000. For information, visit www.vatterott-college.com.

Webster University-Kansas City Metropolitan Campus, 1740 W. 92nd St., Kansas City, MO 64114, (816) 444-1000. Degrees offered: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Teaching. Programs are designed for early and midcareer professionals who require a strong academic program with flexibility that allows busy schedules. Faculty is highly qualified - academically and as practitioners.

William Jewell College, 500 College Hill, Liberty, MO 64068, (816) 781-7700. Four-year, private, Baptist-affiliated, liberal arts college offering bachelor's degrees in 29 fields. The Oxbridge honors program features tutorial majors and overseas study in England. The College offers the Pryor Leadership Studies Program and majors and concentrations in five educational fields: education, nursing, music, liberal arts and business. Evening, continuing education. www.jewell.edu.