Early College

Earn MSU college credit online as a high school student

Take Early College courses online and study independently. Start building your transcript before enrolling as a Missouri State freshman. Get an affordable head start on your degree.

Early College courses cost over 70% less than the same course taken online as a freshman. You’ll pay $70 a credit hour plus an e-book fee. 

These courses are a part of general education requirements at MSU. If you attend another state school in Missouri, these Core42 credits will transfer. Already taking dual credit courses at your high school? No problem! You can take both types of courses at the same time.

Save time. Save money.

Get a head start on your education taking online courses, on your own time, from Missouri State.



Pay only $70 per credit hour plus an e-book fee.
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Save over 70% of what you would pay for an online course as an MSU freshman.
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Combine Early College courses with dual credit courses. You may qualify for an automatic $1,000 scholarship.
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Early College courses apply to MSU's general education requirements. If you attend another Missouri public college or university, the courses are guaranteed to transfer.
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What should I know about the courses?

Courses vary semester to semester. Check online for the most up to date course offering. Courses feature three proctored exams and a final. Log on to Blackboard (MSU's learning management system) and watch video lectures. You’ll study the same curriculum as the students seated in lecture halls on campus.

Is this the same as dual credit?

Similar, but different. In dual credit classes, you earn credit at the high school and at the university. Credit is only earned at the university for Early College courses. There is no equivalent course at the high school. High school teachers deliver dual credit courses at the school. Missouri State faculty teach Early College courses online.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible, you must be a junior or senior with a 3.0 GPA or higher (on a 4.0 scale).

Fall 2020 course option: ECO 165 Microeconomics

Basic principles of economics with a particular emphasis on the nature and application of those bearing on decision making within a household, firm or industry; including consideration of problems respecting the composition and pricing of the national output, distribution of income, pricing and output of factors of production and foreign trade.

This course is required for business majors at Missouri State and most other universities.

Read the course catalog for more information.

Fall 2020 course option: THE 101 Introduction to Theatre and Drama Arts

The creative processes of transforming drama to stage, film and television. A study of the collaborations and contributions that the various artists make to the process. Intended to increase the audience's ability to think critically about the artistic experience. Buying tickets to and attendance at local productions required. Find more information in the course catalog.