The academic organization of the University of Missouri-St. Louis consists of the College of Arts and Sciences; the College of Business Administration; the College of Education; the College of Fine Arts and Communication; the Graduate School; the Pierre Laclede Honors College; the College of Nursing; the College of Optometry; the office of Continuing Education and Outreach; and the University of Missouri-St. Louis/Washington University Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program. Additionally, the university has a number of specialized centers and facilities that support its teaching, research, and public service mission.

The College of Arts and Sciences is the academic core of the University of Missouri-St. Louis and its oldest and largest unit. Courses in the college are designed to enable students to engage in creative and critical thinking, learn to appreciate pattern in complexity, reflect on important issues of the past and present, and hone their ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. The college emphasizes "Learning through Research" in a wide range of baccalaureate, masters and doctoral programs, 2+3 programs, specialized certificate programs and minors. The Departments in the College of Arts and Sciences include: Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Mathematics and Computer Science, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Psychology, School of Social Work and Sociology.

Centers reporting to the College of Arts and Sciences include:

Center for Human Origin

Center for Trauma Recovery

Institute for Women's and Gender Studies

Whitney R.Harris World Ecology Center

The College of Business Administration offers work at the undergraduate level leading to the B.S. in Business Administration in six areas: Accounting, Finance, Management and Information Systems, Management and Organizational Behavior, Management Science, and Marketing. At the graduate level, a Ph.D. and three master's degrees are offered: the Ph.D. in Business Administration, the Master of Business Administration, including a campus-based program and a Professional MBA On-Line, the Master of Science in Management Information Systems, and the Master of Accounting. The College maintains a balance between the specialization of professional courses and the diversity of liberal arts. Besides training students as qualified professionals for the business world, the College of Business Administration, through its bachelors, masters, and Ph.D. degree programs, expands student capability in communication, analysis, and judgment, thus enabling its graduates to deal more effectively with todays complex economic environment. The College is organized into disciplinary areas represented by coordinators in accounting, finance, information systems, international business, marketing, and logistics and operations management and management and organizational behavior.

Centers reporting to the College of Business Administration include:

Center for Business and Industrial Studies

Center for Transportation Studies

The College of Education is divided into four divisions: Counseling and Family Therapy; Educational Psychology, Research and Evaluation; Educational Leadership and Policy Studies; and Teaching and Learning. The college acts on the premise that to develop and maintain a high-quality educational setting in an urban area it must advance the field of education and meet the needs of a society in rapid change. The faculty is committed to producing high quality research and teaching excellence, and to extend its research expertise and findings, along with its teaching capabilities to the community. The college does these things through its undergraduate and graduate teacher-education offerings and its activities on campus and in the field.

Centers reporting to the College of Education include:

The E. Desmond Lee Technology and Learning Center

The Regional Center for Education & Work

The Institute for Mathematics & Science Education and Learning Technologies

The Center for Human Origin and Cultural Diversity

The Citizenship Education Clearing House

The College of Fine Arts and Communication is the newest college of the university. The college includes the Departments of Art and Art History, Communication, Music, and Theatre, Dance and Media Studies. Students and faculty of the College pursue their educational, research, and performance activities in a variety of campus locations. The University's Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center affords two spectacular venues for performances by individual university students and faculty, campus ensembles, and visiting artists. In addition, Gallery 210, Gallery FAB, and Gallery VISIO in the Millennium Student Center offer space for the display of student and faculty artwork, as well as visiting exhibitions. Through its Des Lee Arts Education Collaborative, the College has collaborations with the Saint Louis Symphony, the Saint Louis Art Museum, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the Laumeier Sculpture Park, and other cultural institutions.

The Graduate School of the University of Missouri-St Louis promotes culturally and intellectually diverse learning environments in which scholarship and creativity can flourish. To fulfill the teaching and research goals of UMSL, the Graduate School provides leadership to graduate programs that inspire in students a passion for discoveries. In contrast to those in traditional universities, our programs reflect our mission as a public metropolitan research university: our faculty members and students scholarship advances understanding of their disciplines in rapidly changing local, regional, and global contexts.

Working with the faculty, the Graduate School provides access to its programs and services for diverse men and women. In concert with the Graduate Council, the Graduate School:

Provides an environment in which students and faculty can work together to acquire, discover, preserve, synthesize, and transmit knowledge;

Continuously reviews the university's graduate programs and policies to maintain rigorous academic standards and respond to innovations in teaching and research;

Facilitates interdisciplinary communication and endeavors.

Faculty Role: The Graduate Faculty consist of all tenured and tenure-track faculty. Upon recommendation by a college, qualified visiting and part-time adjunct faculty may be approved by the Graduate Dean to teach graduate courses for a period of up to five years.

Members of the Graduate Faculty may serve as members of comprehensive examination committees, exit project committees, and master's thesis committees. In general, only tenured or tenure-track members of the Graduate Faculty may chair doctoral dissertation committees. Upon recommendation of the unit and approval of the Graduate Dean, a non-regular Graduate Faculty member who brings a particular expertise to committees may chair doctoral dissertation committees.

The Graduate Faculty meet at least once in the fall and once in the spring each academic year. At those meetings the Graduate Faculty ratify any substantive changes in the policies of the Graduate School.

All curricular decisions about graduate programs and courses require faculty review. After the unit approves a curricular proposal, the Graduate Council reviews it. If approved, the proposal goes to the Faculty Senate for review and approval. New programs also require approval of the University of Missouri System and the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education.

The Pierre Laclede Honors College, inaugurated in 1989, brings together a highly select group of intellectually curious and gifted students who are pursuing various career goals and earning degrees in disciplines offered by the university's other undergraduate schools and colleges. These Honors Scholars follow a special curriculum that combines a series of innovative Honors College classes and course work done for Honors credit in their major areas. They actively engage in their education in small seminars led by some of the university's finest teachers. In addition to offering entrance scholarships, the college offers stipends for individual student projects, including supervised research, and a variety of independent studies options including internships, community service, and mentoring.

The College of Nursing offers innovative programs at the bachelors, masters and doctoral levels. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is available for the individual wishing to pursue a program of study which will lead to eligibility to complete state licensure examinations to become a registered nurse. In addition, an upper-level option designed for the associate degree or diploma educated registered nurse is available which avoids repeating basic nursing course work. The Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) offers studies in Adult, Childrens and Womens Health; nursing education and nursing leadership. Practitioner options are also available as part of the M.S.N. program. The Ph.D. in Nursing offers studies focused on Health Promotion and Protection, Health Restoration and Support, and Health Care Systems. Studies at all three levels (B.S., M.S.N., and Ph.D.) may be pursued full-time or part-time.

The College of Optometry is one of 17 colleges of optometry in the United States. It offers the professional Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree and Master and Ph.D. degrees in vision science through its Graduate Program in Physiological Optics. The Colleges teaching and research facilities are furnished with the newest equipment for teaching and research.

The College operates the following centers and clinics:

University Eye Center

Optometric Center

Harvester Eye Care

East St. Louis Center

Neighborhood Clinics

Continuing Education and Outreach extends the university's academic resources and expertise to the community by offering a variety of credit and noncredit courses, both on and off campus. It also sponsors programs in the community, such as the annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival. In 1994-95 more than 81,000 participants were served in 2,337 credit and noncredit programs.

The UMSL/Washington University Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program was established on December 28, 1992, to offer a high-quality, affordable engineering education at a public institution in the St. Louis area. At present, students can receive ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering, as well as a Minor in Environmental Engineering Science. Students in the joint program take about one-half of their course work-mathematics, physics, chemistry, humanities, and social sciences, and some elementary engineering subjects-on the campus of UMSL. They take the remaining half of their degree program, consisting of upper-level engineering courses and laboratories, on the campus of Washington University, taught by the Washington University engineering faculty. Students pay tuition at the UMSL rates for all their course work. Students can choose either a full-time or a part-time course schedule. A full-time upper-level student would typically take two to four engineering courses at Washington University in the late afternoon or evening and one or two courses at UMSL during the day. A part-time student will take longer than four or five years to earn his or her degree. But by taking engineering courses in the evening, students can work during the day in a co-op arrangement at an engineering firm.