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As the dean of the School of Professional & Continuing Studies at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, I am pleased to welcome you to our website.

The University of Missouri is the state's only public research and doctoral degree-granting institution, and it is the mission of Professional & Continuing Studies to share with the people of the St. Louis region, and beyond, the University of Missouri’s knowledge and research through public service and outreach.

Professional & Continuing Studies offerings are designed to help you improve your business and technical skills, further your education, pursue a variety of interests, and encounter new possibilities. You'll find a vast array of credit courses, noncredit programs, workshops, conferences, and more to help you attain your educational goals.

I invite you to visit us on campus, online, or at various locations throughout the St. Louis region as you continue your journey of self-fulfillment. Enjoy!

Dr. Wm. Thomas Walker, Dean
School of Professional & Continuing Studies
University of Missouri–St. Louis


Our mission is to facilitate lifelong learning to help improve the quality of life of the residents of the St. Louis metropolitan area and beyond.

We do this by offering noncredit programs, off-campus credit courses, contract programs, consultation, and action research, both on our own initiative and in response to expressed needs.

We extend the educational resources of the University of Missouri–St. Louis at times and locations, in formats, and through technologies that best meet the needs of the lifelong learner.

We help form new linkages with the community by serving audiences not currently served by the university. In doing so, we strive to maintain a mix of public service activities and activities that meet the needs of individuals and organizations.

About Professional & Continuing Studies

Through Professional & Continuing Studies, the colleges and centers of the University of Missouri–St. Louis administer a wide variety of credit courses, noncredit programs, and problem-oriented research for the benefit of the people of the greater St. Louis metropolitan area and beyond. Programs are offered both on and off campus.  Courses at UMSL are usually held in the J.C. Penney Conference Center unless otherwise indicated.

Credit courses offered through Professional & Continuing Studies can apply toward undergraduate and graduate degrees at UMSL. Credit courses are three credit hours unless otherwise noted. Noncredit courses, conferences, and seminars are offered to meet the continuing education needs of adults and organizations. Off-campus courses are offered in various locations in the St. Louis area and beyond. Check to see if a course is being offered near you!