Avila University

11901 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64145-1698

School Details

The Avila Advantage program offers accelerated online bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and graduate certificates that provides flexibility for working professionals.


The Avila Advantage division of Avila University offers convenience in that adult students can enroll in programs, access advising and tutoring, and get answers to questions about their educational goals from a single source. In addition, distance learning courses are formatted in self-paced, eight-week sessions that begin monthly. While some programs may require on-campus, intensive weekend components, others are delivered completely online. Programs range from business, healthcare, and human resources to fields in instructional design and technology, and communications.

General admission requirements for undergraduate programs within the Avila Advantage division include a minimum age of 23 or a minimum of three years work experience; a minimum 2.0 GPA from transfer coursework; and the submission of all official transcripts, including college and/or high school. Prospective graduate applicants will need to have:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA (out of 4.0) for the last 60 credit hours of coursework
  • Submit a completed application
  • Submit a resume and a letter of intent
  • Submit official transcripts
  • Submit two letters of recommendation
  • Complete an admission interview

Added school resources for online learners at Avila include, but are not limited to: counseling and career resources, disability services, health services, learning assistance, and access to the Hooley-Bundschu Library and its electronic databases.


Avila University is a four-year, private Catholic university directly affiliated with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, and located in Kansas City, Missouri. The school’s roots date back to 1836, when the first sisters of Saint Joseph arrived in the United States from Lyons to open a school for the deaf. By 1866, Saint Joseph’s Academy opened, and it would later become Avila University. To date, the college offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and concentrations as well as six graduate programs. Fields of study are housed in the: 

  • College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Science and Health
  • School of Visual and Communication Arts

Avila University’s mission states that the school “is a values-based community of learning providing liberal arts, professional, undergraduate and graduate education to prepare students for responsible lifelong contributions to the global community.”


To apply for financial aid, students will need to first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 1. Avila’s school code is: 092449. For students applying to programs within Avila Advantage, the following types of aid are available to qualifying students:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  • Access Missouri Grant (undergraduate students only)
  • Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans
  • Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan
  • Private resources

Additionally, Avila is recognized as a G.I. Jobs Military Friendly School and supports the Yellow Ribbon Program for eligible veterans and military personnel.


Avila University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, the university retains program-specific accreditation with: 

  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Missouri Department of elementary and Secondary Education
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
  • Missouri State Board of Nursing.







School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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