Missouri Southern State University

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General Information

Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) is located in the large town of
Joplin, Missouri and was founded in 1937. This university is a
commuter campus with over 5,000 undergraduate students. MSSU offers
Associate, Bachelor's and Master's degrees among its four schools.
Missouri Southern is in partnership with Missouri State University,
Northwest Missouri State University, Southeast Missouri State
University, and University of Missouri-Kansas City. Through this
partnership, students have a vast connection to student resources and

Admissions Information

For each regular application, there is a fee of $15.00. Students can
apply by mail or online. MSSU has an excellent 96% applicant admission
enrollment rate.

College Majors

MSSU offers a wide choice of college majors. The school confers
Associate and Bachelor's degrees, as well as graduate and certificate
options. Students can choose majors from the liberal arts, science,
business, education, health sciences, and the arts.

Undergraduate Programs

MSSU offers its students almost 200 degree options. These include:

School of Arts & Sciences: Art, Biology, Chemistry,
Communication, Criminal Justice, English, Environmental Health, Foreign
Language, Geography, Geology, History, Mathematics, Music, Paralegal,
Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Pre-professional, Social
Science, Sociology, Theater

Robert W. Plaster School of Business Administration: Accounting,
Business Education, Computer Information Science, Engineering
Technology, Entrepreneurship, Finance & Economics, General Business,
International Business, Management, Marketing

School of Education: Kinesiology, Psychology, Teacher Education, Child Development Center, Project Speak

School of Health Sciences: Dental Hygiene, Health Science, Medical
Technology, Nursing, Paramedic, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Professional,
Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Therapy

Graduate Programs

Gain further education and enhance your critical analysis skills by
enrolling in one of the graduate programs of Missouri Southern. MSSU
offers a Master's in Teaching, Business Administration, Curriculum
& Instruction, Criminal Justice Administration, Dental Hygiene,
Early Childhood Education, Instructional Technology, and Nursing. The
Online Graduate Programs give students the resources and opportunities to
earn a Master's degree by completing work online at their convenience.

Online Degrees and Programs

The Distance Learning department at MSSU works diligently to provide
individuals with the resources to receive an education. MSSU believes
that education should extend outside the school's campus, and its
online offerings reflect that view. MSSU Online offers the following
undergraduate minors that can be combined with one of their online bachelor’s degrees or with any on-campus bachelor’s degree programs:

  • Accounting
  • American Studies
  • Biology
  • Corrections
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • General Business
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Sociology
  • MSSU Online offers an Entrepreneurship Certificate and Paralegal Certificate completely online. MSSU Online also offers
    the following Bachelor’s degree programs: Business Administration, Criminal Justice, and Health Science – Transfer Allied Health. They also offer degree completion programs in Environmental Health, General Studies (also Interdisciplinary), and Bachelor of Applied Science (designed to enhance and continue the area of specialization chosen in the associate degree).

    The Honors Program allows for academically gifted students to pursue
    the degree they desire, while challenging their intellectual growth
    through advanced studies, and encouraging further social growth through
    participation in social/community events. The Twilight Program is
    intended to reach out to potential students with schedules that hinder
    them from taking daytime classes. Certain degrees are available through
    Night School and online courses.


    If you are from Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, or certain counties in
    Illinois, you may be eligible for MSSU in-state tuition rates. The U.S.
    News & World Report
    listed MSSU as one of the top ten most affordable
    institutions in the United States.


    MSSU is accredited by the following institutions: The Higher
    Learning Commission, the National Council for the Accreditation of
    Teacher Education, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary
    Education, and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

    Departments, Colleges, and Schools

    Missouri Southern is divided into the School of Arts & Sciences,
    School of Business Administration, School of Education, and the School
    of Health Sciences, Public Safety, and Technology.

    Financial Aid and Scholarships

    Missouri Southern understands that college education can get
    expensive. That is why it has a financial aid office with the specific
    purpose of providing students with the most financial aid possible. 88
    percent of students receive financial aid at Missouri Southern.
    Students in search of financial aid must complete their FAFSA. Most
    students discover a range of grants, student loans, and scholarships
    from which to choose. Some of the scholarships offered at Missouri
    Southern are the Presidential Scholarship, the Excellence Scholarship,
    the Transfer Scholarships, the Foundation Scholarship, and the A+
    Leadership Scholarship for qualified first time freshmen. MSSU also
    offers in-state tuition rates.

    Library System

    Students have access to the MSSU-Spiva Library. It is complete with
    archives, articles, books, course reserves, curriculum kits, DVDs,
    government documents, journals, legal information, microforms, and
    reference materials. The library offers access off-campus, as well as
    faculty/instructor services, which give explanatory information about
    the curriculum and the learning process of students at MSSU. MSSU-Spiva
    Library has a service called the InterLibrary Loan. Through this service
    students can request books or articles from other universities, which
    otherwise cannot be found at the Spiva Library.


    MSSU is a part of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics
    Association and the NCAA Division II. The MSSU athletic department is
    focused on their student athletes to assist them in both their academic
    and athletic development. Men can participate in baseball, basketball,
    cross country, football, golf, and track & field. Women can
    participate in basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, track &
    field, and volleyball. All MSSU athletes take part in strength and
    conditioning workouts.

    Student Housing

    Students can sign housing contracts to live in the residence halls,
    allowing them to take full advantage of the campus experience and make
    their study more efficient. They can choose from apartments, private
    rooms, suites, or traditional dorm rooms.

    General Information

    Admission Office

    3950 East Newman Road

    Joplin, MO 64801-1595

    (417) 625-9378

    (866) 818-6778

    Fax: (417) 659-4429

    Contact: Derek Skaggs

    Director of Enrollment Services
    Main Address

    3950 East Newman Road

    Joplin, MO 64801-1595

    (417) 625-9300


    Total undergrads: 5,219

    First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 771

    Degree-seeking undergrads: 5,189

    Graduate enrollment: 45


    Rural setting

    Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

    Commuter campus

    Degrees offered:

    Admissions Information

    Application Fee

    College has an application fee: Yes

    Regular application fee: $15

    Online application fee: $15

    Enrollment Rates

    Percent applicants admitted: 96%

    Percent students who return sophomore year: 61%

    College Majors

    Arts, Visual & Performing

    Drama/Theater Arts B
    Fine/Studio Arts B
    Music – General B

    Biological & Biomedical Sciences

    Bacteriology B
    Biochemistry B
    Biology B
    Biotechnology B
    Conservation Biology B
    Ecology B
    Genetics B
    Marine/Aquatic Biology B

    Business, Management, & Marketing

    Accounting A,B
    Business – General A,B
    Finance/Banking B
    Financial Planning B
    International Business B
    Management Science B
    Marketing Management B
    Operations Management B

    Communications & Journalism

    Communications/Rhetoric B
    Mass Communications/Media Studies B

    Computer & Information Sciences

    Computer Networking/Telecommunications A
    Computer Programming – General A,B
    Computer Science B
    Computer Systems Analysis A
    Computer/Information Sciences – General B
    Information Sciences/Systems A,B
    Web/Multimedia Management A


    Art Teacher Education B
    Biology Teacher Education B
    Business Teacher Education B
    Chemistry Teacher Education B
    ESL Teacher Education B
    Early Childhood Education B
    Education – General B
    Elementary Education B
    English Teacher Education B
    Foreign Language Teacher Education B
    French Teacher Education B
    German Teacher Education B
    Health Teacher Education B
    History Teacher Education B
    Junior High Education B
    Mathematics Education B
    Music Teacher Education B
    Physical Education B
    Physics Teacher Education B
    Reading Teacher Education B
    Science Teacher Education B
    Secondary Education B
    Social Science Teacher Education B
    Spanish Language Teacher Education B
    Special Education B
    Speech Teacher Education B
    Teacher Education, Multiple Levels B
    Technology/Industrial Arts Education B


    Engineering – General A
    Industrial Engineering B

    Engineering Technologies

    CAD/CADD Drafting/Design A
    Drafting and Design Technology A,C
    Manufacturing Technologies A,C
    Quality Control C

    English Language & Literature

    Creative Writing B
    English Language & Literature – General B
    Technical/Business Writing B

    Foreign Language & Literature

    French B
    German B
    Spanish B

    Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

    Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technology A
    Dental Hygiene A
    Emergency Medical Technology C
    Environmental Health B
    Medical Radiologic Technology A
    Medical Staff Services Technology A
    Nursing (RN) B
    Predentistry B
    Premedicine B
    Prepharmacy B
    Preveterinary Medicine B
    Respiratory Therapy A


    History – General B

    Law & Legal Studies

    Paralegal/Legal Assistant C

    Liberal Arts & Sciences

    General Studies B


    Computational Mathematics B
    Mathematics – General B

    Natural Resources & Conservation

    Natural Resources & Conservation – General B
    Natural Resources Management/Policy B

    Parks, Recreation & Fitness

    Health/Physical Fitness B

    Physical Sciences

    Chemistry B
    Physics B


    Psychology – General B

    Security & Protective Services

    Fire Science/Firefighting C
    Forensic Technologies B
    Law Enforcement Administration A,B
    Police Science C

    Social Sciences

    International Relations B
    Political Science/Government B
    Social Sciences – General B
    Sociology B

    Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

      A = Associate degree
      B = Bachelor's degree
      C = Certificate or diploma

    *We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All
    information is subject to change. You should confirm all information
    with a college admissions officer.

  • Missouri Southern State University Highlights

    School Information

    Phone Number: (417) 625-9300
    Website: www.mssu.edu
    Type of School: 4-year, Public
    Apply Online: https://mssu.force.com/onlineapplication/TX_SiteLogin?startURL=%2Fonlineapplication%2FTargetX_Portal__PB
    Address: 3950 E. Newman Road, Joplin, MO 64801-1595
    Setting: City: Small
    Campus Housing: Yes

    Students & Programs

    Student Population: 5,604
    6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 33%
    Student-to-faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
    Distance Learning Programs: Yes
    Distance Learning Students*: 2,768 (49% of total students)
    Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

    * Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

    Tuition & Financial Aid*

    In-state Tuition: $6,803
    Out-of-state Tuition: $13,606
    % of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 95%
    Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $5,735

    * Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

    Missouri Southern State University Programs

    See the degree programs that are offered at Missouri Southern State University.

    Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
    Biological and Biomedical Sciences 2
    Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 132
    Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
    Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 11
    Education 233
    Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 421
    English Language and Literature/Letters 1
    Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 31
    Health Professions and Related Programs 334
    History 1
    Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 8111
    Legal Professions and Studies 1
    Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
    Mathematics and Statistics 1
    Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
    Physical Sciences 2
    Psychology 1
    Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
    Social Sciences 14
    Visual and Performing Arts 4
    Grand total 237346

    * Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    See what it costs to enroll at Missouri Southern State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

    Undergraduate Student Tuition

    Average tuition and fees for academic year:

    Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
    In-state $6,803
    Out-of-state $13,606
    Books and supplies $827

    Graduate Student Tuition

    Average tuition and fees for academic year:

    Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
    In-state $6,300
    Out-of-state $6,300

    Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

    Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

    Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
    Any student financial aid 817 95%
    Grant or scholarship aid 792 92% $5,735
    Student loan aid 448 52% $5,146

    All Undergraduate Students

    Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
    Grant or scholarship aid 3,866 66% $5,846
    Federal student loans 2,663 46% $6,284

    Admissions & Enrollment

    See the admission requirements for Missouri Southern State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Missouri Southern State University students.

    Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

    Total Male Female
    Number of applicants 2,295 846 1,449
    Percent admitted 100% 95% 94%
    Percent admitted who enrolled 32% 37% 29%

    Admissions Considerations

    Required Recommended Optional
    Secondary school GPA
    Secondary school rank
    Secondary school record
    Completion of college-preparatory program
    Formal demonstration of competencies
    Admission test scores
    Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
    TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

    Missouri Southern State University Enrollment, Fall 2020

    Total Enrollment 5,604
    Undergraduate enrollment 5,475
    Graduate enrollment 129

    Undergraduate Attendance

    Undergraduate Gender

    Undergraduate Age

    Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

    Undergraduate Distance Education

    Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

    Graduate Distance Education

    Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

    Missouri Southern State University Accreditation

    This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

    Specialized institution accreditations:

    • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
      • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
    • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
      • Dental Hygiene (DH)
    • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
      • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
      • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers
    • Missouri State Board of Nursing
      • Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Programs
    • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
      • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

    *General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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