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
faculty.

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.

    Rankings

    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.

    Accreditation

    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.

    Athletics

    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

    [email protected]

    Contact: Derek Skaggs

    Director of Enrollment Services
    Main Address

    3950 East Newman Road

    Joplin, MO 64801-1595

    (417) 625-9300

    www.mssu.edu
    Size

    Total undergrads: 5,219

    First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 771

    Degree-seeking undergrads: 5,189

    Graduate enrollment: 45

    Setting

    Rural setting

    Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

    Commuter campus

    Degrees offered:
    Associate
    Bachelor's
    Master's

    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

    Education

    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

    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

    History – General B

    Law & Legal Studies

    Paralegal/Legal Assistant C

    Liberal Arts & Sciences

    General Studies B

    Mathematics

    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

    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.