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.


    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
    [email protected]
    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

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