Southeast Missouri State University

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Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) is a public, liberal arts university located in rural Cape Girardeau, Missouri. SEMO offers degrees on the bachelors, masters, and Ed.D. levels in over 200 programs. It was founded as the Southeast Missouri State Normal School in 1873 and was renamed the Southeast Missouri State University in 1973. Attendance as of Fall 2013 was at 11,367. SEMO has four regional campuses in Kennett, Malden, Sikeston, and Poplar Bluff, as well as the Perryville Higher Education Center and the Cape Girardeau Partnership for Higher Education.

Admissions Information

There is a $25 application fee. Approximately 97% of students who apply are admitted, and 72% return for their Sophomore year. For first year freshmen, students should aim to have scores of 21 or higher on their ACT and 980 or higher on their SAT, with a high school cumulative GPA no lower than 2.00. Incoming freshmen are expected to have the following: four units of English, three of math, three of social studies, three of science, one visual or performing arts, and three additional units.

College Majors


SMSU Academic Hall

SEMO offers the following majors for undergraduates:

  • Accounting
  • Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Education
  • Art
  • Athletic Training
  • Biology
  • Business and Marketing Education
  • Chemistry
  • Commercial Photography
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Corporate Communication
  • Criminal Justice
  • Cybersecurity
  • Dance
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Economics
  • Elementary Education
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering Technology
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Studies
  • Exceptional Child Education
  • Family and Consumer Science Education
  • Finance
  • French
  • General Studies
  • Health Management
  • Historic Preservation
  • History
  • Human Environmental Studies
  • Industrial Education
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Technology
  • Middle School Education
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Architecture
  • Pre-Chiropractic
  • Pre-Dental
  • Pre-Engineering
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medical
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Veterinary
  • Psychology
  • Recreation
  • Social Studies
  • Social Work
  • Spanish
  • Sport Management
  • Technology Management
  • Theater

Undergraduate Programs

SEMO is well-known as a school that produces quality educators, and as such, many of the majors have an education degree available, such as Agricultural, Art, Biology, Business and Marketing, Chemistry, English, French, Mathematics, Physics, and Spanish.

Graduate Programs

SEMO offers a wide variety of Master’s degrees, as well as a few Specialist degrees, and one doctoral program. The Master’s degrees are available in Biology, Business Administration, Career Counseling, Chemistry, Communication Disorders, Community Wellness, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, English, Environmental Science, Exceptional Child Education, Higher Education Administration, History, Human Environmental Studies, Middle and Secondary Education, Mathematics, Mental Health Counseling, Nursing, Nutrition and Exercise Science, Public Administration, School Administration, School Counseling, Science Education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and Technology Management. SEMO offers three Specialist degrees in Educational Administration, Educational Leadership, and Counseling. The one Doctoral degree is a Cooperative Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership.

Online Degrees and Programs

SEMO has an extensive array of online degrees offered at both the bachelor’s and master’s degree levels. Bachelor’s degrees are available for the following fields: Business Administration, Technology Management, Nursing, General Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Criminal Justice, Computer Information Systems, and Social Science. Master’s degrees are available in the following fields: Business Administration, Organizational Management, Elementary Education, Exceptional Child Education, Secondary Education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Criminal Justice, and Technology Management. Online certificate programs are also available for alternative education certification, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.


SEMO typically ranks high on US News and World Report's list of best regional universities in the Midwest. In the past, they have also been rated as the safest school in Missouri. has listed them before as the best value for their online MBA program.


SEMO is accredited by the North Central Association. SEMO's Harrison College of Business is accredited by AACSB International, an honor awarded only to the top five percent of business schools.

Departments, Colleges, and Schools

Southeast Missouri State is made up of five colleges and four schools. The five colleges are: the Donald L. Harrison College of Business; the College of Education; the College of Health and Human Services; the College of Liberal Arts; and the College of Science, Technology, and Agriculture. The four schools are: the School of Extended Learning; School of Graduate Studies; School of University Studies; and the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

SEMO accepts Federal Pell Grants, the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant Program, and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. They also participate in the Federal Work Study and Federal Perkins Loans. SEMO also offers a large variety of potential scholarships. No forms are required to be eligible. There are also scholarships from local institutions that can help many students out.

Library System

Southeast's primary campus library is the Kent Library. It offers services that give access to archival media, subscriptions to online magazine and scholarly journals, and MOBIUS, which links into other Missouri libraries.



Southeast Missouri State Redhawks.

The SEMO Redhawks compete in the NCAA Division I Ohio Valley Conference. The Redhawks offer the following men's intercollegiate sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, and track and field (indoor and outdoor). They offer the following women's intercollegiate sports: basketball, cross country, gymnastics, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field (indoor and outdoor), and volleyball.

Student Housing

SEMO offers eleven different residence halls that allow for double occupancy for students. Costs for housing include either a 15+ or 19+ meal plan and range in price from $6,500 to $8,800.

General Information

Admission Office
One University Plaza
MS 3550
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 651-2590
Fax: (573) 651-5936
[email protected]
Contact: Deborah Below
Main Address
One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 651-2000
Total undergrads: 9,381
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,828
Degree-seeking undergrads: 8,632
Graduate enrollment: 1,433

Suburban setting
Large town (10,000 – 49,999)
Commuter campus
Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $25
Online application fee: $25
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 97%
Percent students who return sophomore year: 72%

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences
Agribusiness Operations B
Agriculture – General B
Animal Sciences B
Horticulture Science B
Plant Sciences B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General B
Arts – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting B
Administrative/Secretarial Services C
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Marketing Management B
Office Management B

Communications & Journalism
Communications/Rhetoric B

Communications Technologies
Graphic/Printing Equipment Operation C

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Programming – General B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B

Art Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Family/Consumer Sciences – Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Kindergarten/Preschool Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Special Education B
Specialist in Education B
Speech Teacher Education B
Technology/Industrial Arts Education B

Engineering Physics B

Engineering Technologies
Architectural Drafting C
Computer Systems A
Electrical Engineering Technologies C
Engineering Technology – General B
Industrial Technology B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Family & Consumer Sciences
Child Care Management A
Family/Consumer Sciences – General B

Foreign Language & Literature
French B
German B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Clinical Laboratory Science B
Communication Disorders B
Nursing (RN) B

History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
General Studies B
Humanities B

Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Global Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Health/Physical Fitness B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry B
Physics B

Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services
Corrections B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Economics B
Political Science/Government 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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