Missouri State University

901 S National, Springfield, MO 65897

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Missouri State University is a public, four-year institution of higher education, with physical campuses in the Missouri cities of Springfield and Mountain Grove, in addition to a campus in Dalian, China.


MSU first opened in 1905, in Springfield, Missouri, as the Fourth District Normal School, with the goals of educating future teachers. The State Fruit Experiment Station, founded in Mountain Grove in 1899, would become part of Missouri State in 1974. Throughout the nineteenth century, Missouri State built facilities, expanded academic programs, and changed its name; becoming Southwest Missouri State University in 1972. By 1990, the student population exceeded 20,000 students, and in 2005, the school adopted its current title, Missouri State University.

Today, Missouri State University’s main campus in Springfield lies on 225 acres and features more than 40 buildings with various architectural styles. Athletic facilities include the Robert W. Plaster Sports Complex, the McDonald Arena, and the JQH arena. The Mountain Grove campus features a fruit and agriculture research station, and the campus in China partners with Liaoning Normal University. MSU also works in partnership with the two-year Missouri State University West Plains higher educational institution. Missouri State University enrolls about 21,000 students, with students coming from all 50 states and 85 different countries. Campus life at MSU includes more than 300 student organizations, some of which include the Student Government Association, Student Activities Council, Marching Band, student media, Greek Life, athletics, and intramurals groups. Athletic teams at Missouri State University include: women’s track, men’s baseball, men and women’s basketball, women’s field hockey, men’s football, men and women’s golf, men and women’s soccer, women’s softball, men and women’s swimming, and women’s volleyball. The “Bears” compete in the NCAA Division I Missouri Valley Conference.

Missouri State University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Additionally, an extensive list of programs also retain programmatic accreditation, departments and colleges which include, but are not limited to, the College of Education, Music, Nursing, Technology & Construction Management, College of Business, and Computer Science.


Missouri State University awards certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees. MSU students can choose from more than 85 undergraduate majors and over 45 graduate degree programs. Programs are housed in: the College of Arts and Letters, College of Business, College of Education, College of Health and Human Services, College of Humanities and Public Affairs, College of Natural and Applied Sciences, School of Agriculture, and the Graduate College. Special learning opportunities include ROTC (Army), teacher certification, distance education, and study abroad. The student-to-faculty ratio is approximately 21:1.

Students applying for admission must have an ACT score of at least 24 or an SAT score of at least 1090, a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA, a class rank in the top 25 percent, and meet core curriculum requirements. Any student who does not qualify for admission to the Springfield Campus can begin classes at Missouri State University West Plains; an open enrollment institution which offers associate’s degrees that transfer to the Springfield Campus. Prospective students older than 22 years old, who have never enrolled in another college or university, are exempt from required ACT/SAT assessments and core requirements. In addition, students from foreign countries must demonstrate English Proficiency.


MSU Online offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, in addition to online certificate programs through Missouri State Outreach. Students with associate’s degrees can enroll in one of the online bachelor’s programs, which include Bachelor of Science degrees in:

  • Technology Management
  • Communication
  • Criminology & Criminal Justice
  • Finance
  • General Business
  • Nursing
  • Health Services (Clinical Services Option)
  • Professional Writing
  • Informational Technology Service Management

The Manufacturing Management Certificate, and Writing for Television and Film Certificate programs are offered completely online. Online master’s degrees include the Master of Arts in History and the Master of Business Administration. Additionally, there are nine Master of Science degrees, ranging from fields in education, and nursing to the Computer Information Systems, and Administrative Studies degrees. About nine online post-graduate certificates are offered, and students can also pursue the online Doctor of Nursing degree. Student resources for online coursework include career counseling and advising, along with financial aid resources.


In order to be considered for financial aid at Missouri State University, students must first be admitted to the University and must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by March 31 each year. Missouri State University’s institutional scholarships are available for incoming freshmen, currently enrolled students, transfer students, and graduate students, and criteria includes, but is not limited to, awards based on academic merit, proven leadership, and financial need. Added types of aid available include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, TEACH Grant, state of Missouri grant funding, academic scholarships, athletic scholarships, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Loans and the Federal Direct PLUS Loans. Furthermore, the Federal Work Study Program provides jobs to students who demonstrate financial need.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


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    4-year, Public
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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