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Study at Missouri Southern State University

Missouri Southern State University is a public, state university located in Joplin, Missouri. It was established in 1937 as Joplin Junior College and became a four-year college in 1968. The university offers an array of degrees and programs in diverse Course Topics.

MSSU is home to several student organizations, which include Student Senate, Campus Activities Board, over 30 Departmental organizations, 10 honors organizations, 7 religious organizations, and more than 15 special interest organizations. The university also has a school newspaper, known as the Chart, and an alumni magazine, named the Crossroads.

Missouri Southern fields both men's and women's sports teams. They participate in football, softball, volleyball, basketball, table tennis, dodgeball and billiards.

Profile of Missouri Southern State University

Joplin, MO is home to Missouri Southern. Joplin is a small city. The school is a public institution. Degrees at Missouri Southern go up to the Master's degree.

Course Topics

Students commonly pursue studies in security and law enforcement.

Missouri Southern Selectivity

Prospective students are advised that admissions are not open to all; the school selects from among qualified applicants.


The school has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

Missouri Southern has 5, 593 enrolled students .

Student Life

A lot of students at the school attend part-time. Missouri Southern values student athletics, and belongs to the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

Missouri Southern Tuition and Affordability

The school is a relative bargain, with lower tuition and fees than most schools offering similar degrees.

Missouri Southern Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management156management science, accounting, business, marketing, financial planning, international business, operations management, finance
Liberal Arts126liberal arts and sciences, sociology, English, Spanish language, political science, international relations, technical and business writing, German language, . . .
Education and Teaching112elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, middle school teaching, computer teaching, kindergarten/preschool teaching, Education
Security and Law Enforcement80criminal justice and administration, criminal justice and police
Medical Support and Technology47respiratory care tech, dental hygienist, radiation therapist, clinical lab tech
Nursing and Emergency Medicine41registered nursing
Science33biology, biochemistry, physics, chemistry, bioinformatics
Therapy and Counselling25psychology
Computer Science and Engineering25systems analyst, computer and info science, computer networking, computer science, computer and info science courses, webmastering
Media16mass communication, public relations, communication studies
Medicine13health professions
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy11health and fitness
Fine Arts10fine arts
Medical administration9environmental health, health and medical administrative
Music5music performance
Mathematics3mathematics, mathematics and computer science
Production Trades3machine shop assistant
Engineering Technician3mechanical drafting, engineering technician, computer systems tech, manufacturing tech
Engineering2industrial engineering
Drama and Performing Arts2drama
Art Studies0art studies

Contact: Missouri Southern

Missouri Southern State University

3950 E Newman Rd

Joplin, MO 64801-1595

General Phone: (417) 625-9300


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