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Study at Missouri Western State University

Missouri Western State University is a public university located in Saint Joseph, Missouri. It was established in 1915 as a two-year institution called St. Joseph Junior College. The university enrolls more than 5, 000 undergraduate students annually. Missouri Western offers various degrees and programs on the bachelors and masters levels. It is organized into several academic units, which include:

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • College of Professional Studies
  • Craig School of Business
Missouri Western's athletic teams are nicknamed the Griffons. They compete in over 7 sports as an NCAA Division II school. The university is a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

Profile of Missouri Western State University

Missouri Western is located in a small city, in Saint Joseph, MO. The school is a public institution. Degree levels at Missouri Western top out at the Master's degree.

Course Topics

Students at the school often study nutrition and exercise therapy and security and law enforcement.

Missouri Western Selectivity

Missouri Western maintains an open-admission policy.


The school's tenure system is geared toward rewarding and keeping the most valuable professors.

Student Enrolment

Missouri Western offers classes to 5, 342 students (4, 324 full-time equivalent).

Student Life

The school does offer meal plans to students. Students sports include formal participation in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association competitions.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Missouri Western State University is a learning community focused on students as individuals and as members of society. Western offers students at all stages of life the opportunity to achieve excellence in the classroom and beyond, as they prepare to be leaders in their work and in their communities. As a leader itself, Western is committed to the educational, economic, cultural, and social development of the people and the region that it serves. "

Missouri Western Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management131business management, accounting, marketing, finance
Nursing and Emergency Medicine97registered nursing, EMT paramedic
Liberal Arts80history, English, speech and rhetoric, economics, political science, Spanish language, interdisciplinary studies, sociology, . . .
Education and Teaching71elementary school teaching, English teaching, middle school teaching, music teaching, Spanish teaching, art education, French language teaching, teacher education and development
Security and Law Enforcement69criminal justice and safety, criminal justice and police
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy62health and physical education, parks and recreation management
Science45biology, chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology
Therapy and Counselling41psychology, physical therapist assistant
Engineering Technician22construction engineering tech, electronics tech, manufacturing tech, computer engineering tech
Family and Social Work20social work
Law19legal assistant
Medical administration18medical records tech
Computer Science and Engineering12information science, computer and info science
Design8graphic design
Photography and Commercial Art8cinematography, commercial art
Conservation and Resource Management2wildlife management
Medical Support and Technology2clinical lab tech
Art Studies1art studies

Contact: Missouri Western

Missouri Western State University

4525 Downs Dr

Saint Joseph, MO 64507

General Phone: (816) 271-4200


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