A Great Place to Study
Missouri Southern State University is a great place to live and learn! Located at the Gateway to the Ozarks in Joplin, Mo., the University is within minutes of the Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas borders. Historic Route 66 runs through the city with the major metropolitan areas of Kansas City, Springfield and Tulsa, Okla., within one or two hours of the campus.
Missouri Southern serves nearly 6,000 students in nearly 200 academic programs. MSSU's outstanding NCAA Division II athletics programs, award-winning Themed Semesters, fun student activities and enriching cultural events in theater, art, music and film create an engaging learning environment for our students and citizens of the region.
A Rich History
Since 1937, Missouri Southern State University has provided educational opportunities for Southwest Missouri and beyond. MSSU has evolved from an outstanding junior college to its role today as a comprehensive four-year state-supported institution offering bachelor and master degrees. The University's academic programs are organized in four schools - School of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, the Robert W. Plaster School of Business and the School of Health Sciences. MSSU also offers a division of Graduate Studies and Distance Learning.
Missouri Southern's state and nationally prepared teachers in nationally acclaimed teacher education programs. For the last 75 years, Missouri Southern has developed outstanding, effective programs accredited by state and national bodies that prepare our students for the competitive and changing global society. Learn more.
A Clear Mission
Missouri Southern State University is a state-supported, comprehensive university programs leading to undergraduate and graduate degrees. Central to our mission is a strong commitment to international education, liberal arts, professional e-professional programs, and the complementary relationship that must exist among them to prepare individuals for success in careers and distance learning. Learn more about our Mission, Vision and Values.