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Sign up for Southern Welcome

  • meet and interact with academic advisors who will enroll the student in classes
  • get an overview of various student support services
  • make new friends
  • address any financial aid concerns
  • process their student ID card
  • have the chance to have any questions or concerns addressed.

Find out how you can finish your degree by Twilight 

Thanks to our new Twilight courses, you can make progress on a degree or, in some cases, even finish your degree at night. Learn more about taking classes with the help of our exciting Twilight Program.

We Believe in You!

Whether you are a first-time freshmen straight out of high school or a non-traditional student returning to school to enhance your career opportunities - MSSU is right for you.

We offer a wide range of options for completing your college degree ranging from the traditional college experience to online/distance learning courses.

You come to Missouri Southern for a great education and we deliver with nearly 200 degree options. 

Quality? Here's the Proof:

  • 100% pass rate in Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Environmental Health, Respiratory Therapy, and Radiologic Technology
  • Two faculty members among only 525 individuals in the world who are Certified Global Business Professionals
  • MSSU Accounting graduates score 10% higher than the national average on the CPA exam
  • 93% of MSSU graduates are employed or continuing their education

Undergraduate Students

Many undergraduate students are impressed with our facilities such as Webster Hall depicted here.Missouri Southern offers nearly 200 degree options for undergraduate students. You can qualify for many grants and scholarships for academic work or for performance awards in areas such as theater, athletics or other activities. You can gain leadership skills and meet lifelong friends in the more than 80 student organizations, and you can  get excited about our highly competitive men's and women's NCAA Division II athletics teams. MSSU also offers a unique International Mission that provides outstanding study-abroad opportunities and an award-winning Themed Semester program. Ask an Admissions Counselor to help you learn more about MSSU. Learn more.

Graduate Students

Graduate StudentsMissouri Southern State University's Graduate Program is founded upon the belief that all graduate students should be challenged to examine their practice from an analytical and reflective viewpoint. We believe your overall growth and learning is accomplished experientially, through problem solving, evaluation and reflection. The Graduate Program is dedicated to offering quality teaching and learning that emphasizes critical and creative thinking, professional growth, research, ethical practice and leadership development. Congruent with the University’s mission, Missouri Southern may collaborate with selected universities in order to offer distinctive graduate programs that foster the ideal of preparing students to compete in a diverse and dynamic world. Learn more about our Graduate Programs. 

Distance Students/Online

Many of our degrees including Health Sciences have online courses available.For more than 30 years, Missouri Southern has been a leader in developing high quality distance and online degree programs to meet the needs of today's diverse population. Our students take online courses while enrolled in traditional courses on campus, from their homes, in military environments and while keeping their current employment. Convenience and affordability are key components to our online programs. Look closer at our online offerings.  Learn More

International Students

International StudentsLocated in the very center of the United States, Missouri Southern State University is an ideal location for international students. The University has established bilateral partnerships with 16 universities worldwide to provide exchange opportunities for students. Missouri Southern also participates in the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP). In addition, Southern recruits both international students and faculty to experience its enriching and challenging International Mission and its high-quality academic curriculum in Joplin, Missouri. Learn more about International Admissions.

Undergraduate Transfer Students

Transfer StudentsTransfer Students will find a welcoming environment at Missouri Southern State University. We provide transfer articulation agreements with many community colleges and university in the region, offer many support services for non-traditional students, and other benefits such as:

  • Distance Learning credit or credit for work experience;
  • Credit for college work already completed;
  • CLEP credit with testing available;
  • Department credit by exam;
  • Nearly 200 degree options;
  • Small classes with the average size 24;
  • Affordable cost;
  • Financial Aid and scholarships specifically for transfer students.
  • Learn more.

Home School Students

Home School StudentsMSSU is popular among home school students who are looking for a university that shares many of their same educational values. Missouri Southern offers a challenging learning environment with a faculty that will provide the maximum amount of personal academic attention:

  • Faculty focused on teaching with lots of personal attention;
  • Small classes with an average class size of 24;
  • Strong campus ministry organizations;
  • Safe learning environment in a safe, Midwestern suburban setting;
  • Great educational value;
  • GED not required for admission.

If you are a first-time college student who has been home schooled, learn more.