Admissions Office

Admissions Office

Regular office hours:

  • Monday - Friday 8am to 5pm
    closed Saturdays & Sundays

Summer hours:

  • Monday - Thursday 7am to 5 pm
    closed Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays
  • Phone: 417.625.9378
  • Fax: 417.659.4429
  • Email:
  • Address:
    Hearnes Hall 106

    3950 Newman Road,
    Joplin, MO 64801


Derek Skaggs
Derek Skaggs: 417.625.9537
Director of Admissions and counselor for Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School, McAuley Catholic High School, Carl Junction, and College Heights Christian School

Jeff Thompson

Jeff Thompson: 417.625.9819 
Assistant Director of Admissions and counselor for Oklahoma schools, Southwest Missouri, Southeast Kansas, California, and Southwest United States

Nathan Hicks: 417.625.6364 
Admissions Counselor for Joplin High School & Campus Tour Coordinator

 Brian Corcoran
Brian Corcoran: 417.499.0059 
Admissions Counselor for the Kansas City area (Missouri and Kansas) 

Ryan Arthur
Ryan Arthur:417.529.4787 
Admissions Counselor for the St. Louis area, Illinois, Upper Midwest and Northeast United States  

Alex Gandy
Alex Gandy: 417.625.9715 
Admissions Counselor for students in Central and Southeast Missouri, Webb City High School, Springfield, Missouri, and the Mid-Atlantic United States

jennifer shaw
Jennifer Shaw: 417.625.3573 
Admissions Counselor for students in Kansas, Crowder College: Nevada-Lamar-Greenfield, Adult students, and Veterans 

Tristan Routledge
Tristan Routledge: 417.625.9743 
Admissions Counselor for students in Southwest Missouri, Arkansas, and Southeast United States  

Belinda Cotten
Belinda Cotten: 417.529.9290 
Admissions Counselor for Crowder College: Neosho-Cassville-MacDonald County

 Lora Dean
Lora Dean: 417.625.3126 
International Admissions Coordinator  

Craig Thompson
Craig Thompson: 417.625.9372 
International Admissions Counselor 

Admission Processing

Mission Statement:

The Admissions Office at Missouri Southern State University will identify, recruit and admit qualified students who have the potential to succeed at our university. Admissions decisions are based on policies established by the Board of Governors and are made in accordance with the recommendations of the Coordinating Board of Higher Education for the State of Missouri.

Missouri Southern State University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, color, national origin, disability or age in its recruitment practices or admission of students.

In addition, the Admissions Office will serve the region by offering programs and services to inform the public of opportunities available in higher education.