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A Great Place to Study 

joplin signMissouri Southern State University produces graduates ready to play active roles in the global world. Located in Joplin, Mo., in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, the University is within minutes from some of the greatest scenery and waterways in the nation. 

Historic Route 66 runs through the city. Kansas City, Springfield, Branson, Tulsa and Fayetteville, Ark. are within one or two hours of campus, making Joplin a hub for educational, cultural, entertainment and recreational activities. 

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Missouri Southern serves nearly 6,000 students in more than 140 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.  Our graduates work in their communities every day as leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, teachers and innovators.  

A Rich History 

mansion historySince 1937, Missouri Southern State University has provided educational opportunities for Southwest Missouri and beyond. Missouri Southern has evolved from an outstanding junior college to its role today as a comprehensive four-year, state-supported institution.

The University's academic programs are organized into four schools: the School of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, the Robert W. Plaster School of Business and the School of Health Sciences. The university also offers a division of Graduate Studies and Distance Learning.

For more than 75 years, Missouri Southern has developed outstanding, state and nationally accredited programs that prepare our students for the competitive and changing 21st century society. Learn more.

For the last several years, our affordable in-state tuition has been offered to residents of every several other states, through our Lion Pride Tuition Discount program.  This means the students of Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas can take advantage of this excellent tuition discount.

A Clear Mission 

campus beauty shotCentral to our mission is a strong commitment to international education, liberal arts, professional and  pre-professional programs, and the complementary relationship that must exist among them to prepare individuals for success in careers and lifelong learning. 

Our thinking is global. As a university, we know we have the power to make a difference in the lives of our students and people in our region, nation and the world. 

Join with us in celebrating our Lion Pride!