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About MSSU

A Great Place to Study

Missouri 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 joplin-sign.jpgwithin 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. 

Missouri Southern serves nearly 4,300 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 theatre, 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

Since 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.
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.


Missouri Southern State University will educate and graduate knowledgeable, responsible, successful global citizens.


Missouri Southern State University will be a leader in offering relevant undergraduate and graduate programs that fulfill the educational needs of each student. To attain our vision, we will:

  • Be the University of Choice for Students
  • Faculty and Staff
  • Create Transformative Experiences through Innovative Programs
  • Promote our Culture of Excellence
  • Engage in High-quality Scholarly Activities
  • Grow and Thrive


We believe in:

  • Service
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Transparency
  • Global Perspectives
  • Community
  • Responsibility and Accountability
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Broad-based Learning

Contact the Department

Missouri Southern State University

3950 E Newman Road
Joplin, MO 64801