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Adult Degree Completion


Mission of the Adult Degree Completion Program

The Adult Degree Completion program (ADC) will be a collaborative partner with area businesses and community organizations that provides adult learners accessible, affordable, and accelerated degrees and certificates to assist them with career advancement. 


Six Principles of ADC

Accessible - Five starting dates a year and a hassle-free application process.

Accelerated - Eight-week online courses for most degrees and certificates, with opportunities to apply learning from work experience towards academic credits. 

Affordable - MSSU offers quality education at a great value. Already one of the most affordable institutions in the region MSSU provides in-state tuition rates to residents living in any state bordering Missouri, and to residents of Texas. 

Flexible - Create a schedule and degree plan that works for you. 

Supportive - Dedicated staff assist the adult learner from the application process through graduation by providing advising, career counseling, and connecting adult learners with university and community resources. 

Accredited - MSSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and adheres to policies and procedures set by the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development (MDHEWD).

Interested in earning college credit from life or work experiences?

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Dr. William Mountz

Director of Adult Degree Completion
Office: Taylor Hall 206 
Phone: 417-625-9521 

Doctor of Philosophy in History from University of Missouri 
Master of Arts in History from Texas Tech University 
Bachelor of Arts in History and Journalism from Angelo State University

Dr. Mountz started his career at MSSU in 2017.  He earned a Ph.D. in History from the University of Missouri in Columbia.  He also holds an M.A. in History from Texas Tech University, and a B.A. in History & Journalism (double major) from Angelo State University where he graduated magnum cum laude . In addition to serving as Director of Adult Degree Completion, he serves as an instructor in the Honors Program, teaching Honors Forum, Service Learning, and Special Topics Seminars. Dr. Mountz is also active in the community.  He serves as a Commissioner for the Joplin Historic Preservation Commission and as a Board Member for Heartland Opera Theatre.  In his free time, he enjoys reading, running, and spending time with his family.

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