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Missouri Southern State University

Joplin, MO

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About This Campus

Missouri Southern serves 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. The student/faculty ratio is 18/1, and many classes have only a dozen or so students. Not a single class is taught by graduate students or teaching assistants. The Environmental Health Program is one of only 31 accredited programs in the country, and the Industrial Engineering Technology Program is only one of 10. The Beimdiek Recreation Center provides 71,000 sq. ft. of space for students and includes three multi-purpose hardwood courts, two aerobic workout rooms, spacious and modern locker rooms, two weight and cardio exercise areas, more than 100 pieces of equipment, and a 10-lap mile elevated walking/jogging track. It is open to all students

Location Information

MSSU is located in Joplin, the fourth-largest metropolitan area in Missouri. Joplin is a growing city home to some 50,000 people, located on the historic Route 66. Our city is perfect for college life. From any restaurant-chain you can think of to quaint local coffee shops, your options for dining and caffeine-fueled study-sessions are endless. Joplin combines the welcoming feeling and familiarity of a small town with the beauty of the green countryside and the industry and growth of a big city.

2019/2020 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Campus Links

Campus Homepage

Fast Facts

Location | Joplin
Population | 52,288
Enrollment | 6,006
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/19-12/12
Spring | 01/13-05/07

Campus Diversity

White | 73%
Black | 6%
Hispanic/Latino | 8%
Asian | 2%
Native/1st Nation | 3%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 2%
Other | 6%


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
Closed Programs
Teacher Education, Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, Dental Hygiene, and Radiology.

Some biology/chemistry labs may be limited.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Environmental Health and Safety - The Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Health at MSSU is one of ONLY 30 environmental health degrees in the United States accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC).
  • Engineering Technology - The Department of Engineering Technology (ET) provides programs designed to develop leaders in industry and society as a whole by providing a quality education to students that is application-oriented and connected to the needs of regional and global businesses.

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Anthropology: Anthropology

Area Studies: Chinese Studies (minor), International Studies, Japanse Studies (minor)

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Art History, Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Design, Drawing, Fiber-Fabric, Graphic Design, Illustration, Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture

Athletics: Health and Fitness Teaching, Physical Education

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Botany/Plant Sciences, Human Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Zoology

Business: Accounting, Business, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance/Banking, Human Resource Management, International Business, Logistics, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing

Chemistry: Biochemical Sciences, Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: Broadcasting, Communication, Electronic Media, Electronic Media News, Electronic Media Production and Management, Interpersonal and Public Communication, Journalism, Journalism and Contemporary Media, Mass Communication, Newspapers, Organizational Communication, Photo Journalism, Print Media, Radio and Television Studies, Television, Writing/Editing

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice, Law Enforcement/Police Sciences

Earth Sciences: Geology, Physical Sciences, Science

Economics: Economics

English: Creative Writing, English, Literature, Professional Writing, Technical Writing, Writing

Foreign Language: Chinese (some courses), English as a Foreign Language, French, Japanese (some courses), Spanish

General Studies: Spanish Literature

Geography and Urban Studies: Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Spatial Geographic Information Science, Urban Studies

Geology: Geology

History: History

Information Studies: Computer Science

International Studies: International Studies

Mathematics: Computation Science, Mathematical Economics, Mathematics, Mathematics-Physics, Pure Math

Music: Choral Music

Performing Arts: Acting, Choral Music, Directing, Music, Music Industry, Music Theory and Composition, Music/Jazz Studies, Performance, Theater Arts/Drama, Theater Production

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Ethics, Philosophy

Physics: Physics

Political Science: American Political Science, Government, International Affairs/Relations, International Studies, Political Science, Public Administration/Affairs, Public Policy Studies

Psychology: Psychology

Sociology/Social Work: Sociology

Technology: Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering Technology

Theater: Performance and Directing


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 68.00 paper, N/A computer or 520.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A/B

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 07/16/19.
  • Estimated cost: $3644.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 15 ($242.96 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 15 ($242.96 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 07/16/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $150 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
ID Card $10 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Textbook Fee $14 Credit Hour Plan A & B Mandatory

Important Notes: Housing and meal costs can be found at https://www.mssu.edu/student-affairs/residence-life/pricinginformation.php The Quads are not available for NSE students.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $600 per semester.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 002488-00

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 07/16/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 16% living on campus
  • Suite: $3493 (includes meals)
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $500
  • Proximity to campus: 1
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
A full-year housing contract is required, unless the student is coming for only one semester. As for public transportation, there is a trolley stop on campus.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1250 per semester for 21 meals per week.
  • $1151 per semester for 15 meals per week.
  • $1060 per semester for 10 meals per week.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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