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Missouri Southern State University

Joplin, MO

Missouri Southern State University
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About This Campus

Missouri Southern serves 5,000 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.

2023/2024 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2024/2025 Placement

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Fast Facts

Location | Joplin
Population | 52,288
Enrollment | 4,358
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 08/22-12/15
Spring | 01/17-05/11

Campus Diversity

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


RegistrationClosed 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.
  • International Affairs/Relations - The International & Political Affairs program offers courses in political affairs, legal affairs, international affairs, geography, and global cultural affairs. There are some really interesting extracurricular activities, including Mock Trial, the Model United Nations, the Model European Union, and through the Political Science Association.

Unique Academic Programs

  • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) - Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification is for anyone who is interested in teaching English overseas after graduation, regardless of your major. The need for qualified English teachers increases each year, and there are opportunities in nearly every country. The best teaching jobs typically require candidates to have a bachelor’s degree and a TEFL certificate (or equivalent). The TEFL certificate requires the completion of four courses (12 credit hours): INTS 320 Teaching English Abroad I; INTS 321 Teaching English Abroad II; INTS 322 Teaching English Abroad Practicum; EDUC 380 Second Language Acquisition (or EDUC 385 Assessment for ELLs). INTS 320 and INTS 321 are offered in the fall and INTS 322 is offered in the spring. EDUC 380 is offered online during summer and spring semesters. If you came to MSSU for the fall and spring semesters, you could earn the TEFL certificate.
  • Music/Jazz Studies - The Jazz Studies program offers numerous configurations of combos from trios to nonets. Each ensemble focuses on the study of jazz improvisation and jazz theory/harmony. There are currently three jazz combos and each performs numerous times each semester throughout the community. There is also the Southern Jazz Orchestra which performs the great music of the Count Basie Band, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Woody Herman Herds, Buddy Rich Band and Stan Kenton Orchestra, plus new, progressive, and contemporary literature.

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Accounting, Anthropology, Art... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
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 Host Pay
Canadian Students
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 07/07/22

  • 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 Students
  • Estimated cost: $3210.36.
  • 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 students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment 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 students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 18 ($267.53 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment: 18 ($267.53 per additional hour)

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

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

Important Notes: Housing and meal costs can be found at https://residencelife.mssu.edu/pricing-information/ The Quads are not available for NSE students.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 07/07/22

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 16% living on campus
  • Suite: $3460 (includes meals)
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
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

Notes About Meal Plans
See https://residencelife.mssu.edu/pricing-information/


Figures per Semester are current as of 07/07/22

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


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