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The Graduate College at Missouri State University

The Graduate College at Missouri State University offers outstanding academic programs that prepare students for lifelong success. The college has over 100 graduate programs including master's degrees, specialist degrees, clinical doctoral degrees, cooperative degree programs and certificate programs. Additionally, it offers full and part-time options, evening programs, online courses and programs, and blended formats that enable students to earn their degrees while managing their personal and professional lives.

Master of Arts Programs at Missouri State University

Missouri State University has Master of Arts (MA) programs in several disciplines including communication, English, history, religious studies, and writing. These programs give students opportunities to build upon previous study and professional experience to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to advance their careers or pursue doctoral study.

Master of Science Programs at Missouri State University

Students who are interested in earning Master of Science (MS) degrees can choose from more than 20 programs at Missouri State University including applied behavior analysis, child life studies, criminology, counseling, psychology, mathematics, and many more unique specialties.

The Master of Business Administration Program

Students in the MBA program at Missouri State University gain in-depth knowledge in several functional areas including accounting, management, and quantitative analysis. They also strengthen their leadership skills and gain knowledge of the international business environment.

The Master of Accountancy Program

Missouri State University (MSU) offers a 33-hour MAcc program that helps students improve their research, writing, and presentation skills, as well as acquire the advanced accounting knowledge needed to become certified public accountants.

Master of Science in Education Programs at MSU

Individuals who are interested in earning advanced degrees in education, training, or instruction can choose from several MSEd programs including educational administration, educational technology, elementary education, literacy, secondary education, and special education.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) Program

The 42-hour MPH program focuses on 5 core areas in public health practice: biostatistics, health services administration, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, and environmental health sciences.

Master of Natural and Applied Science (MNAS) Program at MSU

The MNAS program helps individuals, who work in areas where scientific knowledge is a priority, to strengthen their expertise in the natural and applied sciences. Students study 2 disciplines such as biology and agriculture, mathematics and education, or chemistry and geology.

Professional Science Masters (PSM)

Within the MNAS degree, students can elect to take business classes as their secondary area of study, and do an internship rather than the traditional thesis. This option carries the PSM designation, and is designed for students who seek employment in industry in industry or agencies which are science-based.

Master's Degree Programs with Teacher Certification

Missouri State University also offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program that gives working professionals opportunities to obtain teaching certificates in areas of secondary education while earning Master of Arts degrees. Additionally, the university's special education alternative certification (SEACT) is a 43-hour program that enables individuals who do not have teacher certifications to obtain initial certification in mild to moderate disabilities while also earning a Master of Science degree.

Master of Health Administration Program

The 36-hour M.H.A. program, which focuses on health care policy, helps students develop leadership skills and gain knowledge that is specific to the health care industry.

Master of Global Studies Program

The Master of Global Studies (MGS) program at MSU prepares students for careers in international affairs. The 39-hour curriculum helps them gain analytic skills and emphasizes administration/management, communication, foreign languages, policy analysis, and quantitative analysis.

Master of Public Administration Program

The Master of Public Administration program integrates theoretical education with practical experience to create a comprehensive program that prepares students for leadership roles in public service. The 39-credit curriculum includes concentrations in public safety, local government management, and public policy.

Specialist in Education (EdS) Programs at MSU

MSU offers two EdS programs: Educational Administration and Counseling & Assessment. The Educational Administration EdS is a 61 to 64 credit hour program that offers advanced certification which primarily focuses on superintendent skills. The program's curricula emphasize practical aspects of educational leadership and includes research and field study. The Counseling & Assessment EdS is one of the region's only degree programs which meets the school psychological examiner certification requirements. There are three track options to choose from: Elementary School, Secondary School, and Elementary & Secondary School.

Communication Sciences and Disorder Programs at Missouri State

Missouri State offers four different programs within the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department: Doctor of Audiology (AuD), CSD (MS) - Speech Language Pathology, CSD (MS) -- Education of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (EDHH), and EDHH Graduate Certificate.

Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership

This 35-hour EdD program is affiliated with the University of Missouri and is offered through our Springfield campus. It provides advanced study for administrators, program leaders, teachers, and researchers who are interested in obtaining leadership positions in education, government, and private industry. The program's curriculum emphasizes 4 areas: leadership theory and practice, organizational analysis, educational policy, and content and context learning.

Advanced Degrees in Physical Therapy

MSU offers a 133-hour, entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program that integrates pertinent scientific knowledge with clinical education, which includes clinical examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention. It also offers a 34-hour, post-professional DPT program that emphasizes differential diagnosis, evidence-based practice, and medical imaging.

Graduate Degrees in Nursing

Nursing students can earn MSN (Nurse Educator) and DNP degrees, as well as a post-masters nurse educator certificate. All nursing degrees have a strong component of clinical practice.

Graduate Certificates

Missouri State University offers 42 graduate certificate programs (generally 12 credits) in special areas. Many of these can be expanded into a Master's degree, or earned in conjunction with a Master's degree in a related area. Degree Levels Offered Doctor of Audiology (AuD) Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia (DNAP) Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Doctor of Education (EdD) Specialist in Education (Ed S) Master of Arts (MA) Master of Applied Second Language Acquisition (MASLA) Master of Arts in Teaching & Learning (MATL) Master of Accountancy (MAcc) Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Master of Business Administration (MBA) Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Master of Global Studies (MGS) Master of Health Administration (MHA) Master of Music (MM) Master of Natural and Applied Science (MNAS) Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Master of Public Administration (MPA) Master of Public Health (MPH) Master of Science (MS) Master of Science of Administrative Studies (MSAS) Master of Science in Education (MSEd) Master of Science of Interdisciplinary Studies (MSIS) Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Master of Social Work (MSW) Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Specialist in Education Teacher Leadership (SETL)

Missouri State University

Founded in 1905, and now with a strong public affairs mission, Missouri State University's main campus is located in Springfield, Missouri, in the Midwestern region of the United States. It serves more than 20,000 traditional and non-traditional students from over 70 countries and 46 states, offering nearly 200 undergraduate degrees and graduate programs. The university is committed to providing graduate programs that meet the needs of a changing workforce and positively impact the region, state, nation, and world.

Departments & Programs


Applied Second Language Acquisition (MASLA) Program

The Applied Second Language Acquisition (MASLA) is a 33 credit hour program which allows students to choose from three emphasis areas: Spanish, French and TESOL. This program is designed for anyone who has an interest in or is currently teaching any of the available emphasis areas. However it is not a teacher certification program and does not contain a certification or endorsement option.

Health Administration & Public Health Dual Degree (MHA & MPH)

Students who are interested in both Health Administration and Public Health now have the opportunity to earn both degrees through this unique dual degrees program. This 66 credit hour program allows 12 credit hours of coursework to be applied to both programs, which reduces the time to earn both degrees separately.

Interdisciplinary Studies (MSIS) Program

This 36 credit hour program allows students to fine tune their research interests and ultimate professional goals by creating their own Master's program if one is not currently available. With the help of their advisor, students will select coursework across multiple disciplines of study, and will be required to show proficiency in research and writing.

Master of Music (MM)

The Master of Music program offers several track options: Composition, Conducting (Choral, Wind or Orchestral), Music Education, Pedagogy (the science of teaching an instrument) and Performance. Students can expect to complete their MM degree in two years, and Missouri State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

Meeting a high demand in the Southwest Missouri area, MSU's entry-level master's degree Occupational Therapy program is focused on training graduates how to help others with daily activities of life. Students will have opportunities to practice their skills in a new state-of-the-art facility located directly on Missouri State's campus.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

The MSW offers two program options, Regular Standing and Advanced Standing. The Regular Standing option is for students who do not have a BSW (Bachelor of Social Work). This is a 62 credit hour program and students must also meet prerequisite requirements before earning admission into the program. The Advanced Standing option is for individuals who have their BSW from an accredited program by the Council on Social Work Education, and requires 34 credit hours of graduate coursework.

Master of Arts in Teaching & Learning (MATL) and Specialist in Education Teacher Leadership (SETL)

Both of these programs are only offered as a 2-year cohort model to Southwest Missouri area K-12 school districts. Both programs allow students to improve their teaching skills and work on solving school district and community issues and concerns regarding education.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Studies

Through a flexible curriculum, students are able to create an individualized plan of study for their MFA in Visual Studies. During the three year program (60 credit hours), students will complete courses in Art & Theory, Professional Practices and Art History. Students are encouraged to take classes from other departments to assist in their research, and Graduate Studio coursework prepares students for their thesis development.

Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP)

The DNAP program at Missouri State offers two courses of study, RN to DNAP and CRNA to DNAP. Depending on the student's current level and time to devote to the program, it could take 1 to 3 years to complete the program. The program offers small class sizes in order to develop professional relationships with professors and fellow classmates, hands-on training and is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia educational programs.

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program

This is a cooperative program with the University of Missouri --Kansas City (UMKC), but is completely offered at the Missouri State campus in Springfield. Students will have an opportunity to train in two of the top 100 hospitals in the U.S.

Departments & Programs

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
(Graduate Certificate)
Master of Advanced Studies in Landscape Architecture (MASLA)
Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP)
Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Master of Natural and Applied Science (MNAS)
Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Doctor of Audiology (Au D)
Master of Science in Education (MS Ed)
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Specialist in Education (Ed S)
Master of Accountancy (M Acc)
Master of Music (MM)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Master of Health Administration (MHA)
Master of Global Studies (MGS)
Master of Arts (MA)
Master of Public Health (MPH)
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
Master of Science (MS)

Degrees Awarded

Master's Degrees 1089
Doctoral Degrees 108
Other Advanced Degrees 12

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE
Comp Exam Required for some
Thesis Required for some
Doctoral Degrees Comp Exam Required
Thesis Alternate accepted
Other Advanced Degrees Varies
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Alternate accepted


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
Application Fee - International
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline July 20th May 1st Yes
Spring deadline December 20th September 1st No

Entrance Requirements

Master's Degree Exam GRE
International Students Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 600
TOEFL IBT score: 79
IELTS: Required IELTS Paper score: 6

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards March 31
Types of financial support available Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)
Out-of-state students


Hispanic/Latino 3.16%
Black or African American 3.06%
White or Caucasian 73%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.27%
Asian 1.66%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.13%
Two or more races 2.33%
Unknown 2.73%


Male (37%)
Female (62%)


Total faculty
Full-time (743)
Part-time (392)
Male (561)
Female (574)


Focus of faculty research: Alchemy, cultural competence, self-reflection/hidden prejudice, religious conflict, swimming and scampering species
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 901 South National Avenue, Carr 306
Springfield, MO  65897
United States
Contact Dr. Julie Masterson
Associate Provost/Dean
Email: juliemasterson@missouristate.edu
Phone: 417-836-5335
Fax: 417-836-6888