Graduate College Missouri State University

Graduate College Missouri State University

Springfield, MO
student ratio
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Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
July 20
fall application deadline
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1 Department and Program
departments and programs


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 more than 50 master's degree, Clinical Doctorate degree, and certificate programs; a continuing education program; and accelerated master's 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, theatre, 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 natural and applied science, anthropology, criminology, counseling, psychology, mathematics, education technology, and many unique specialities.

The MS in Administrative Studies, for example, is a cross-disciplinary program designed for working professionals who are seeking to strengthen their careers. The 33-hour program has several concentrations including communication, criminal justice, sports management, and environmental management, as well as an option for students to design their own concentration.

The MS in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) provides training for students who seek careers in non-academic departments of colleges/universities. In this program, which requires two on-campus internships, many classes are taught by student-affairs professionals in charge of campus offices/departments (residence life, student activities, campus union, etc).

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

The Specialist in Education (EdS) is a 61 to 64 hour program that offers advanced certification and focuses on 3 leadership positions: elementary principal, secondary principal, and superintendent. The program's curricula emphasize practical aspects of educational leadership and include research and field study.

Doctoral Program in Audiology at Missouri State

Missouri State's doctoral program in audiology (AuD) is a 105-hour program that can be completed in 11 semesters. Its curriculum consists of rigorous coursework and intensive clinical training.

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 21 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.

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.

Location & Contact

Graduate College

Missouri State University

901 South National
Springfield, MO 65897
United States

Dr. Thomas Tomasi

Associate Dean

Phone: 417-836-5335
Fax: 417-836-6888

Ms. Misty Stewart

Coordinator of Graduate Recruitment

Phone: 417-836-6079
Fax: 417-836-6200

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Doctor of Audiology (Au D)
      Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
      Master of Accountancy (M Acc)
      Master of Arts (MA)
      Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
      Master of Business Administration (MBA)
      Master of Global Studies (MGS)
      Master of Health Administration (MHA)
      Master of Music (MM)
      Master of Natural and Applied Science (MNAS)
      Master of Public Administration (MPA)
      Master of Public Health (MPH)
      Master of Science (MS)
      Master of Science in Education (MS Ed)
      Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
      Master of Social Work (MSW)
      Specialist in Education (Ed S)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 1107
    • Doctoral Degrees 45
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 21
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees


83% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 1,324
    • Accepted 1,109
    • Acceptance Rate 83
    • Enrolled 779
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $35
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline July 20th May 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline December 20th September 1st Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 31
    • Types of financial support availableResearch Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Federal Work-Study, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students2959
    • Female Percentage65%
    • Male Percentage35%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students2959
    • Part-time Percentage47%
    • Full-time Percentage53%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino2%
    • Black / African American2%
    • White / Caucasian88%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian1%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown6%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty676
    • Full-time Percentage70%
    • Part-time Percentage30%
    • Female Percentage40%
    • Male Percentage60%