Missouri Southern State University

Missouri Southern State University

Missouri Southern State University is a public, state university located in Joplin, Missouri. It was established in 1937 as Joplin Junior College and became a four-year college in 1968. The university offers an array of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study.

MSSU is home to several student organizations, which include Student Senate, Campus Activities Board, over 30 Departmental organizations, 10 honors organizations, 7 religious organizations, and more than 15 special interest organizations. The university also has a school newspaper, known as the Chart, and an alumni magazine, named the Crossroads.

Missouri Southern fields both men's and women's sports teams. They participate in football, softball, volleyball, basketball, table tennis, dodgeball and billiards.

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Missouri Southern State University
3950 E Newman Rd
Joplin , MO 64801-1595
General Phone: (417) 625-9300

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Missouri Southern Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management177business, business management, operations management, accounting, finance, financial planning, international business, management science, marketing ...
Liberal Arts123German language, French language, Spanish language, English, technical and business writing, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, international studies, international relations, ...
Education and Teaching121education, instructional media design, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, kindergarten/preschool teaching, computer teaching
Security and Law Enforcement100criminal justice and administration, criminal justice and safety, criminal justice and police, juvenile corrections
Medical Support and Technology72health service and sciences, dental hygienist, radiation therapist, respiratory care tech, radiographer, clinical lab tech
Science44biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, chemistry, physics
Nursing and Emergency Medicine37registered nursing
Therapy and Counseling30psychology
Computer Science and Engineering23computer and info science, computer and info science courses, computer programming, systems analyst, computer science, computer networking, webmastering
Media21communication studies, mass communication, public relations
Engineering Technician15industrial tech, manufacturing tech, computer systems tech, CAD and design, mechanical drafting, engineering technician
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy12health and physical education, health and fitness
Fine Arts11fine arts
Medical Administration7health and medical administrative, environmental health
Mathematics6mathematics, mathematics and computer science
Drama and Performing Arts2drama
Music2music performance
Production Trades1machine shop assistant
Engineering0industrial engineering
Medicine0health professions
Art Studies0art studies

Number of programs and degrees for Missouri Southern in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree67359
Associate's degree12519
Master's degree64

Missouri Southern Student Body

In 2007-2008, Missouri Southern had a total enrollment of 5,593 students (3,659 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 45%
Women 55%
Full-Time 94%
Part-Time 6%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 98%
Graduate 2%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
Unknown 83%
(Foreign Students) 17%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 4%
18-19 23%
20-21 23%
22-24 16%
25-29 12%
30-34 8%
35-39 5%
40-49 6%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Missouri Southern Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 62 %
Part-Time 36 %

Missouri Southern Room and Board (2007)

Missouri Southern offers campus housing for 720 of its 3,659 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Joplin, Missouri for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Missouri Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Missouri Southern Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1926
ACT Math1725
ACT Composite1925

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT92%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Missouri Southern Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,530
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 8,534
Room and board $ 5,382
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 3,150

Financial Aid:
Missouri Southern participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 248800)

Missouri Southern Faculty

Missouri Southern has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1721
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3018

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Associate professorcalendar year1*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year4$57,8800*
Instructorcalendar year12$35,0371*
All faculty totalcalendar year17$42,4002*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year44$74,30424$68,820
Associate professoracademic year30$58,31421$54,000
Assistant professoracademic year31$44,54334$44,661
Instructoracademic year6$38,7706$39,860
All faculty totalacademic year111$59,75085$53,451

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Missouri Southern Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Basketball Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Baseball Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Track Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports245680

Missouri Southern Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Finance, General
Financial Planning and Services
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Science, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Science
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer and Information Sciences, Other
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Computer Teacher Education
Education, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching

Industrial Engineering

Engineering Technician
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology
Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Industrial Technology/Technician
Manufacturing Technology/Technician
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
International/Global Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Technical and Business Writing

Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Public Relations/Image Management

Medical Administration
Environmental Health
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Music Performance, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other

Production Trades
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Juvenile Corrections

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Missouri Southern Apart:

Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 7%Missouri Southern Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
Number of degree programs
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Number of students
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% of freshmen enrolled part-time
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Top 19%Missouri Southern % of freshmen enrolled part-time
% of accepted students who choose to enroll
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checked On-campus day care
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