Missouri State University

Missouri State University

Missouri State University, situated in Springfield, Missouri, is the 2nd largest university of the state in terms of student enrollment. The main campus is set on nearly 225 acres of land. Apart from its central campus, the university also has a research campus in Mountain Grove, and a 2-year branch campus situated in West Plains. The academic divisions of the university include:

  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Continuing Education and the Extended University
  • College of Education
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Humanities and Public Affairs
  • College of Natural and Applied Sciences
  • Graduate School

The sports teams of Missouri State University are nicknamed the Bears. The official colors are white and maroon. The university has basketball, golf, baseball, football, cross country, track, field hockey, and volleyball teams. Blake Ahearn, current NBA player; Jim Bohannon, radio talk show host; and actress Kathleen Turner all graduated from this university.

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Missouri State University
901 S National
Springfield , MO 65897
General Phone: (417) 836-5000

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Missouri State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management1,062business, business management, logistics, business administration, accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, MIS, marketing, ...
Education and Teaching596educational administration, instructional media design, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, teacher ed, early childhood education, ...
Liberal Arts324German language, French language, Spanish language, Latin language, English, creative writing, technical and business writing, peace and conflict resolution, ancient civilizations, ...
Therapy and Counseling212psychology, physical therapy
Media181communication studies, mass communication, journalism, public relations, political communication
Family and Social Work178family and consumer science, housing, family studies, child development, public administration, social work, social service professions
Science170biology, call and molecular biology, biological and biomedical sciences, biological and physical sciences, natural sciences, chemistry, geology, geological and earth sciences, physics ...
Medical Support and Technology108audiology, audiology and speech pathology, respiratory care tech, radiographer, physician assistant, clinical lab tech
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy96parks and recreation studies, exercise science, health and fitness, athletic trainer, dietitian
Hospitality83hospitality management
Security and Law Enforcement73criminology
Nursing and Emergency Medicine66registered nursing, nursing administration, nurse anesthetist
Construction Trades55apparel and textiles
Real Estate and Construction Management47construction management
Fine Arts37fine arts, art history and criticism
Animal Science and Care35animal science
Drama and Performing Arts28dance, drama
Music27music, music performance
Conservation and Resource Management27wildlife management
Religion and Philosophy27philosophy, religion
Agricultural Science and Management26agriculture, agricultural management, agricultural operations
Landscaping and Horticulture22plant sciences, agronomy, horticultural science
Design21design and visual communication
Computer Science and Engineering19computer science
Engineering Technician15industrial production tech
Medicine15gerontology, public health
Photography and Commercial Art15multimedia
Engineering11materials science, engineering management
Art Studies11visual and performing arts, art studies
Architecture and Planning9urban planning
Medical Administration7health care facilities management
Science and Laboratory Technician0physical sciences tech

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree2,795106
Master's degree77343
Post-master's certificate181
Doctor's degree - professional practice312

Missouri State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Missouri State had a total enrollment of 19,348 students (15,920 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 42%
Women 58%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 81%
Graduate 19%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 85%
Black 3%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 2%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 5%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 6%
18-19 22%
20-21 25%
22-24 24%
25-29 11%
30-34 4%
35-39 3%
40-49 3%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

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

(International Students)1%

Missouri State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 74 %
Part-Time 51 %

Missouri State Room and Board (2007)

Missouri State offers campus housing for 4,000 of its 15,920 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

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

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Missouri State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal2127
ACT Math1926
ACT Composite2127

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT4%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT96%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Missouri State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,256
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 11,836
Room and board $ 6,050
Room charge $ 3,970
Board (meal plan) charge $ 1,630
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 3,500

Financial Aid:
Missouri State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 250300)

Missouri State Faculty

Missouri State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track7563
Non-tenured and not on tenure track46106

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year23$111,0558$94,829
Associate professorcalendar year6$97,2569$83,853
Assistant professorcalendar year5$73,9465$77,117
Instructorcalendar year2*5$49,457
No academic rankcalendar year0*8$52,361
All faculty totalcalendar year36$100,65635$73,288

*: 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 year169$76,45062$74,393
Associate professoracademic year80$60,57556$59,072
Assistant professoracademic year78$58,95966$52,480
Instructoracademic year37$37,03390$35,866
No academic rankacademic year3$39,00012$47,455
All faculty totalacademic year367$64,992286$53,082

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

Missouri State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Missouri Valley Conference
Basketball Missouri Valley Conference
Baseball Missouri Valley Conference
Track Missouri Valley Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports63127190

Missouri State Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agricultural Business and Management, General
Agriculture, General

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General

Architecture And Planning
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General
Logistics and Materials Management
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textiles, General

Design and Visual Communications, General

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

Education And Teaching
Agricultural Teacher Education
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education
Geography Teacher Education
German Language Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Latin Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physics Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Speech Teacher Education
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Engineering/Industrial Management
Materials Science

Engineering Technician
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Housing and Human Environments, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Public Administration
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Landscaping And Horticulture
Agronomy and Crop Science
Horticultural Science
Plant Sciences, General

Liberal Arts
Ancient Studies/Civilization
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Latin Language and Literature
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Technical and Business Writing

Mathematics, General

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

Medical Administration
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Physician Assistant
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nurse Anesthetist
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Photography And Commercial Art

Real Estate And Construction Management
Construction Management

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemistry, General
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Natural Sciences
Physics, General

Science And Laboratory Technician
Physical Science Technologies/Technicians, Other

Security And Law Enforcement

Therapy And Counseling
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
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Top 20%Missouri State Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)

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checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
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checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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