Missouri State University

Introduction

Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive university system with a mission in public affairs. Our purpose is to develop fully educated persons with a focus on ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement.

Locations

The Missouri State University system has four physical campuses:

  • The main campus in Springfield, Mo.
  • West Plains, Mo., offering two-year associate’s degrees
  • Mountain Grove, Mo., focusing on fruit science and agriculture research
  • Dalian, China, in partnership with Liaoning Normal University

Making a difference

Missouri State has a public affairs mission. It’s about helping the community, being a leader and being informed about the world and the people who live in it through:

  • Community engagement
  • Cultural competence
  • Ethical leadership

By the numbers

The Missouri State community includes:

  • 23,838 students in the Missouri State system making it the second largest university in the state
  • Six academic colleges, one School of Agriculture and one Graduate College
  • Almost 4,000 faculty and staff members with 90 percent of full-time ranked faculty holding the most advanced degree in their field
  • 4,000 students living in University housing
  • 1,500 international students studying on the Springfield campus
  • 16 NCAA Division I teams with 48 NCAA championship appearances
  • 85,000 alumni applying their education around the world

Profile of a Bear

Our students:

  • Represent all 50 states and 85 foreign countries
  • Study in one of our 85+ undergraduate majors leading to 185+ academic options or 45+ graduate degree programs
  • Participate in nearly 300 student organizations and more than 25 fraternities and sororities
  • Play about 20 intramural sports
  • Receive $155 million in financial aid with 75 percent of students receiving some form of assistance
  • Volunteer more than 100,000 hours at government and nonprofit organizations through the Campus Volunteer Center, cooperative education and service-learning

Our freshmen:

  • Earned an average ACT score of 24.1, state and national averages
  • Held an average high school grade point average of 3.59
  • Placed in the top half of their high school classes (83.5%)
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Accreditations

The University’s regional accreditation is through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. On a 10-year review cycle, Missouri State University has been continuously accredited by the North Central association since 1915. HLC accreditation is for the entire University not specific academic programs.

It is the policy of the University to attain accreditation for all programs where accreditation is offered. Academic programs having an accreditation review process with similar goals as the MSU program review are given the opportunity to utilize the accreditation process as its periodic review. Reports from the accreditation evaluators are used in a manner similar to reports from an external evaluator for further deliberation by the department/program which then prepares a response. While program review is on a seven-year cycle, accreditation varies from 5–10 years. Programs may use the accreditation cycle with approval from the provost and respective deans.

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Programmes

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Master of Health Administration

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4  September 2017 USA Springfield + 1 more

Our program prepares you for a career in health care management and administration. Managing health care organizations in today's dynamic and complex environment is a challenging profession, and qualified executives are needed to lead organizations in providing high quality patient care in the most cost effective manner. [+]

Master of Health Administration Our program prepares you for a career in health care management and administration. Managing health care organizations in today's dynamic and complex environment is a challenging profession, and qualified executives are needed to lead organizations in providing high quality patient care in the most cost effective manner. Our program will equip you to meet these critical leadership challenges within the health care industry. The Master of Health Administration provides flexibility for working professionals. The Master of Health Administration degree is offered in an executive-style format, designed for working professionals seeking to attain leadership positions in health care industry. The executive-style format includes a combination of blended/on-line courses together with traditional seated courses offered in the evenings. Why a master's in health administration? An MHA degree focuses on the development of business leadership skills and knowledge specific to the health care field The coursework is focused on health care policy, a core area for health care professionals Classes consist of other health care professionals and are facilitated by faculty with extensive experience in the health care field You will have the opportunity to learn skills that will help to improve the operations of health care organizations Accelerated MHA Option Undergraduate majors in the College of Business may apply for admission to the Master of Health Administration program during the second semester of the junior year. If accepted, up to 6 hours of 600- or 700-level COB classes taken in the senior year may be counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. As an MHA graduation requirement, student exercising the accelerated MHA option will be required to have had one year of professional experience or a 3 hours internship. Before enrolling in a course that will apply to both the undergraduate program and the master's program an undergraduate student must: 1). be accepted into the accelerated program and 2). receive prior approval from the graduate advisor, department head of the undergraduate program, and the Dean Of the Graduate College. This is done by using Mixed Credit form. Acceptance into the program and all approvals must be complete prior to the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the courses(s). See the Graduate College for further information. Admissions Requirements: 1). completion of 80 or more hours at time of application, 2). an overall average GPA or 3.00 or better, and 3) a score of 450 or better on the graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or an equivalent score on the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). [-]

Master of Natural and Applied Sciences

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 4  September 2017 USA Springfield + 1 more

The MNAS program is the only one of its kind in the southwest Missouri region. This unique program offers a wide spectrum of choices for selecting two areas of study in multiple departments or schools. [+]

Master of Natural and Applied Sciences Why pursue the MNAS degree at Missouri State? Select two areas of emphasis to customize your program of study. Each emphasis area will help you expand upon your current scientific knowledge and capabilities.

 

You will work directly with an advisory committee dedicated to helping you meet your academic and professional goals. You will be matched to a faculty member who will provide advisement, as well as help you design your program of study.

 

This interdisciplinary program allows you to select areas in multiple departments and schools.

 

The MNAS will increase your marketability by developing an advanced set of skills. ... [-]

Master of Public Administration

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 4  September 2017 USA Springfield + 1 more

Missouri State’s public administration graduate program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration through a rigorous national accreditation process. [+]

Master of Public Administration Missouri State’s public administration graduate program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration through a rigorous national accreditation process. Meeting the NASPAA’s criteria means you’ll receive the resources necessary to achieve the goals that matter to you. Graduate students in the public administration program are individuals with diverse academic and professional backgrounds, many of whom work full-time and are practicing public administrators and non-profit organization professionals. Missouri State’s public administration graduate program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration through a rigorous national accreditation process. Meeting the NASPAA’s criteria means you’ll receive the resources necessary to achieve the goals that matter to you. Public Affairs. Civic Engagement. Public Policy. As a graduate of Missouri State’s public administration master’s program, you will be able to: Shape policies that benefit the public... [-]

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Master of Science in Administrative Studies

Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time September 2017 USA Springfield + 1 more

The Master of Science in Administrative Studies is a cross-disciplinary program which features enhancement of administrative abilities with areas of emphasis in Applied Communication, Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, Environmental Management, Project Management, and Sports Management. [+]

Master of Science in Administrative Studies The Master of Science in Administrative Studies is a cross-disciplinary program which features enhancement of administrative abilities with areas of emphasis in Applied Communication, Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, Environmental Management, Project Management, and Sports Management. The program is designed to meet the needs of individuals who are established in careers and are seeking professional growth and advancement within their vocations. The 33-hour program builds upon past work experience, and allows participants to expand their knowledge base, abilities, and skills which can lead to enhanced administrative roles within organizations. The Master of Science in Administrative Studies may be taken via the Internet. All of the required 24 hours of core courses and the Applied Communication, Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, Project Management and Sports Management options are available over the Internet. Currently, the 12-hour Environmental Management option is available only on campus. The Individualized option would depend on the selection of courses chosen. The basic premise of the Master of Science in Administrative Studies (MSAS) program is that for individuals to be effective in their career paths, they need to build from a core of courses designed to impart various skills common to effective administration and successful goal achievement. Hence, all students will take course work that builds competencies in Organizational Communication, Information Systems, Personnel Issues, Legal/Political Issues, Budgeting, and Research Design/Methods. For an additional 12 hours of the program, students will select, with advisement, a discipline-option area that focuses on one application of administrative services. Option areas are available in Applied Communication, Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, Environmental Management, Project Management, Sports Management and an individualized option. The Master of Science in Administrative Studies courses may be taken via the Internet. MSAS Option Areas Applied Communication Option The 12 credit hour Applied Communication Option provides advanced study in the analysis and practice of effective professional communication. The courses in this option reflect the critical communication challenges facing organization leaders today: understanding and managing diversity in the workplace; leading teams and small groups; negotiating and mediating conflict; using media technologies to communicate with diverse audiences; and developing oral and written communication skills for a variety of organizational roles. Research shows that managers spend as much as 80% of their work day communicating with others and that communication abilities are positively related to managers' job performance and upward mobility. Anyone responsible for supervising or coordinating the work of others can benefit from the Applied Communication Option. Individuals with advanced training in communication find employment in a wide variety of professional fields, including management, training and development, public relations, public information/community relations, human resources management, communication management and nonprofit administration. A background in communication (e.g., speech communication, media, journalism, business communication) is ideal but not essential. Students with backgrounds in the social sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology) humanities (English, languages, arts) or business will find that courses in the Applied Communication Option complement their earlier academic training and professional experiences. Criminal Justice Option Along with the core courses in the MSAS, the Criminal Justice Option is designed to prepare students for leadership and administrative roles in criminal justice agencies. The 12 credit hour Criminal Justice Option should be relevant for students seeking advanced positions in law enforcement, institutional and community-based corrections, and juvenile justice agencies. The Criminal Justice Option stresses the utility of the scholarly study of crime and criminal justice for administration. Through meshing necessary management skills with an appreciation for empirical research, the MSAS with a Criminal Justice Option seeks to inform and prepare tomorrow's leaders in the criminal justice system. Environmental Management Option The Environmental Management Option is designed to meet the needs of established professionals who have some responsibility for managing environmental issues, broadly defined. The option assumes that the student has an appropriate academic background in the natural and applied sciences to qualify for graduate level work. Environmental protection, conservation, and resource planning issues are addressed in this 12 credit hour option. Please NOTE: This option is NOT available via the internet. Project Management Option The 12 credit hour Project Management Option is designed to meet the needs of individuals who are established in careers and are seeking professional growth and advancement within their professions. During the past decade,the concepts behind project management have been applied in such diverse industries and organizations as defense, construction, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, banking, hospitals, advertising, law, state and local governments. Projects have the following characteristics: (1) specific objectives to be completed within certain specifications, (2) defined start and end dates, (3) funding limits (if applicable), and (4) consumable resources. The project management approach is a departure from the traditional vertical business organizational form which emphasizes a strong superior-subordinate relationship. It is characterized by new methods of restructuring management and adapting special management techniques with the purpose of obtaining better control and use of existing resources. Sports Management Option Sports Management is a 15 credit hour option, which includes a 6 credit hour field experience course. The Sports Management Option is designed to provide for preparation for management positions in professional, collegiate, and international sports, as well as, campus and community wellness/sports programs. Individualized Option The Administrative Studies program is designed to meet your particular educational needs. Don't see an option that meets your needs? Propose your own! The Individualized option gives you the opportunity to work closely with your academic advisor to develop a 12 credit hour option tailored to your specific situation and career path. Students have completed the Administrative Studies degree with individualized options in Health Care Administration, Entertainment Management, Theater Management, Public Relations and others. Homeland Security Option Homeland Security and Defense curriculum is structured around key policy and organizational problems involving homeland security. Each course prepares students to master core issues, principles, and problem-solving approaches that can be applied to specific challenges confronting their jurisdictions or sponsoring or sponsoring organizations. Producing and Screenwriting Option Producing and screenwriting is a 12 credit-hour option designed to teach students about the screenwriting craft. This involves developing each student's potential in finding their unique style; exposing students to the concept of "workshopping pages" by giving and receiving critical input on style, writing technique and structure; and providing insight into today's film and television market. Projects may include completing polished drafts on the following: multiple treatments/outlines, a short or full-length screenplay, and one to two dramatic teleplays. [-]

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Missouri State University

Address South National Ave 901
Springfield MO 65897, United States
Website http://www.missouristate.edu/
Phone +1 417-836-5000