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Missouri State University

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.

Bachelor's programmes

Applied Sciences & Professions (4)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Engineering & Technology (2)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)



Missouri State University was founded in 1905 as the Fourth District Normal School. During its early years, the institution’s primary purpose was preparing teachers for the public school systems in the southwest region of Missouri.


The academic experience is grounded in a general education curriculum which draws heavily from the liberal arts and sciences. This foundation provides the basis for mastery of disciplinary and professional studies.

It also provides essential forums in which students develop the capacity to make well-informed, independent critical judgments about the cultures, values and institutions in society.


Research is an essential contribution by Missouri State that contributes to the public good, encourages faculty development and enhances the educational process.

Centers and Institutes:

  • Academic Achievement Center, Dr. Mary Jo Wynn (formerly Achievement Center for Intercollegiate Athletics)
  • Applied Science and Engineering, Center for
  • Archaeological Research, Center for
  • Area Health Education Center, Southwest Missouri
  • Arts in the Schools, Center for


Career Center:

When you think of the Career Center, think of lifelong career development. Our mission is to prepare students to make responsible career decisions, and this preparation begins at the freshman level. Just as all people are unique, our career needs are also unique.

Some of you will quickly declare an academic major, and some will have no idea what to select. Some of you may be reentering the workforce, and some may be thinking of changing careers.

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Student services

The Office of International Services welcomes students, faculty, and staff from all over the world. We're glad to assist you with the admission process. Please contact us to let us know how we can help you during your journey to Missouri State University.

Housing services

Facilities and Operations:

Facilities and operations is an area within residence life, housing and dining services that encompasses custodial maintenance, life safety, keys and card access, renovations, refurbishing, and new construction.

Our mission is to provide clean, safe and well-maintained facilities of our 9 residence halls, which accommodate approximately 4,000 students.

Library services

The Missouri State University Libraries, a singular entity, provides information resources, services, and spaces to advance the University’s purpose to develop educated persons.

Infused by MSU’s statewide mission in public affairs and our commitment to inclusive excellence, we provide fundamental support for teaching, learning, research, scholarship, creative activities, and service.

ICT services

Help Desk-provided services include BearPrint, Email, Microsoft IT Academy, Microsoft Student Advantage, Microsoft OneDrive, and training opportunities.

Medical services

Taylor Health offers many medical services to benefit the health of University students, faculty, staff and retirees, as well as their eligible dependents and household members.

Routine and preventive medical services include:

  • Diagnosis and management of chronic medical problems
  • Treatment of illnesses and injuries
  • Vaccinations
  • Preventive medical care
  • Allergy injections

Student Life

Campus life

The Missouri State University campuses are structured to address the special needs of the urban and rural populations they serve.

  • Missouri State University-Springfield
  • Missouri State University-West Plains
  • Missouri State University-Mountain Grove
  • Missouri State Outreach

Sports facilities


  • Foster Recreation Center
  • Plaster Racquetball Courts
  • Hammons Student Center
  • PSU Level 1 Game Center

Student clubs

More than 300 student organizations lead the charge in the planning and production of concerts, lectures, special events, spirit rallies, cultural and social events and conferences. The Office of Student Engagement is here to assist with all of your involvement needs.

  • The Green Room
  • Sigma Alpha
  • Beta Alpha Psi
  • UNO


  • AACSB International
  • ABET - Computing Accreditation Commission
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration
  • Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc.
  • American Chemical SocietyCommittee on Professional Training (certification)

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great experience overall...

Missouri State University Positive Experience
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I would say it was a positive experience and I learned a lot of useful information in my program.

Springfield, Missouri, United States

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