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Missouri Southern State University began in 1937 as Joplin Junior College and had an enrollment that year of 114 students. In 1964, the residents of Jasper County approved a $2.5 million bond issue to construct a new campus which opened in 1967 with 2,399 students. Residents of the county pledged over $300,000 toward the purchase of the Mission Hills farm and a building fund for the new campus and, in 1965, a bill was signed establishing a state college offering third and fourth year courses leading to a bachelor's degree to be located in Joplin.

Another $1 million bond was approved in 1973 to construct a new performing arts center as well as to refurbish other areas of the campus. The Taylor Performing Arts Center was completed in 1974 and, in 1977, the school was renamed Missouri Southern State College.

On September 11, 2002, the "Flag of Freedom" was dedicated in a service with area veterans, firefighters and police officers in attendance in memory of those lost in the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania one year before. The memorial was funded by a donor who wished to remain anonymous.

President Dr. Julio Leon announced that the school had purchased over eight acres of land, expanding the campus to more than 373 acres. One tract of land included a four-bedroom home with outbuildings that were relocated after the purchase and all but two lots of Travis Acres. In 2010, a grand opening celebration was held for the Mission Hills Mansion, the oldest building on campus. The mansion was built by Lucius P. "Buck" Buchanan in the early 1920s and had been completely renovated. It became the home of the MSSU Alumni Association.

In 2011, a tornado destroyed much of Joplin with the worst damage occurring just 30 blocks from the campus. Buildings on campus were used for emergency shelters while the Billingsley Student Center was used as a headquarters for volunteer efforts as well as the coordination area for identifying victims and survivors.

Today, there are over 5,300 students attending Missouri Southern State University.

Missouri Southern State University Accreditation Details

Missouri Southern State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association. Accreditation demonstrates that the university meets or exceeds standards set forth by the accrediting agency that indicate excellence in higher education. In addition, the following organizations or agencies accredit specific programs at MSSU:

  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
  • Association of American Colleges & Universities
  • Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Dental Association
  • Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
  • Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Bureau
  • Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council
    Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.)

Missouri Southern State University Application Requirements

Freshmen who wish to attend Missouri Southern State University must complete an application and pay the applicable fee. Students must provide official high school transcripts as well as official ACT or SAT scores. Students must contact an admissions counselor and should arrange to tour the campus if they plan to attend traditional classes at MSSU. Students must have a high school GPA of 2.25 or higher, rank in the top 50 percent of the class or have an ACT composite score of 21 or higher.

Transfer students must have a GPA of 2.0 at the last institute of higher learning they have attended and be in good standing. Students must complete an application and pay the applicable fee. Students must also provide official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.

Graduate admissions requirements differ depending on the program the student wishes to enter. Students are encouraged to contact a graduate admissions counselor before applying.

Missouri Southern State University Tuition and Financial Aid

Undergraduate in-state tuition is $345.03 per credit hour and $522.06 for out-of-state residents for on campus programs. In-state online tuition is $241.03 per credit hour for in-state students and $418.06 for out-of-state students. Graduate tuition is as follows:

  • Master of Accountancy - $342 per credit hour in-state/$467 per credit hour out-of-state
  • Master of Education - $337 per credit hour in-state/$462 per credit hour out-of-state

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, scholarships, work-study, student help and loans. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to qualify. In addition, students may be eligible for academic scholarships based on their class rank, ACT score and GPA.

Missouri Southern State University Degree(s) Available

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Missouri Southern State University provides students with a broad background in business administration. Students are prepared for entry-level positions in both the public and private sector. Students may choose the following concentrations in order to emphasize their degree program:

  • Accounting
  • General Business
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing

Courses required for the business degree include:

  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Cost Accounting
  • Financial Strategy
  • Human Resource Management
  • Integrated Marketing
  • International Management
  • International Marketing
  • Internet Marketing
  • Investments
  • Money & Financial Institutions
  • Operations Management
  • Organizational Behavior

Bachelor of Science in Health Science - Paramedic Program

The Bachelor of Science in Health Science at Missouri Southern State University offers students who hold an Associates of Science Paramedic degree the ability to complete their bachelor's degree online. Students learn to reexamine practices and redefine new ways to administer emergency assistance. The program prepares students to become leaders in the EMS field by providing insight into regulations, policies, standards of care and human resource challenges. Courses required to complete the program include:

  • Advanced Paramedic Skills
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Chemistry for Allied Health
  • EMS Foundations
  • EMS Leadership
  • EMS Operations
  • EMS Pathophysiology
  • EMS Pharmacology
  • EMS Research
  • EMS Systems
  • Emergency Medical Care
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Epidemiology or Environmental Health
  • Escaping Violent Encounters
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • General Psychology
  • Healthcare Systems
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Intercultural Communications
  • Paramedic Skills
  • Pre-Hospital Cardiology
  • Principles of Management
  • Pulmonology
  • Special Patient Populations
  • Statistics
  • Theory & Practice Teaching Health Science
  • Traumatology

Students must also complete a clinical practicum, field internship and EMS Seminar.

Missouri Southern State University offers many online programs that allow students with work, family and social obligations to achieve their higher education goals, allowing them to move into a new career or advance in a current career.

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