Missouri State University-Springfield: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Research Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. Learn about its admission info, degree programs and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

About Missouri State University

Missouri State University (MSU) is a 4-year, public university with its main campus in Springfield, Missouri. Founded as the Fourth District Normal School in 1905, Missouri State University was originally a teacher training college. It has gone through several name changes over its lifetime: it was renamed Southwest Missouri State University in 1972, and it adopted its current name of Missouri State University in 2005. The university's athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division I level and have collectively made 48 appearances in NCAA championship events.


Missouri State University consists of 7 colleges and 1 school, including the Graduate College and the School of Agriculture. Students can choose from 150 undergraduate degree programs and 48 graduate programs; certificates are available in areas like entrepreneurship and geographic information sciences. MSU students may also choose to participate in any of over 20 accelerated master's degree programs. These programs allow students to work on their master's degree coursework while still in their junior and senior years of undergraduate studies. Also available through the university are 4 fully online degree programs, as well as several partially online programs.

For 2010-2011, the most popular undergraduate degree area was marketing and marketing management, with 171 degrees awarded. It was followed closely by elementary education and teaching, with 165 degrees completed. The most popular master's degree program was business administration and management, with 335 degrees awarded. Accounting was the second most popular master's program, with 59 degrees earned. The most popular doctoral degree program was physical therapy (20 degrees awarded), and educational administration was the most popular certificate program, with 30 credentials awarded. The average class size for the 2011-2012 school year was 16.5 students, and the student-to-faculty ratio was 21 to 1.

MSU's main campus has 2 libraries. The Duane G. Meyer Library serves the research needs of faculty and students by providing access to more than 877,000 printed books and an electronic catalog of more than 20,000 periodicals. The Haseltine Library holds materials mainly aimed at K-12 students, but it is also open to MSU faculty and students. MSU also maintains several special collections, including the Ozarkiana Collection, which contains works about famous individuals from Southwest Missouri.


Prospective students must apply for Fall admission by July 20. For Spring admission, students should apply by December 20, and May 20 is the deadline for Summer session applications. Students can apply directly through the university website or submit a paper application to the university. Students will also have to have their SAT or ACT scores and official transcripts sent to university. There is a $35 non-refundable application fee. Some departments may require applicants to meet additional admission requirements for certain majors.

For Fall 2011, 83% of applicants were admitted to the university, and of those accepted, 44% chose to enroll in classes. Under most circumstances, Missouri State University accepts Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) scores for college credit; however, credit given by another university may not be considered transferable to Missouri State University.

Tuition & Financial Aid

MSU tuition is based upon a per-unit charge of $200.48 for undergraduate Missouri residents and $412.00 for out-of-state residents. This means that, for the 2012-2013 school year, the typical tuition and fees for in-state, undergraduate students will total about $6,792. The typical out-of-state undergraduate can expect to pay around $13,138. The university estimates that books and school supplies will cost about $1,000 per year, and room and board costs will range from about $5,769 to just over $9,000 per year, depending on the accommodations and meal plan option selected. The university offers a wide variety of scholarships and fellowships, including the Presidential Scholarship, which awards $12,500 per year to selected students.

School Type 4-year, public*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, doctoral/professional degrees, post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificates*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Midsized city*
Student Body 17,187 undergraduates and 3,089 graduate students in Fall 2011*
Schools and Programs 8 colleges schools; 150 undergraduate degree programs and 48 graduate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 21 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Marketing and Marketing Management (171)
Master's: Business Administration and Management, General (335)
Doctoral/Professional: Physical Therapy (20)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 29% in 4 years, 55% in 6 years and 57% in 8 years for students beginning in Fall 2003*
Undergraduate Admission Rate 83% in Fall 2011*
Entering Class Size About 2,500 freshmen in Fall 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 75% of full-time undergrads and 27% of part-time undergrads who began in Fall 2010 returned in Fall 2011*
Middle 50% of SAT Scores of Admitted Students For Fall 2011:
Critical Reading: 490-630
Math: 510-650*
Undergraduate Application Due Date Fall: July 20
Spring: December 20
Summer: May 20**
Undergraduate Tuition (2012-2013) $200.48 per unit for MO residents, $412 per unit for non-residents**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Undergraduate Students Receiving It) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (34%), state and local grants (41%), institutional scholarships (42%), federal loans (69%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 85% of full-time beginning undergraduate students for 2010-2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Missouri State University.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, 901 South National Avenue, Springfield, MO 65897
  • Phone: (800) 492-7900
  • Website: www.missouristate.edu

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