Graduate College

Graduate College admission requirements

Op5.01-4 Graduate Students Admission Policy

The Graduate Council sets the minimum standards for full admission to graduate study.  Additional requirements and higher standards may be stipulated for specific graduate programs, and applicants should check for such requirements in the departmental section of this catalog.  The minimum requirements for graduate admission are:

  1. A bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by agencies recognized by Missouri State University; AND a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale, OR at least a 2.75 grade point average on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of academic course work; OR have a combined score of 290 (875 under the old scoring system before August 1, 2011) on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination; OR
  2. A bachelor's degree from a college or university NOT accredited by an agency recognized by Missouri State University, a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale, OR at least a 2.75 grade point average on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of academic course work; AND a combined score of 290 (875 under the old scoring system before August 1, 2011) on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination; OR
  3. A bachelor's degree from a college or university recognized by Missouri State University; AND recommendation in writing by both the department head of the student’s desired major area and the dean of the college in which that discipline is located, and the approval of the Dean of the Graduate College.

Graduate degrees offered (Banner degree code in parenthesis)

  • Doctor of Audiology (AuD)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Master of Accountancy (MAcc)
  • Master of Applied Second Language Acquisition (MASLA)
  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning (MATL)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
  • Master of Global Studies (MGS)
  • Master of Health Administration (MHA)
  • Master of Music (MM)
  • Master of Natural and Applied Science (MNAS)
  • Master of Occupation Therapy (MOT)
  • Master of Professional Studies (MPS)
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Master of Science in Education (MSEd)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • Specialist in Education (EdS)

Accelerated master's programs

The accelerated master's degree programs provides a transition that enables undergraduate students to begin taking graduate course work in their junior or senior year and thus combine components of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. Students must apply and be accepted to the accelerated master's program by the department and the Graduate College before enrolling for any courses to apply to the graduate degree. For more information, refer to the Undergraduate Students Taking Graduate Classes Policy.

The following accelerated master's programs are offered. For information on individual programs, refer to the Graduate Catalog.

  • Accountancy (MAcc)
  • Agriculture (MS)
  • Applied Anthropology (MS)
  • Biology (MS)
  • Business Administration (MBA)
  • Cell and Molecular Biology (MS)
  • Chemistry (MS)
  • Communication (MA)
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, Option in Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MS)
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice (MS)
  • Early Childhood and Family Development (MS)
  • Educational Technology (MSEd)
  • Elementary Education (MSEd)
  • Geospatial Sciences in Geography, Geology and Planning (MS)
  • Global Studies (MGS)
  • Health Administration (MHA)
  • Health Promotion and Wellness Management (MS)
  • History (MA)
  • Literacy (MSEd)
  • Materials Science (MS)
  • Mathematics (MS)
  • Natural and Applied Science (MNAS)
  • Plant Science (MS)
  • Project Management (MS)
  • Public Administration (MPA)
  • Public Health (MPH)
  • Religious Studies (MA)
  • Secondary Education/English (MSEd)
  • Secondary Education/History (MSEd)
  • Secondary Education/Mathematics (MSEd)
  • Special Education, Option in Autism Spectrum Disorders (MSEd)
  • Writing-Technical/Professional Writing Track (MA)

Graduate programs of study 

  • Accountancy, Master of (MAcc)
  • Agriculture (MS)
  • Applied Anthropology (MS)
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (MS)
  • Applied Second Language Acquisition (MASLA)
  • Athletic Training (MS)
  • Audiology, Doctor of (AuD)
  • Biology (MS)
  • Business Administration, Master of (MBA)
  • Cell and Molecular Biology (MS)
  • Chemistry (MS)
  • Child Life Studies (MS)
  • Communication (MA)
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders (MS) Options: Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing; Speech-Language Pathology
  • Computer Information Systems (MS) - not currently accepting applications
  • Counseling (MS) Options: Elementary School Counseling; Secondary School Counseling; Mental Health
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice (MS)
  • Counseling and Assessment (EdS)
  • Cybersecurity (MS)
  • Defense and Strategic Studies (MS) Options: General; Weapons of Mass Destruction Studies
  • Early Childhood and Family Development (MS)
  • Educational Administration (MSEd) Options: Elementary; Secondary
  • Educational Administration (EdS) Options: Elementary Principal; Secondary Principal; Superintendent
  • Educational Technology (MSEd)
  • Elementary Education (MSEd)
  • English (MA)
  • Fine Arts, Visual Studies (MFA)
  • Geospatial Sciences in Geography, Geology and Planning (MS) Options: Physical Geography; Human Geography and/or Planning; Environmental Geology
  • Global Studies, Master of (MSG)
  • Health Administration, Master of (MHA)
  • Health Promotion and Wellness Management (MS)
  • History (MA)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (MS)
  • Literacy (MSEd)
  • Materials Science (MS)
  • Mathematics (MS)
  • Music, Master of  (MM)
  • Natural and Applied Science, Master of (MNAS)
  • Nurse Anesthesia Practice, Doctor of (DNAP)
  • Nursing, Master of Science in (MSN) Option: Nurse Educator
  • Nursing Practice, Doctor of (DNP) Options: Post master's DNP, BSN to DPN
  • Occupational Therapy (MOT)
  • Pharmacy, Doctor of (PharmD) cooperative degree with the University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Physical Therapy, Doctor of (DPT)
  • Physician Assistant Studies (MS)
  • Plant Science (MS)
  • Professional Studies, Master of (MPS) Options: Applied Communication; Criminal Justice; Environmental Management; Homeland Security;  Hospitality Administration; Individualized; Producing and Screenwriting; Sports Management
  • Project Management (MS)
  • Psychology (MS) Options: Clinical; Experimental; Industrial/Organizational
  • Public Administration, Master of  (MPA)
  • Public Health, Master of (MPH)
  • Religious Studies (MA)
  • Secondary Education (MSEd) Options: Agriculture; Art; Biology; Business; Chemistry; Earth Science; English; Family and Consumer Sciences; Geography; History; Mathematics; Natural Science; Physical Education; Physics; Social Science; Speech and Theatre
  • Social Work, Master of (MSW)
  • Special Education (MSEd) Options: Autism Spectrum Disorders; Blindness and Low Vision; Developmental Disabilities; Orientation and Mobility; Special Education Alternative Certification Track
  • Student Affairs in Higher Education (MS)
  • Teacher Leadership (EdS)
  • Teaching, Master of Arts in (MAT)
  • Teaching and Learning, Master of Arts in (MATL)
  • Visual Studies (see Fine Arts, Visual Studies)
  • Writing (MA)

Graduate certificate programs

Certificate programs are designed for those who want to complete a recognized concentration of study in an area. Each certificate program is a focused combination of courses designed to significantly increase competency in the stated discipline area. Although certificates may be earned independent of a graduate degree program, the course work in some certificates can be utilized in conjunction with obtaining a master's degree, simultaneously or later. As noted in the following list, one of the certificate programs require a previously earned master's degree. For more information, refer to the Graduate Catalog.

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (18 hours) Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Special Education
  • Community Corrections (12 hours) Department of Criminology and Criminology Justice
  • Computer Information Systems (12 hours) Department of Computer Information Systems
  • Conflict and Dispute Resolution (16 hours) Department of Communication
  • Conservation Education (12 hours) Department of Childhood Education and Family Studies
  • Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (15 hours) Department of Defense and Strategic Studies
  • Cybersecurity (12 hours) Department of Computer Information Systems
  • Defense and Strategic Studies (9 hours) Department of Defense and Strategic Studies
  • Dietetic Internship (18 hours) Department of Biomedical Sciences
  • Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (14 hours) Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Education of Gifted and Talented Students (12 hours) Department of Childhood Education and Family Studies
  • Educational Technology (16-17 hours) Department of Reading, Foundations, and Technology
  • Elementary Curriculum and Instruction (12 hours) Department of Childhood Education and Family Studies
  • Elementary Mathematics Education (16 hours) Department of Childhood Education and Family Studies
  • Entrepreneurship (12 hours) Department of Management
  • Environmental Monitoring and Sampling (12 hours) Department of Geography, Geology, and Planning
  • Finance (12 hours) Department of Finance and General Business
  • Financial Analysis (12-18 hours) Department of Finance and General Business
  • Forensic Accounting (12 hours) School of Accountancy
  • Forensic Child Psychology (12 hours) Department of Psychology
  • Geospatial Information Sciences (12 hours) Department of Geography, Geology, and Planning
  • Health Administration (12 hours) Department of Management
  • History for Teachers (15 hours) Department of History
  • Homeland Security and Defense (12 hours) College of Humanities and Public Affairs
  • Hospitality Administration (12 hours) Department of Hospitality Leadership
  • Individualized Studies (12 hours) Graduate College
  • International Business (12) Department of Management
  • Leadership (12 hours) Department of Management
  • Literacy (12 hours) Department of Reading, Foundations, and Technology
  • Management (12 hours) Department of Management
  • Marketing (12 hours) Department of Marketing
  • Orientation and Mobility (18 hours) Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Special Education
  • Ozarks Studies (15 hours) Department of English
  • Nurse Educator, Post-Master's (12 hours) School of Nursing
  • Professional Studies (15 hours) Graduate College
  • Project Management (12 hours) Department of Technology and Construction Management
  • Public Health Administration (15 hours) College of Health and Human Services
  • Public Health and Homeland Security (15 hours) College of Health and Human Services
  • Public Health Core (15 hours) College of Health and Human Services
  • Public Management (18 hours) Department of Political Science
  • Screenwriting for Television and Film (15 hours) Department of Media, Journalism & Film
  • Special Education Director (14 hours) Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Special Education
  • Sports Management (18 hours) Department of Kinesiology
  • Statistics and Research Design (12 hours) Department of Psychology
  • Tax Accounting (12 hours) School of Accountancy
  • Teacher Leadership (18 hours) Department of Reading, Foundations, and Technology
  • Teaching and Learning (18 hours) Department of Reading, Foundations, and Technology
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (15 hours) Department of English

Cooperative programs

Missouri State University collaborates in a cooperative program with the University of Missouri-Columbia leading to a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. A major part of the course work is taken at Missouri State. The degree is conferred and diploma issued by the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree offered by Missouri State University is offered from both the Springfield campus and the Joplin Graduate Center on the campus of Missouri Southern State University. The Joplin-based program has been developed through a Missouri State University-Missouri Southern State University partnership. Students completing the program through the Joplin Graduate Center will receive their degree from Missouri State University and their diploma will bear the names of both institutions.

Graduate College programs

While most of the graduate programs are associated with a specific academic department or college, the Graduate College offers the following programs. Refer to the Graduate Catalog for more information.

Individualized Studies is a certificate program that provides a graduate-level experience for those who find formally designed options from existing programs do not meet their unique, creative, and professional needs, or those seeking growth and advancement within their vocations.

Interdisciplinary Studies is an interdisciplinary Master of Science program for students who find traditional masters degrees or formally designed options do not meet their unique, creative, and professional needs or those seeking growth and advancement within their vocations.

Professional Studies is an cross-disciplinary Master of Science program which promotes the enhancement of practical skills in Applied Communication; Criminal Justice; Environmental Management; Homeland Security; Hospitality Administration, Producing and Screenwriting;  Sports Management; or an individualized area.

Professional Studies is a cross-disciplinary certificate program which provides enhancement of practical skills.

Graduate transfer credit

For information, refer to the Graduate Transfer Credit Policy.

Active in research course

Students who have completed all course work and are only working on their research component may register for GEN 798, Active in Research. This course is offered at a flat-rate fee of $75 and allows the following: access to the library including online service such as interlibrary loans, MOBIUS, and restricted access databases; opportunity to purchase a parking permit; and access to computer services and Missouri State email. Course is for zero credit hour and is graded "P" (pass) or "W" (student discontinues participation in the course and is dropped from the course).

Accreditation

Missouri State University is accredited to offer master’s and specialist degrees and a professional doctorate degree by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. The University is a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools. In addition, specific graduate programs of the University are professionally accredited by the following agencies.

For more information on accreditation, refer to the Graduate Catalog.