Graduate College

Refer to the Graduate Catalog for admission requirements, academic policies, program and degree requirements.

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

The University’s regional accreditation is through the Higher Learning Commission. 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.

Refer to the University's Accreditation website for specific graduate program accreditation.

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)

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
  • Computer Science (MS)
  • 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)
  • Early Childhood Special Education (MSEd)
  • Educational Administration (MSEd) Options: Elementary; Secondary
  • Educational Administration (EdS) Options: Elementary Principal; Secondary Principal; Superintendent
  • Educational Leadership (EdD) cooperative degree with the University of Missouri-Columbia. Degree awarded by the University of Missouri-Columbia.
  • 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. Degree awarded by 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; Chemistry; Earth Science; English; Family and Consumer Sciences; Geography; History; Mathematics; Natural Science; Physical Education; Physics; Social Science
  • 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)

Accelerated graduate programs

The accelerated graduate programs provides a transition that enables undergraduate students to begin taking graduate course work as they complete the work for a bachelor’s degree. Students must apply and be accepted to the accelerated graduate program before enrolling in any course that is to apply to both the undergraduate and graduate degrees (Mixed Credit). For more information, refer to the Undergraduate Students Taking Graduate Classes Policy.

  • Accountancy (MAcc)
  • Agriculture (MS)
  • Applied Anthropology (MS)
  • Audiology (AUD)
  • Biology (MS)
  • Business Administration (MBA)
  • Cell and Molecular Biology (MS)
  • Chemistry (MS)
  • Child Life Studies (MS)
  • Communication (MA)
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, Option in Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MS)
  • Computer Science (MS)
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice (MS)
  • Cybersecurity (MS)
  • Early Childhood and Family Development (MS)
  • Early Childhood Special Education (MSEd)
  • 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 certificate programs

  • 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 Management and Information Technology
  • 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
  • Cultural Resource Management Archaeology (18 hours) Department of Sociology and Anthropology
  • Cybersecurity (12 hours) Department of Management and Information Technology
  • Data Analytics (12 hours) Department of Management and Information Technology
  • 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 and Information Technology
  • 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 and Information Technology
  • 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 and Information Technology
  • Leadership (12 hours) Department of Management and Information Technology
  • Literacy (12 hours) Department of Reading, Foundations, and Technology
  • Management (12 hours) Department of Management and Information Technology
  • Marketing (12 hours) Department of Marketing
  • Nurse Educator, Post-Master's (12 hours) School of Nursing
  • Orientation and Mobility (18 hours) Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Special Education
  • Ozarks Studies (15 hours) Department of English
  • Perspectives about the American Higher Education System (9 hours) Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Special Education
  • 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 of Writing K-12 (15 hours) Department of English
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (15 hours) Department of English