Preparing Citizen Bears for the World

A Missouri State education is grounded in its public affairs mission. Course work defines and emphasizes ethical leadership, community engagement and cultural competence.

College graduates


½ of college graduates will change jobs less than 2 years after initial hire.

Giving weight to power skills

The pace of change in the marketplace and expectations of adaptable life skills require an agile and flexible academic environment. A strong blend of human skills – competencies that can only be achieved through a liberal arts and sciences education – continues to prepare students for career and life changes. Employers of tomorrow will continue to draw heavily from graduates who can articulate and exemplify mastery in:

  • Communication.
  • Management.
  • Leadership.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Problem solving.
  • Teamwork.

These power skills are adaptable, transferable and prepare students to be life-long learners.

Accessibility for all

The through line that runs across all programs is accessibility. Missouri State will have a fully inclusive framework of accessible information, delivery modalities and academic support. Investment in inclusive practices will help develop and retain a diverse student population. This, in turn, fosters a richer academic and inclusive experience. Missouri State will be diligent in removing barriers - including financial - and streamlining processes to ensure students’ access to education and academic credentialing.