Located in Joplin, Missouri, ‘the cultural capital of the region’, Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) is situated on a 365-acre campus in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. The state of Missouri is in the center of the US, and Joplin is at the intersection of three central states: Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.


Reasons to Study at MSSU:

Many, Many Options

A hundred and forty majors (and an honors program) housed in its four schools of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Health Sciences. Among these 140 majors, some of the programs that are popular among international students are healthcare, finance, management, and information technology. Accounting majors can complete a bachelor’s and master’s program combine in just five years, making this an affordable option.

Support for International Students

Over 80 student organisations, including an active International Club, with year-round activities such as camping trips, holiday parties, dances, ice skating, as well as trips to Kansas City and Jefferson City, Missouri’s capital. MSSU has nearly 200 international students from more than 30 countries, and its International Admissions Office works year round to guide students through the application process, orient them to life in the US and help them throughout their time at MSSU.



Ranked by US News and World Report as one of the  top 10 most affordable public universities in the US for out of state and international students. In addition, the university offers several scholarships for international students, including the Honors scholarship (full tuition paid), the Evans scholarship (which covers tuition and housing), as well as the Presidential scholarship and Patron scholarship, which partially covers tuition.

Great Location

MSSU is ranked as one of the top 10 more affordable schools for students from out of state. According to Sperling’s Best Places rankings, Joplin is about 20% cheaper to live in than the US national average. Joplin is also within a few hours drive from Kansas City, Springfield, Branson, Tulsa and Fayetteville, Ark., making Joplin a  cultural hub.


Career Support

A robust career services department supports students looking to enter the job market. The department helps students pick a major or career path and guide them on how to market themselves. In addition to career resources that are available online, print resources are available for free in the Career Services Office. Career Services offers free assistance to all MSSU alumni be it in terms of researching a career change, applying for a promotion, updating their resume or applying to graduate school.

If you are interested in finding out more about Missouri Southern State University and all it has to offer, view its profile on SchoolApply and begin your application process now!