Missouri Western State University

Missouri Western State University is a public university that is located in Saint Joseph, Missouri. The university offers bachelor's and master's degree programs through 5 schools and colleges which are the Craig School of Business, School of Fine Arts, College of Professional Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Graduate School.

  • Average Tuition USD 24,880
  • Acceptance Rate 80%
  • Students 5,388
  • International Students 1%
  • Campus Setting City

School Description

Missouri Western State University is a four-year public university which offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees, certificates and associate degrees. There are approximately 5,400 students.

Missouri Western is located in the Midwestern United States in St. Joseph, Missouri, which has a population of approximately 76,000. The city is less than an hour from an international airport, which is on the north side of Kansas City, Missouri, a large metropolitan area of more than 2 million. International students love that the University is located in a good-sized city with access to several large cities about one hour away.

Missouri Western is student centered and is known for its high-quality instruction and hands-on opportunities both within the classroom and outside of the classroom. Students can hold internships, conduct research with professors, volunteer in the community, participate in study away trips, and more. The University’s laboratories and equipment are up-to-date, which helps students immensely, because they learn on equipment that they will be using once they graduate.

Also, professors are always willing to work with students to make sure they succeed.

The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and many of its academic programs hold national program accreditations. 

  • 01Value and quality – Affordable tuition/fees estimated under USD$6,000 per semester. Accredited degree programs taught by professors with highest academic degrees or credentials. Also, the university offers a variety of opportunities to enhance the educational experience such as experiential learning, honors society, and academic research.
  • 02Home away from home – Active student life with about 100 student organization, intramural sports, and Division II athletics. Also, Kansas City, about 30 minutes south, famous among others for its BBQ dishes, the Royals professional baseball, and the Kansas City Chiefs professional football athletic teams!
  • 03Convenience and safety – Seven on-campus residence hall to choose with a variety of floor plan. Campus is located on Interstate highway 29, students may ride the Saint Joseph Public Transportation bus lines for FREE with valid student ID to shop at stores, see the latest Hollywood movies, or visit fun places.

Master Programs

  • 4525 Downs Dr, St Joseph, MO 64507, United States

    Biology

    USD 11,800 Tuition Fee

    The Master of Applied Science in Industrial Life Science degree provides students the opportunity to pursue advanced training in biology and chemistry, while simultaneously developing their business and communication skills. The curriculum is characterized as science-plus, combining a rigorous study of biology and chemistry with skills-based coursework in business fundamentals, economics, regulatory affairs, intellectual property, project management, and skills-oriented training in communications, data driven decision making, and working in teams.

    Graduates will be prepared for science careers in business, government, and nonprofit organizations, where workforce needs are increasing. They will be able to manage research team breakthroughs, serve in quality assurance roles, and interact with researchers and managers, especially in the marketing, finance, and legal departments.

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    Business Administration

    USD 11,800 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Business Administration. The program offers courses that focus on the study of management theory; human resource management and behavior; accounting, purchasing and logistics; organization and production; marketing; and business decision-making.

  • 4525 Downs Dr, St Joseph, MO 64507, United States

    Chemistry

    USD 11,800 Tuition Fee

    The Master of Applied Science in Chemistry degree is designed to allow you to pursue advanced training in chemistry, while simultaneously developing workplace skills highly valued by employers. The program is an innovative degree consisting of academic training in chemistry, along with a professional component including cross-training in business and communications developed in concert with industry and designed to dovetail into present and future professional career opportunities. Graduates are equipped to manage the breakthroughs that are created by the research teams. They can interact between researchers and managers, especially in the marketing, finance, and legal departments. The Master of Applied Science in Chemistry allows students to pursue advanced training and excel in the field of chemistry while simultaneously developing highly-valued business skills, preparing them for science careers in business, government, or nonprofit organizations, where workforce needs are increasing. The program is an affiliated Professional Science Masters program, combining rigorous study of chemistry with skills-based coursework in business fundamentals, economics, regulatory affairs, intellectual property, project management, and skills-oriented training in: communications, computation, and working in teams.

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    Engineering Technology

    USD 11,800 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Engineering Technology. The program offers courses that focus on the study of specific engineering techniques; calculus; general physics; technology; computer applications; computer programming; applied mathematics; and emerging technologies.

  • 4525 Downs Dr, St Joseph, MO 64507, United States

    Information Management

    USD 11,800 Tuition Fee

    This program equips students with comprehensive knowledge of the fundamentals of information management, information systems, and electronic business.

  • 4525 Downs Dr, St Joseph, MO 64507, United States

    Information Technology

    USD 11,800 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Information Technology. The program offers courses that focus on the design of technological information systems; computing systems; computer hardware and software components; algorithms, databases, and telecommunications; user tactics; application testing; and human interface design.

  • 4525 Downs Dr, St Joseph, MO 64507, United States

    Media Studies

    USD 11,800 Tuition Fee

    The Master of Applied Arts in Digital Media curriculum covers the full range of issues and skills to prepare graduates for the 21st century digital workplace. Students learn to think creatively and effectively meet the challenges facing businesses, media, and digital artists today. They acquire team-based and hands-on experience that is highly valued in the professional marketplace. This interdisciplinary approach gives graduates the knowledge and confidence required to merge with and thrive in the new media landscape.

  • 4525 Downs Dr, St Joseph, MO 64507, United States

    Nursing

    USD 11,800 Tuition Fee

    The Master of Science in Nursing degree program is comprised of two tracks (Health Care Leadership and Nurse Educator). Each track requires completion of 32 credit hours, 20 of these hours are Core shared courses between the two tracks. Additionally, a graduate Nurse Educator Certificate is available. This option requires completion of 15 credit hours and is designed to serve those individuals who do not want to complete the full MSN program, but desire to build knowledge and skills specific to the academic or professional staff development educator role. This MSN Class Grid provides an outline of all courses required for the Master of Science in Nursing tracks and the Nurse Educator Certificate.

  • 4525 Downs Dr, St Joseph, MO 64507, United States

    Sports Management

    USD 11,800 Tuition Fee

    Sport and Fitness Management programs prepare people to take on leadership positions in sport and fitness settings, such as running health clubs and managing sport teams at all levels. Students learn business, sales and marketing skills. They also learn health and safety standards and public communications to foster professional growth. Master of Applied Science in Sport and Fitness Management is a comprehensive program that prepares students to assume supervisory and administrative positions in facility and event management, college athletics, professional sports organizations, non-profit agencies, public/private/corporate fitness facilities, cardiac rehabilitation and community based/amateur athletic programs.

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Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 2.75
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL iBT 79
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.00
  • Minimum incoming GMAT 450

Accreditations

    Financial Aid & Scholarship

    International Excellence Scholarship, award ranges between $500-$2,000 each year.

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    Other Information

    Established in 1915

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    Missouri Western State University has the third lowest tuition in the state of Missouri. The University's ranking in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges Midwest, Tier 2. 

    The International Student Services Office on campus is willing to help international students with anything they need. The office is an outstanding resource for international students. The most important job of the office is ensuring that international students maintain good immigration legal status while at the University. Staff members not only help international students with their paperwork and required documents, but they help guide students through their entire education experience.

    Office staff also plan a variety of events for international students to help them adjust to life in the United States and to meet both international and domestic students. Events include an international fair, a soccer tournament, a lecture series and a variety of fun events and celebrations. Additionally, the office provides the following services: orientation for new students, coordinating airport pick-up for new students, conducting a cultural adjustment seminar, discussion, or workshop, providing opportunities for service learning, leadership development and networking opportunities, planning programs for students, helping with verification letters to apply for a Social Security card, and/or a driver’s license, holding a workshop on Optional Practical Training (OPT), and Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

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          • Testimony
            2009-2011, Management

            Great UniversityThe student to instructor ratio was the major attraction for me. Even after a few years I am confident that if I needed help I could count on help from my instructors. Best return on money spent for education.equals MWSU.

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            1999-2001, Criminal Justice/Legal Studies

            Great UniversityThe student teachers ratio is great. Great atmosphere. The feels of some big league University with the atmosphere of a small college. I'm proud to be a MWSU graduate

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            1981-1982, Law Enforcement

            Missouri Western State UniversityI learned a great deal while I studied at MWSU. During my 33 year career at the St. Joseph Police Department, the University proved to be a valuable source of help and information. The faculty is top notch and very accessible.