Missouri State University

901 S. National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65897
(573) 882-2491
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Founded in 1905 and originally known as the Fourth District Normal School, Missouri State University is located in Springfield, Mo., and caters to the educational needs of the community and distance learners worldwide. During the first several decades, the name was changed as the university experienced growth and expansion in both size and vision. Today, the university’s primary campus enrolls more than 20,000 students and is ranked No. 60 by U.S. News & World Report among Regional Universities (Midwest) in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges. The institution is also ranked No. 16 in Top Public Schools in Best Colleges, and No. 57 in Audiology in Best Grad School Rankings. To better serve the distance learners around the world, Missouri State University offers a variety of online degrees and courses through the Missouri State Outreach Programs.

Programs Offered

Three undergraduate degrees, nine graduate degrees, and eight certificate programs are available in the online format from Missouri State University. Each program is delivered by the university’s faculty, 90% of whom hold a doctorate or the highest degree in their field. Because many students enroll from other countries, the online classrooms promote diversity and improve communication skills for participants. Blackboard is the online delivery platform used by the university, which allows students to log into their classes to complete assignments and manage course materials. Students are also given access to a wide range of resources designed to make the distance learning experience as simple and effective as possible. Services include an online library of research materials, online tutoring and writing assistance, and technical support.


Missouri State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Nine additional organizations awarded specialized accreditation to for specific programs at the university as well.


If a candidate seeking admission to the online programs at Missouri State University is older than 22 years old, the only requirements are that the applicant submit their high school transcripts and application. Otherwise, students follow the traditional admission process, which determines admittance based on cumulative grade point average (GPA) for high school and college-level course work, official test scores from the ACT/SAT or the GRE/GMAT/MAT depending on the level of application, and evaluation of other supporting documents. In some cases, letters of recommendation, specialized certification, and years of professional experience will be necessary for entry to a specific graduate program. Graduate applicants are generally required to hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution. For more information about admissions, click here.

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