Graduate Programs at Missouri Western State University
Missouri Western State University

Missouri Western State University

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

The Graduate School at Missouri Western offers 26 masters and graduate certificate programs with an applied learning approach to program delivery that includes unique Master of Applied Science and Master of Applied Arts degree programs.

Missouri Western is located in the Midwestern United States in St. Joseph, Missouri, which has a population of approximately 76,000 residents. The campus is located 35 minutes from the Kansas City International Airport.Kansas City, Missouri, isless than an hour from campus and is a large metropolitan area of more than 2 million people. International students love that the University is located in a good-sized city with lots of amenities and access to a large city that is only 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 maintains modern laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment and technologyfor students to learn and use on a routine basis both in course work and for research because students learn on technology they will be using once they graduate and enter the workforce.

The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and many of its academic programs hold national and international program accreditations.
Studying at Missouri Western State University
Student Life
All students are invited and encouraged to become involved in extra-curricular activities that match their interests. Missouri Western has almost 100 student clubs and organizations, both academic- and non-academic related.

Missouri Western hosts a variety of sports teams – baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, women's soccer, softball, women's tennis, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field, and women's volleyball.

Along with 10 academic buildings, the more than 700-acre campus contains seven residence halls, a fitness center, a student center, a baseball and softball complex, a planetarium, and a sports complex that includes an indoor football field. The beautifully landscaped campus also offers outdoor tennis and basketball courts, an outdoor football and soccer stadium, an indoor swimming pool, hiking trails, and an outdoor biology study area.
Students at Missouri Western State University
Assisting International Students
The International Student Services Office on campus is willing to help international students with anything they need, and faculty work with students to make sure they succeed.

The office is an outstanding resource for international students. The most important job of the office is ensuring that international students maintain legal immigration 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 cultural adjustment seminars, discussions, or workshops
  • 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 workshops on Optional Practical Training (OPT), and Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
The office also has an International Diplomat program, which connects new international students with student mentors in order to enhance the international student experience at Missouri Western. This helps the international students succeed both academically and socially.
Intensive English Program
The Intensive English Program at Missouri Western State University has been developed to offer international students a strong foundation in the English language.

The University’s program offers English as a Second Language courses at three levels: beginning, intermediate and advanced. Lessons in the course include listening and speaking, grammar and composition, reading, and academic writing. The Intensive English Program also plans cultural excursions to area attractions and events.

The program also offers conversation partners, which pairs international students with native speakers of English. This is extremely helpful to international students and an excellent opportunity for them to engage in conversation with English speakers.

The Intensive English Program provides a foundation that enables international students to succeed in their chosen academic fields and become more comfortable living in the community.

International students who do not take the TOEFL or IELTS exams, or who do not meet the scoring criteria for admission into Missouri Western, can receive conditional admission to the University and be enrolled in the Intensive English Program. Following completion of the Intensive English Program students can then move into regular academic programs.
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Chemistry - Master of Applied Science
The Master of Applied Science degree in Chemistry is designed to help students pursue advanced applied training in chemistry, while simultaneously introducing professional cross-training in skills highly valued by employers, especially employers in commercial and industrial settings.
Duration: 2 years
Deadline: Ongoing
Engineering Technology Management - Master of Applied Science
The Master of Applied Arts Science degree in Engineering Technology Management provides advanced engineering technologies training along with business and management cross training, making this program a great option for engineering and technology professionals.
Duration: 2 years
Deadline: Ongoing
Enterprise Resource Planning - Master of Information Management
The Master of Information Management program prepares graduates to work in an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) environment using SAP, the number one software package used by companies around world.
Duration: 2 years
Deadline: Ongoing
Forensic Investigation - Master of Applied Science
The Forensic Investigation graduate program provides broad-based exposure to the discipline of forensic investigation and related methods and techniques with specialized courses to enhance the students’ professional expertise in crime scene investigation.
Duration: 2 years
Deadline: Ongoing
Industrial Life Science - Master of Applied Science
The Industrial Life Science masters degree provides students with the opportunity to pursue advanced training in biology and related life sciences in the context of the commercial life science industrywhile simultaneously developing their business and communication professional skills.
Duration: 2 years
Deadline: Ongoing
Information Technology Assurance Administration - Master of Science
The Master of Science in Information Technology Assurance Administration (ITAA) program provides a broad technical understanding of current and evolving technologies in information assurance and database management and security, with an emphasis on applying concepts to business fundamental needs.
Duration: 2 years
Deadline: Ongoing
MBA - Master of Business Administration
Missouri Western's Steven L. Craig School of Business MBA program offers students from all educational backgrounds a broad, yet advanced business foundation in areas such as finance, accounting, marketing and management with a focus on analytical and decision making processes. 
Duration: 2 years
Deadline: Ongoing
Sport and Fitness Management - Master of Applied Science
The Sport and Fitness Management graduate degree prepares students to take on leadership positions in sport and fitness settings in combination with professional skills course work in which students learn business, sales and marketing skills.
Duration: 2 years
Deadline: Ongoing
Written Communication: Technical Communication Option - Master of Applied Arts
This Master of Applied Arts program in Technical Communication was developed for students who want to advance their careers in government, business, and industry through improved writing skills and an enhanced knowledge and understanding of technical writing areas including grant and proposal writing, project management, and editing.
Duration: 2 years
Deadline: Ongoing


Ram Vuppari - India, studying Master of Information Management - Enterprise Resource Planning

“It was a right choice to apply for Missouri Western State University, and it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. The professors are supportive and approachable, and they make sure that the class environment is always interactive and multicultural. Coming in as an international graduate student, I knew that the class room dynamics would be fundamentally foreign and challenging. If it was not their support, I am sure things would have been quite different. From the first day to until now, people here at MWSU are always welcoming, friendly, and they love to learn about my country and its culture. MWSU encourages international students by providing different scholarships. Most of the scholarships provided are based on international excellence, and I feel proud to say that I have received multiple scholarships. My education here is truly trans-formative as it has given me confidence and knowledge to face the real world ahead of me. For me, MWSU is like a home far away from home!”

Ram Vuppari - India, studying Master of Information Management - Enterprise Resource Planning
Raghavendra Kotakonda – INDIA, Completed IEP, studying Masters of Applied Arts in Digital Media

“The professors are very friendly and helpful. My advisor and I emailed back and forth probably six to eight months before I arrived. And on my second day at Missouri Western, he took me to an Indian restaurant in Kansas City. That was the best.”

Raghavendra Kotakonda – INDIA, Completed IEP, studying Masters of Applied Arts in Digital Media
Jianfeng Huang - China, studying Master of Applied Science in Chemistry

“It was a good choice to be one of the students studying at MWSU. The professors are so friendly, any questions that I was confused about I received great support from them. As an international student, I enjoy the activities held by the international student service office and hanging out with students from different countries, a transformative experience I will never forget in my life.”

Jianfeng Huang - China, studying Master of Applied Science in Chemistry
Ching-G-jun (Brenda) Liao - China, studying Master of Information Management – Enterprise Resource Planning

“MWSU Information Management graduate school is one of few colleges in the States which offers excellent Enterprise Resource Planning program.  With very helpful professors and staffs, students gain not only advanced studies but also professional skills needed to immediately used in their careers.  I am so proud of being a member of MWSU.  Come join us, this big international family!  I guarantee you will have an unforgettable memory in your life.”

Ching-G-jun (Brenda) Liao - China, studying Master of Information Management – Enterprise Resource Planning
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