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The University

Missouri State University-West Plains is the two-year, open-admission campus of the Missouri State University System.


West Plains is a city of 12,000 located approximately 100 miles southeast of Springfield in southern Missouri.


Approximately 2,000 students are enrolled in part-time or full-time studies.

Small Class Size

The average class size is 17.

Financial Aid

Ninety-six percent of degree-seeking students receive some form of financial aid (scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs) (2013-2014 academic year).


For the 2015-2016 academic year, in-state tuition and fees are $3880 for full-time enrollment (based on 15 credit-hours per semester at $119 per credit-hour plus required fees). Per credit-hour costs may differ for specialized courses, including online, nursing and respiratory therapy.

A+ Program

Missouri's A+ Scholarship Program provides funds to graduates of A+ designated high schools to cover the costs of tuition and common fees at participating two-year colleges and vocational programs. (More information available at the Missouri Department of Higher Education's A+ Program website: http://dhe.mo.gov.) Graduates certified by their high school as A+ eligible can use these benefits at Missouri State-West Plains.


Students enrolling for the first time at Missouri State-West Plains should submit an application for admission, $15 application fee and required transcripts. For an application, see your high school counselor, go to our website at http://wp.missouristate.edu/admissions or call the admissions office at (417) 255-7955.

Student Life

The University offers plenty of fun activities and helpful services, including student organizations, athletics, fitness center, health and counseling services, food services, student center, pool, bookstore and recreation center.

Academic Services

Students will find a variety of resources, including academic support, advisement, tutoring, honors program, job placement, library and study away programs.


There is a great selection of on-campus and near-campus housing for students. Visit our website at http://wp.missouristate.edu/housing for more information.

Mountain Grove Campus

The Associate of Arts in General Studies degree is offered at the extended campus in Mountain Grove.

Online Campus

Students can complete the entire Associate of Arts in General Studies degree online. Online courses, which offer convenience and flexibility, are available in other degree programs, as well.

Campus Safety

Missouri State-West Plains adheres to a set of policies to maintain a safe and secure learning environment and foster a sense of community and public accountability. Resources available include the Missouri State Alert System, evening safety officers, an on-campus storm shelter and emergency procedure posters located throughout the campus.

Areas of Study

Associate degrees

  • Associate of Applied Science in:
    • Allied Health
    • Business
    • Child & Family Development
    • Computer Graphics & Programming
    • Enology
    • Entrepreneurship
    • General Agriculture
    • Health Information Technology
    • Law Enforcement*
    • Respiratory Therapy
    • Technology
    • Viticulture
    • Wine Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Associate of Arts in General Studies
  • Associate of Arts in Teaching
  • Associate of Science in Agriculture
  • Associate of Science in Business
  • Associate of Science in Nursing
  • Associate of Science in Pre-Engineering

* Provisional accreditation

Certificate options:

Agricultural Business, Animal Science, Applied Entrepreneurship, Basic Office Management, Certified Nursing Assistant-Allied Health (pending approval by the Coordinating Board of Higher Education), Enology, Equine Studies, General Agriculture, Health Information Technology (with emphasis in Medical Coding), Law Enforcement*, Manufacting Technology, Natural Resources, Plant Science, Technology Management, Viticulture, Wildlife Management and Wine Business & Entrepreneurship.

The degree program offerings at Missouri State University-West Plains continue to expand. For the most current listing of all degrees and certificates offered, visit http://wp.missouristate.edu/academics.

(Some degrees/certificates pending approval from U.S. Department of Education for financial aid eligibility. Contact the financial aid office to verify eligibility for specific certificate programs.)

Missouri State University bachelor's & master's degrees

Missouri State University-Springfield offers bachelor's and master's degree programs on the West Plains campus through Missouri State Outreach. By using interactive video, online and on-site instruction, entire degree programs can be completed at Missouri State-West Plains.

Available bachelor's & master's degrees

  • Child and Family Development (BS)
  • Elementary Education (BSEd)
  • General Agriculture (BAS)
  • General Business (BS)
  • Nursing (BSN-online)
  • Technology Management (BAS-Online)
  • Business Administration (MBA-Online)
  • Elementary Education (MSEd-Online)
  • Education, Literacy (MSEd-Online)
  • Educational Administration (MS and Specialist)
  • Social Work (MSW)
  • Teaching (MAT)

Students also may enroll in various online courses leading toward other degree areas offered in Springfield. For more information, visit http://outreach.missouristate.edu/offcampus/westplains.asp or call (417) 255-7777.

Why Missouri State-
West Plains

Everything a future student needs to know about Missouri State-West Plains.

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