Nondegree-Seeking Students

There are several admission categories for students who meet minimum age requirements and who wish to take courses but do not wish to pursue a degree. Students who later decide to seek a degree must meet requirements for admission as either freshmen or transfer students.

To apply for admission:

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  • Nondegree
    Students 18 years of age and older or a high school graduate may apply under this classification. Transcripts are not required. Enrollment while in this category is limited to eight credit hours per semester up to a total of 24 hours. Students are not eligible to apply for financial aid while in this classification. Nondegree students must meet the prerequisite if a class has one.
  • Nondegree Postbaccalaureate
    Students who have a bachelor's degree and wish to enroll in up to a full-time course load with no restrictions on total hours may apply under this classification. Students should provide a copy of their diploma or transcript showing bachelor's degree awarded. Students are not eligible to apply for financial aid while in this classification.
  • Completion Program
    Students who have completed an associate of arts degree and wish to take Missouri State University-West Plains courses in pursuit of a bachelor's degree through Missouri State University are eligible to apply under this classification. A Missouri State University-Springfield Application for Admission (also available in the Missouri State Outreach office) must also be completed. Official transcripts are required from each previous college or university. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale to be admitted under this classification. Students in this classification are eligible to apply for financial aid but must contact the office of financial aid at (417) 255-7243 for procedures. Students must contact the Missouri State Outreach office at (417) 255-7931 for additional requirements.

Registration priority is given to early applicants. Students must register for classes prior to the first day of the semester.  Students seeking to register after the start of a semester may appeal to the dean of academic affairs. Appeals will only be approved in situations where extenuating circumstances warrant.

Application information

New to college
Applying to study in the U.S. on a student visa
Taking courses for personal interest or a visiting student
Earn college credit in high school
Attended another college or university
Attended Missouri State University-West Plains
Home-school or private-school graduates