Missouri State University-West Plains empowers students to achieve personal success
and to enrich their local and global communities. As a two-year public institution,
we provide accessible, affordable and quality educational opportunities.
Why Choose Missouri State-West Plains?
At Missouri State University-West Plains, you’ll discover what we’ve known for nearly
60 years – big opportunities come in small packages.
Nestled in the “heart of the Ozarks,” Missouri State-West Plains is small enough to
give you personalized attention, but large enough to get you well on your way to an
Missouri State-West Plains offers educational programs that meet a wide range of needs.
You can choose from a rigorous transfer program that will prepare you to enter a four-year
college or university; one of our two-year career programs that provide the technical,
hands-on training you need to find employment in a variety of fields; or one of our
certificate programs that will give you the skills you need to advance in your chosen
Students don’t have to stop with an associate’s degree at Missouri State-West Plains.
Thanks to the Outreach Program offered by Missouri State University’s Springfield
campus, several bachelor’s and master’s degrees can be completed on the West Plains
You’ll find plenty of opportunities to get involved on campus, too. Missouri State-West
Plains has many student organizations geared toward a variety of interests, and you
won’t want to miss the exciting action of our Grizzly Athletics programs. Our men’s
basketball and women’s volleyball programs are nationally recognized, and our new
women’s softball and esports programs are generating a lot of buzz!
With a variety of financial aid options available, including the A+ Program, Missouri
State-West Plains makes obtaining a degree even more affordable. Want to know more?
Start by scanning this admissions guide filled with information about Missouri State-West
Plains and see how your new beginning can lead to endless possibilities!
One of the best resources available to students is Missouri State-West Plains’ well-qualified
faculty. Not only have they excelled in their fields of study, they are dedicated
to sharing their knowledge with you! They make teaching their number one priority,
and they take a personal interest in their students, going the extra mile to help
them succeed. Because of that commitment, and the campus’ small class size, you’ll
find the opportunity for more one-on-one attention.
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An impressive collection of electronic resources, including online journals, full-text
databases, e-books, electronic titles, and a physical collection of over 28,000 volumes,
are available to help you make the grade. The library has a computer lab and experienced
librarians to help guide you to the resources you need.
There are eight computer labs for student use on the West Plains campus, with the
main lab in the Lybyer Enhanced Technology Center. The Lybyer Lab Help Desk is the
“go-to” spot for assistance with any campus technology-related question.
The Veterans Incentive Program (VIP) Center helps veterans navigate the enrollment
process and provides specialized support to veterans as they complete their studies.
Student Professional Services
Students can access several professional services while enrolled at Missouri State–West
Plains. Medical visits, counseling sessions, crisis intervention and basic needs support
is provided at no cost to our students. These services are accessible to students
enrolled at West Plains or Mountain Grove.
Associate of Arts Degree (AA)
The AA degree is designed primarily for transfer to Missouri State University or other
four-year colleges and universities.
Child and Family Development
General Studies: This degree allows students to complete general education requirements
for virtually any bachelor’s degree. This degree also is available online and at our
extended campus in Mountain Grove.
Teaching (Elementary Education)
Associate of Science Degree (AS)
The AS degree is designed to transfer into a pre-professional program, allowing students
to move into a bachelor’s degree completion program and/or enter the workforce.
Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS)
The AAS degree is primarily an occupationally oriented degree, allowing students to
enter a particular job market after graduation.† Certificate options are available in many of these subject areas.
Business: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources and Management
Child and Family Development
Community Behavioral health Support
Computer Graphics & Programing
Health Information Technology: Medical Coding, Medical Assistant, Healthcare Data
Analytics, Healthcare Reimbursement
Hospitality Leadership: Culinary Arts and Management
Technology: Advanced Welding & Fabrication Technology, Advanced Industrial Maintenance,
General Technology, and Manufacturing Management
Wine Business & Entrepreneurship
The degree program offerings at Missouri State-West Plains continue to expand. The
most current listing of all degrees and certificates is available online. WP.MissouriState.edu/Academics
†While not designed as transfer degrees, some AAS degrees can be used as the first
two years of a Bachelor of Applied Science degree; however, students will need to
take additional general education courses, as well as courses in the major field.
The office of workforce development offers programs that provide advanced, hands-on
training in manufacturing processes to individuals looking to expand their skills
in a technical field. Major manufacturers in our area, such as Leonardo DRS, AHF Products
(formerly Armstrong Flooring) and Caterpillar, helped develop the programs to benefit
industries and employees, alike, engaged in technology-focused and technology-enabled
Students seeking the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Technology can select options
in the Terry L. “Bo” Pace Advanced Welding & Fabrication Technology Program, Advanced
Industrial Maintenance, or Manufacturing and Technology Management. Courses are offered
at the new Terry L. “Bo” Pace Industrial Science Center and the Greater Ozarks Center
for Advanced Technology (GOCAT)
+Amounts are estimates and reflect costs for the 2022-2023 academic year. *Based on 30 credit hours + fees. Per credit hour costs may differ for specialized
courses, including online and nursing. **19 meal-per-week plan.
βThe number of scholarships available varies. Students who receive these scholarships
and transfer to Missouri State-Springfield for their junior and senior years can continue
the scholarships, provided they meet the Springfield campus’ renewal criteria for