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Missouri Western State University

Missouri Western State University

Check whether Missouri Western State University is right for you as an international student.

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Saint Joseph, USA
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Study abroad at Missouri Western State University

Missouri Western State University (MWSU) is a state-supported institution located in St Joseph, Missouri. It offers a range of degree programs including professional master’s degrees, four year baccalaureate degrees, two year associate degrees, pre-professional transfer programs and one year certificates.

The University is made up of six colleges and schools covering liberal arts and sciences, fine arts, nursing and health professions, and business and technology. It also boasts nine program specific accreditations, more than any public university in northwest Missouri.

MSWU’s athletics teams compete in the NCAA Division II and has teams for baseball, football, basketball, cross country, golf, and track and field. There are also over 90 student organizations available, so there are plenty of opportunities outside of the classroom.

Missouri Western State University logo

Why study at MWSU?

  • AASCB accredited

    the highest level of recognition for business schools

  • Staff student ratio

    A 17:1 student to teacher ratio ensures students’ learning is personalized

Life as an international student

International students are an important and integral part of the University, and there are students from over 30 different countries studying at MWSU. There are many opportunities for involvement on campus and small class sizes so international students have a great chance to immerse themselves in American culture.

The University’s International Center helps international students with information about immigration issues, provides support for academic and cultural adjustment, and offers opportunities for involvement in the University community. It also hosts a range of events designed to help international students adjust to life in St Joseph.

Student life & facilities

Group of students planning a presentation in a living room
  • Library
    • Individual Study Rooms
    • Computer labs
    • Group Study Rooms
    • Quiet Areas
  • No. of All Weather Sports Pitches
    • No. of Baseball Pitches 2
    • No. of Golf Coursenumber 1
    • No. of Tennis Courts 2
    • No. of Basketball Courts 1
  • Fitness Centre
    • Machines
    • Free Weights
    • Treatment Rooms
  • Sports Facilities
    • No. of Natural Turf American Football Pitches 2
    • Sport facilities 7
  • Clubs & Organisations
    • No. of Clubs & Organizations 91

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Missouri Western State University programs

Fees and funding

Missouri Western State University is committed to the pursuit of excellence and attracting the most promising international students to their classrooms. That is why they have established the International Excellence Scholarship to recruit the best and brightest students from around the world. While the University offers a variety of academic merit-based scholarships, it doesn't offer need-based scholarships or financial assistance to international students. However, merit-based scholarships plus affordable tuition make Missouri Western a great option for cost-conscious students and parents.

Competitive scholarships:

  • Golden Griffon $5,000 - 10,322 / year ACT 27 /SAT 1260 GPA 3.5

Automatic scholarships:

  • President's - $3,600 / year ACT 26 / SAT 1230 GPA 3.5

  • Governor's - $2,600 / year ACT 23 / SAT 1130 GPA 3.30

  • Dean's - $1,000 / year ACT 20 / SAT 1030 GPA 3.0

Global achievement award: Amount: $500 one time, non-renewable Given to new students with a minimum TOEFL 72 / IELTS 5.5 for UG programs and a minimum TOEFL 79 / IELTS 6.0

Global griffon award: Amount: $2,000 each year or $1,000 each semester. Renewable up to 4 years or 8 semesters New student who provides minimum TOEFL 72 iBT, or IELTS 5.5. overall band, or full completion of MWSU’s Intensive English Program, AND minimum high school GPA 2.75 (4.00 grading scale.) Student may renew or keep the award with minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 at the end of each academic year

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Missouri Western State University

4525 Downs Dr, St Joseph, MO 64507, USA

Missouri Western is located in the Midwestern United States in St. Joseph, Missouri, which has a population of approximately 76,000 residents.

  • From the Kansas City International Airport
    35 minutes
  • To Kansas City, Missouri
    45 minutes

Visa requirements for Missouri Western State University

Many international students will require a visa to study in the US, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

USA student visa requirements