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Master Your Future

A post-graduate degree can be the ticket to advancement in your chosen field! The MSM program is designed to complement your undergraduate degree and prepare you for management roles in your chosen area of passion.

Our Master of Science in Management program is designed for working adults – with a bachelor’s degree in any background – who are looking for an opportunity to expand their knowledge of management and human resource management. This degree is specifically designed for individuals who do not have an undergraduate business degree.

Is time an issue? This program is designed with your convenience in mind. Courses are offered in an 8-week, online format and students can attend full-time or part-time. Students attending full-time can complete the degree in as little as three semesters, while part-time students can complete the degree in five.

Flexible Scheduling

The degree requires 30 graduate hours and is offered in an online format with 8-week classes. Students can choose whether they would like to attend full-time or part-time to be flexible with work and family.


At Missouri Southern, we strive to offer as many options to complete your degree as possible.

Recognized as one of the “50 Most Affordable Colleges with High Acceptance Rates” for 2017, we understand the importance of planning for the financial responsibility of paying for your education.

Tuition* $10,500

Program Cost* $1, 200

*Tuition and program charges for the MSM program are based on completion of all 10 graduate courses required for the MSM degree

Books and Supplies $500

TOTAL $12,200

Ready to get started?


As a Masters of Management student, you may choose a program of study in management by completing the core curriculum and then pursuing the general management emphasis. This study path is designed for students preparing to move into leadership roles with their current organization or seeking to move into a new career field.

The MSM program also offers a focused track of study in Human Resource Management. The Human Resource Management programs at the Plaster College of Business have been recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management and coordinates with professional certification requirements.

For more information please contact the Plaster College of Business advising office at 417-625-3182, or to apply for admission, please go to business.mssu.edu.

For more details about the program learning goals and outcomes, click here.

Core Curriculum

MGMT 520: Managerial Communication
MGMT 550: Contemporary Management
MGMT 552: Strategic Management
MGMT 521: Data Analytics for Managers
MGMT 541: Organizational Behavior
MGMT 501: Law and Ethical Leadership
FIN 550: Applied Managerial Finance
Management Emphasis

MRKT 572: Marketing Management

IB 510: International Management

MGMT 631: Operations and Resource Planning

Human Resources Emphasis

MGMT 643    Recruitment & Retention
MGMT 645    Compensation & Rewards
MGMT 647    Training & Development

Expert Faculty

The Robert W. Plaster College of Business offers a variety of expert faculty members who are ready to help you achieve your career ambitions. Small class sizes will allow your professors to get to know you by name while providing the best educational experience possible.

No Prerequisites

No bachelor’s degree in business? No problem! The MSM program is designed to complement your bachelor’s degree, no matter what your background. Choose a path that focuses on management or human resource management to meet your professional needs.


The Master of Science in Management is open to students holding a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a regionally accredited university, or recognized equivalent international university with a 2.75 GPA (or higher) for their last 60 hours of coursework. This degree is not designed for students with undergraduate business degrees.

Applicants with a lower GPA may be considered due to special circumstances, such as the difficulty of their undergraduate degree program, or demonstrated evidence of significant career achievement. In some cases, a GMAT or GRE test score may be recommended to assess the potential for success in the program.

To apply for this program, students need to complete the online application and fulfill all requirements outlined on the Application for Graduate Admission for the Master of Science in Management.

These include:

  1. Payment of the application fee
  2. Providing official transcripts of undergraduate work showing bachelor’s degree(s) earned
  3. Providing a current resume
  4. Providing a personal goals statement

Students can enter the program in August for the Fall semester or January for the Spring semester. If admitted, students will be required to complete an online orientation process before beginning their first course. The orientation is available to students for two weeks before the official start of the fall semester (for those beginning in the fall) and the spring semester (for those beginning in the spring). This orientation was strategically and thoughtfully created by MSM faculty to provide incoming MSM students with essential information about the MSM program and help students navigate this challenging and rewarding journey.

Completed applications for admission should be filed with the Admissions office no later than July 15 for Fall admission, and December 1 for Spring admission. The early admissions deadline for Fall admissions is May 1st and October 1st for Spring admissions.

Financial Aid

Our Financial Aid team strives to keep you informed of current government regulations, to foster open communication between staff and students, and maintain positive customer service.

Missouri Southern participates in a variety of aid programs to assist qualified students. These funds – from private, institutional, state and federal sources – are coordinated to meet your financial need, performing ability and academic excellence.

Direct Stafford Unsubsidized Loans

Direct Stafford Unsubsidized loans are awarded to graduate students regardless of need.

Interest comes due within 60 days after receiving the loan; however, interest may be deferred until the student leaves school. These loan amounts will vary depending upon how much aid you may already receive. See the table below for more information:

Graduate/Professional Student
Loan Range (per academic year)
up to $20,500

*aggregate total of $138,500 (includes undergraduate loans)

Graduate PLUS Loan Program

Federal Direct PLUS Loan Program offers loans to graduate students directly from the federal government. These variable-rate, low-interest, long-term loans are unsubsidized. Interest becomes due 60 days after the graduate student receives the loans. The interest can be deferred until the student leaves school.

Applicants must complete the electronic Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Loan amounts may vary depending on the cost of education and other financial aid the student receives. For more information, consult the “Student Guide” on the Department of Education’s website or contact the Financial Aid Office at Missouri Southern.

Lion Pride Tuition

Want to attend Missouri Southern and apply for the Master’s of Management program but live outside Missouri?

Students from Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas are eligible for an automatic in-state tuition rate, known as Lion Pride Tuition!

Once admitted, Lion Pride residents from these states not only receive in-state tuition but – if qualified – have the opportunity to receive additional scholarships as well.

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