Originally established in 1905, Northwest Missouri State University is a state-assisted, four-year regional university that also offers graduate degree programs. Survey after survey shows Northwest is a national leader in both student satisfaction and degree completion. The heartfelt commitment of the faculty and staff to your development, both in and beyond the classroom, is one of Northwest's finest assets. Engaged alumni remain connected and quite supportive of the University's efforts, and Northwest's many partners are equally committed to the institution's success. Northwest is an exceptional place to learn, live and grow no matter your academic pursuits!

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Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission Northwest Missouri State University focuses on student success - every student, every day. Vision We will be THE university of choice for a comprehensive, exceptional student experience. Values

  • Student success
  • Scholarship and life-long learning
  • Intercultural competence
  • Collaboration
  • Respect and integrity
  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellence

Our DNA

  • Advocating one-to-one engaging relationships
  • Keeping costs affordable
  • Providing beautiful and safe surroundings
  • Driving economic development and entrepreneurship to better our region and community
  • Being socially responsible
  • Delivering excellence through high expectations and servant leadership

Profession-Based Experience

admin building fall2015 tw 0176 Northwest is a true advocate of profession-based experience. For instance, in our Horace Mann Lab School students majoring in education get a true inside view of what teaching is all about. Northwest offers several other opportunities for profession-based experiences including internships, the University farm for agriculture majors, on-campus radio and television stations and volunteer work.

The Right Size

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Northwest currently has around 7,000 students. This size of campus offers great opportunities for students to succeed socially, as well as academically. With a student to teacher ratio of 20 to 1, you never feel like a number and receive personalized attention from faculty.

Quality Academics

Northwest offers 127 undergraduate programs and 40 graduate's programs. The business, education, geography and agriculture departments graduate the largest number of students each year. Career Services offers an "Exploring Majors" fair where students can learn about different majors on campus and find which major is the perfect fit for them. Laptop Every full-time student receives a laptop computer to use throughout the school year. Textbooks Northwest has implemented a rental program where students pay only $6 per credit hour for their textbooks.

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The Agricultural Science major at Northwest is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for a career in a variety of agricultural-related occupations and farm ... [+]

The Agricultural Science major at Northwest is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for a career in a variety of agricultural-related occupations and farm operations. This major provides an opportunity to explore interests in agriculture. Students will gain the fundamental skills in agricultural economics, plant science, animal science and soils.

Career Opportunities

More than 94% of students who graduated with a degree in agriculture science obtained employment or continued their education within six months after graduation.

The following is a listing of common positions for graduates with an agricultural science major:

Agricultural Journalist Environmental Science Farm Manager Production Agriculture Sales Representative ... [-]
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The comprehensive major in biology emphasizing in general biology is the most flexible track as it provides students the opportunity to take courses in zoology, botany, e ... [+]

Biology is the study of all life forms. Northwest faculty focus on preparing students for careers in all areas including botany, cell biology, ecology, environmental science, molecular biology, microbiology, and zoology. Upon completion of core courses, students choose an area in which to specialize based on interests.

The comprehensive major in biology emphasizing in general biology is the most flexible track as it provides students the opportunity to take courses in zoology, botany, ecology, physiology, microbiology, molecular and cell biology and environmental science to align their interests seek admission to graduate school.

The comprehensive major in biology with a general biology track does not require a minor. ... [-]

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The Bachelor of Science in Criminology is an interdisciplinary study of crime and the criminal justice system. It is the broad investigation of the roles that sociologica ... [+]

The Bachelor of Science in Criminology is an interdisciplinary study of crime and the criminal justice system. It is the broad investigation of the roles that sociological and psychological factors play in determining how a society defines crime, contributes to or deters criminal behavior, and responds to victims and offenders. Criminologists have a wide variety of career paths from which to choose. Those interested in working within the criminal justice system may pursue a number of government jobs, including careers within law enforcement, courts, or corrections.

Students may also be interested in positions addressing social reform and involvement in programs improving social conditions related to crime. Those focusing on the psychological underpinnings of criminal behavior may pursue positions involved in victim advocacy, prevention programs for youth, or rehabilitation programs for offenders.... [-]

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The first of its kind in Missouri and the region, Northwest’s Data Science major is an interdisciplinary program with four areas of emphasis. The business emphasis is des ... [+]

The first of its kind in Missouri and the region, Northwest’s Data Science major is an interdisciplinary program with four areas of emphasis: computer science, business, molecular biology and geographic information systems.

The business emphasis is designed for students interested in analyzing data and projecting the best option for a client. Faculty focus on ensuring students have tools to analyze big data and make proper business decisions.

Career Opportunities

Data scientists are in high demand. A McKinsey Global Institute report estimates that by 2018, “the United States alone could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions.”... [-]

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Economics majors at Northwest develop analytical, critical thinking and decision-making skills in preparation of evaluating the decisions made by businesses, consumers an ... [+]

Economics majors at Northwest develop analytical, critical thinking and decision-making skills in preparation of evaluating the decisions made by businesses, consumers and government. The goal of this degree is to assess information and decisions in order understand the structure, operation, and investigation of decisions.

In addition to small class sizes, Northwest students receive instruction from faculty who have received the Dean’s Award for Exemplary Teaching and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Classes are small and upper-level courses have an average of fewer than 10 students.

Career Opportunities

100% of students who graduated with a degree in economics obtained employment or continued their education within six months after graduation.... [-]

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Finance majors at Northwest focus on four areas: financial services, financial computing, corporate finance and finance management. ... [+]

Finance majors at Northwest focus on four areas: financial services, financial computing, corporate finance, and finance management.

Financial Services concentrates on the design and delivery of advice and financial products to individuals, business and government; Financial Computing combines information from finance and computer science while focusing on the decision-making models constructed and manipulated with computer technology; Corporate Finance requires additional focus in accounting and prepares students for exams like the CFA (certified financial analyst), CPA (certified public accountant) and CMA (certified manufacturing analyst); and Financial Management combines the knowledge of finance and management to make managerial decisions with an understanding of finance. ... [-]
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The interactive digital media major at Northwest is an interdisciplinary program involving an emphasis in computer science, graphic design or new media. The courses offer ... [+]

The interactive digital media major at Northwest is an interdisciplinary program involving an emphasis in computer science, graphic design or new media. The courses offer a cross-section of skills in design as well as written and visual communication. The major produces graduates who are proficient in art, photography, design, communication, computer programming and legal or ethical considerations as they relate to media.

Northwest offers computer labs equipped with open source software that prevents students from having to purchase additional software.

Career Opportunities

100% of students graduating with a degree in interactive digital media continue their education or find employment within six months after graduation. Below is a list of job titles related to this major:... [-]

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A major in International Business prepares students for a profession involving international politics, economics, knowledge about information processing and computer syst ... [+]

A major in International Business prepares students for a profession involving international politics, economics, knowledge about information processing and computer systems, and analytical and critical thinking skills. At Northwest, this interdisciplinary program provides knowledge of successfully operating a business in the global marketplace.

International business is more globalized than ever, and is the future of business. The information students learn affects nearly every business in the country. Students receive one-on-one advising from professors who specialize in the major, have doctorates in international business, traveled to most of the locations visited, and have personal experience and contacts internationally. Additionally, Northwest links to national and international area computer networks, offering students an unparalleled chance to explore the international arena.... [-]

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The Management Information Systems (M.I.S.) major is an interdisciplinary program designed for individuals interested in business and who enjoy technological opportunitie ... [+]

The Management Information Systems (M.I.S.) major is an interdisciplinary program designed for individuals interested in business and who enjoy technological opportunities. Northwest professors focus on three core areas: system analysis, system design, and project management that prepares students to take leadership roles focused on teamwork, customer service, and data analysis.

Students gain knowledge of business, software development and management skills with computing and business professionals.

For transfer students completing a vocational or technical Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Science degree from a regionally accredited community college, a Bachelor of Applied Science with an emphasis in Management Information Systems is available. Please contact Nancy Zeliff (nzeliff@nwmissouri.edu or 660.562.1292) for more information. ... [-]

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A major in marketing at Northwest is an interdisciplinary program that provides students an opportunity to interact with surrounding businesses, complete projects that ca ... [+]

Marketing is the process of understanding and satisfying customer needs. Advertising, personal selling, determining customer groups to target, making products available in stores, and maintaining inventories are just a few activities that help organizations sell their products and services. A major in marketing at Northwest is an interdisciplinary program that provides students an opportunity to interact with surrounding businesses, complete projects that can be utilized in a portfolio, and prepare students for future interviews.

For transfer students completing a vocational or technical Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Science degree from a regionally accredited community college, a Bachelor of Applied Science with an emphasis in Marketing/Management is available. Please contact Chi Lo Lim (chilol@nwmissouri.edu or 660.562.1758) for more information. ... [-]

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The comprehensive major in nanoscience is the study of structures in nanometer size which is smaller than cells but larger than most molecules. At Northwest, this interdi ... [+]

The comprehensive major in nanoscience is the study of structures in nanometer size which is smaller than cells but larger than most molecules. At Northwest, this interdisciplinary majors focuses on providing practical laboratory experiences, isolating DNA and synthesizing nanoparticles to construct solar cells. Students can choose to specialize in nanoscale biology, nanoscale chemistry or nanoscale physics.

Nanoscale biology applies nanotechnology at the cellular level. Two approaches include using nanotechnology to study part of a living cell or use part of the living system as a model for creating nanoscale devices. This major utilizes cellular mechanisms to create new technologies.... [-]

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Chemistry is the study of the science of matter and it’s transformations from one form to another. At Northwest, students majoring in chemistry will gain practical labora ... [+]

Chemistry is the study of the science of matter and it’s transformations from one form to another. At Northwest, students majoring in chemistry will gain practical laboratory experience and foundational knowledge in organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, physical chemistry and analytical chemistry. Students can choose a chemistry degree that is certified by the American Chemical Society (A.C.S.) or emphasize in general chemistry, biochemistry or medicinal chemistry.

The A.C.S. certified major in chemistry prepares students with a comprehensive and deep exposure to the many aspects of chemistry. Students are intellectually challenged, and gain an appreciation of how this discipline impacts their daily lives. This nationally recognized degree is designed to prepare up and coming professional chemists for careers in research institutions, industry or the pursuit of graduate studies.... [-]

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As a computer science major, students learn skills and techniques that will prepare them for success in their careers or graduate studies. Faculty focus on three core are ... [+]

As a computer science major, students learn skills and techniques that will prepare them for success in their careers or graduate studies. Faculty focus on three core areas: general background in computer science, theory, and practical reasoning.

Studying the general background in computer science educates students about the theories for why and how software systems are developed. Students learn theory by solving problems, determining solutions to problems and analyzing those solutions. In practical reasoning, students study the practicality of software systems by developing software, advancing a prototype solution and determining the software development lifecycle.

For transfer students completing a vocational or technical Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Science degree from a regionally accredited community college, a Bachelor of Applied Science with an emphasis in Computer Science is available. Please contact Carol Spradling (c_sprad@nwmissouri.edu or 660.562.1588) for more information. ... [-]

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As a cybersecurity major, students learn skills and techniques that will prepare them for success in their careers or graduate studies. Cybersecurity is the protection of ... [+]

Why major in cybersecurity?

As a cybersecurity major, students learn skills and techniques that will prepare them for success in their careers or graduate studies. Cybersecurity is the protection of infrastructure, systems, devices, networks, information, and applications from attacks, damage, loss, or unauthorized access through appropriate technologies, practices, and techniques. The program will focus on general computer science skills, and the necessary skills to create, develop, and deploy secure computer-based systems.

Graduates will have skills and expertise related to cybersecurity including the prevention and detection of cyber attacks on computer-related infrastructure within an organization. Students will have a broad understanding of computer systems including hardware, networks, operating systems, information assurance, and programming. Students will also have skills related to computer security policy and its implementation as well as a relevant understanding of social engineering as a means of computer vulnerability.... [-]

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English majors tend to be readers or writers. Many are both. Through coursework in literature, writing, linguistics and the history of the English language, students expl ... [+]

Why major in English?

English majors tend to be readers or writers. Many are both. Through coursework in literature, writing, linguistics and the history of the English language, students explore a diverse range of texts with the goal of becoming thoughtful and knowledgeable readers, writers, thinkers, communicators, and artists.

In addition to reading and writing, students are introduced to the principles of linguistics, writing pedagogy, community literacies, publishing, workplace writing and creative writing. They read and engage in discussions about literary works, participate in literary criticism, write in a variety of analytical argumentative and creative genres, and are challenged to view language through artistic, social and scientific lenses.... [-]

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Students in the mathematics major will recognize, represent, and use patterns to creatively address problems in a wide variety of settings. At Northwest, students will se ... [+]

Students in the mathematics major will recognize, represent, and use patterns to creatively address problems in a wide variety of settings. At Northwest, students will see and explore the beauty and utility of mathematics from a diverse faculty of highly qualified and nationally recognized mathematicians. Upon graduation, students will be able to compete successfully for jobs in business, industry, and government or continue in graduate studies.

Career Opportunities

100% of mathematics graduates find employment or continue their education within six months of graduation. Below is a list of job titles:

Convergence editor Business consultant Customer service information technology manager Forecasting analyst Math teacher Operations research analyst Network planner/designer/architect Technical marketing engineer Underwriter ... [-]
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Psychology majors at Northwest learn the scientific study of a person’s thoughts and behaviors. Northwest faculty help students understand three core areas: scientific re ... [+]

Psychology majors at Northwest learn the scientific study of a person’s thoughts and behaviors. Northwest faculty help students understand three core areas: scientific research methods that enhance critical thinking skills, evidence and claims knowledge; insight of an individual’s personal behavior, motives and thought processes; and the understanding of the biological and social factors that contribute to human development, cognitive skills, relationships, and personality.

Career Opportunities

More than 94% of students who graduated with a degree in psychology obtained employment or continued their education within six months after graduation. Below is a list of possible job titles:... [-]

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Writing majors at Northwest learn skills and techniques in composing content that inspires, communicates, solves problems and seeks the truth. Students in Northwest’s wri ... [+]

Why major in writing?

Writing majors at Northwest learn skills and techniques in composing content that inspires, communicates, solves problems and seeks the truth. Students in Northwest’s writing majors work across the spectrum of writing studies—from writing professional reports to writing poems. Northwest students are not canalized strictly into writing for news media like in a journalism program, to courses in fiction and poetry like in creative writing programs or to vocationally focused genres like technical writing programs. Rather, we’ve designed a major to help and challenge students to grow into flexible, effective, communicative writers.

When employers make hiring decisions, they seek smart people who write well. Northwest’s writing major is like cross-training for today’s job market. You will receive professional training without an expiration date—a liberal arts degree that prepares you for your first job after college and every job you decide to do after. We think studying writing is excellent preparation for life as an artist, scholar, citizen and professional—all the things that you should be when you finish a rigorous undergraduate education at a supportive university, and all the things you need to succeed in contemporary life.... [-]

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