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Northwest Missouri State University

Majors, Degrees and Programs

Northwest offers 126 undergraduate majors, 73 minors, 18 pre-professional programs, 40 graduate programs, five graduate certificate programs, three certificate programs, three specialist programs.

Each year, about 20% of our incoming freshmen and 10% of transfer students begin their education at Northwest as a deciding student. Students who are deciding their major are in the process of exploration. They are evaluating the interests, abilities, needs and values they possess and how they fit with a major or career.

As a deciding student you will be asked to declare a Meta-Major. A Meta-Major is a grouping of courses for your first year to guide you toward a major in an area while still progressing toward graduation.

The staff at the Advisement Assistance and Orientation Office and the Office of Career Services want to help any deciding student in the process of choosing a major. In the meantime, we encourage you to continue the process of deciding.

For more information about graduate-level study, visit the University Graduate School.

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Minor & More



Accounting Information Systems Minor
Accounting: Private Accounting Track BS
Accounting: Public Accounting Track BS
Advertising BS Minor
Agricultural Business BS Minor
Agricultural Communications Minor
Agricultural Finance Minor
Agriculture Education BSEd MSEd
Agriculture Science BS Minor
Agriculture    MS
Agriculture Finance Minor
Agronomy BS Minor
Animal Science (Pre-Vet) BS
Animal Science  BS Minor
Applied Computer Science MS
Applied Health Science BS MS
Art BA Minor
Art Education BSEd Minor
Art: Graphic Design BFA
Art: Studio - Art History BFA
Art: Studio - Ceramics BFA
Art: Studio - Drawing BFA
Art: Studio - Painting BFA
Art: Studio - Photography BFA
Art: Studio - Printmaking BFA
Art: Studio - Sculpture BFA


Biology BS Minor MS
Biology Education BSEd MSEd
Biology/Psychology BS
Biology/Psychology: Pre-Chiropractic BS
Biology/Psychology: Pre-Occupational Therapy BS
Biology/Psychology: Pre-Physical Therapy BS
Biology: Biomedical Science BS
Biology: Biomedical Science – Pre-Chiropractic BS
Biology: Biomedical Science – Pre-Dentistry BS Pre
Biology: Biomedical Science – Pre-Medicine BS Pre
Biology: Biomedical Science – Pre-Optometry BS Pre
Biology: Biomedical Science – Pre-Physician Assistant BS
Biology: Biomedical Science – Pre-Veterinary BS
Biology: Cellular/Molecular BS
Biomedical Science: Chiropractic BS
Broadcasting Minor
Business Minor
Business Administration MBA
Business Administration: Agricultural Economics MBA
Business Administration: Information Technology MBA
Business Administration: Information Technology Management MBA
Business Economics BS
Business Education BSEd
Business Education: Middle School BSEd
Business Education: Secondary Program BSEd Minor
Business Management BS
Business Technology BS Cert


CATapult (Bachelor's degree + MBA in 4 years) Accel Accel
Chemistry BA, BS Minor
Chemistry Education BSEd Minor MSEd
Chemistry: Biochemistry BS Minor
Chemistry: Medicinal Chemistry - Pre-Medicine BS
Chemistry: Medicinal Chemistry - Pre-Pharmacy BS
Child and Family Studies Minor
Clinical Laboratory Sciences BS
Coaching Minor
Communication: Emphasis in Interpersonal Communication BA, BS Minor
Communication: Emphasis in Organizational Communication BA, BS Minor
Communication: Emphasis in Public Relations BA, BS Minor
Communication: Emphasis in Rhetoric BA, BS Minor
Communication: Speech and Theatre Education BA, BS
Computer Applications Minor
Computer Networking Minor
Computer Science BS Minor
Computer: Elementary Education Minor
Criminology and Criminal Justice Minor


Data Management Systems Minor
Deaf Studies Minor


Early Childhood Education MSEd
Earth Science Education BSEd Minor MSEd
Economics BS Minor
Education EdD
Education Leadership: Elementary MSEd
Education Leadership: K-12 MSEd
Education Leadership: Secondary MSEd
Educational Leadership: Elementary School Principalship EdS
Educational Leadership: Secondary School Principalship EdS
Educational Leadership: Superintendency EdS
Elementary (Self-Contained) MSEd
Elementary Education: Early Childhood Education BSEd
Elementary Education: Early Childhood Special Education BSEd
Elementary Education: Elementary Subject Area BSEd
Elementary Mathematics MSEd
Emergency and Disaster Management BS Minor
English BA, BS Minor MA
English Education BSEd MSEd
English Language Learners and ELL Certification MSEd
English: English Pedagogy MA
English: Writing Minor
eTeaching Cert


Farm Operations 
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Finance: Corporate Finance BS
Finance: Financial Computing BS
Finance: Financial Services BS
Finance: Finance Management BS
Food Service Minor
Foods and Nutrition: Dietetics BS Minor


Geographic Information Systems BS Minor MS, Cert
Geography BA, BS Minor
Geology BA, BS Minor
Geology: Environmental Geology BS Minor
Gerontology Minor
Guidance and Counseling MSEd


Health Education Minor
Higher Education Leadership MSEd
History BA, BS Minor MSEd
Horticulture BS  Minor
Human Services BS


Individualized Language Program Minor
Industrial Psychology BS
Information Systems Cert
Instrumental Music Education BME
Interactive Digital Media: Computer Science BS Minor
Interactive Digital Media: New Media BS Minor
Interactive Digital Media: Visual Imaging BS Minor
International Business BS
International Studies Minor


Journalism Minor


Liberal Arts and Sciences BA, BS Minor


Management Information Systems BS
Marine Biology BS
Marketing BS
Marketing and Cooperative Education Minor
Mass Media: Applied Advertising BS
Mass Media: Broadcast and Production (Audio) BS
Mass Media: Multimedia Journalism BS
Mass Media: Sport Media BS
Mathematics BA, BS Minor
Mathematics Education BSEd Minor
Mathematics: Data Science BA, BS
Media Studies BA
Middle School Science Minor
Middle School Education BSEd MSEd
Music BA Minor
Music Education MME


Nanoscale Science: Nanobiology BS
Nanoscale Science: Nanochemistry BS
Nanoscale Science: Nanophysics BS
Nutrition Minor


Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management


Philosophy BA Minor
Physical Education BSEd   MSEd
Physics Minor
Physics Education Minor MSEd
Political Science BA, BS Minor
Political Science: Criminal Justice BA, BS Minor
Political Science: Global Affairs BA, BS Minor
Political Science: Public Administration BA, BS Minor
Precision Agriculture Minor
Pre-Dental Hygiene Pre View PDF
Pre-Dentistry Pre
Pre-Engineering Pre
Pre-Law Pre
Pre-Medicine Pre
Pre-Mortuary Science Pre
Pre-Nursing Pre View PDF
Pre-Occupational Therapy Pre
Pre-Optometry Pre
Pre-Osteopathic & Allopathic Therapy Pre
Pre-Pharmacy Pre View PDF
Pre-Physical Therapy Pre
Pre-Podiatry Pre
Pre-Radiology Pre View PDF
Pre-Respiratory Therapy Pre
Pre-Speech Pathology Pre
Psychology BA, BS Minor
Public History Minor


Radiological Science BS
Reading MSEd
Recreation: Corporate Recreation/Wellness BS Minor MS
Recreation: Recreation and Parks Management BS Minor MS
Recreation: Therapeutic Recreation BS Minor MS


Social Science BSEd  
Sociology Minor
Spanish BA, BS Minor
Spanish Education BSEd
Special Education MSEd
Special Education: Cross Categorical and Elementary Education BSEd
Speech and Theatre Minor
Speech and Theatre Education BSEd
Speech and Theatre: Middle School Minor
Sport and Exercise Psychology MS
Sport Management Minor
Sport Psychology Minor  
Statistics Minor
Systems Management Minor


Teacher Leadership MSEd
Teaching: Agriculture MSEd
Teaching: Science MSEd
Technology in Agriculture BT  
Theatre BA Minor
Theatre: Performance BS
Theatre: Technical Theatre and Design BS


Vocal Music Education BME


Wildlife Ecology and Conservation BA, BS


Degree Legend

BA Bachelor of Arts MBA Master of Business Administration
BFA Bachelor of Fine Arts MS Master of Science
BME Bachelor of Music Education MSEd Master of Science in Education
BS Bachelor of Science EdD Doctorate in Education
BSCLS Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences EdS Specialist in Education
BSEd Bachelor of Science in Education Accel Accelerated Program
BSMT Bachelor of Medical Technology Cert Certificate
BT Bachelor of Technology Minor Undergraduate Minor
MA Master of Arts Pre Pre-professional Program