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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

June 2, 2017

Northwest offering accelerated master’s in education, MBA degrees – completely online

Northwest online advantages

  • 100 percent online
  • Accelerated seven-week course
  • Multiple start dates
  • Affordable tuition
  • Same distinguished faculty as on campus

Northwest Missouri State University is pleased to announce it is expanding its offerings of online programs to include six new accelerated degree programs, including three Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) degrees and three Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees.

Northwest now offers a M.S.Ed. in special education, M.S.Ed. in curriculum and instruction and a M.S.Ed. in educational leadership. One hundred percent of each program is offered online, accelerated with seven-week courses and priced at $325 per credit hour.

The MBA in general management, MBA in marketing and MBA in human resources management programs also are accelerated and offered completely online with seven-week courses and at a tuition rate of $400 per credit hour.

These online graduate degree programs are designed specifically to accommodate the lifestyle demands of working professionals.

The M.S.Ed. programs aim to prepare caring teachers who possess the highest level of professional knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to help all students learn in a diverse and ever-changing world. Whether educators want to lead in the classroom, work in special education or serve as an administrator, these M.S.Ed. programs, accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), provide the knowledge and skills teachers need to prepare for a variety of roles.

The MBA programs are designed to develop strategic thinking, increase managerial decision-making skills and enhance communication techniques. Taught by distinguished, degreed faculty with real-world experience, these programs are accredited by Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs and will equip working professionals with the relevant business knowledge and critical thinking skills needed to achieve success in any business leadership role.

Combining quality education with affordability, Northwest is committed to student success, intercultural competence, collaboration and excellence. Ranked by U.S. News and World Report in 2015 and 2016 as the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri, Northwest prides itself on delivering excellence through high expectations and servant leadership.

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About Northwest Missouri State University

With an enrollment of more than 6,500 students, Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university that offers a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs on its flagship Maryville campus as well as a new Kansas City location and in St. Joseph.

Founded in 1905, Northwest was ranked in 2015 and 2016 by U.S. News and World Report as the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri, and it has met all measures of the state’s performance-based funding initiative during four of the model’s first five years. Safewise ranks the city of Maryville as one of the “Safest College Towns in America,” while has named the Northwest campus one of the “50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S.”

The University boasts a 59 percent graduation rate, which is in the 89th percentile of Northwest's national peer group. In addition, 97 percent of Northwest bachelor’s degree earners and 99 percent of master’s degree earners secure employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, according to the most recent data. Zippia, a career website, recently named Northwest the best college in Missouri for getting a job.

Northwest places a high emphasis on profession-based learning to help graduates get a jumpstart on their careers. Students have opportunities to build their resumes with experiences on campus in nearly every area of study, including the Horace Mann Laboratory SchoolNational Public Radio affiliate KXCV, the RT Wright Farm, Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area, the internationally ranked Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship or Knacktive, a student-driven integrated digital marketing communications agency.

Furthermore, its vibrant and diverse learning community offers more than 150 student organizations, and textbooks and a laptop are included in tuition, which is among the lowest in the state, saving students an estimated $7,300 over four years. Northwest also offers 1,200 student employment positions, allowing students to build professional skills through its internationally benchmarked student employment program. 

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For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468