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Northwest Missouri State University


Online Programs

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Undergraduate Programs

Northwest has entered into several articulation agreements with community colleges in Missouri, Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Kansas. These agreements express a shared commitment to increasing the opportunity for students to gain access to and succeed in higher education. By clarifying transfer policies and procedures which assure articulation between programs, the institutions involved seek to assist students in making a seamless transfer from the associate in applied science degree to the baccalaureate degree.

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B.S. in Business Management

The Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree program may be completed at Northwest either by attending traditional campus-based classes or by participating in Northwest's Web-based online degree program.

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B.S. in Marketing

The Bachelor of Science in Marketing degree program may be completed at Northwest either by attending traditional campus-based classes or by participating in Northwest's web-based online degree program.

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Graduate Programs

M.B.A. General Management

The Master of Business Administration in General Management online program gives you the skills to advance your career in a variety of management positions, along with adaptable decision-making tools and problem-solving techniques.

All of our courses are taught by caring, highly qualified professors with professional credentials who are eager to develop management skills with relevant, real-world applications. An online MBA from Northwest gives you the diverse business background to advance your career in organizations throughout the evolving global business arena.

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M.B.A. Human Resources

The Master of Business Administration in Human Resource Management online program offers the opportunity to become well-versed in corporate recruitment, compensation, organizational training, employment law and more.

An online MBA from Northwest gives you a diverse human resource background to advance your career in organizations throughout the evolving global business arena. All of our courses are taught by highly qualified, caring professors with professional credentials who strive to develop management skills with relevant, real-world applications.

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M.B.A. Marketing

The Master of Business Administration in Marketing online program provides expertise in strategic and global marketing, business decision analysis, and financial management with a management emphasis.

Highly qualified, caring faculty with professional credentials teach all courses with an emphasis on developing management skills with relevant, real-world applications. An online MBA from Northwest allows you to advance your career in organizations throughout the evolving global marketing arena by giving you a diverse business background.

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M.S. Geographic Information Science

Northwest Missouri State University is offering an online Master of Science degree in Geographic Information Science. The focus of this program is applied Geographic Information Science (GIScience) as used in industry and the public sector. GIScience studies the science and issues of using geographic information systems (GIS) technology. The online Masters program includes courses on such GIScience topics as modeling with GIS, geostatistics, cartographic design, GIS database design, and project management. The target population for the online Masters program consists of people working in business or government who wish to use GIS technology to solve real-world problems and who need in-depth knowledge that goes beyond the mechanics of using GIS software. Those in academia who want to use GIS as a tool to conduct research in their discipline may also be interested in the courses.

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M.S.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction

The online Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Engagement, Learning and Achievement program at Northwest Missouri State University is designed to provide candidates with in-depth knowledge of the role of the curriculum leader or instructional coach in any school district or organization. The program focuses on innovative theories and practices in student engagement, learning and pedagogy. Graduates of the program will be well versed in improvement science (continuous improvement cycle), strategies for leading and managing change, the use of data to guide improvement practices and strategies for leading in a digital age. Coursework in student engagement will immerse candidates in brain research related to learning, motivation, performance and achievement.

This affordable, 30-hour program offers authentic experiences embedded in coursework and multiple start dates with accelerated seven-week courses. In as few as 12 months, you can be prepared to enhance your current professional practice or take advantage of new career opportunities as a curriculum leader, an instructional coach or instructional designer.

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M.S.Ed. Educational Leadership K-12

Gain a holistic approach to leadership with Northwest Missouri State University's 100 percent online Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership program. Get the professional knowledge, skills and disposition you need to help all students learn in a diverse and ever-changing world.

The program focuses on leadership, communication, critical thinking, diversity, equity, inclusion and teamwork, with field experience embedded in courses and professional-based learning.

You will learn from the same distinguished faculty that teaches on campus and—depending upon your program—prepare for certification in as few as 12 months.

Offering multiple start dates, affordable tuition and 100 percent online coursework, this program prepares you to lead effectively in positions such as principal, education administrator or site coordinator.

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M.S.Ed. Special Education

The Master of Science in Education in Special Education program at Northwest Missouri State University is designed to prepare educators to teach students with mild and moderate disabilities across a variety of school settings. Through data-driven instruction and current, innovative evidence-based strategies, our 100% online MSEd. program will also prepare you for your certification.

From studying various technologies, applications and assessments to facilitate student learning, to understanding the responsibilities and problems relating to the administration of special education programs, our NCATE-accredited program will help you become an effective voice for special needs students.

This affordable, 30-hour program offers field experiences embedded in coursework and multiple start dates with accelerated 7-week courses.

In as few as 12 months, you can be prepared to take advantage of new career opportunities such as a special education teacher, resource program teacher, or intervention specialist.

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M.S. Recreation

The Recreation program at Northwest Missouri State University offers a completely online Master’s of Science in Recreation that provides an in-depth understanding of the fast moving, increasingly complex challenges in the world of recreation. Students will make full use of interactive, online learning activities designed to challenge and inspire growth. Students “come” to ”class” at times when they are ready to learn — not at a specific time in the evening after working all day.

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Certificate Programs

Geographic Information Science (Graduate Certificate)

Students may earn a graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIScience) by taking a selected subset of courses for the online Master’s degree in GIScience.  The certificate is suitable for those who want to gain knowledge and skills in geographic information systems (GIS) but who do not wish to pursue a Master’s degree.

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Instructional Technology Certificate

The Instructional Technology certificate program combines up-to-date knowledge with practical applications and individualized experiences. The aim of the certificate program is to facilitate the professional growth of educators and trainers in the use of instructional technology. Courses in the certificate program may be applied towards an M.S.Ed.

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