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Northwest Missouri State University

Majors, Degrees and Programs

Northwest offers more than 120 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  BAS   MS
Agriculture Finance Minor
Agronomy BS Minor
Animal Science (Pre-Vet) BS Pre
Animal Science  BS Minor
Applied Computer Science MS
Applied Computer Science (Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Program - 5 years) Accel Accel
Applied Health Science BS MS
Art BA Minor
Art Education BSEd
Art: Graphic Design 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 Pre
Biology/Psychology: Pre-Occupational Therapy BS
Biology/Psychology: Pre-Physical Therapy BS
Biology: Biomedical Science BS
Biology: Biomedical Science – Pre-Chiropractic BS Pre
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 Pre
Biology: Biomedical Science – Pre-Veterinary BS Pre
Biology: Cellular/Molecular BS
Biomedical Science: Chiropractic BS
Broadcasting Minor
Business Minor
Business (Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's program - 4 years) Accel Accel
Business Administration: Agricultural Economics MBA
Business Administration: Business Decision and Analytics MBA
Business Administration: General Management MBA, Online
Business Administration: Human Resource Management MBA, Online
Business Administration: Marketing MBA, Online
Business Economics BS
Business Education BSEd
Business Education: Middle School BSEd
Business Education: Secondary Program BSEd Minor
Business Management BAS, BS
Business Technology BAS, BS Cert


CATapult / Business (Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's program - 4 years) Accel Accel
Chemistry BA, BS Minor
Chemistry Education BSEd Minor MSEd
Chemistry: Biochemistry BS Minor
Chemistry: Medicinal Chemistry - Pre-Medicine BS Pre
Chemistry: Medicinal Chemistry - Pre-Pharmacy BS Pre
Child and Family Studies BAS 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
Computer Applications Minor
Computer Science BAS, BS Minor
Computer: Elementary Education Minor
Criminal Justice Minor
Criminology BS
Curriculum and Instruction Online
Cybersecurity  BS


Data Management Systems Minor
Data Science: Business BS
Data Science: Computer Science BS
Data Science: Geographic Information Systems BS
Data Science: Molecular Biology BS
Digital Media: Computer Science BS Minor
Digital Media: New Media BS Minor
Digital Media: Visual Imaging BS Minor


Early Childhood BSEd
Early Childhood: Early Childhood Special Education BSEd
Earth Science Education BSEd Minor MSEd
Economics BS Minor
Education Leadership: K-12 Online
Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis EdD
Educational Leadership: Elementary School Principalship EdS
Educational Leadership: Secondary School Principalship EdS
Educational Leadership: Superintendency EdS
Elementary Education BSEd
Elementary Mathematics Specialist Cert
Emergency and Disaster Management BS Minor
English BA Minor MA
English (Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Program - 5 years) Accel Accel
English: Emphasis in Speech MA
English Education BSEd MSEd
English Language Learners and ELL Certification MSEd


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


Geographic Information Systems BAS, BS Minor MS, Cert
Geography BA, BAS, BS Minor
Geology BA, BS Minor
Geology: Environmental Geology BS Minor
Gerontology Minor


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


Individualized Language Program Minor
Information Systems Cert MS
Instrumental Music Education BME
International Business BS
International Studies Minor


Journalism Minor


Liberal Arts and Sciences BA, BS Minor


Management Information Systems BAS, BS
Marine Biology BS
Marketing BAS, 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 (Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Program - 5 years) Accel Accel
Mathematics: Data Science BA, BS
Mathematics Education BSEd Minor
Media Studies BA
Middle School Mathematics Minor
Middle School Science Minor
Middle School Education BSEd
Military Science GOLD, ROTC, Minor
Music BA Minor
Music Education BME


Nanoscale Science: Nanobiology BS
Nanoscale Science: Nanochemistry BS
Nanoscale Science: Nanophysics BS
Nursing (BSN) Online
Nutrition Minor


Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management


Physical Education BSEd MSEd
Physics BS Minor
Physics Education Minor MSEd
Political Science BA, BS Minor
Political Science: Criminal Justice BA, BS
Political Science: Global Affairs BA, BS
Political Science: Public Administration BA, BS
Precision Agriculture Minor
Pre-Chiropractic Pre
Pre-Dental Hygiene Pre
Pre-Dentistry Pre
Pre-Engineering Pre
Pre-Law Pre
Pre-Medicine Pre
Pre-Mortuary Science Pre
Pre-Nursing Pre
Pre-Occupational Therapy Pre
Pre-Optometry Pre
Pre-Osteopathic & Allopathic Therapy Pre
Pre-Pharmacy Pre
Pre-Physical Therapy Pre
Pre-Physician Assistant Pre
Pre-Podiatry Pre
Pre-Radiology Pre
Pre-Respiratory Therapy Pre
Pre-Veterianary Medicine Pre
Psychology BA, BS Minor
Public History and Museum Studies Minor


Radiological Science BS Pre
Reading Online
Recreation: Corporate Recreation/Wellness BS Minor
Recreation: Recreation and Park Management BS Minor
Recreation: Recreation Resource Management MS View PDF
Recreation: Therapeutic Recreation BS Minor MS View PDF
Reserve Officer Training Corps (Army ROTC)
RN to BSN Online


School Counseling MSEd
Show-Me GOLD (National Guard) GOLD
Social Science BSEd
Sociology Minor
Spanish BA, BS Minor, Cert
Spanish Education BSEd
Special Education MSEd
Special Education: Cross Categorical and Elementary Education BSEd
Speech and Theatre Education BSEd Minor
Speech and Theatre: Middle School Minor
Sport Management Minor
Sport Psychology Minor
Statistics Minor
Superintendency EdS
Systems Management Minor


Teaching: Agriculture MSEd
Teaching: Science MSEd
Theatre BA Minor
Theatre: Performance BS
Theatre: Technical Theatre and Design BS


Vocal Music Education BME


Wildlife Ecology and Conservation BA, BS
Writing BA, BS Minor
Writing: Creative Writing and Publishing BA
Writing: Professional Writing BS


Degree Legend

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