Graduate School

Costs and Financing

Missouri Western has some of the lowest graduate tuition around. You can complete an entire Master’s Degree for about $10,000 in tuition (in-state). Plus, the cost of living in St. Joseph is very low – meaning your housing, transportation, and food costs are also low.

Tuition

2016-2017 Tuition and requirement fees

  • In State: $336.39 per credit hour (estimate total cost here).
  • Out State: $604.39 per credit hour (estimate total cost here)

Online Tuition rates are available here

Graduate students accepted to the Graduate School who are US citizens and who live select counties in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska will be admitted to Missouri Western State University under the Griffon Rate and be eligible to pay the equivalent of in-state tuition. For more information go here.

Financing Options

The Missouri Western financial aid program is designed to assist degree seeking students in their pursuit of a higher education.

MWSU Office of Financial Aid The staff of the Missouri Western State University Office of Financial Aid understands financial aid in all of its varied forms. The staff will answer questions and help you plan the best package of financial aid to meet our students’ needs. The office is located on campus in Eder Hall, Room 103. The office telephone is (816) 271-4361.

Graduate students are generally only eligible for Scholarships, Graduate Assistantships, and Student Loans. You must be a degree seeking student to receive financial aid. You must also be enrolled in at least 6 graduate hours per semester. Financial assistance will not cover undergraduate courses (400 level or below) taken as a graduate student.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available from the Missouri Western State University Foundation. Learn More Here.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships provide a stipend plus provide a scholarship in exchange for on-campus employment in an area related to their program of study. Learn More Here.

Loans

Information about subsidized and unsubsidized loans is on the financial aid website.

Limitations

Financial aid is designed to assist degree seeking students in their pursuit of a higher education. Graduate students are generally only eligible for Scholarships, Graduate Assistantships, and Student Loans. There are no PELL grants or workstudy positions. You must be a degree-seeking student to receive financial aid (this includes graduate certificates). Financial assistance will not cover undergraduate courses (400 level or below) taken as a graduate student.

To receive scholarships or assistantships you must be a student in good standing.

The financial aid office is located on campus in Eder Hall, Room 103. The office telephone is (816) 271-4361.

Other Sources for Financial Aid

FinAid: The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid

  • A comprehensive source of student financial aid info, advice and tools

Grad Sense

  • This site gives valuable saving tips, loan repayment options and career advice

StudentLoans.gov

  • Information from the U.S. Dept. of Education on how to manage your student loans

Federal Student Aid

  • A part of the U.S. Dept. of Education, the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation

Missouri Department of Higher Education

  • State-based student financial assistance