Graduate School Statement of Mission

The Northwest Missouri State University Graduate School seeks to create a stimulating environment for applied research and interactive learning at the post-baccalaureate level for both students and faculty. The Graduate School provides programs on campus, off-site and through distance learning technologies that are responsive to regional educational needs in the arts, sciences, education, human services, professional fields, and applied studies. It creates national and international links to the region, which in turn expands its students’ experiences to encompass not only contemporary society, but also its history and its aspirations.

The Graduate School seeks to enhance a lifelong commitment to learning among its students, enabling them to lead professionally rewarding and socially beneficial lives in the 21st century. It promotes the cultivation of scholarship and the expansion of knowledge, the development of professional skills and scholarly research at an advanced level, and the interchange of ideas among students, faculty and staff. The Graduate School helps learners achieve professional competencies and realize broad intellectual and social interests. Responsive to the needs of all academically qualified students, the graduate programs at Northwest provide the foundation for additional graduate studies at the doctoral level and beyond.