Missouri University of Science and Technology

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Updated August 6, 2020

The Missouri University of Science and Technology is often referred to as Missouri S and T. The school began in 1870 as the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy. It was a land-grant school under the Morrill Act. The university is located near an area that traditionally mined for lead. The US News and World Report ranks it as # 146 of National Universities and USA Today ranks the university as the # 3 in engineering school in the country. Missouri S and T has the 9th -ranked online graduate engineering program. As would be expected, the school focuses on STEM degrees. The Missouri University of Science and Technology is a large school; the student-to-faculty ratio is 18:1 and most classes have from 20 to 49 students.

Missouri University of Science and Technology Accreditation Details

The institution is accredited by the North Central Association of the Higher Learning Commission. The Business Information Systems program and the Business Administration program are accredited by AACSB. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education accredits the Teacher Education department and CEA accredits the Intensive Language program. All engineering programs, including Computer Science, are accredited by ABET.

Missouri University of Science and Technology Application Requirements

Applications for admission are available online or can be completed and mailed as paper documents. First-time freshmen must complete the application and submit it along with the $50 non-refundable fee to the school. They must also submit either their SAT or ACT score and their official high school transcript showing their class rank and GPA. They have the option of submitting a 200-word personal statement. Transfer students with less than 24 college credit hours must submit their high school transcripts and an ACT or SAT score as well as a satisfactory review from their current college or university. Students applying to the graduate school apply to the department that houses their degree program. They must rank in the upper third of their undergraduate class or have a composite GPA of 3.0. Graduate students also must submit a GRE score and three letters of recommendation, a $55 non-refundable fee and complete any other requirements of their departments.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Freshman tuition at Missouri S and T for a resident student taking 14 credit hours per semester is $7,734 per year. Non-residents pay $23,156. There are mandatory student fees that add about $2,670 to that amount, and room-and-board charges as well as estimated costs for books and supplies along with personal expenses that bring the two-semester total for residents to $23,052 and for out-of-state students, $38,474. Resident sophomores, juniors and seniors pay $7,458 in tuition, and about $3,600 in fees along with the other charges. That brings their estimated total expenditure to $24,634 a year, while non-residents in these classes can expect to pay $39,506. Graduate students who live in the state pay $10, 228 in tuition while non-resident graduate students pay $22,588. The estimated total for a resident graduate student is $24,304 a year, with the exception of the MBA program which costs $28,164. Tuition for online degrees is calculated by credit hour. That cost for all programs is $1,230.35.

Students who need assistance in meeting the financial obligation of getting a degree should first complete the FAFSA form. The government awards grants such as the Pell Grant or the SEOG, subsidized and unsubsidized loans, Parent Plus and other loans and qualifies students for work-study opportunities through this program, but the university also uses the information to assess a student's eligibility for school aid, including scholarships. The Missouri University of Science and Technology offers several in-house, merit-based scholarships. The Excellence Scholarship is an award of $6,500 a year. The Trustee Scholarship is a yearly award of $5,500, the Miner's Scholarship is $2,000 per year and the Chancellor's Scholarship awards $12,000 per year to select students. In addition to these, the school online student portal lists outside scholarships funded by private individuals, corporations and charitable organizations. If, after exhausting grants and scholarship money, undergraduate students are still short of meeting their financial obligations, they can apply for student loans or take a job either privately or through the work-study program. Graduate students have fewer scholarship opportunities, but many receive assistantships and/or tuition waivers.

Online Degrees Available

Many Missouri S and T graduate degrees are available online. Students can begin with graduate certification to earn credit toward their degrees or pursue the degree from the beginning. Programs are available in Psychological Science, Economics, Mathematics and many of the Engineering degrees.

The Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering, for instance, is offered with a thesis or non-thesis option. It is a thirty-credit hour program with a minimum six-hour research component. The M.S. in Civil Engineering is also a thirty-credit hour program that focuses on design and research. The online Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering contains courses in thermal science, fluid mechanics, materials and structures, manufacturing automation and other subjects. It is offered in the thesis or non-thesis formats and contains thirty credit hours. The Missouri S and T Master of Science in Systems Engineering equips students to work in interdisciplinary teams to address complex issues. It can be earned in a thesis or non-thesis format and contains thirty hours in the non-thesis track and thirty-six hours in the thesis option.

Missouri S and T offers an online Master of Science in Computer Engineering that contains courses on electrical engineering, design of digital systems, computer architecture, computational intelligence and other components of the field. It contains thirty credit hours in both the thesis and non-thesis option. There is an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering degree in Missouri S and T's online programs as well. Specializations include Computational Intelligence, Electric Machines and Drives, Electric Power Systems Engineering, Information Assurance and in Network-Centric Systems. It is offered with a thesis or non-thesis approach and contains thirty hours with six required hours in research for the thesis program.

The school has a Master of Science in Explosives Engineering that is the only program of its kind in the country. There is also a Master's in Manufacturing Engineering degree that involves a three-credit hour "research-oriented " final project and can be completed in one year. The M.S. in Mining Engineering degree in the university distance learning program is a thirty-hour program that has a limited research component.

Students with an aptitude for STEM subjects, and especially those who want to earn engineering degrees will find a host of programs available through Missouri University of Science and Technology offerings.

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