Master of Natural and Applied Sciences

Why pursue the MNAS degree at Missouri State?

  • Select two areas of emphasis to customize your program of study. Each emphasis area will help you expand your current scientific knowledge and capabilities.
  • You will work directly with an advisory committee dedicated to helping you meet your academic and professional goals. You will be matched with a faculty member who will provide advisement, as well as help you design your program of study.
  • This interdisciplinary program allows you to select areas in multiple departments and schools.
  • The MNAS will increase your marketability by developing an advanced set of skills.
  • You will have access to state-of-the-art facilities for research and other academic endeavors.
  • By attaining this advanced degree, you open up multiple career opportunities in the sciences.

Tailor a program for success

The MNAS program is the only one of its kind in the southwest Missouri region. This unique program offers a wide spectrum of choices for selecting two areas of study in multiple departments or schools. This option typically requires that you complete a minimum of 32 credit hours and takes approximately two years to complete. You will select a primary emphasis to study, and you will be required to complete a minimum of 16 credit hours from one of the following areas:

  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer science
  • Geography, geology, and planning
  • Mathematics
  • Physics, astronomy and materials science

You will also select a secondary emphasis to study, which requires at least nine credit hours. You may select from the list above, or an advisor may assist you in tailoring a program that fits your career goals. Two common secondary emphasis areas include business and education.

MNAS is for the graduate student who is looking for the professional edge. Many of our students plan to advance their education after the graduate level in post-graduate studies.

Accelerated Master's Degree option

Eligible Missouri State University students in a major in the College of Natural and Applied Sciences may apply for preliminary acceptance into the Master of Natural and Applied Science program after admission requirements for the accelerated master’s option have been satisfied. If accepted, graduate courses chosen from approved 600-level courses or higher may be counted toward both the graduate and undergraduate degrees, with a maximum of 12 credit hours. This option offers an opportunity for CNAS majors whose goals, academic capabilities, and career planning include graduate work, to complete the requirements for the master’s degree in less time than would otherwise be possible. Contact the MNAS Program Director for further information and guidelines.

All requirements for the implemented undergraduate program should be met for graduation from the undergraduate degree program. A student may fully be admitted to the Graduate College upon completion of the requirements for the baccalaureate degree. All requirements for the implemented master’s program should be met for graduation from the master’s degree program.

A student must be admitted into the Accelerated Master’s Degree Program at Missouri State University in order to begin taking graduate coursework for dual credit. Admission requires approval from the Graduate Program Advisor, Department Head of the undergraduate program, and the Dean of the Graduate College. Students admitted into the Accelerated Master’s Degree program will not be fully admitted into the Graduate College until completion of their undergraduate degree and fulfillment of all other requirements for admission to the Graduate College (such as the Graduate Record Examination). Students should be awarded the bachelors degree upon completion of the minimum of 125 hours of combined graduate and undergraduate coursework and degree specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

Before you can be admitted into the Master of Natural and Applied Science interdisciplinary program, you must first submit an application to the Graduate College. Once all of the required materials have been received by the Graduate College, they will be reviewed by the MNAS coordinator.

Visit the Faculty and Staff page to view the graduate faculty profiles in your primary area of interest. Please note that you will be responsible for contacting and securing an advisor during the application process.

Admission requirements

Students admitted in full standing must meet the following requirements.

  • The student must have a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by agencies recognized by Missouri State University or equivalent education from a foreign university.
  • The student must have a GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of coursework, AND, a score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) meeting or surpassing the minimum score prescribed by the MSU Graduate Catalog for admission to graduate study.
  • Submission of a Letter of Interest and at least two Letters of Recommendation.
  • International applicants are also required to submit a score of not less than 550 on the paper-based or a comparable score of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, with a minimum of 50th percentile on the Listening Comprehension Section.
  • The student must have an undergraduate background of at least 20 semester hours in the natural and applied sciences.
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated November 16, 2018
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