Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast Missouri State University Admissions and School Information

Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO offers as many as 200 areas of study from accounting, business education and child development to video production and wildlife biology. With 10,800 students, the college offers degree programs at the certificate, associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels, plus a specialist in education program.

General Information about Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast Missouri State University, a regionally accredited educational institution, offers programs typical to 4-year universities as well as career certificates and Associate of Applied Science degree programs more often seen at community colleges. According to U .S. News and World Report, in 2003 it was recognized as an institution whose students are least in debt. It is a NASFAA or the National Association of Student Financial Aid Professionals member.

Southeast Missouri State University also offers students online degrees, certificates and individual courses through Southeast Online. There are many opportunities to study abroad for short study tours of a couple of weeks' time or up to a year long. Experiential learning in real-life placements has been arranged in political offices, newsrooms, hospitals and other settings.

Admissions and Enrollment Information for Southeast Missouri State University

Applicants send an application form, financial aid form, standardized test score and high school transcripts or GED scores to Admissions. The regular admission criteria here is ACT 21 or SAT 990 score with a high school grade point average (GPA) at or above 2.0, or ACT 18 / SAT 860 if the GPA is 2.5 or more. Missouri residents from within the radius of 50 miles are preferred. Students may gain 'conditional admission' with a minimal GPA of 2 points and ACT 18 or SAT 860. A letter of appeal should be sent with the admission form, and such students later have to appear for AEP (Academic Enhancement Program).

Colleges at Southeast Missouri State University


The Donald Harrison School of Business is AACSB-accredited. Majors include management, marketing, international business and organizational administration. Students may take classes in accounting, communications, environmental management, entrepreneurship, financial management, industrial management, online general management, human resources, health administration and even sports management.


All degree programs are fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Undergraduates earn the Bachelor of Science in Education with one of 19 majors, including middle school education, unified science or subject-specific areas such as French or chemistry.

Health and Human Services

This college's seven departments include Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC), Communication Disorders, Criminal Justice and Sociology, Health, Human Performance, and Recreation, Human Environmental Studies, Nursing and Social Work. This is a particularly career-oriented school. Degree programs include 2-year, 4-year and graduate courses of study in areas as diverse as hospitality management, gerontology, athletic training, nutrition and speech-language pathology. Nursing undergraduates earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and may sit for the N-CLEX exams to become Registered Nurses. Master of Science in Nursing students follow the Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Health Clinic Nurse, Advanced Roles Specialization, Core Manager and Nurse Educator tracks.

Liberal Arts

This large college includes traditional liberal arts majors such as English, history or psychology. It also includes the fine arts: music, art, theater and dance. Coursework in computer imaging and animation or web design may be chosen as well.

Science and Mathematics

Here students earn degrees in math, computer science, environmental science, biology, chemistry and physics. Some focus on science education. Others enroll in a pre-professional program, choosing architecture, engineering, chiropractic, dentistry, medical, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary or vocational agriculture education.

Graduate School

Professional graduate programs are accredited by their various boards and councils. For example, the Community Counseling and Wellness graduate degree program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, and graduates are eligible to take the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification and become certified counselors.

Contact Information

  • Address: One University Plaza, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
  • Phone: (573) 651-2000