Associate Degree & Certificate Information

One-Year Certificate Programs

Missouri Western State University offers a certificate program with a major in Legal Assistant and in Health Information Technology. To earn the certificate, students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0. Specific course requirements are listed under the department administering the program.

General Requirements for One-Year Certificate Programs

A student must1:

  • Complete the required courses for the certificate program;
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable);
  • Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0;
  • Earn 9 of the last 15 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination);
  • Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 in those courses needed to satisfy the requirements of the selected major; and
  • Participate in required departmental and campus-wide assessments.
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Some certificate programs may require more than 30 credit hours, may require a higher GPA, may have minimum grade requirements and may have additional certification requirements. (See actual degree program for specific requirements.)

Associate Degree Programs

The Associate of Science (AS) degree is designed for the student who desires a concentrated program (usually technical in nature) in preparation for employment in health, industry or public service. The degree is available with majors in Criminal Justice, and Legal Studies. An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is available with majors in Manufacturing Engineering Technology and Physical Therapist Assistant.

General Requirements for Associate Programs

A student must1:

  • Complete the general studies and major requirements;
  • Earn a minimum of 62 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable);
  • Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0;
  • Earn 20 of the last 30 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination);
  • Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 in those courses needed to satisfy the requirements of the selected major;
  • Participate in required departmental and campus-wide assessments; and
  • Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
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Some associate degree programs may require more than 62 credit hours, may require a higher GPA, may have minimum grade requirements and may have additional certification requirements. (See actual degree program for specific requirements.)

General Studies Requirements for Associate Degrees

The required general studies curriculum consists of a common core which assures that all associate degree-seeking students will be provided the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills to:

  • Think critically and reason analytically;
  • Write and speak clearly and effectively;
  • Function as an enlightened citizen of our democratic society;
  • Develop an appreciation of the cultural aspects of civilization;
  • Appreciate the means for gaining and maintaining mental and physical health. 
Category One - Basic Skills
ENG 104College Writing and Rhetoric3
COM 104Oral Communication3
Category Two - Social Sciences
Select one of the following courses:3
American History to 1865
American History since 1865
American National Government
Category Three - Humanities
Select one of the following courses:3
Introduction to Art
Approaches to Literature
Introduction to Reading Texts
Ancient and Medieval Civilization
Early Modern Civilization
Modern Europe: 1789 to the Present
Humanities: Ancient and Medieval
Humanities: Middle Ages to the French Revolution
Humanities: American Revolution to the Present
Introduction to Philosophy
Perspectives in Music
Introduction to Theatre
Category Four - Physical Health
PED 101Fitness and Wellness3
Total Credit Hours15