:: Tuition ::

Current information on tuition and fees can be accessed here.

:: Scholarships & Financial Aid ::

    The DSS program is supported by direct foundation and corporate grants, enabling DSS to offer a wide variety of scholarships. These DSS scholarships are merit-based, focusing heavily on academic performance. Requests for DSS scholarships are considered upon the initial receipt of applications for admission.

     In some cases, DSS requires a number of hours of work per week from scholarship recipients. The number of hours required is in direct proportion to the amount of the stipend awarded.  DSS scholarships fall within the guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and may affect the amount and types of federal, state, and university financial assistance for which a student may be eligible.    

     Federal and state educational loans are available through Missouri State University’s Office of Financial Aid.  You may contact that office by phone at (417) 836-5262, or 1- 800-283-4243.  The Office of Financial Aid web page is located at www.missouristate.edu/Financialaid.  As an alternative to federal loans, many private banks offer student loans, which are signature loans not tied to Missouri State University's cost of attendance

:: Departmental Scholarships::

There are three scholarships awarded to DSS students that are unique to the program. The first, the Ulrike Schumacher Memorial Scholarship, has been established in honor of former faculty member Dr. Ulrike Schumacher. The second scholarship, the Herman Kahn Scholarship, is in honor of the founder of the Hudson Institute, whose work on nuclear strategy and deterrence theory was the first of its kind. The third scholarship, The Frederick Gates Scholarship, is privately funded by a generous donar to DSS. All scholarships are awarded to students on the basis of academic merit. Recipients of the scholarships are selected from prospective students who have indicated an interest in a financial award in their application package, or have sent a letter requesting financial assistance directly to DSS.

:: Strong Family Graduate Scholarships::

The College of Humanities and Public Affairs offers $5,000 Strong Family Graduate Scholarships to select students commencing their graduate studies. Applications are due in early April. Scholarships are announced by May for the Fall semester. DSS students who begin in the Spring semester are also eligible and are encouraged to apply. DSS students have had considerable success winning these Scholarships. Information about the Scholarship (including description, requirements, and application) is available at:


:: Active Duty U.S. Military Personnel::

Active duty U.S. military personnel assigned to Maryland, Virginia, or Washington D.C. are considered Missouri State residents for tuition purposes and benefit greatly by receiving in-state tuition rates. Active duty military should contact the DSS Administration office to learn how they can take advantage of this valuable privilege.









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