Tuition and Financial Aid


Missouri Residents and Active Military in the Washington, D.C. metro area receive tuition discounted at the Missouri in-state tuition rate.
Tuition per 3 credit hour course: $837

Non-Missouri Residents
Tuition per 3 credit hour course:  $1,683

Supplemental Course Fee per 3 credit hour course: 

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Financial aid

Scholarships and 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 application 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‚Äôs Office of Financial Aid. 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 four 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. Two additional scholarships, The Frederick Gates Scholarship and the Richard Walters Scholarship, are privately funded by generous donors 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 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.