Southwest Baptist University

Bolivar, MO

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Ready to Lead.

Founded in 1878, Southwest Baptist University is a Christian liberal arts university with more than 100 areas of academic study on undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels; faculty who are passionate about you, your education, and your future success.

Liberal arts schools provide both breadth and depth. Breadth is offered across the curriculum with coursework in the arts, sciences, and humanities, with the goal of preparing students for life. Depth is provided through the major, which focuses on preparation for work in a specific field. In a Christian liberal arts education, the Christian lens is the primary lens for learning. Breadth and depth in a Christian liberal arts setting also means a focus on critical thinking so that non-Christian perspectives are examined (but not endorsed) and students are prepared to serve in secular careers and in service to Christ.


Graduate Studies

Southwest Baptist University offers master's, specialist, and doctoral degrees in the areas of business administration, Christian ministry, education, nursing, and physical therapy.

Physical Therapy
SBU's accredited Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree prepares you to be a well-rounded healthcare professional. Learn critical-thinking and hands-on skills through a Christian worldview to provide top-notch care. The three-year accredited program has a 100% job placement rate within one year of graduation. 
DPT Program

SBU Education is a leader in developing visionary teachers and award-winning school leaders. SBU will equip you with necessary knowledge, skills, and practical application to succeed in your career. SBU Education is ready to help you advance your career as an educator. Choose from master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees in teaching and leadership. SBU offers flexible course options: Online, hybrid, and face-to-face classes at SBU-affiliated sites.
Education Program

Business Administration
SBU's accredited online MBA program is designed to equip graduates with the skills and knowledge needed for professional and occupational success. Our program focuses on the most important aspects of modern business, such as critical thinking, analytical ability, and interpersonal communication. We believe that these skills, combined with our Christ-centered perspective, will equip our students to become servant leaders in the global society. Our program is a perfect fit if you are looking to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to be successful in today's competitive business environment. 
MBA Program

A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from SBU equips you to educate the next generation of nurses or serve in healthcare leadership. Pursue an accredited MSN degree through online courses, hybrid classes, and clinical experiences. With SBU, your academic advisor works with you to develop an individualized plan of study (part-time, full-time, or accelerated) to meet your goals.
MSN Program

Christian Ministry
SBU’s Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM) program will equip you to discover innovative approaches to ministry. Choose from six program concentrations—Biblical and Theological Studies, Missions, Pastoral Ministry, Family Ministry, General Studies, or Business Administration—to help you become a more effective leader in the area that fits your interests. The degree provides essential ministry training that is Biblical, contextual and relational to prepare men and women who are called to full-time or bi-vocational local church ministry. Complete courses in-person or through distance-learning options.
MACM Program

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4 Graduate Program Options Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
Physical Therapy                

Located in Bolivar, MO

Five campuses throughout southwest and south central Missouri. The 152-acre main campus is in Bolivar, Missouri, population 10,300 about 25 minutes north of Springfield, Missouri. Additional campuses are in Mountain View, Salem, and Springfield, Missouri, and Online.

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Student Body

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Application Fee
*may vary by program
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