Academic Curriculum

The academic program of Missouri Valley College has been formulated to promote the development of the student within the mission and goals of the College. Educational policy is intended to ensure the academic growth of the student within a framework of social, physical, and spiritual growth. Because of the need for consistency and uniformity of application, all exceptions must be approved by the Vice President of Academic Affairs. The academic competencies are accomplished through the following elements:

The General Education Core Curriculum.

General Education at Missouri Valley College offers quality undergraduate educational opportunities that provide students with a broad base of knowledge. Learners will acquire the intellectual, communication, and technical skills necessary to become responsible, ethical contributors to the world community.

The Major.

Each student chooses a particular area of academic concentration. Most of the content-oriented majors require a completion of 30-50 credit hours; performance-oriented majors generally require additional hours.

The Minor.

Students may elect to take minors in addition to their majors. A minor generally consists of 18-25 hours with at least nine hours of upper division credit. Courses used to complete the major may not be used as electives in the minor. A minor must be in a different discipline from the major.


Students select electives in consultation with their advisers in order to attain the 128 hours necessary for graduation. The electives chosen should satisfy the general guidelines established for the major. The elective program makes the pursuit of double majors possible for many students.

Degree Programs.

Missouri Valley College graduating seniors with 120 hours of credit are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science Degree, or Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

For students who have completed 64 or more hours of credit, an Associate of Arts degree is available. Check out the degree requirements to find out specific information on each type of degree.

Academic Year.

The undergraduate academic year consists of two semesters and two four-week summer terms. The Fall Term commences in late August and concludes in mid-December. The Spring Term extends from mid January through early May. The Summer Terms may be used to accelerate progress toward graduation, to utilize special course offerings, to correct grade point deficiencies, or to obtain an early start on college studies. Odd and even academic years are determined by the fall semester (2015-2016 odd year, 2016-2017 even year).