communication studies

Emphasis areas

  • General
  • Film and Media Arts
  • Interpersonal and Public Communication
  • Journalism and Mass Communication

Admission requirements

  • Freshmen and transfer students may apply to UMKC as pre-communication studies students and are admitted based on general university requirements.
  • At least 33 credit hours of coursework in communication studies must be taken; six of these hours are required for all majors.


  • Students can take advantage of the university’s strong internship program with a variety of organizations in the city’s thriving media industry, working in a state-of-the-art television or radio studio, at a public relations or advertising firm, in a corporate communications office or with a professional sports team.  

Fast facts

  • The department has approximately 400 undergraduate students; the average junior- or senior-level class size is 20-25 students.
  • Students can take advantage of fully equipped film, video and radio production facilities and editing suites.
  • The nationally syndicated literary radio program New Letters on the Air is produced in association with the communications department, and broadcast on KCUR, a service of UMKC.
  • Communications majors are eligible for a number of field-specific scholarships and grants, and can participate in an annual public speaking competition.  


  • The professionally oriented faculty includes a variety of communication theorists, media historians, journalists, film critics and specialists in radio and television production
  • Some of the faculty members’ special interests and research areas are journalism, film propaganda and censorship, animation, radio and video production, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, and film theory and history. 
  • Because the faculty is well-connected and professionally active in the field, new concepts and technologies are constantly being integrated into the program.

Student organizations

  • Mercury Association: UMKC Student Communicators provides information about educational and career opportunities within the communications industry.
  • Student Film League offers screenings and discussion for those interested in film.
  • UMKC founded and maintains strong partnerships with DEBATE-Kansas City (Developing Empowerment By Argument, Thought and Engagement), a national award-winning debate program. 


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Office of Admissions

120 Administrative Center
5115 Oak St.
Kansas City, MO 64112
Phone: 816-235-1111
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UMKC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.