Admission requirements

  • There are no admission requirements beyond the regular admission requirements for the university.


  • Kansas City offers excellent resources for historical research, and a number of opportunities for internships and part-time employment to help students gain practical experience in historical agencies and archives. Such places include the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, the Steamboat Arabia Museum, the John Wornall House, Union Station, National Archives, Western Historical Manuscripts, UMKC Special Collections and the National World War I Museum.
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Fast facts

  • Historical study enables the student to understand the interaction of many aspects of state, society and culture, and the dynamics of human change. It offers a valuable perspective on contemporary problems as well as providing knowledge of the past for its own inherent interest.
  • The department sponsors annual lecture series, including the Richard C. McKinzie Symposium, as well as local, regional and national conferences, including the Mid-America Medieval Association and Border Wars.
  • There are approximately 120 undergraduates in the department, and the average class size of an upper division course is just 20 students.


  • Full-time faculty members are active scholars who hold Ph.D.s earned at major universities. 
  • All are involved in personal research projects, many of which have carried them throughout the world. 
  • A number of UMKC historians have received awards for excellence in teaching and outstanding research. 

Student organizations

  • The History Club offers programs throughout the year for history majors. These include lectures, panels and visits to historical sites.
  • Pi Phi, a chapter of the national history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta, is open to undergraduates who have completed 12 hours of upper-level history courses and have a 3.2 grade point average (GPA) or higher. Graduate students must have completed 12 hours and have a 3.5 GPA or higher.


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Contact us

Office of Admissions

120 Administrative Center
5115 Oak St.
Kansas City, MO 64112
Phone: 816-235-1111
Toll-free: 1-800-775-8652
Relay Missouri: 1-800-735-2966 (TTY)

Visit us

Students are encouraged to schedule a campus visit by visiting or calling 816-235-8652.


UMKC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.