Admission requirements

  • There are no special requirements beyond those for admission to the university.
  • The College of Arts and Sciences requires a minimum of 120 total credit hours for graduation, at least 36 of which must be numbered 300 or above.


  • The Department of Philosophy offers students an opportunity to explore a wide range of philosophical questions while developing their skills in reading, writing and critical thinking.
  • Philosophical problems arise in every field of study. So, even if you have decided to study science, art, literature, economics or business, philosophy can be of use to you. It helps you to think logically, to solve problems reasonably and to express yourself precisely.

Fast facts

The philosophy department offers concentrations in the following areas:

  • Applied Ethics
  • Bioethics
  • Philosophy of Science


Faculty members in philosophy are actively engaged in teaching and research.

  • Bruce Bubacz: Philosophy of Law, Free Speech Theory, Human Exceptionalism
  • Hank Frankel: History and Philosophy of Science
  • George Gale: Philosophy of Science
  • Clancy Martin: Continental Philosophy, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, and Business Ethics
  • James Sheppard: Environmental Ethics, Philosophy and Public Policy Dana Tulodzieki: Philosophy of Science
  • Wayne Vaught: Bioethics, Ethical Theory, American Philosophy

Student organizations

  • Philosophy Circle: A student led organization that provides a variety of social and academic events throughout the year.
  • Phi Sigma Tau: The UMKC chapter of this national honor society in the Philosophy Center for Applied and Professional Ethics sponsors a wide range of educational opportunities in applied ethics.


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


UMKC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.