Admission requirements

  • There are no special admissions requirements for the undergraduate psychology program 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.


  • While earning a degree in psychology at UMKC, students learn about the many factors that affect how we think, feel, learn, perceive, sense and behave. Students also acquire skills in research, information gathering and analysis, critical thinking, problem solving and communication.
  • The undergraduate psychology program at UMKC provides an excellent foundation for graduate school, and a large percentage of our students pursue advanced degrees.

Fast facts

  • The department has approximately 400 undergraduate students majoring in psychology.
  • The Department of Psychology at UMKC has an advising office that specifically serves undergraduate psychology majors.
  • Undergraduate psychology students have opportunities to train in research with department faculty and to earn credit while doing so, by applying for and taking Psych 490.
  • Many psychology students who work with faculty on research or take Psych 490 present their research at the annual campus-wide SEARCH (Students Engaged in Artistic and Academic Research) Symposium. Often Psych 490 faculty mentors encourage their students to present their research at professional conferences.
  • There are many opportunities for students to participate in ongoing research studies conducted by Department of Psychology faculty.


  • The full-time faculty members of the Department of Psychology all hold doctoral degrees. Faculty members teach both undergraduate and graduate courses.
  • Our faculty conduct research in many areas that impact human health and behavior. Some research subjects include:
      • What’s the best way to stop smoking or overcome an eating disorder?
      • How can we help people with serious diseases take their medication regularly?
      • How we can help people with serious mental illness cope with the world around them?How can we help people make healthy life choices, and what factors influence healthy decision making?
      • How can we help people with cancer and their caregivers cope with this disease?
      • How do healthy people perceive, pay attention to and feel about things in the world around them?
      • Why do people engage in risky sexual behaviors?
      • How can other people influence your political attitudes?

Student organizations

The Department of Psychology has an active chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, and also sponsors the UMKC Psychology Club. Regular meetings and a variety of events are held throughout the academic year.


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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.