This page contains information on:
- General advising information
- Academic advising information for each school in UMKC
- Program for Adult College Education (PACE)
- Continuing Education for each school in UMKC
- Special Courses
General advising information
All students new to UMKC are required to meet with an adviser prior to registering for classes. Depending on your major, you may be required to meet with your academic adviser prior to registering each semester. New freshmen are required to go to orientation.
If advising is required for you, you will have an academic advising hold in Pathway. Your adviser can remove this hold after you have met with them. Make sure you meet with your adviser prior to your assigned priority registration date. If you have more than one major, you may be required to meet with multiple academic advisers to have all of your advising holds removed.
Many courses require special consent for enrollment. See the department so your student ID can be input in Pathway to allow you to register for the course.
Students are expected to maintain a grade point average that meets or exceeds the minimum as established for their degree program. If a student’s GPA falls below the minimum, the student will be placed on some form of probation or will become ineligible for further study at UMKC. If a student becomes ineligible, they may petition to their academic unit for continued enrollment or to another academic unit for acceptance. Each academic unit establishes the minimum GPA necessary to be in good academic standing and determines what form of probation is appropriate for students who are not in good standing. Students are responsible for knowing the GPA requirements of their academic unit. For more information about academic probation, contact an academic adviser in the appropriate academic unit. Students on probation must get advising before registering for classes.
UMKC will apply administrative holds on students’ accounts when students owe UMKC past due balances or any form of debt (such as library books, traffic and parking fines, etc.). These holds may prevent students from registering for classes until debts are settled. Administrative holds also are applied for some non-financial reasons (such as academic ineligibility, disciplinary actions, missing admissions documents, etc.). You can view which office has applied an administrative hold in the Pathway Student Self-Service Center.
For undergraduates, a program of 18 or more semester hours constitutes an overload and requires an adviser’s approval. For graduate students, a program of 12 or more hours constitutes an overload and requires approval by the dean of the School of Graduate Studies.
Academic Advising offices
Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Office:
9 Scofield Hall (basement)
All undergraduate students are encouraged to seek advising before registering for classes each semester. The Arts and Sciences Advising Office sees undergraduate students either by appointment or walk-in. Hours for the Arts and Sciences Advising Office are:
Monday 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 6 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 6 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 5 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 4 p.m.
By walk-in on "Walk in Wednesdays":
Wednesday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Sign-ins may cut off before 5 p.m., depending on the level of student traffic.) Please note that Arts and Sciences advising may offer advising only on walk-in basis during the busiest times of the year (around the beginning of classes and registration for each semester) in order to meet the high demand for advising. Also, Arts and Sciences advising is closed for all major holidays and occasionally for University business (in-services or University events like new student orientations). Please call 816-235-1148 to check on any changes from the regular schedule.
For students in one of the specialized programs below (APP, pre-law, etc.) call the number listed to make an appointment. For all other students, call 816-235-1148 to make an appointment.
Arts and Sciences students on probation:
If you are on academic probation, you must be advised in Scofield Hall, room 9, before you will be released for registration. This advising cannot be completed by telephone. Call 816-235-1148 for more information.
Students who are required to see an adviser and have an adviser’s release before they can register include:
- New students;
- Students who haven’t declared majors (general studies) and have over 60 credit hours;
- Students with fewer than 45 credit hours;
- Chemistry majors, physics majors, studio art majors, freshmen theatre majors;
- Pre-law majors with a GPA lower than 3.0;
- Students on academic contract or probation;
- Students requesting overloads, audits, credit/no credit option; and
- Graduate students in chemistry, English, geosciences, sociology and theatre (go directly to department for advising and approvals.)
Students who have chosen a major should contact their department faculty adviser for an appointment.
Click here for a list of A&S departmental advisors.
New undergraduate transfer students should go first to Scofield Hall, room 9 for an evaluation of transfer work.
Additionally, students interested in the following areas should contact:
Advanced Preparation Program (APP)
17 Scofield Hall
6 Scofield Hall
Pre-medicine, Pre-dental, Pre-health
22 Scofield Hall
Bloch School of Management
School of Education Advising
School of Computing and Engineering Advising
546 Flarsheim Hall
316 Scofield Hall
Student Services Coordinator
104 Scofield Hall
Applied Language Institute
Monica Mingucci, Director
5301 Rockhill Road
Bloch School Student Services Office
115 Bloch School
Walk-in Advising hours:
Monday-Thursday 9-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
Advising by Appointment:
Appointments are available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 5 and 5:30 p.m. and on Fridays between 9-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Call 816-235-2215 to schedule an appointment.
The Bloch School Student Services Office advises all undergraduate accounting and business students. We also help students pursuing the business and entrepreneurship minors enroll in courses appropriate to their program.
Students with freshman and junior standing are required to be advised prior to enrollment. Students on academic probation and students new to UMKC must also be advised before they can enroll. For sophomore and senior level students advising is optional, but recommended.
Master of Business Administration students are advised by staff in the Bloch School Student Services Office. New MBA students must meet with an advisor prior to enrollment. Beyond the first semester, advising is optional. Students on probation or who have been admitted on academic contract are also required to meet with an advisor before enrolling.
Students pursuing the Master of Public Administration degree are assigned a faculty advisor at the time of admission to the program. This faculty member will advise the student during their time in the program. New students as well as those on probation or admitted on academic contract must be advised prior to enrollment. Staff in the Student Services Office are available to assist with non-curricular advising needs.
Health Services Administration:
Dr. Arif Ahmed
Dr. Brent Never
Dr. David Renz
Dr. Nick Peroff
Students in the Master of Science in Accounting meet with a faculty advisor each semester prior to enrollment. Staff in the Student Services Office are available to assist with non-curricular advising needs.
Students admitted prior to fall 2009:
Dr. Howie Krueger
Students admitted fall 2009 and beyond:
Professor Al Strain
Undergraduate degrees offered through the school:
- B.S. in biology
- B.S. in biology with cellular and molecular basis of health and disease (pre-med)
- B.S. in biology with bioinformatics emphasis
- B.S. in biology with biotechnology emphasis
- B.S. in biology with pre-dental concentration
- B.S. in medical technology
- B.A. in biology
Undergraduate students enrolled in biological sciences programs are required to participate in registration advising each semester to have their advising hold released allowing them to register for classes. Several options exist for students to take care of this including individual appointments, walk-in advising, and in-person or online schedule proposal submissions through Blackboard.
Appointments can be scheduled by calling the advising office at 816-235-2580 or by coming to room B013 on the lower level in the Biological Science Building. Before an appointment, students should review their plan of study and the SBS Undergraduate Programs Handbook, and then prepare a tentative schedule for the adviser’s approval.
Graduate students also need their adviser’s signature before registering.
Graduate degrees offered through the school:
- Interdisciplinary Ph.D.
- M.S. in cellular and molecular biology
- M.A. in biology
Graduate students who do not have a permanent adviser must contact the school’s graduate programs office, room 114, Biological Science Building, 816-235-2352, for more information.
534 Flarsheim Hall
All students in the School of Computing and Engineering are assigned to a faculty adviser. All SCE students must be cleared to register by an adviser each semester. To schedule advising, contact your department office.
For online course information, visit http://blackboard.umkc.edu or call 816-235-1193.
Pre-engineering, civil and mechanical engineering advising
352 Flarsheim Hall
Degree options in civil and mechanical engineering (CME)
- B.S. in civil engineering
- B.S. in mechanical engineering
- M.S. in civil engineering
- M.S. in mechanical engineering
Pre-engineering, electrical and computer engineering, computer science and information technology advising
546 Flarsheim Hall
Degree options in computer science electrical engineering (CSEE)
- B.A. in computer science
- B.S. in computer science
- Bachelor of information technology
- B.S. in electrical and computer engineering
- M.S. in computer science
- M.S. in electrical engineering
General admissions requirements:
To be admitted as an undergraduate or graduate music major, an audition is required. Audition requests must be received no later than Feb. 1 for the final audition day. See the Web site for details: conservatory.umkc.edu/admissions.asp.
All undergraduate and graduate students in the Conservatory are required to meet with their adviser before registering. Call 816-235-2900 for an appointment.
All newly admitted graduate students must take the matriculation exam in music history and theory. The exam will be held from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on June 2, July 14 and Aug. 11. Master’s and doctoral comprehensive exams master’s comprehensive exams will be given during the weeks of June 23-27 and Sept. 22-26. Notify the Associate Dean’s Office prior to May 2 if you plan to take the exams in the summer semester and Aug. 22 if you plan to take the exams in September. Doctoral comprehensive exams in music theory and music history will be given on two consecutive Saturdays. The theory and history exam dates are Sept. 27 and Oct. 4. Notify the Associate Dean’s Office prior to Aug. 22 if you plan to take the exams in the fall semester.
Associate dean for Academic Affairs:
Student services coordinators:
Wayne Nagy, Helen Perry
Registration information will be provided via e-mail to each dental, dental hygiene and graduate dental student. Students outside of the School of Dentistry must obtain permission to register in any School of Dentistry course from the associate dean for academic affairs and the dental school’s registrar.
650 E. 25th St., room 440
The School of Dentistry maintains a policy of mandatory attendance for all scheduled classroom, laboratory and clinical courses.
Any student desiring to withdraw from their dental program must submit their request to withdraw in writing to the associate dean for academic affairs. Prior to final approval to withdraw, students must obtain clearance through each designated department.
Degrees offered through this school:
- B.S. in dental hygiene
- Doctor of dental surgery
- M.S. in dental hygiene education
- M.S. in oral biology
- Interdisciplinary Ph.D.
- Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD)
- Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
- Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
- Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
Undergraduate education majors are required to meet with an academic adviser in Education Student Services prior to registering each semester. Applicants to a teacher education certification and/or degree program must pass the C-BASE test and complete a special application packet by the December 10 deadline.
Graduate students must have an approved program of study on file prior to completing the final 15 credit hours of their degree program. Degree program outlines are available in the Education Student Services Office. Departmental faculty advise all graduate students. Most CPCE courses are restricted to CPCE majors. Please contact CPCE at 816-235-2722 for exceptions. Programs in counseling psychology, counselor education and educational administration require a special application packet.
Graduate students who are conditionally admitted must have met with a faculty adviser to determine the first four classes to complete to remove themselves from probationary status.
Non-education majors on probation are not allowed to enroll in education courses.
129 Education Building
347 Education Building
Graduate faculty advising:
Counseling and Guidance and Counseling Psychology
Curriculum and instruction
300F Administrative Center
Graduate students are expected to become familiar with the general graduate academic regulations in the UMKC Graduate Catalog, www.umkc.edu/catalog. When specific degree requirements are more stringent than the general regulations, the degree-specific regulations take precedence. When all course requirements have been met, graduate students must be continuously enrolled each fall and winter semester. The continuous enrollment requirement may be met by enrolling in Grad. 5899 continuous graduate enrollment and paying the equivalent of one graduate credit hour fee for no academic credit. Information on how to enroll in Grad. 5899 is available at the Registration Office.
Graduate students who plan to graduate during this term must take the following steps:
- Check the term deadlines for completing the various degree requirements that are printed in the calendar in the academic calendar.
- File an application to graduate with your department by the term deadline printed in the academic calendar.
- If a thesis or dissertation requirement is included in the student’s program, the degree candidate must submit the final draft of the thesis or dissertation to all members of his or her supervisory committee at least eight weeks prior to the end of the term.
- Submit the thesis or dissertation, with preliminary approval from the degree candidate’s supervisory committee, to the School of Graduate Studies for certification of acceptance by the term deadline printed in the calendar section of this booklet. The School of Graduate Studies holds workshops on formatting theses and dissertations near the beginning of each term. For information on workshop times, dates and locations or for more information about the approval process, contact the School of Graduate Studies Office at 816-235-1161.
Repeated graduate credit courses
If approved by their degree program’s principal graduate adviser, graduate students may repeat a course once to improve grade point average or satisfy degree requirements. Graduate students should submit a course repeat form to the Registration Office no later than the fourth week of the term. Students seeking graduate degrees are limited to repeating no more than 20 percent of the course hours applicable toward their degrees.
Complete registration information can be found online at: http://www1.law.umkc.edu/academic/courses.htm.
Students must obtain permission to register in any law classes from the associate dean and the registrar of the Law School.
1-200 Law School
Withdrawal from classes:
A student enrolled in a course cannot unilaterally withdraw from it but must secure permission from the associate dean to do so, and must follow prescribed withdrawal procedures. A student who is not in good standing in the course at the time of withdrawal (has earned a grade of 'F' at that point) will receive a grade of 'F' for the course.
Complete information on the School of Medicine’s curriculum and evaluation policies can be found at www.umkc.edu/medicine/curriculum and www.med.umkc.edu/admin/sections/councils/evaluation/COE_Policy_Manual.pdf
Students enrolled in medicine or BMS courses must be previously admitted to the School of Medicine’s combined B.A./M.D. program or the M.D. degree program. All students are required to meet with an adviser prior to registration.
Year 1 and 2 Office
Student Affairs Office (Hospital Hill)
Withdrawal from classes
UMKC School of Medicine students enrolled in a course can not unilaterally withdraw, but must first secure advice from an adviser and permission from the Council on Curriculum.
BHS students should review their degree audit and must meet with their academic adviser prior to registering for classes. Come prepared to your appointment with your specific course plan.
Pre-nursing students should review their degree audit and must meet with their academic adviser prior to registering for classes. Come prepared to your appointment with your specific course plan.
Pre-licensure B.S.N. students
BSN students should review their degree audit, their plan of study, the class schedule and be prepared with their specific course plan for the upcoming semester prior to their advising appointment. Students on probation must first meet with their faculty mentor prior to speaking to their academic adviser. All immunizations and required documentation must be on-file prior to registering.
RN-BSN students must adhere to their plan of study or else touch base with their academic adviser prior to registering for classes. All immunizations and required documentation must be on file
prior to registering.
Beginning Fall 2007, RN-BSN students are not required to make contact with their faculty mentor or academic adviser in order to be cleared for enrollment. Contact your faculty mentor at any time. Jo Klaassen is the faculty mentor for students whose last name falls between A-L, and Anita Skarbek is the faculty mentor for students whose last name falls between M-Z. Note that any student who is on academic probation must contact their assigned faculty mentor prior to enrolling for the next semester in order to be cleared for enrollment.
All graduate students must adhere to their plan of study or touch base with an academic adviser prior to registering for classes. All immunizations and required documentation must be on file prior to registering.
1219 Health Sciences Building
Kansas City, MO 64108
Provisional freshmen, pre-pharmacy students and students enrolled in the bachelor of science in pharmaceutical sciences program are required to schedule an appointment with an adviser in the Pharmacy Student Services Office for enrollment release prior to each term of enrollment. Students on probation or on contract must meet with their faculty adviser or professional development adviser and then set up an appointment with an academic adviser prior to registering. Go to pharmacy.umkc.edu and select “current students” for specific registration information and schedule announcements. Students who do not complete required courses or who receive a grade below C must make an appointment with an adviser in the Pharmacy Student Services Office before enrolling in subsequent terms of enrollment. With permission of the Committee on Admissions and Academic Requirements, deficiencies must be cleared before a student can advance to the next term of enrollment. Pharmacy graduate students must meet with their major faculty advisers to plan a program of study and committee. A program of study should be filed with the Graduate Programs Committee within the first academic year of graduate study.
Manager of Diversity and Outreach Initiatives
PACE - Program for Adult College Education: Working Adults and Nontraditional Degree Programs
104 in Scofield Hall
The Program for Adult College Education (PACE) provides an alternative for students who have difficulty pursuing a bachelor’s degree due to employment responsibilities, family or other obligations. PACE provides a nontraditional method for earning a bachelor’s degree through courses offered in a special weeknight, weekend and independent study format. PACE courses are normally presented in 12-hour blocks, arranged by theme or issue. There are also numerous Internet, Web-assisted and second eight-week courses.
Each 12-hour block includes a weeknight class that meets once a week all semester, a weekend course that meets four weekends during a semester (once a month), and a modified independent study that is arranged by the instructors of the block. A number of courses may be offered using distance education technology either Web assisted or broadcast over cable television via UM Instructional Video Network.
The bachelor of liberal arts (B.L.A.) is the most popular degree offered through PACE. This degree program allows enhanced flexibility in selection of academic areas of study for those whose aspirations are not served by a traditional major. The B.L.A. with a concentration area or minor is designed to allow all the advantages of a liberal arts education while providing an indication of a student’s special area of interest. Typically, 18 credit hours are required in related interdisciplinary fields to qualify for a concentration. Concentrations are informal academic designations and are not reflected on official transcripts. Minors earned in conjunction with the B.L.A. are reflected on official transcripts. However, typically it is necessary for students pursuing a minor to take a required course outside of the PACE curriculum. Students should refer to the associated departmental requirements in the UMKC undergraduate catalog and consult a PACE adviser.
While there is no major associated with the B.L.A., students can meet B.A./B.S. general degree requirements through the PACE program. In conjunction with designated disciplines, students can incorporate the PACE curriculum while pursuing a major or minor. Degrees associated with an academic unit’s evening division are recommended for this process. PACE also participates in certificate programs such as film studies, family studies, computer and information technology and gerontology. The PACE program provides students the ability to achieve rigorous academic preparation for graduate and professional degree programs.
The B.L.A. is recognized as an appropriate degree for a number of graduate/professional programs at UMKC and elsewhere. Many PACE students continue their studies in graduate degree programs.
PACE students may call 816-235-2414 or stop by room 108 in Scofield Hall for additional information or advising.