Mission, Vision, Values

UMKC students are always looking toward what's next, and so is our university. We have an ambitious vision for the future. We hope you'll join us as we work to become the best university we possibly can.


UMKC will become a model urban research university characterized by signature graduate and professional programs; a dynamic undergraduate population; a highly diverse faculty, staff and student body; and active engagement with its city and region.

Mission Statement

The mission of UMKC is to lead in life and health sciences; to deepen and expand strength in the visual and performing arts; to develop a professional workforce and collaborate in urban issues and education; and to create a vibrant learning and campus life experience.


  • Place student success at the center
  • Lead in life and health sciences
  • Advance urban engagement
  • Excel in the visual and performing arts
  • Embrace diversity
  • Promote research and economic development

Learn more about the Chancellor's Strategic Plan.


We, the community members of UMKC, are proud to contribute to a student-centered urban university, serving our mission of learning, discovery, research and service, inspired by our commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and respectful interaction.

Our key values:

  • Accountability
  • Learning
  • Respect
  • Diversity
  • Collaboration
  • Integrity

Learn more about the values of UMKC (PDF).