Institutional Accreditation - Higher Learning Commission


The University of Missouri-Kansas City is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission( The Higher Learning Commission was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States and accredits degree-granting post-secondary higher education institutions in the North Central region of the United States. The HLC establishes standards (indicators of institutional quality and policies and procedures for attaining and maintaining HLC accreditation. Each accredited institution must comply with the assumed practices, criteria for accreditation, reporting guidelines and federal compliance regulations to maintain accreditation status (

The University of Missouri-Kansas City was first accredited by the Higher Learning Commission as the University of Kansas City in 1938, became a part of the University of Missouri in 1963 and became known as the University of Missouri at Kansas City. The last Reaffirmation of Accreditation was 2009-2010 and the next Reaffirmation of Accreditation will be in 2019-2020 (,ShowBasic/Itemid,/instid,1470/). The University of Missouri-Kansas City is participating in the HLC Open Pathway accreditation process. 

In addition, specific academic programs may have professional/discipline accreditations that have specific accreditation standards and review processes.  Specific academic program accreditation information concerning the accrediting body, year first accredited, and review cycle may be found here.  Accreditation self-study documents and review processes may also be used to satisfy the UMKC academic program review requirements.

For academic programs that do not have associated accrediting bodies and standards, UMKC has a regular academic program review process that typically follows a 5 year cycle.  A list of the UMKC academic program review cycle and associated guidelines and process steps can be found at (LINK COMING SOON).