Graduate and Professional Program Application Process

This is the application process for those who are interested in a graduate, doctoral or professional degree or a graduate certificate.

1. Read the general information for UMKC graduate students.

  • A satisfactory academic record as defined by your degree program.
  • Most programs require a bachelor’s or first-level professional degree from a regionally accredited institution. Please see check with your degree program for more information.

You can find general information about the UMKC graduate student process in the UMKC catalog

2. Review your specific program admission and application requirements.

All graduate students interested in admission to a degree program will need to meet with a representative from that program. You can find program specific information through the School of Graduate Studies.

If you need more assistance in contacting a department, please call or email the School of Graduate Studies at 816-235-1301 or umkcsgs@umkc.edu.

Some graduate programs have special application processes. Check your individual program for deadlines and special application processes.

3. Complete and submit the general UMKC application.

Submit the application for admission and the nonrefundable application fee. You can request an application fee waiver by contacting the Office of Admissions at 816-235-8652 or admissions@umkc.edu. 

Completing the application process does not serve as a statement of acceptance or admission to the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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4. Submit official transcripts, test scores and status documentation.

  • Send in transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended. 
  • Follow the directions for submitting transcripts that are specific to your program of study.
  • Application materials — including official college transcripts and nonrefundable application fee (if not already paid online) — must be postmarked by the deadline.
  • Transcripts are considered official if they are received in a sealed envelope or sent electronically to the Office of Admissions through either Parchment, National Student Clearing House, SCOIR, Joint Service Transcript or eScrip-Safe.
    • Mail: 
      UMKC Office of Admissions
      Administrative Center
      5115 Oak St., Room 120 
      Kansas City, MO 64112
    • Via secured email to: umkc-admtranscript@umkc.edu 
    • Electronic transfer: through your academic institution
  • All admission decisions are contingent upon receiving final official transcripts/test scores, acceptable completion of all remaining coursework and proof of graduation from high school. Final transcripts/test scores will be used to verify self-reported information.
  • If misrepresentations are found, UMKC reserves the right to rescind offers of admission.

Many UMKC graduate degree programs require satisfactory scores from the following tests. 

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general and/or subject tests. Code: 6872
  • Miller Analogies Test
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). Code: F77-XF-16
  • Some academic units may require other national examinations
  • NOTE: Graduate Admissions Test applications and information can be obtained from the UMKC Testing Center.

Check with your academic program to learn about specific test score requirements.

  • Students who are permanent residents need to send a copy of the front and back of their Permanent Resident card ("green card").
  • Students who are refugees or are present in the United States based on asylum status need to send a copy of their I-94 that shows either the Refugee or Asylum status stamp.
  • DACA students must submit the I-797 form. 
  • You can send documentation via mail:
    • UMKC Office of Admissions
      Administrative Center
      5115 Oak St., Room 120 
      Kansas City, MO 64112

5. Submit any supplemental materials for special application processes.

Some graduate programs have special application processes. Check your individual program for deadlines and special application processes.

6. Explore options for paying for graduate school.

Learn more about scholarships and aid for the following health professions schools:

School of Dentistry

School of Medicine

School of Nursing and Health Studies

School of Pharmacy