Graduate Special Application Processes

The following graduate and professional programs have special application processes for admission. Completing the application process does not serve as a statement of acceptance or admission to the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Special Application Processes

The following programs have special application processes for admission. Check your academic program's web page for the most up-to-date information.

Learn more about the Master of Business Administration.

Learn more about the Master of Public Administration.

Learn more about the Master of Science in Accounting.

Learn more about the Master of Science in Finance.

Items needed to complete your application process:

  • Official transcripts and GRE score (GRE code 6872)
  • Three letters of reference
  • When completing your application for admission, select "Interdisciplinary Studies Ph.D." as your intended academic plan. After you select one Primary Discipline, determine if it is a discipline that requires the Co-discipline choice at the time of admission (some disciplines do not require this until the end of the first semester). You may need to talk with the discipline coordinator for this information. Then choose a Co-discipline if your Primary Discipline requires it.

Learn more about applying to the IPh.D. program.

Learn more about the Master of Arts in Art History.

Learn more about the Graduate Certificate in Bioethics.

Learn more about the Master of Arts in Economics.

Learn more about the Master of Arts in English.

Learn more about the Master of Science in Environmental and Urban Geosciences program.

  • Submit two letters of recommendation to the Department of Geosciences, 420 Flarsheim Hall, UMKC 5100 Rockhill Road,Kansas City, MO 64110.

Additional items to submit to the History Department:

  • An autobiographical essay
  • An essay detailing your scholarly interests
  • A sample of your scholarly writing
  • Three letters of recommendation
Learn more about applying to the Master of Arts in History program.

Learn more about the Graduate Holocaust Certificate.

Items to be submitted to the Foreign Language and Literature department:

  • Two letters of recommendation
Learn more about the Master of Arts in Romance Languages and Literature program.

Additional items needed to complete your application process:

  • Consult either the program adviser or faculty member who works in your chosen emphasis area
  • A statement of purpose in the form of a personal essay of approximately 1,000 words outlining the emphasis area you wish to pursue, your reasons for applying and your academic plans and goals
  • Three letters of recommendation
Learn more about the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program.

Learn more about the Master of Science in Physics.

  • Application Deadline - December 5
  • The required UMKC application materials sent to the admissions office and the Program Application Packet sent to the Department of Psychology must be submitted in entirety by December 5.
Read more about Department of Psychology graduate admissions.

  • Application Deadline - December 5
  • The required UMKC application materials sent to the admissions office and the Program Application Packet sent to the Department of Psychology must be submitted in entirety by December 5.
Read more about Department of Psychology graduate admissions.

Learn more about the Master of Arts in Sociology.

Learn more about the Master of Social Work.

Learn more about the Master of Arts in Studio Art.

Additional items needed to complete your application process:

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended. Transcripts are considered official if they are received in a sealed envelope from the school or sent electronically to the Office of Admissions. Transcripts can be sent in a secured email file to umkc-admtranscript@umkc.edu
  • Official GRE scores (code 6872)
  • Three letters of reference
  • A few disciplines require you to choose a faculty mentor at the time of application. Some disciplines, like English, also require writing samples or other additional materials. Make sure to consult the discipline coordinator of each of your chosen disciplines to determine if these additional steps or materials are necessary for you.
  • To submit the application, you will be prompted to pay the non-refundable application processing fee or request approval for a fee waiver.
  • When completing your application for admission, select "Interdisciplinary Studies Ph.D." as your intended academic plan. After you select one Primary Discipline, determine if it is a discipline that requires the Co-discipline choice at the time of admission (some disciplines do not require this until the end of the first semester). You may need to talk with the discipline coordinator for this information. Then choose a Co-discipline if your Primary Discipline requires it.

Learn more information about applying to the IPh.D. program.

For other graduate degrees, refer to the specific school to which you will be applying.

Additional materials to send for your application:

  • Official GRE scores (code 6872)
  • Three letters of recommendation

Learn more about the Master of Arts in Biology and the degree requirements.

Additional materials to send for your application:

  • Official GRE scores (code 6872)
  • Three letters of recommendation

Learn more about the Master of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology.

Learn more about the Master of Science in Chemistry.

Additional materials to send for your application: 
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended. Transcripts are considered official if they are received in a sealed envelope from the school or sent electronically to the Office of Admissions. Transcripts can be sent in a secured email file to umkc-admtranscript@umkc.edu
  • Official GRE scores (code 6872)
  • Three letters of reference
  • When completing your application for admission, select "Interdisciplinary Studies Ph.D." as your intended academic plan, and select one of the Biological Sciences disciplines as your Primary Discipline choice. Then select a Co-discipline if have already chosen one, but this choice is not required for the School of Biological Sciences disciplines until the end of the first semester.

Learn more about applying to the IPh.D. Program.

Additional items needed to complete your application process:

  • No GRE needed for this program

Learn more about the Certificate in Engineering and Construction Project Management.

Additional items needed to complete your application process:

  • Send official GRE scores (code 6872)
  • Three reference letters

Learn more about the Master of Science in Civil Engineering.

Additional items needed to complete your application process:

  • Send official GRE scores (code 6872)
  • Three letters of reference for students with a GPA less than 3.0

Learn more about the Master of Science in Computer Science.

Additional items needed to complete your application process:

  • Send official GRE scores (code 6872)
  • Three letters of reference for students with a GPA less than 3.0

Learn more about the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering.

Additional items needed to complete your application process:

  • Send official GRE scores (code 6872)
  • Three letters of reference

Learn more about the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Additional materials to send for your application: 
  •  Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended. Transcripts are considered official if they are received in a sealed envelope from the school or sent electronically to the Office of Admissions. Transcripts can be sent in a secured email file to umkc-admtranscript@umkc.edu
  • Official GRE scores (code 6872)
  • Three letters of reference
  • When completing your application for admission, select "Interdisciplinary Studies Ph.D." as your intended academic plan.  Then select a Co-discipline if you have already chosen one, but this choice is not required for the School of Computing and Engineering disciplines until the end of the first semester.

Find out more about applying to the IPh.D. Program.

  • All application materials, including the Conservatory supplemental application, must be complete and received by December 15.
  • An audition is required for admission to this degree program. Conservatory auditions are scheduled only after the completion of the application.
  • The Conservatory may continue to accept applications after our deadline date as long as openings are still available for your intended area of study. See Conservatory website for details.

Learn more about applying to the Master of Arts in Music program.

Learn more about the Master of Arts in Theatre.

  • All application materials, including the Conservatory supplemental application, must be complete and received by December 1.

Learn more about applying to the M.M. in Music Composition program.

  • All application materials, including the Conservatory supplemental application, must be complete and received by December 15.
  • An audition is required for admission to this degree program. Conservatory auditions are scheduled only after the completion of the application.
  • The Conservatory may continue to accept applications after our deadline date as long as openings are still available for your intended area of study. See Conservatory website for details.

Find out more about applying to the M.M. in Music Conducting program.

  • For Fall admission, all application materials, including the Conservatory supplemental application, must be complete and received by December 15. For Summer admission, priority consideration is given to applications received by April 1.
  • To be admitted, you will need to interview with the Music Education faculty and audition (if required).
  • Interviews are scheduled only after the completion of the application.
  • The Conservatory may continue to accept applications after our deadline date as long as openings are still available for your intended area of study. See Conservatory website for details.

Learn more about applying to the M.M. in Music Education program.

  • All application materials, including the Conservatory supplemental application, must be complete and received by December 15.
  • The Conservatory may continue to accept applications after our deadline date as long as openings are still available for your intended area of study. See Conservatory website for details.

Learn more about applying to the M.M. in Music Theory program.

  • All application materials, including the Conservatory supplemental application, must be complete and received by December 15.
  • The Conservatory may continue to accept applications after our deadline date as long as openings are still available for your intended area of study. See Conservatory website for details.
  • Applicants to the Musicology program must submit scholarly writing samples and statement of purpose to the Conservatory.

Learn more about applying to the M.M. in Musicology program.

  • Applicants must also submit the Conservatory supplemental application.
  • An audition is required for admission to this degree program. Conservatory auditions are scheduled only after the completion of the application.
  • APPLICANTS for VOICE PERFORMANCE, TRUMPET, or SAXOPHONE: All materials must be received by December 1st. This includes a pre-screening recording submitted via the application. See special program requirements on the Conservatory website. Late applications will not be considered.
  • OTHER APPLICANTS: All materials must be received by December 15. The Conservatory may continue to accept applications after our deadline date as long as openings are still available for your intended area of study. See the Conservatory website for details.

Learn more about applying to the M.M. in Performance program.

  • An audition is required for admission to this degree program. Conservatory auditions are scheduled only after the completion of the application.
  • APPLICANTS for VOICE PERFORMANCE, TRUMPET, SAXOPHONE or PIANO: All materials, including Conservatory supplemental application, must be received by December 1st. This includes a pre-screening recording submitted via the application. See special program requirements on the Conservatory's website. Late applications will not be considered.
  • OTHER APPLICANTS: All materials, including Conservatory supplemental application, must be received by December 15. The Conservatory may continue to accept applications after our deadline date as long as openings are still available for your intended area of study. See the Conservatory website for details.

Find out more about applying to the Artist's Certificate Music Performance program.

  • All application materials, including Conservatory supplemental application, must be complete and received by December 15.
  • See special program requirements on the Conservatory's website for detailed application and audition information.
  • An audition is required for admission to this degree program. Conservatory auditions are scheduled only after the completion of the supplemental application.
  • The Conservatory may continue to accept applications after our deadline date as long as openings are still available for your intended area of study.

Learn more about applying to the D.M.A. in Conducting program.

  • All application materials, including Conservatory supplemental application, must be complete and received by December 1. The Conservatory will not consider applicants with incomplete applications beyond December 1.

Find out more about applying to the D.M.A. in Music Composition program.

  • You must complete the Conservatory supplemental application.
  • An audition is required for admission to this degree program. Conservatory auditions are scheduled only after the completion of the supplemental application, never by phone or email request.
  • VOICE and PIANO applicants: All application materials, including Conservatory supplemental application, must be received by December 1. This includes a pre-screening recording submitted via the Decision Desk supplemental application website. See special program requirements on the Conservatory website. Late applications will not be considered.
  • OTHER APPLICANTS: All materials, including Conservatory supplemental application, must be received by December 15. The Conservatory may continue to accept applications after our deadline date as long as openings are still available for your intended area of study. See Conservatory website for details.

Find out more about applying to the D.M.A. Music Performance program.

Additional materials to send for your application:

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended. Transcripts are considered official if they are received in a sealed envelope from the school or sent electronically to the Office of Admissions. Transcripts can be sent in a secured email file to umkc-admtranscript@umkc.edu
  • Official GRE scores (code 6872)
  • Three letters of reference
  • When completing your application for admission, select "Interdisciplinary Studies Ph.D." as your intended academic plan. Select “Music Education” as the Primary Discipline, then choose “Curriculum and Instruction” as the Co-discipline.

Learn more about applying to the IPh.D. Program.

Additional items needed to complete your application process:

  • Official GRE scores (code 6872)
  • National Boards Examination Scores (if available)

Learn more about applying to the M.S. Oral and Craniofacial Sciences.

Additional items needed to complete your application process:

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended. Transcripts are considered official if they are received in a sealed envelope from the school or sent electronically to the Office of Admissions. Transcripts can be sent in a secured email file to umkc-admtranscript@umkc.edu
  • Official GRE scores (code 6872)
  • Three letters of reference
  • When completing your application for admission, select "Interdisciplinary Studies Ph.D." as your intended academic plan. Select “Oral and Craniofacial Sciences” as the Primary Discipline, then select a Co-discipline if you have already chosen one. This Co-discipline choice is not required for Oral and Craniofacial Sciences until the end of the first semester.

Learn more about applying to the IPh.D. Program.

Additional items needed for the Master of Arts in Counseling application:

  • MA Counseling Application
  • Three reference forms with professional reference letters attached (Note: References shall not be personal, i.e. family, friends, etc.)
  • Statement defining academic and professional goals

Learn more about applying to the M.A. in Counseling program.

Complete the online application and pay the $45 domestic application fee or $75 international application fee online.

Additional items to complete your application process:

  • Grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4-point scale

Items to be submitted to:

Division of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies
Connie Fischer
615 E. 52nd Street, room 310
Kansas City, MO 64110
fischerci@umkc.edu

  • One-page statement of interest/purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation

Learn more about the M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction.

Items to be submitted to the Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations office:

  • Statement of purpose regarding past, present and future career goals (500 words or less)
  • A minimum of three professional or academic letters of reference
  • Copy of teaching license/certificate
  • Resume showing at least one year of certified teaching experience

Learn more about applying to the M.A. in Educational Administration (P-12) program.

Items to be submitted to the Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations office:

  • Complete the Higher Education Administration Application Packet Cover Sheet
  • Provide two professional or academic letters of reference with the Higher Education Administration Recommendation Form
  • Provide a written statement of purpose outlining your rationale for application to the program and learning goals

 Learn more about applying to the M.A. in Educational Administration (Higher Ed) program.

Complete the online application and pay the $45 domestic application fee or $75 international application fee online.

Additional admission requirements:

  • Grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4-point scale
  • Teaching certification

Items to be submitted to:

Division of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies
Connie Fischer
615 E. 52nd Street, room 310
Kansas City, MO 64110
fischerci@umkc.edu

  • One-page statement of interest/purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation

Learn more about the M.A. in Language and Literacy program.

Complete the online application and pay the $45 domestic application fee or $75 international application fee online.

Additional admission requirements:

  • Grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4-point scale

Items to be submitted to:

Division of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies
c/o Connie Fischer
615 E. 52nd Street, room 310
Kansas City, MO 64110
fischerci@umkc.edu

  • One-page statement of interest/purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation

Learn more about the M.A. in Special Education program.

Complete the online application and pay the $45 domestic application fee or $75 international application fee online.

Additional items to complete your application process:

  • Grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4-point scale

Items to be submitted to:

Division of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies
Connie Fischer
615 E. 52nd Street, room 310
Kansas City, MO 64110
fischerci@umkc.edu

  • One-page statement of interest/purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation

Learn more about the M.A. in Teaching.

Additional items needed to complete your application process:

  • Official GRE scores (code: 6872)

Items to be submitted to:

UMKC, Graduate Advisor in Art History
Fine Arts Building, Room 204
5015 Holmes St.
Kansas City, MO 64110

  • A short (one-page) statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation

Learn more about applying to the Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction program.

Items to be submitted to the Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations office:

  • Statement of purpose regarding past, present and future career goals (500 words or less)
  • Three professional or academic letters of recommendation
  • Copy of teaching license/certificate
  • Resume showing at least two years of certified teaching experience

Learn more about applying to the Ed.S. in Educational Administration (P-12) program.

Complete the online application and pay the $45 domestic application fee or $75 international application fee online.

Additional admission requirements:

  • Grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4-point scale
  • Teaching certification
  • Minimum of 2 years teaching experience

Items to be submitted to:

Division of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies
Connie Fischer
615 E. 52nd Street, room 310
Kansas City, MO 64110
fischerci@umkc.edu

  • One-page statement of interest/purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation

Learn more about applying to the Ed.S. in Language and Literacy program.

Items to be submitted to:

UMKC, Graduate Advisor in Counseling and Educational Psychology
School of Education
615 E. 52nd St., Room 215 
Kansas City, MO 64110

  • Cover sheet for the Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
  • A concise (500 words) personal statement concerning some or all of your self-reflection/perception; professional goals and interests; research knowledge, experience and interest; views on multiculturalism and diversity
  • Curriculum vita containing contact information; educational background; relevant clinical, research and volunteer experiences; honors/awards; membership/leadership in professional organizations; presentations and publications
  • Three letters of recommendation with evaluation forms*. Letters should address applicant's suitability for professional studies in a mental health service profession and interpersonal and intellectual functioning and skills in research, counseling, and written and oral communication.

*Directions for evaluation forms: References must be from professional or academic settings. Letters and rating sheets must be in a sealed envelope with reference's signature across back flap. All envelopes to be collected by applicant and submitted with application packet.

Learn more about applying to the Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology program.

Additional items needed to complete your application process:

  • Official GRE scores (code: 6872)
  • Students need to have taken EDRP 5505 Statistical Methods and EDRP 5508 Principles and Methods of Research (or equivalent courses)

Items to be submitted to the Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations office:

  • Four professional or academic letters of recommendation
  • An autobiographical statement that outlines professional goals and how the doctoral degree will result in achieving these goals and a description of a recent leadership accomplishment
  • A writing sample which reflects high proficiency in academic writing. The sample may be a previous course paper, a chapter from a thesis, a published article, etc. Note Samples will not be returned.

Learn more about applying to the Ed.D. in Ed Admin (P-12) program.

Additional items needed to complete your application process:

  • Official GRE scores (code: 6872)

Applicants must submit an Ed.D. in Higher Education application to the Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations office with the following items:

  • Three professional or academic letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Professional resume

Upon receipt of all application materials, students may be contacted for a personal interview.

Learn more about applying to the Ed.D. in Ed Admin (Higher) program.

Additional items needed to complete your application process:

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended. Transcripts are considered official if they are received in a sealed envelope from the school or sent electronically to the Office of Admissions. Transcripts can be sent in a secured email file to umkc-admtranscript@umkc.edu
  • Official GRE scores (code 6872)
  • Three letters of reference
  • When completing your application for admission, select "Interdisciplinary Studies Ph.D." as your intended academic plan. After you select one Primary Discipline from the School of Education (either Curriculum and Instruction or Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations), select a Co-discipline choice from the second drop-down menu. A Co-discipline choice is required at the time of admission by the School of Education Primary Disciplines.

Learn more about applying to the IPh.D. Program.

Additional items needed to complete your application process:

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended. Transcripts are considered official if they are received in a sealed envelope from the school or sent electronically to the Office of Admissions. Transcripts can be sent in a secured email file to umkc-admtranscript@umkc.edu
  • Official GRE scores (code 6872)
  • Three letters of reference
  • A few disciplines require you to choose a faculty mentor at the time of application. Make sure to consult the discipline coordinator of each of your chosen disciplines to determine if this is necessary for you.
  • To submit the application, you will be prompted to pay the non-refundable application processing fee or request approval for a fee waiver.
  • When completing your application for admission, select "Interdisciplinary Studies Ph.D." as your intended academic plan. After you select one Primary Discipline, determine if it is a discipline that requires the Co-discipline choice at the time of admission (some disciplines do not require this until the end of the first semester). You may need to talk with the discipline coordinator for this information. Then choose a Co-discipline if your Primary Discipline requires it.

Learn more information about applying to the IPh.D. program.

For other graduate degrees, refer to the specific school to which you will be applying.

Learn more about the J.D. application process.

Learn more about the LL.M. application process.

Learn more about applying to the M.D. program.

Learn more about applying to the M.S. in Anesthesia program.

Learn more about applying to the M.S. in Bioinformatics program.

Learn more about applying to the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research.

Learn more about applying to the Master of Health Professions Education program.

Learn more about applying to the Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Education program.

Co-Discipline: Learn more about applying to the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. – Bioinformatics Co-Discipline program.

Primary Discipline: Learn more about applying to the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. - Bioinformatics Primary Discipline program.

Learn more about applying to the Master of Science in Nursing program.

Learn more about applying to the Post-Master of Science in Nursing program.

Learn more about applying to the Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing program .

Learn more about applying to the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program.

Learn more about the Pharm.D. application process.

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended. Transcripts are considered official if they are received in a sealed envelope from the school or sent electronically to the Office of Admissions. Transcripts can be sent in a secured email file to umkc-admtranscript@umkc.edu
  • Official GRE scores (code 6872)
  • Three letters of reference
  • When completing your application for admission, select "Interdisciplinary Studies Ph.D." as your intended academic plan, and select one of the pharmacy disciplines as your Primary Discipline. Then select a Co-discipline if you have already chosen one, but this is not required for the School of Pharmacy disciplines until the end of the first semester.

Learn more information about applying to the IPh.D. program.

For other graduate degrees, refer to the specific school to which you will be applying.