Graduate and Professional Program Application Process

Interested in a master's, doctoral or professional degree or even a graduate certificate? Here's the information you need to apply to your program.

1. Review graduate general requirements

  • Transcript showing evidence of bachelor’s or first-level professional degree from a regionally accredited institution and satisfactory academic record
  • Proof of English proficiency for non-native English speakers 
  • R.N.-to-M.S.N. option in the School of Nursing and Health Studies not included
  • You can find general information about the UMKC graduate student process in the UMKC catalog

2. Review your program admission and application requirements.

Each graduate program determines program-specific requirements. Consult your program director about these requirements and deadlines for completing your application.

If you need assistance contacting your program, please call or email the School of Graduate Studies at 816-235-1301 or

3. Complete the general UMKC application

Submit the application for admission and the $45.00 nonrefundable domestic application fee or the $75.00 nonrefundable international application fee.

You will not need to resubmit the general UMKC application fee if you were ever enrolled at UMKC as a degree seeking student.

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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 Complete the steps for the graduate application, including submitting the general UMKC application

    1. For “Degree Program,” select “Interdisciplinary Studies Ph.D.”
    2. Two more drop-down menus will appear for you to select your discipline choices.
  1. Submit additional required materials.

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: 
    • 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. Explore options for paying for your program

6. Check your application status

Check the status of your application anytime.

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