UMKC Catalog


Economics Department Description

The Department of Economics is committed to promoting excellence in broad-based undergraduate programs; graduate and interdisciplinary doctoral education; research; and community, university and professional service. The department focuses its research, teaching and service efforts on the urban mission of the University by fostering a diversity of research and teaching perspectives for faculty and students.

The department offers an undergraduate major that can be completed either through day or evening classes and is a major participant in PACE (Program for Adult College Education).

Our Students

The department offers programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts, Master's of Arts and Interdisciplinary Ph.D., in Economics. It also provides undergraduate service courses to the College of Arts and Sciences, the Bloch School, and the School of Computing and Engineering. Undergraduate major participate in a variety of visiting lecture programs and faculty colloquialism through the Economics Club and the Omicron Delta Epsilon (the economics honorary society).

Faculty and Facilities

Faculty members of the department maintain active, extensive research programs and a strong commitment to teaching -- holding four outstanding teaching awards. Faculty members have served as presidents for national and regional economic associations and lectured and conducted research in the Fulbright Program, the Ford Foundation, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Department of Labor. Faculty members have established national and international  reputations in a number of research fields. For a small faculty, the department has ranked high among other economics departments at comparable institutions nationally.

The Department of Economics and the Center for Economic Information are housed in Haag Hall. Faculty and other department programs are housed in Manheim Hall. Students have access to state-of-the-art computer labs and classrooms.

Center for Economic Information

Haag Hall, Room 210
5120 Rockhill Road
(816) 235-1394

The Center for Economic Information was established in November 1994 with the goal of making local, regional and national information accessible to economic decision-makers in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The CEI is affiliated with the Department of Economics and the College of Arts and Sciences.

The center is involved in research, teaching and outreach activities. The primary expertise of the center is in application of information technology for economic analysis.

Missouri Council for Economic Education

The department houses the Missouri Council for Economic Education (MCEE). MCEE is the statewide provider of economic education training for elementary and secondary education. It is located in Manheim Hall. 


You may request information about economics programs by calling the department's main number, (816) 235-1314; visiting the Web site,; or sending an information request via e-mail to

For specific information on the undergraduate degree program, contact Frederic Lee Graduate Admissions contact Ben Young, Graduate Admissions Advisor, (816) 235-5699 or Master's program contact Linwood Tauheed, Master of Arts Advisor, (816) 235-6477 or  Peter Eaton, IPHD Coordinator, (816) 235-2832 or mailto: