UMKC Catalog


Special Programs and Centers

Bloch Executive Education Center

Bloch School
Bloch Executive Education Center
5110 Cherry, Suite 305
(816) 235-6071

Bloch Executive Education is the Kansas City area's university partner for management seminars and custom corporate programs that support innovation and leadership development. The Center’s programs are designed to engage business, government, and non-profit leaders in learning application of concepts and practices that affect growth locally and abroad. Custom programs are designed in concert with clients to meet a specific need of the organization. Management seminars are available to executives and aspiring leaders based on personal and professional competency needs. Our nationally-recognized faculty provokes thought and challenge perspectives through relevant curricula that feature innovative thought, research insights, and business best practices.

Center for Global Management Studies

Bloch School
5110 Cherry St.

The Center for Global Management Studies at the Bloch School promotes and supports academic study and research in global management issues. The objectives of the Center include: (1) developing and maintaining global course offerings that support the Bloch School Strategic Plan; (2) supporting faculty research activities that are closely related to global management issues; (3) promoting and supporting Bloch School faculty and student involvement in academic exchange programs with partner universities throughout the world; and (4) engaging in liaison and outreach activities with UMKC, Kansas City, national and international organizations involved in global management activities.

Cookingham Institute of Urban Affairs

Bloch School
5110 Cherry St.
(816) 235-2894

The mission of the L.P. Cookingham Institute is to promote urban civic engagement and social entrepreneurship on critical issues of local and regional impact through research, educational programs, and community engagement.  The Institute partners with government, business, and nonprofit entities to identify problems, develop solutions, and bring cutting-edge practices to Kansas City.  The Cookingham Institute also contributes to promoting dialogue within UMKC on urban core issues through grants, contracts, and a variety of other programs.

Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Bloch School
5110 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
P: (816) 235-6200
F: (816)-235-6529

The mission of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is to inspire and nurture entrepreneurs and innovators through transformational education and research and the Institute’s vision is to be a global leader in creating and disseminating knowledge to advance entrepreneurship and innovation. As a unique differentiator, the Institute distinguishes itself across 5 key elements: research, faculty, education, programs, and results.

The Institute’s goal is that experiential learning will be the basis for all curriculum and programs. By delivering a curriculum designed specifically for aspiring entrepreneurs and progressive student programs, our students acquire first-hand knowledge in creating and managing high-growth potential enterprises. The Institute strives to prepare students to create new businesses and develop innovations for established companies. All students are expected to create and manage a new venture before graduation. And entrepreneurship education isn't limited to just business students. We welcome students from every discipline on campus who want to learn how to spark ideas and create businesses.

Lewis White Real Estate Center

Bloch School
5110 Cherry St. #319
(816) 235-6288/5188

The Lewis White Real Estate Center (The White Center) is a center that focuses on developing students to become real estate leaders in Kansas City and beyond, as well as enabling the experienced professional to take their real estate career to the next level. Faculty of the Center conduct state-of-the-art research in the field of real estate and provide an educational resource for the community. The newly established degree in Entrepreneurial Real Estate provides a comprehensive body of real estate knowledge essential for anyone involved in making decisions about real estate including wealth creation, location choices for business, financing, valuing or managing. It provides a thorough understanding of the financial risks and rewards of real estate development, particularly in an urban context, as well as the relationship between public policy and urban development.

Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership

Bloch School
5110 Cherry St.
(816) 235-2305

The Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership is the Bloch School research and education center that prepares and supports the work of leaders and managers of nonprofit public service organizations throughout the Midwest. The Center enhances the performance and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations and their leaders through high quality community-oriented education, research and facilitation services. Center faculty, fellows and students support nonprofit organizations as educators, advisers and facilitators in areas such as governing board development, management development, strategic planning, strategic organizational and financial management, and the leadership of major change initiatives. The Center also operates a Nonprofit Resource Center that is open to students and all members of the community.