UMKC Catalog


Undergraduate Admissions

First-Time Admission

First-time college student applicants to the undergraduate program will be admitted if they obtain: (1) an ACT mathematics score of at least 25; and (2) an ACT composite score of at least 24, or a high school class rank in the upper 25 percent.

First-time college student applicants who do not meet the standard criteria but do meet UMKC general admission requirements, and have other indicators that demonstrate potential for success, may be conditionally admitted to the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department. The student may apply for acceptance into the civil or mechanical engineering discipline after meeting the terms of the conditional admission. 

High school students planning to apply to the civil or mechanical engineering program should pursue a college preparatory program that emphasizes mathematics, science and communication skills.



Students seeking re-admission into either civil or mechanical engineering must have been in good academic standing in the CME degree program when last enrolled, otherwise, re-admission requires a formal review by the department upon written appeal by the student.


Transfer Admission

Students with 24 or more transferrable credits (transfer students) will be admitted based upon the general UMKC transfer policy and must have completed coursework equivalent to MATH 210 Calculus I and CHEM 211 General Chemistry I with a grade of 'C' or better.  The minimum overall GPA of transferrable coursework must be 2.0 or higher and is computed using all degree applicable attempts from all institutions when determining automatic admission of transfer students.

Transfer students not meeting the above criteria may be admitted based on a formal review by the departmental academic committee.  A written appeal by the prospective student is required by the academic committee in order to be considered for admission.

Transfer credit of engineering courses will be accepted provided they are either from an ABET-accredited engineering program or have been approved as part of a transfer articulation agreement.  All transferable coursework must satisfy the 'C' prerequisite rule.

International Students

International students transferring from non-ABET-accredited engineering programs are required to have the equivalent of a 2.5 cumulative GPA, with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and a last-term GPA of at least 2.0 at each institution attended. GPA’s are computed using only transferable coursework (As defined below) applicable towards the civil or mechanical engineering degree.


International Transfer Credit

Unless the international institution is recognized by ABET, only sophomore level (200 level) or below coursework may be transferred by petition and review of the academic committee. Final acceptance of transfer credit by petition requires completion of one academic year of probation. Any identified deficiencies during that probation period will, on the review of the academic committee, require remedial coursework.

Visiting Student Admission

Visiting students must meet the Civil & Mechanical Engineering Department (CME) regular admission requirements.  Visiting students who wish to take undergraduate civil or mechanical engineering coursework will be required to show proof of having met prerequisites to the course desired to be taken with a grade of "C" or better.  Registration requires permission from the department.  Enrollment of visiting students in undergraduate civil or mechanical coursework will be done the week before the start of the semester (for summer semester, registration will be done two weeks before the start of the semester) on a space available basis unless an exception is approved by the CME Department.  Visiting undergraduate students cannot use the KCASE program for SCE classes.