criminal justice

Admission requirements

  • There are no special requirements beyond those for admission to the university. 
  • The College of Arts and Sciences requires a minimum of 120 total credit hours for graduation, at least 36 of which must be numbered 300 or above.


  • UMKC’s urban location means there are opportunities for internships and part-time employment with a number of agencies and organizations so that students can gain practical experience to supplement their coursework.
  • Graduates can be found throughout Kansas City and the world as federal agents, police officers, prosecutors, probation officers and more.   
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Fast facts

  • The department has approximately 250 undergraduate students in the criminal justice and criminology program.
  • The average class size of a junior- or senior-level class is about 25 students.   


  • All full-time faculty have earned doctorates from major universities and are experts in areas related to criminal justice and criminology.
  • Faculty have published scholarly articles and books and regularly present their work at professional meetings.
  • Areas in which the faculty have special interest include drug policy, institutional and community corrections, community policing, evaluation research, juvenile justice, restorative justice and death penalty issues. 
  • All faculty are active in advising students on academic and career plans and interact with students on special projects. 
  • Several members of the faculty have won awards for teaching and research excellence.

Student organizations

  • Alpha Phi Sigma, Mu Mu Chapter (CJC national honor society)
  • Criminal Justice & Criminology Club (open to all interested students)  


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Contact us

Office of Admissions

120 Administrative Center
5115 Oak St.
Kansas City, MO 64112
Phone: 816-235-1111
Toll-free: 1-800-775-8652
Relay Missouri: 1-800-735-2966 (TTY)

Visit us

Students are encouraged to schedule a campus visit by visiting or calling 816-235-8652.


UMKC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.