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Advising

While advising is required for some students, all students can benefit from visiting with an advisor when planning their course schedules to graduate on time.

General Advising Information

All students new to UMKC are required to meet with an advisor prior to registering for classes. Depending on your major, you may be required to meet with your academic advisor prior to registering each semester. New freshmen are required to go to orientation.

Adviser Release for Registration

If advising is required for you, you will have an academic advising hold in Pathway. Your advisor can remove this hold after you have met with them. Make sure you meet with your advisor prior to your assigned priority registration date. If you have more than one major, you may be required to meet with multiple academic advisors to have all of your advising holds removed.

Course Consent

Many courses require special consent for enrollment. See the department so your student ID can be input in Pathway to allow you to register for the course.

Overloads

For undergraduates, a program of 18 or more semester hours constitutes an overload and requires an advisor’s approval. For graduate students, a program of 12 or more hours constitutes an overload and requires approval by the dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

Academic Probation and Holds

Students are expected to maintain a grade point average that meets or exceeds the minimum as established for their degree program. If a student’s GPA falls below the minimum, the student will be placed on some form of probation or will become ineligible for further study at UMKC.

If a student becomes ineligible, they may petition to their academic unit for continued enrollment or to another academic unit for acceptance. Each academic unit establishes the minimum GPA necessary to be in good academic standing and determines what form of probation is appropriate for students who are not in good standing. Students are responsible for knowing the GPA requirements of their academic unit.

For more information about academic probation, contact an academic advisor in the appropriate academic unit. Students on probation must get advising before registering for classes.

UMKC will apply administrative holds on students’ accounts when students owe UMKC past due balances or any form of debt (such as library books, traffic and parking fines, etc.). These holds may prevent students from registering for classes until debts are settled. Administrative holds also are applied for some non-financial reasons (such as academic ineligibility, disciplinary actions, missing admissions documents, etc.). You can view which office has applied an administrative hold in the Pathway Student Self-Service Center.

Academic Advising Offices

Each school or college has their own academic advisors. Students can meet with these advisors to review course schedules or get more information about their degree program.

CAS Student Services Office

Scofield Hall, Room 9
711 East 51st Street
Kansas City, MO 64110
816-235-1148

All undergraduate students are encouraged to seek advising before registering for classes each semester. CAS Student Services sees undergraduate students either by appointment or walk-in.

Hours for the CAS Student Services

By appointment:

Schedule through Connect (in Blackboard) or by calling 816-235-1148

Monday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

By walk-in on "Walk in Wednesdays":

Wednesday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Sign-ins may cut off before 2 p.m., depending on the level of student traffic.) Please note that CAS Student Services may offer advising only on walk-in basis during the busiest times of the year (around the beginning of classes and registration for each semester) in order to meet the high demand for advising. Also, CAS Student Services is closed for all major holidays and occasionally for University business (in-services or University events like new student orientations). Please call 816-235-1148 to check on any changes from the regular schedule.

Arts and Sciences students on probation

If you are on academic probation, you must be advised in Scofield Hall, room 9, before you will be released for registration. This advising cannot be completed by telephone. Call 816-235-1148 for more information.

Advising releases

Students who are required to see an advisor and have an advisor’s release before they can register include:

  • New students
  • Students with fewer than 45 credit hours
  • Chemistry majors, physics majors, studio art majors, freshmen theatre majors (must meet with Major advisor in A and S Department)
  • Pre-law majors with a GPA lower than 3.0
  • Students on academic contract or probation
  • Students requesting overloads, audits, credit/no credit option
  • Graduate students in chemistry, English, geosciences, sociology and theatre (go directly to department for advising and approvals.)

Students who have chosen a major should contact their department faculty adviser for an appointment.

CAS departmental advisors CAS academic advisors

New undergraduate transfer students should go first to Scofield Hall, room 9 for an evaluation of transfer work.

Special interest areas

Students interested in the following areas should contact:

Pre-law, Pre-medicine, Pre-dental, Pre-health

Nick Chappell
Pre-law and Pre-health Advisor
9 Scofield Hall
Phone: 816-235-5874

Pre-business

Henry W. Bloch School of Management
115 Bloch
Phone: 816-235-2215

Pre-education

School of Education
129 Education
Phone: 816-235-2234

Pre-engineering

School of Computing and Engineering
546 Flarsheim Hall
Phone: 816-235-1193

Pre-pharmacy

School of Pharmacy
1219 Health Sciences Building
Phone: 816-235-1613
pharmacy@umkc.edu

Applied Language Institute

Monica Mingucci, Director
5301 Rockhill Road
Phone: 816-235-1233

Bloch School Student Services Office

115 Bloch School
816-235-2215
blochadvising@umkc.edu

Undergraduate Advising

The Bloch School Student Services Office advises all undergraduate accounting and business students. We also help students pursuing the business and entrepreneurship minors enroll in courses appropriate to their program.

Students with freshman and junior standing are required to be advised prior to enrollment. Students on academic probation and students new to UMKC must also be advised before they can enroll. For sophomore and senior level students advising is optional, but recommended.

Hours for Bloch School Student Services

Walk-in Advising hours for undergraduate students:

Wednesday 9-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.

Undergraduate Advising by Appointment:

Appointments are available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 5 and 5:30 p.m. and on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday between 9-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Call 816-235-2215 to schedule an appointment.

Graduate Advising

Master of Science in Finance students are advised by staff in the Bloch School Student Services Office. Graduate advising in the Student Services Office for MSF students is by appointment only. Please call 816-235-2215 to schedule.

blochadvising@umkc.edu

Master of Business Administration

Jewel Madsen
madsenj@umkc.edu
816-235-5126

Barb Domke  
816-235-2218
Master of Science Entrepreneurial Real Estate

Dr. Jim DeLisle
delislej@umkc.edu
816-235-6288

Professor Chuck Connely
connelyc@umkc.edu
816-235-5131

Master of Public Administration

Barb Domke
816-235-2218
Master of Science in Accounting
Barb Domke
816-235-2218
Master of Science in Finance
Barb Domke
816-235-2218

New students must meet with an advisor prior to enrollment. Beyond the first semester, advising is optional. Students on probation or who have been admitted on academic contract are also required to meet with an advisor before enrolling.

Students pursuing the Master of Public Administration degree are assigned a faculty advisor at the time of admission to the program. This faculty member will advise the student during their time in the program. New students as well as those on probation or admitted on academic contract must be advised prior to enrollment. Staff in the Student Services Office are available to assist with non-curricular advising needs.

Health Services Administration

Dr. Arif Ahmed
ahmedar@umkc.edu
816-235-2319

Nonprofit Management

Dr. Scott Helm
sth45q@umkc.edu
816-235-6055

Dr. Brent Never
neverb@umkc.edu
816-235-6720

Dr. David Renz
renzd@umkc.edu
816-235-2342

Urban Administration

Dr. Anne Williamson
williamsona@umkc.edu
816-235-5177

Students in the Master of Science in Accounting meet with an advisor each semester prior to enrollment. Advising is provided by staff in the Bloch Student Services Office by appointment. Please call 816-235-2215 to schedule an appointment.

School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Undergraduate students

Undergraduate students enrolled in biological and chemical sciences programs are required to participate in registration advising each semester to have their advising hold released allowing them to register for classes. Several options exist for students to take care of this including individual appointments, walk-in advising and in-person or online schedule proposal submissions.

Appointments can be scheduled for biology by calling the advising office at 816-235-2580 or by coming to room 262-B on the 2nd floor in the Biological Science Building or for chemistry by calling 816-235-2273 or coming to room 233 on the 2nd floor of Spencer Hall. Before an appointment, students should review their plan of study and then prepare a tentative schedule for the advisor’s approval.

Graduate students

New graduate students and visiting graduate student must meet with an advisor before registering for classes.

Graduate students who do not have a permanent advisor must contact the school’s graduate programs office, room 171, Biological Science Building, 816-235-1330, for more information.

SCE Advising and Support

DST Student Services Center

336 Flarsheim Hall
816-235-2399
sce@umkc.edu

All undergraduate students in the School of Computing and Engineering are advised by staff academic advisors located in the DST Student Services Center. Many graduate students and some undergraduate students in SCE will meet with a faculty advisor, however all SCE students must be cleared to register by an advisor each semester. Please see your academic advisor for questions.

Scheduling Advising Appointments

Students can schedule appointments with their academic advisor by logging into UMKC Connect, selecting "My Success Network", and signing up for an available timeslot. Or they can call 816-235-2399 to schedule an appointment.

Walk-in Appointments are available Tuesdays 9:30-11:30am, and Wednesdays 1:30-3:30pm.

Graduate students must schedule appointments with their faculty advisors individually. Please contact your academic advisor or the program coordinator in your department for questions.

Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department

352 Flarsheim Hall
Phone: 816-235-5550

Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

546 Flarsheim Hall
Phone: 816-235-1193

UMKC Conservatory

Advising

All undergraduate and graduate students in the Conservatory are required to meet with their advisor before registering. Call 816-235-2900 for an appointment.

Matriculation exam

All newly admitted graduate students must take the matriculation exam in music history and theory. The exam will be held from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on June 2, July 14 and Aug. 11. Master’s and doctoral comprehensive exams master’s comprehensive exams will be given during the weeks of June 23-27 and Sept. 22-26. Notify the Associate Dean’s Office prior to May 2 if you plan to take the exams in the summer semester and Aug. 22 if you plan to take the exams in September. Doctoral comprehensive exams in music theory and music history will be given on two consecutive Saturdays. The theory and history exam dates are Sept. 27 and Oct. 4. Notify the Associate Dean’s Office prior to Aug. 22 if you plan to take the exams in the fall semester.

Advising contacts

Undergraduate advising

816-235-2900

Graduate advising

816-235-2900

Associate dean for Academic Affairs

816-235-2900

Student services coordinators

Wayne Nagy, Spencer Orr, Helen Perry

School of Dentistry

Registration information will be provided via email to each dental, dental hygiene and graduate dental student. Students outside of the School of Dentistry must obtain permission to register in any School of Dentistry course from the associate dean for academic affairs and the dental school’s registrar.

Dean’s Office
650 E. 25th St., room 440
Phone: 816-235-2010

Registrar
Phone: 816-235-2081

Student Programs
Phone: 816-235-2080

Attendance policy

The School of Dentistry maintains a policy of mandatory attendance for all scheduled classroom, laboratory and clinical courses.

Withdrawal

Any student desiring to withdraw from their dental program must submit their request to withdraw in writing to the associate dean for academic affairs. Prior to final approval to withdraw, students must obtain clearance through each designated department.

School of Education

Teacher education

Undergraduate education majors are required to meet with an academic advisor in Education Student Services prior to registering each semester. Students must apply and be admitted into the professional Teacher Education program. More information can be found on the School of Education website.

Graduate students

Graduate students must have an approved program of study on file prior to completing the final 15 credit hours of their degree program. Degree program outlines are available in the Education Student Services Office. Departmental faculty advise all graduate students. Programs in counseling psychology, counselor education and educational administration require a special application packet.

Academic Probation

Graduate students who are conditionally admitted must have met with a faculty advisor to determine the first four classes to complete to remove themselves from probationary status.

Note: Non-education majors on probation are not allowed to enroll in education courses.

Advisors

129 Education Building

Meghan Dooley
Phone: 816-235-2474

Kyle Morehead
Phone: 816-235-2621

Questions

School of Education Student Services Office
129 Education Building
Phone: 816-235-2234

Graduate faculty advising

Counseling and Educational Psychology
Phone: 816-235-2722

Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies
Phone: 816-235-2245

Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations
Phone: 816-235-2716

School of Graduate Studies

300F Administrative Center
Phone: 816-235-1161

Graduate students are expected to become familiar with the general graduate academic regulations in the UMKC Graduate Catalog. When specific degree requirements are more stringent than the general regulations, the degree-specific regulations take precedence. When all course requirements have been met, graduate students must be continuously enrolled each fall and winter semester. The continuous enrollment requirement may be met by enrolling in Grad. 5899 continuous graduate enrollment and paying the equivalent of one graduate credit hour fee for no academic credit. Information on how to enroll in Grad. 5899 is available at the Registration Office.

Steps for graduation

Graduate students who plan to graduate during this term must take the following steps:

  • Check the term deadlines for completing the various degree requirements that are printed in the calendar in the academic calendar.
  • File an application to graduate with your department by the term deadline printed in the academic calendar.
  • If a thesis or dissertation requirement is included in the student’s program, the degree candidate must submit the final draft of the thesis or dissertation to all members of his or her supervisory committee at least eight weeks prior to the end of the term.
  • Submit the thesis or dissertation, with preliminary approval from the degree candidate’s supervisory committee, to the School of Graduate Studies for certification of acceptance by the term deadline printed in the calendar section of this booklet. The School of Graduate Studies holds workshops on formatting theses and dissertations near the beginning of each term. For information on workshop times, dates and locations or for more information about the approval process, contact the School of Graduate Studies Office at 816-235-1161.

Repeated graduate credit courses

If approved by their degree program’s principal graduate advisor, graduate students may repeat a course once to improve grade point average or satisfy degree requirements. Graduate students should submit a course repeat form to the Registration Office no later than the fourth week of the term. Students seeking graduate degrees are limited to repeating no more than 20 percent of the course hours applicable toward their degrees.

School of Law

Registration

Students must obtain permission to register in any law classes from the associate dean and the registrar of the Law School.

Dean’s Office
1-200 Law School
Phone: 816-235-1644

Registrar
Phone: 816-235-1688

Student Programs
Phone: 816-235-1654

Withdrawal from classes

A student enrolled in a course cannot unilaterally withdraw from it but must secure permission from the associate dean to do so, and must follow prescribed withdrawal procedures. A student who is not in good standing in the course at the time of withdrawal (has earned a grade of 'F' at that point) will receive a grade of 'F' for the course.

School of Medicine

Students enrolled in medicine or BMS courses must be previously admitted to the School of Medicine’s combined B.A./M.D. program or the M.D. degree program. All students are required to meet with an advisor prior to registration.

Year 1 and 2 Office
Phone: 816-235-1344

Student Affairs Office (Hospital Hill)
Phone: 816-235-1900

Withdrawal from classes

UMKC School of Medicine students enrolled in a course can not unilaterally withdraw, but must first secure advice from an advisor and permission from the Council on Curriculum.

School of Nursing and Health Studies

B.H.S. and B.S.P.H. Students

B.H.S. and B.S.P.H. students should review their degree audit and must meet with their academic adviser prior to registering for classes. Come prepared to your appointment with your specific course plan.

Pre-nursing (B.H.S.)

Pre-nursing students should review their degree audit and must meet with their academic adviser prior to registering for classes. Come prepared to your appointment with your specific course plan.

Pre-licensure B.S.N. students

B.S.N. students should review their degree audit, their plan of study, the class schedule and be prepared with their specific course plan for the upcoming semester prior to their advising appointment. Students on probation must first meet with their faculty mentor prior to speaking to their academic adviser. All immunizations and required documentation must be on-file prior to registering.

R.N.-B.S.N. Students

R.N.-B.S.N. students must adhere to their plan of study or else touch base with their academic adviser prior to registering for classes. All immunizations and required documentation must be on file prior to registering.

Graduate students

All graduate students must adhere to their plan of study or touch base with an academic adviser prior to registering for classes should a student want to change their plan of study.

Academic advisors

Corrina Beck, B.H.S. program advisor (A-O)
Phone: 816-235-5788

Georgia Campbell, Graduate program advisor (L-Z)
Phone: 816-235-1740

Christian Cooper, B.H.S. program advisor (P-Z) and R.N.-B.S.N. program advisor (A-Z)
Phone: 816-235-1710

Paola Fernandez, Graduate program advisor (A-K)
Phone: 816-235-6277

Jennifer Lyles, B.S.N. program advisor (L-Z)
Phone: 816-235-6252

Lauren Newcomer, B.S.N. program advisor (A-K)
Phone: 816-235-5768

Student Services

Casey Bauer, Director
Phone: 816-235-1733

Amber Blair, Office Support
Phone: 816-235-1700

School of Pharmacy

Pharmacy Office of Student Affairs

1219 Health Sciences Building
2464 Charlotte
Kansas City, MO 64108
816-235-1613
pharmacy@umkc.edu

Advising in School of Pharmacy

The School of Pharmacy Student Affairs Office works closely with students both prior to entry, throughout the admission process, and while enrolled in the University and/or Doctor of Pharmacy Pharm.D. program. Early Assurance and pre-pharmacy students are required to schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Pharmacy Office of Student Affairs (OSA) for enrollment release prior to each term of enrollment.

Pharm.D. students on probation or on contract must meet with their faculty advisor prior to registering each term. Pharm.D. students can find specific registration information, curricular requirements and important announcements through the OSA Blackboard page.

Students who do not complete required courses or who receive a grade below C must make an appointment with an advisor in the Pharmacy OSA before enrolling in subsequent terms of enrollment.

Pharmacy graduate students must meet with their major faculty advisor to plan a program of study and faculty committee. A program of study must be filed with the Graduate Programs Committee within the first academic year of graduate study.

The OSA staff are knowledge about program requirements and enrollment, academic preparation resources and assistance, admission prerequisites and student organizations, as well as other campus student services. Both current and prospective students are encouraged to contact any one of the OSA staff members for assistance. Please visit the School of Pharmacy website for more information.

Pharmacy Student Affairs Staff

Academic Adviser – Viktoria Phillips

Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator – Steve McDonald

Administrative Assistant - Mary Swick

Director - Shelly Janasz

Senior Student Recruitment Specialist - Amanda Hoelting

University College

Atterbury Student Success Center
816-235-8648
umkcucollege@umkc.edu

University College Students

University College is a portal of entry with relevant support services for our exploratory/undeclared students. Our mission is to offer every exploratory student the opportunity for success through the engagement with faculty and staff, the development of educational plans, the clarification of career and life goals, and the appreciation of the value of the core skills developed through UMKC’s general education.

UCollege has full-time professional advisors to help direct and facilitate a student's path to declaring a major. We believe this is an intentional and thoughtful process which should take place early on in a student's academic career. Our goal is initiate the student's responsibility in the decision and to provide the needed resources and information to make an informed, timely decision.

Advising Appointments

Call 816-235-UNIV(8648) or schedule an appointment through UMKC Connect. We are located on the upper floor of the Student Success Center and would be glad to talk about major exploration and your path to success.

Continuing Education

Need assistance with advising for continuing education? Here's a handy list of contacts for students taking classes in any of these schools:

Special Courses

Need information on special courses at UMKC? Find contact information here: