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Undergraduate

The undergraduate application process is for students who will be enrolling in college for the first time. They will be entering as a freshman (first year student).

Undergraduate Application

Application – Incoming undergraduates can apply one of two ways to UMKC. Applicants can choose to use the UMKC Application or the Common Application. UMKC does not give preference to one application over the other.

Please choose only one application and continue using that application through the entire process.

UMKC Application          Common Application

 

A paper application is also available.

Application fee – Pay your $75 application fee

Statement of Purpose – Please submit a short statement about and objectives for attending UMKC.  Anyone admitted to study in the U.S. must be prepared to tell the Border Immigration Officer why they chose to come to UMKC.

Academic credentials – Submit official copies of academic credentials (mark sheets, score cards, transcripts, graduation certificates, degree certificates) with literal English translation if necessary. All previous academic work must be included, and a syllabus of coursework with English translation should be provided.

English proficiency – If you have taken a TOEFL or IELTS test, please submit a copy of the score if English is not your native language. The UMKC code is 6872. Only ETS can report official TOEFL scores to UMKC.

Conditional admission (for applicants without TOEFL/IELTS) – If a student is conditionally admitted, the student must become proficient in the English language before he or she will be permitted to enroll in courses related to the degree. An I-20 will be issued for an adequate period of time for the student to achieve English proficiency and to obtain the degree. However, if the student does not become proficient in the English language, he or she will not be able to enroll in the degree program.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Computing and Engineering, and the Bloch School of Management will consider admitting undergraduate international students who have not demonstrated proficiency with the English language. For additional information on conditional admission to undergraduate degree programs, please visit websites for the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Computing and Engineering, or the Bloch School of Business.

Passport – Forward a copy of your information/photo page in your passport.

Statement of Finances – Applicants requesting an I-20/DS-2019 in order to obtain student visa must submit proof of sufficient funding using the Official Statement of Finances form, which can be submitted by document fax or mail.

Affidavit of Support – If a friend or family member is helping support a student, that person must complete an affidavit of support to indicate their intention for the support.

Other – Letters of recommendation and/or other supplemental materials required by the academic unit.

Additional requirements for mainland Chinese applicants:
Before submitting your application to UMKC, you will need to request a credential report from CQV in English.  Step by step instructions can be found on the CQV website.
Submit your completed CQV Credentials Report (in English) along with copies of the following credentials to UMKC:

  1. Your university transcripts in Chinese with a literal English translation and, if completed,
  2. Your university graduation certificate in Chinese with a literal English translation
  3. Your university degree certificate in Chinese with a literal English translation

 

Transfer

The transfer application process is for students who have already received some college credit at a previous or current university and wish to transfer that credit toward a degree at UMKC.

Transfer Application

Application –

2017 (Fall) applicants: complete the 2017 Fall online application

2018 (Spring, Summer or Fall) applicants: complete the 2018 online application

A paper application is also available.

Application fee – Pay your $75 application fee.

Statement of Purpose – Please submit a short statement about and objectives for attending UMKC. Anyone admitted to study in the U.S. must be prepared to tell the Border Immigration Officer why they chose to come to UMKC.

Academic credentials – Submit official copies of academic credentials (mark sheets, score cards, transcripts, graduation certificates, degree certificates) with literal English translation if necessary. All previous academic work must be included, and a syllabus of coursework with English translation should be provided.

English proficiency – If you have taken a TOEFL or IELTS test, please submit a copy of the score if English is not your native language. The UMKC code is 6872. Only ETS can report official TOEFL scores to UMKC.

Passport – Forward a copy of your information/photo page in your passport.

Immigration Documents – Copy of your current I-20 or DS-2019, copy of your visa, and copy of your I-94.

Statement of Finances – Applicants requesting an I-20/DS-2019 in order to obtain student visa must submit proof of sufficient funding using the Official Statement of Finances form, which can be submitted by document fax or mail.

Affidavit of Support – If a friend or family member is helping support a student, that person must complete an affidavit of support to indicate their intention for the support.

Other – Letters of recommendation and/or other supplemental materials required by the academic unit.

Transfer-In Form – If you are admitted to UMKC and transferring from another institution in the US, you will need to fill out a transfer-in form and have a Designated School Official from your current institution complete the transfer-in form. This form serves as a formal request to have your SEVIS record transferred from your previous school to UMKC.

Additional requirements for mainland Chinese applicants:
Before submitting your application to UMKC, please complete the following steps:

  1. Request a credential report from CQV in English
  2. Pay fees associated with Credentials Report and courier service
  3. Submit your completed CQV Credentials Report (in English) along with copies of the following credentials to UMKC:
    • Your university transcripts in Chinese with a literal English translation and, if completed,
    • Your university graduation certificate in Chinese with a literal English translation
    • Your university degree certificate in Chinese with a literal English translation

 

Graduate

The graduate application process is for students who already have an undergraduate degree and are seeking graduate certificate and/or degrees.

Graduate Application

Application –

2017 (Fall) applicants: complete the Fall 2017 online application

2018 (Spring, Summer or Fall) applicants: complete the 2018 online application

A paper application is also available.

Application fee – Pay your $75 application fee.

Statement of Purpose – Please submit a short statement about and objectives for attending UMKC. Anyone admitted to study in the U.S. must be prepared to tell the Border Immigration Officer why they chose to come to UMKC.

Academic credentials – Submit official copies of academic credentials (mark sheets, score cards, transcripts, graduation certificates, degree certificates) with literal English translation if necessary. All previous academic work must be included, and a syllabus of coursework with English translation should be provided.

English proficiency – If you have taken a TOEFL or IELTS test, please submit a copy of the score if English is not your native language. The UMKC code is 6872. Only ETS can report official TOEFL scores to UMKC.

GRE/GMAT: Have official GRE, GMAT or other test score report sent – UMKC institution code is 6872. For additional information on what graduate assessment test may be required, visit the academic unit homepage and navigate to your program of interest.

Passport – Copy your information/photo page in your passport.

Statement of Finances – Applicants requesting an I-20/DS-2019 in order to obtain student visa must submit proof of sufficient funding using the Official Statement of Finances form, which can be submitted by document fax or mail.

Affidavit of Support – If a friend or family member is helping support a student, that person must complete an affidavit of support to indicate their intention for the support.

Other – Letters of recommendation and/or other supplemental materials required by the academic unit.

Additional requirements for mainland Chinese applicants:
Before submitting your application to UMKC, please complete the following steps:

  1. Request a credential report from CQV in English
  2. Pay fees associated with Credentials Report and courier service
  3. Submit your completed CQV Credentials Report (in English) along with copies of the following credentials to UMKC:
    •  Your university transcripts in Chinese with a literal English translation and, if completed,
    • Your university graduation certificate in Chinese with a literal English translation
    • Your university degree certificate in Chinese with a literal English translation

 

Interdisciplinary Doctoral (IPh.D.)

All applicants are encouraged to review the requirements for the primary and co-discipline(s) by visiting the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. website. It is recommended that applicants talk to the IPh.D. Discipline Coordinators in their areas of interest before applying to the program.

IPh.D. Application

Steps to complete the application:

  1. Online Application
    2017 (Fall) applicants: complete the Fall 2017 online application. Please be sure to select “Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Studies” as the intended major and then indicate your preferred primary discipline and co-discipline(s).
    2018 (Spring, Summer or Fall) applicants: complete the 2018 online application. Please be sure to select “Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Studies” as the intended major and then indicate your preferred primary discipline and co-discipline(s).
  • Supplementary Application – Once the UMKC online application is complete, you will receive an email within 24 – 48 hours inviting you to log in to the Supplementary Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Application site. You will use your UMKC web application username and password to log in.These additional supplemental materials must be updated as PDFs:
    • Narrative statement / Statement of intent
    • Resume/Vita
    • Three letters of recommendation (The applicant provides referee contact information in the Supplementary Application site. The referee receives an email invitation to upload the reference letter into the site.)
    • Writing sample (not required of all disciplines, check applicable discipline requirements at IPhD Studies) Please note: the narrative statement is NOT the same as the writing sample

Once the requirements (shown above) are completed, change your Application Status from “In Process” to “Complete” in the Supplementary Application site so that your application can be reviewed by the academic units.

  1. Academic credentials – Official transcripts and degree certificates should be sent directly to the UMKC International Student Affairs Office-with literal English translation (if original is not in English).   Your application cannot be reviewed until official transcripts have been received by the International Student Affairs Office.
  2. English Proficiency – Have an official TOEFL or IELTS score report sent to the International Student Affairs Office for all applicants for whom English is not their native language. Test scores should be sent directly to UMKC from ETS – institution code is 6872. Official IELTS score reports can be mailed to: International Student Affairs Office, Atterbury Student Success Center, Room G-04, 5000 Holmes Street, Kansas City, MO 64110
  3. GRE/GMAT – Have official GRE, GMAT or other test score report sent – UMKC institution code is 6872. For additional information on what graduate assessment test may be required, visit the academic unit homepage and navigate to your program of interest.
  4. Statement of Finances – Applicants requesting an I-20 or DS-2019 in order to obtain student visa must submit proof of sufficient funding using the Official Statement of Finances form, which can be submitted by document fax (573-884-4897), or email to the International Student Affairs Office.
  5. Affidavit of Support:  If a friend or family member is providing a statement of finances, they will need to submit an affidavit of support indicating that they agree to sponsor your studies. This can be submitted by document fax (573-884-4897), or email to the International Student Affairs Office.
  6. Passport – Copy your information/photo page in your passport, which can be submitted by document fax (573-884-4897), or email to the International Student Affairs Office.

Admission decisions cannot be provided over the telephone.

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact the School of Graduate Studies at 816-235-1301 or umkciphdadm@umkc.edu

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Admissions Procedure

(for primary discipline-only application selection)

All applicants are encouraged to review the requirements for the Primary Discipline(s) by visiting the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. website. It is recommended that applicants talk to the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Discipline Coordinators in their areas of interest BEFORE applying to the program. Discipline Coordinators offer valuable program, academic and application information.

Please read through all steps below before beginning your application!

Step One (UMKC Web Application):

Complete the UMKC Web Application.

  • Select “Graduate and Professional” then “Apply to the School of Graduate Studies”
  • Choose the “online” application
  • Create a “new application” and an Application ID and Password.
  • Select “Graduate” and enter your application information.
  • Select your intended academic plan (major) as “Interdisciplinary Studies PhD”
  • Then select your “Primary Discipline” from the drop-down menu. A list of Participating Disciplines is available on the School of Graduate Studies website.
  • Do not select a co-discipline. You are NOT required to choose a co-discipline in the online application. If admitted to the program, you will work with your Interim Advisor to select a co-discipline area during your first semester in the program.
  • Complete the rest of the online application and submit.

Step Two (Supplementary Application Materials):

Once the UMKC web application is complete, you will receive an email within 24 to 48 hours inviting you to log in to the Supplementary Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Application site. You will use the Username and Password you created for the UMKC web application to log in to iSAP. Supplemental materials for Interdisciplinary Ph.D. applicants must be uploaded as .PDFs in the Supplementary Application site. Once the requirements (shown below) are completed, you change your Application Status from “In Process” to “Complete” in the Supplementary Application site so that your application can be reviewed by the disciplines:

  • Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (International applicants)
  • Official transcripts
  • Narrative statement / Statement of intent
  • Resume / Vita
  • Three letters of recommendation (The applicant provides referee contact information in the Supplementary Application site. The referee receives an email invitation to upload the reference letter into the site.)
  • Writing sample (not required of all disciplines, check applicable discipline requirements at IPhD Studies) Please note: the narrative statement is NOT the same as the writing sample.

Official transcripts should be sent directly to the International Student Affairs Office.Your application cannot be reviewed until official transcripts have been received.

Test scores should be sent directly to UMKC from ETS-Institution code: 6872

Waiver requests for TOEFL/IELTS/GRE: Applicants must talk with the Interdisciplinary Ph.D Discipline Coordinators in their areas of interest BEFORE requesting a waiver for the official test score requirements. After talking with the Coordinators, a waiver request can be submitted in writing through the Supplementary Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Application site (iSAP). Choose “Uploads” from the left-hand menu, then “Add files” to upload your waiver request in a PDF format. Choose “Other” for the document type listed in the drop down menu, then click “Start” to add the TOEFL/IELTS/GRE waiver request to your application.

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact the School of Graduate Studies at 816-235-1301 or umkciphdadm@umkc.edu

Additional Information

  1. The deadlines for applications to the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program vary by discipline. All application materials must be uploaded into the Supplementary Application site, and test scores and official transcripts must be received in Admission Offices by the earliest discipline deadline. (For example, if one discipline’s deadline is February 1st and the other March 15th, then application materials must be received by the February 1st deadline.)
  2. The timeline for applicants to expect admission decisions varies by discipline. Most admission decisions are made approximately four to six weeks after the latest deadline. (For example, if one discipline deadline is February 1st and the other March 15th, an admission decision should be received, approximately, by April 15th to April 30th.
  3. Applicants will be notified of admission decisions by mail. Newly admitted international applicants will receive necessary admission documentation by courier service from the International Student Affairs Office.
  4. Admission decisions cannot be provided over the telephone.

To review the 2015-2016 UMKC Catalog’s information for each discipline, visit: http://catalog.umkc.edu/colleges-schools/graduate-studies/interdisciplinary-phd-program/

 

 

Visiting and Community Students

Visiting students are degree-seeking students at another institution, wishing to take courses at UMKC and transfer them back to their home institution.  Community students are members of the community, interested in taking a class or classes at UMKC.

Visiting and Community Application
  1. Complete the Visiting and Community Student Application
  2. Make photocopies of the following immigration documents:
    • Data page of your passport
    • U.S. visa
    • I-94 (if applicable)
    • I-20 or DS-2019 documents (if applicable)
  3. Have your academic advisor sign your completed Concurrent Enrollment Form
  4. Submit your application, immigration documents and Concurrent Enrollment Form to the International Student Affairs Office

Address: Atterbury Student Success Center, 5000 Holmes, Room G-04, Kansas City, MO 64110

Email: isao@umkc.edu

 

English as a Second Language

ESL Application

Applied Language Institute Application– visit the ALI website to submit an application

Passport – Copy your information/photo page in your passport.

Statement of Finances – Applicants requesting an I-20/DS-2019 in order to obtain student visa must submit proof of sufficient funding using the Official Statement of Finances form, which can be submitted by document fax or mail.

Affidavit of Support – If a friend or family member is helping support a student, that person must complete an affidavit of support to indicate their intention for the support.

 

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