School of Graduate Studies

  • Academic Amnesty Policy
    The University of Missouri‐Kansas City has an amnesty policy to enable those students who did not perform adequately during their enrollment within the University of Missouri System (UM System) to be given a second chance to pursue their academic goals.
  • Academic Calendar Policy
    The University operates on the semester system with the academic year divided into fall, spring and summer semesters. Fall semesters are 16 weeks long and start in August and end in December. Spring semesters are 16 weeks long and begin in January and end in May. Summer terms are 8 weeks long during the months of June and July. The 16 week semester is inclusive of the final exams week.
  • Academic Course Approval Policy
    UMKC utilizes Leepfrog’s CourseLeaf CIM Courses platform to manage the course proposal, revision, and approval processes.
  • Academic Credit Hour Equivalencies Policy
    One academic credit hour delivered in the traditional didactic teaching/learning approach is equivalent to three hours of student work per week (1 hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours out of class student homework – Carnegie Unit), typically delivered over a 15 week academic semester. One academic credit hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction is equivalent to 50 minutes of clock time, over 15 weeks of instruction (excluding the final examination period), for a total of 750 minutes of direct faculty instruction over the semester. A 1 credit didactic, lecture class must meet 750 minutes during the semester, excluding the final examination period. Therefore, a 3 credit hour didactic, lecture class must meet 2250 minutes during the 15 weeks of instruction in a typical semester, excluding the final examination period.
  • Academic Load Policy (UG)
    The optimal full‐time course load for an undergraduate student is 15 credit hours. An undergraduate student who takes 15 credit hours each semester will be on track to complete their degree in 4 years. (120 credits / 4 years = 30 credits a year). The minimum enrollment required for full‐time status is 12 credit hours of coursework. For Summer sessions, six or more hours constitute full‐time enrollment. The designation of full‐time load is for academic purposes only and does not apply to assessment of fees.
  • Academic Program Approval Policy
    UMKC utilizes Leepfrog’s CourseLeaf CIM Programs platform to manage the program proposal, revision, and approval processes. • Program proposals and revisions must include a major map (undergraduate programs) and curriculum map (all programs). • Program proposals and revisions must include the program student learning outcomes and associated aligned instructional and assessment activities for each outcome
  • Academic Program Review Policy
    The Academic Program Review (APR) process is intended to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the current status of an academic program (degree, minor, or certificate) based on its activities and achievements since its last review and the opportunity for faculty to think strategically regarding the program’s curricular offerings, research/creative activities, service contributions, and future direction. Through this process, the program identifies strengths, challenges, and areas in need of improvement in its curriculum and instruction; evaluates the quality of its entering students; assesses achievement of the identified student learning outcomes; provides an account of faculty contributions in teaching, research/creative activities, and service; evaluates resource availability and needs; and summarizes special features or services provided by the unit. Finally, the APR allows the programs and the Academic Units, in conjunction with the university, to plan to build on existing strengths, maximize opportunities for growth, and address current challenges and areas in need of improvement, linking program review with assessment, planning, and budgeting.
  • Academic Teaching Credential Policy
    Instructors (faculty/staff in a teaching role) excluding teaching assistants enrolled in a graduate program and […]
  • Administrative Drop Policy
    In order to comply with federal regulations associated with eligibility rules for federal financial aid, UMKC instructors will utilize an Administrative Attendance Survey to confirm attendance for all students during the first three weeks of the term and administratively drop students who are not attending specific courses.
  • Admission to Programs with Previous Degree
    A student may not be admitted into a degree program in which they have already […]
  • AP Research / AP Seminar Course Policy
    Undergraduate students with a score of 4 or 5 in the AP Seminar course will earn 3 hours of credit for ANCH 198: AP Capstone Seminar, which will fulfill the Anchor I requirement. Undergraduate students with a score of 4 or 5 in the AP Research course will earn 3 hours of HONORS 100‐level Research Elective course credit.
  • Attendance Policy
    Students are expected to attend and participate in classes.
  • Auditing Courses Policy
    A student must be admitted to the university and obtain the consent of the instructor in order to audit a course. Courses that ordinarily may not be audited are studio courses in art, performance courses in the Department of Communication Studies, continuing education courses, and laboratory courses in the sciences. Students do not receive credit when auditing a course, and audited courses do not count toward enrollment status requirements (full‐time, half‐time).
  • Awarding Posthumous Degrees
    The University may grant undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees posthumously. If an Academic Unit determines that a deceased student was academically eligible at the time and had completed sufficient coursework to earn a degree the Unit may recommend the awarding of a posthumous degree.
  • Cancellation of Enrollment for Financial Delinquency
    Classes are not automatically canceled for non‐payment. It is the responsibility of all students to withdraw from classes if they will not be attending the semester. If a student withdraws from classes, he or she may still owe the University full or partial fees in accordance with the UMKC fee refund policy. A minimum payment is required by the first payment deadline regardless of when a student registers in courses for a given semester. Pending financial aid and scholarships do not constitute a minimum payment of fees if an outstanding balance remains. If anticipated financial aid is not received or is not sufficient to cover charges, the student remains responsible for all or remaining charges incurred for the semester.
  • Changes in Degree Requirements Policy
    The University of Missouri reserves the right at all times to discontinue, modify or otherwise change its degree programs when it determines it is in the best interest of the University.
  • Class Waitlist Policy
    A class waitlist provides an option for students to indicate they want to enroll in a class that has reached its authorized capacity and is closed. A student on a waitlist is not officially enrolled in that course and thus is not eligible to receive a grade in that course.
  • Classification of Students
    Undergraduate students are classified by the number of semester hours completed at the beginning of each semester.
  • Co-Listed Graduate/Professional and Undergraduate Courses Policy
    When a graduate course and an undergraduate course are co‐listed they should reflect the following guidelines: • There must be two separate course syllabi (one for the graduate course and one for the undergraduate course) that clearly differentiate the performance expectations for students receiving undergraduate and graduate level credit in the co‐listed courses (e.g., student learning outcomes, required problems, projects, readings, presentations or other methods). The relationship between graduate work and graduate credit must be clearly spelled out, and there must be different standards of grading. • Both syllabi must indicate that the co‐listed courses meet at the same time and location with the same instructor, but that the two courses have different requirements and performance expectations reflecting the different course levels. • Courses to be co‐listed must be offered within the same department or equivalent academic unit. Co‐listed courses may not be cross‐listed unless specific circumstances have been reviewed and approved by the academic dean. • Thesis, internship, directed reading, research and independent study classes may not be used as part of a co‐listed arrangement. • The Class Schedule should clarify, by means of class notes, that co‐listed courses meet at the same time and location, and with the same instructor, but that the two courses have different requirements reflecting the different course levels. • Co‐listed courses must indicate that the courses can be co‐listed within the curriculum management system. If one of the co‐listed courses is completed for credit the other one may not be taken for credit at a subsequent time, unless explicitly stated on student’s program of study and approved by the student’s graduate committee. • Syllabi and Class Schedule must note that students taking one co‐listed course may not take the other one for credit at a subsequent time, unless explicitly stated on student’s program of study and approved by the student’s graduate committee.
  • Common Course Scheduling
    The Common Course Scheduling policy has been implemented to ensure optimal room utilization and seat fill ratios and that academic units are providing an even distribution of class offerings to promote a student’s timely progress towards a degree. It should be noted that this policy applies to all scheduled classes regardless if the room is centrally scheduled by the Registration & Records office, Priority Scheduled in conjunction with the Academic Unit or if the class meets in a Unit owned space.
  • Concurrent Enrollment Policy
    Students may not earn and apply degree credit from another college or university at the same time as earning degree credit at UMKC except with the prior approval of the UMKC academic unit involved. Notification of this exception when approved by the academic unit must be forwarded to the UMKC Registration & Records Office.
  • Constitution Requirement Policy
    Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.”
  • Course and Program (Delivery) Equivalency Policy
    Online education courses and programs will adhere to the same academic standards, policies, and rigor as those offered on campus. The programs and courses offered via online technology must be approved through the same curriculum approval processes as campus‐based courses and programs; comparable in quality and content with the same course description and student learning outcomes; and assessed and evaluated on a regular basis. Curricula for online learning offerings should be coherent, cohesive, and comparable in academic rigor to curricula offered in traditional instructional formats. Each academic unit will establish a procedure for monitoring compliance with this policy and be able to report these findings to the Provost on a semester‐by‐semester basis.
  • Course Evaluation SB389
    Satisfaction of the reporting requirements for SB 389 related to course evaluation by students is accomplished in one of two ways: including the designated questions in the Academic Unit specific course evaluation or using the stand‐alone electronic SB389 course evaluation system as a supplement to the unit specific course evaluation. Deans of Academic Units are responsible for making sure the SB389 course evaluation questions are distributed, collected and the results submitted to the Registrar’s Office in a timely manner. They are also responsible for notifying students of the availability of this feedback mechanism when using the stand‐alone electronic system.
  • Course Lifecycle Policy
    A Course Lifecycle report will be provided to the Academic Units with a listing of courses that have not been scheduled in more than two years. Courses that have not been taught within the last two years will need a justification to remain in an active status and printed in the catalog course inventory. Courses will have up to four years to remain in a status of “active but not offered” before they are administratively inactivated. Courses that are administratively inactivated will be removed from displaying as an available option in the degree audit, though they will still display and fulfill degree requirements for those students who have already taken the course. Courses may be re‐activated through the established campus curriculum review process.
  • Course Numbering & Reuse Policy
    Courses are numbered according to the following plan: Course Numbering 000‐099 Remedial Courses (No college credit) 100‐299 Lower Level Undergraduate Courses 300‐499 Upper Level Undergraduate Courses (Some upper level courses may be taken for graduate credit) 500‐2999 Currently Not Used 3000‐4999 Dental Hygiene Undergraduate Courses 5000‐5999 Graduate Level Courses 6000‐6999 School of Dentistry Courses 7000‐7999 School of Pharmacy Courses 8000‐8999 School of Law Courses 9000‐9999 School of Medicine Courses
  • Credit for Military Training
    Students who have served in the armed forces may be eligible to receive college credit for courses completed through the military or occupational specialty training. The American Council of Education recommendations in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services generally serve as a basis for granting such credit.
  • Credit for Prior Learning Policy
    UMKC allows a maximum of 30 credit hours* for prior learning toward the completion of an undergraduate bachelor’s degree. Prior learning must be documented, evaluated, and appropriate to the level of degree awarded.
  • Credit/No-Credit Option Policy
    Sophomores, juniors and seniors in good standing may elect to take one course per semester on a credit/no credit (CR/NC) basis. The credit/no credit option may not be used for courses in the major nor the minor, nor for courses taken to fulfill the general degree requirements. Students may not elect this option when they are repeating a course.
  • Cross-Listed Course Policy
    Cross‐listed courses are the same course offered with multiple subject codes and are programmed in the degree audit system to count equally towards degree requirements.
  • Dean’s List Policy
    The Dean’s List is a unit-based student-centric recognition of excellent academic performance. Students must complete a minimum full-time program of 12 graded hours to qualify for the dean’s list. The credit/no credit option may not be used as part of the 12 graded hours. The permanent academic records for qualifying students are annotated to reflect this distinction. Official semester grades indicate students who are candidates for the Dean’s List.
  • Declaration of Major Policy
    Students may declare a plan of study (major and/or minor) and degree(s) at the time of admission. See the specific academic unit guidelines for admission requirements regarding declaration. If continuing students wish to change their plan of study or add additional plans, students must complete the Declaration of Major form from the UMKC’s Registration & Records Office and obtain signatures from the Academic Advising unit of the school or college.
  • Designation of Upper-division Undergraduate and Graduate Level Courses
    Undergraduate Upper-Level* Course designation: 50% or more of Student Learning Outcomes higher-order as indicated by […]
  • Electronic Grade Change Policy
    Electronic grade changes can be completed by the instructor of record or by the Chair of the Department or the Dean of the Academic Unit via the online student information system. The deadline to initiate an electronic grade change must occur within one calendar year after a term has ended.
  • Exit Exams Policy
    The University of Missouri Board of Curators, the Missouri Department of Higher Education, Missouri statute 173.030.1(9)(e) RSMo, and the Higher Learning Commission require the university to assess the effectiveness of the general education program and all academic programs. With the exceptions noted below, all undergraduate, degree‐seeking students must take a test of general education achievement prior to being granted a baccalaureate degree. Students in specified degree programs must also complete a Major Field Test prior to graduation.
  • Final Exam Policy
    It is expected that every faculty member meet their classes during the scheduled final exam period in the scheduled room(s) for the final examination or other approved instructional activity.
  • Grade Appeal Policy
    Students are responsible for meeting the standards of academic performance established for each course in which they are enrolled. The establishment of the criteria for grades and the evaluation of student academic performance are the responsibilities of the instructor.
  • Grading Policy
    The +/‐ grading scale and grade point system is used by all faculty, in all undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.
  • Graduate Admissions Categories–Degree Seeking Students Policy
    The following six admissions categories are used for degree-seeking graduate students at UMKC: 1. Regular Master’s Degree Seeking – (Full Admit) Degree-seeking graduate students admitted to a master’s degree program without reservation. 2. Conditional Master’s Degree Seeking – (Provisional Graduate). Degree-seeking graduate students admitted to a master’s- level degree program who have not yet fulfilled all admissions requirements specified by the academic unit responsible for the degree program. 3. Regular Educational-Specialist Degree Seeking – (Full Admit). Degree-seeking graduate students admitted to an Educational- Specialist degree program in the School of Education without reservation. 4. Conditional Educational-Specialist Degree Seeking – (Provisional Graduate). Degree-seeking graduate students admitted to an Educational-Specialist degree program who have not yet fulfilled all admissions requirements specified by the School of Education. 5. Regular Doctoral Degree Seeking – (Full Admit). Degree-seeking graduate students admitted to a doctoral degree program (Ph.D. or D.M.A.) without reservation. 6. Conditional Doctoral Degree Seeking – (Provisional Graduate). Degree-seeking graduate students admitted to a Ph.D. or D.M.A. program who have not yet fulfilled all admission requirements specified by the academic unit responsible for the degree program.
  • Graduate Admissions Categories-Non-Degree Seeking Students Policy
    Non-Regular Graduate – Continuing Education, Non-Degree-Seeking Student (Continuing Education): Student taking courses for graduate credit through the Continuing Education. Admission to this category does not constitute regular admission to a graduate program at UMKC. However, on the recommendation of the advisor and approval by the graduate officer, a limited number of graduate credit courses (normally no more than six credit hours) may be applied to individual degree programs after students have been regularly admitted to do graduate study. Visiting Graduate Student – (Visiting): Students who have been properly certified as graduate students at an accredited institution other than UMKC, and have permission to enroll in specific courses (including 5000-level courses) at UMKC. Note: Students who have previously been enrolled in a UMKC graduate program must have been in good academic standing at the end of their last UMKC graduate enrollment to take graduate courses as a visiting graduate student. Graduate Special Non-Degree Seeking – (Non-Degree Graduate Special): This classification is used for three categories of students: (1) Community access, non-degree-seeking students wanting access to graduate level courses not available through continuing education; (2) Potential graduate applicants, not meeting requirements for conditional admission and wanting to take graduate-level courses in order to qualify for admission; and (3) Community access students applying to graduate certificate programs. The following restrictions apply to Non-Degree Graduate Special Classification graduate students: Students apply to the academic unit, if declared. If undeclared, students are admitted as undeclared non-degree seeking graduate students in the School of Graduate Studies.
  • Graduate Admissions Policy
    Graduate admission committees in each academic unit review applications and make recommendations for admission to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies for final approval. Applicants must satisfy both the general campus requirements and the program-specific admission criteria for graduate study.
  • Graduate Application for Graduation Policy
    Students are required to file an application for graduation with the Registrar no later than the end of the fourth week of the semester in which the degree(s) will be completed. Students graduating at the end of the summer session must file an application for graduation no later than the end of the second week of the summer session. An approved program/plan of study must be on file with the registrar at the time the student makes the application to graduate. Filing an application for graduation initiates a degree check in the Registrar’s Office. Any student found to be missing degree requirements, based on their program requirements and approved program/plan of study at the time of the degree check will be notified by the Registrar, and missing degree requirements must be completed before the student will be cleared for graduation.
  • Graduate Continuous Enrollment Policy
    After completing all courses included in the planned programs or plans of study for degrees, all degree-seeking graduate students must remain continuously enrolled in each regular semester up to and including the semester in which their degrees are awarded. This requirement applies also to the summer term for students whose degrees are being awarded at the end of a summer term. This continuous enrollment must be for a minimum of one-hour credit in research and thesis, research and dissertation, or other work designated by the department or school. When no suitable credit registration is available, or when students have previously enrolled in at least the minimum number of 5599 (thesis) or 5699 (dissertation) or equivalent credits required on their programs or plans of study, students may fulfill the continuous enrollment requirement by registration in continuous graduate enrollment (5899) for no academic credit. Interruption of continuous registration due to failure to comply with this requirement will result in the need for readmission under requirements then in effect. Academic units may require retroactive enrollment as a condition of readmission.
  • Graduate Course Addition Policy
    Students who want to enroll in an additional course may do so during the first week of the term provided they have the approval of the faculty advisor. Course additions or late enrollments after the first week of the term generally are not allowed. All changes in enrollment by graduate students must be initiated in the office of the principal graduate advisor or graduate officer of the respective unit and completed in the Registration and Records Office.
  • Graduate Course Audit Policy
    A student must be admitted to the university and obtain the consent of the instructor in order to audit a graduate course. Courses that ordinarily may not be audited are studio courses, performance courses, continuing education courses, laboratory courses in the sciences, internships, and practica. Students do not receive credit when auditing a course, and audited courses do not count toward enrollment status requirements (full- time, half-time).
  • Graduate Course Designation Policy
    Courses numbered 5000 and above are generally open only to regularly admitted graduate students.
  • Graduate Course Grading Policies
    A +/- grading scale and grade point system is used by all faculty, in all undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.
  • Graduate Course Restrictions for Undergraduates Policy
    In addition to regularly admitted graduate students, seniors who meet the requirements below, and who have obtained the necessary approvals and received permission from the School of Graduate Studies may enroll in a limited number of courses numbered in the 5000 series and above, or may enroll in appropriate 300- and 400-level courses for graduate credit.
  • Graduate Course Withdrawal Policy
    Graduate students may withdraw from a course at any time prior to the first day of the final examination period, provided the permission of the faculty advisor has been obtained and notification to the instructor has been made. However, after the mid-term, students will be academically assessed. If failing at the time of withdrawal, students will be graded “WF” (withdrawn failing). [Note: Individual academic units may have earlier deadlines for withdrawal.]
  • Graduate Credit for Continuing Education Courses Policy
    Graduate-credit courses are offered on an irregular basis at both off-campus and on-campus locations through non-credit and/or continuing education programs at UMKC, in conjunction with various instructional divisions.
  • Graduate Doctoral Advisor/Supervisory Committee Policy
    Upon admission to a doctoral program, all students will be assigned a doctoral advisor who functions as a mentor and guides the student in the completion of degree requirements and scholarly work. A temporary advisor (e.g., program director) can be assigned initially in programs that assign doctoral (research) advisors after the completion of rotations or other developmental experiences. Normally, the doctoral advisor will serve as the dissertation committee chair, once the student reaches doctoral candidacy. The dissertation committee must be chaired by a member of the UMKC doctoral faculty. In some cases, following the procedures of the specific program, the doctoral advisor need not be the dissertation committee chair but must be, at a minimum, either a graduate faculty or adjunct graduate faculty member.
  • Graduate Doctoral Comprehensive Examination Policy
    To advance to degree candidacy, doctoral students are required to pass a comprehensive examination. D.M.A. students may satisfy the comprehensive examination requirement during their final semester. For all other doctoral students, the comprehensive examination must be successfully completed at least seven months before the date of graduation.
  • Graduate Doctoral Comprehensive Examination Policy
    To advance to degree candidacy, doctoral students are required to pass a comprehensive examination. D.M.A. students may satisfy the comprehensive examination requirement during their final semester. For all other doctoral students, the comprehensive examination must be successfully completed at least seven months before the date of graduation.
  • Graduate Doctoral Dissertation Policy
    A dissertation is a written coherent treatise culminating from original in-depth research, that is of publishable quality for a peer- refereed journal, and is a requirement of the highest academic degree, a Doctor of Philosophy. The work should move the field forward by making significant contributions to the existing body of knowledge. It may include statement of goals, an in-depth review and critical analysis of the existing literature and background information, a plan of research or methodology, collection and analysis of data to present as results, a discussion of the findings, and citations.
  • Graduate Doctoral Program Time Constraints Policy
    The doctoral student must take and pass the doctoral comprehensive examination and advance to candidacy within five years from the beginning of doctoral coursework. After the establishment of degree candidacy, a maximum of five years will be allowed for completion of degree requirements. Failure to complete the work within the five years will necessitate re-evaluation of the entire program and may result in a notice of termination. In compelling circumstances and on the written recommendation of the student’s program, the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies may grant a one-year extension. Some academic units may impose more stringent time requirements.
  • Graduate Doctoral Programs of Study Policy
    Students should plan their programs of study in consultation with their advisors and supervisory committees (if applicable). Upon approval from the advisor and/or supervisory committee and unit graduate officer, programs of study should be approved by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and filed with the Registrar prior to the completion of 50% of applicable degree coursework. (Interdisciplinary Ph.D. students must file their proposed plans of study and form their supervisory committees within 24months of being admitted).
  • Graduate Doctoral Qualifying Examinations Policy
    The qualifying examination, if required, will be given before the doctoral program of study is filed with the Registrar. At the discretion of the program or unit, a master’s degree from UMKC in the area of intended specialization may be considered as a substitute for the qualifying examination. The results of the qualifying examination will be reported to the School of Graduate Studies and the Registrar. With approval of the advisor, students may take the qualifying examination a second time.
  • Graduate Doctoral Residency Requirements Policy
    Interdisciplinary Ph.D. students must satisfy the doctoral residency requirement by satisfactory completion of at least 18 credits in no more than 24 consecutive months following the approved Plan of Study. When satisfying the residency requirement, all Interdisciplinary Ph.D. students are subject to the following restrictions: • The doctoral residency requirement must be satisfied no later than the end of the semester in which the student completes his or her comprehensive examinations. • Students must achieve a cumulative graduate grade-point average of at least 3.0 in all courses counted toward satisfying the residency requirement. • Dissertation research credits (5696 to 5699) may not be counted toward satisfying the doctoral residency requirement The residency requirement for the PhD and Ed.D. student may be satisfied using the same guidelines stipulated for Interdisciplinary Ph.D. students, or in any one of the following alternate ways: • Two consecutive semesters of 12 credits each term of resident coursework at UMKC. • Three terms of eight credits each term of resident coursework at UMKC, to be completed within 18 months. • Two consecutive semesters of nine credits each term of resident coursework at UMKC while employed at least half time for the University in teaching or research. The residency requirement for the D.M.A. may be satisfied in any one of the following ways: • Two consecutive semesters with a minimum of nine credits each. • One semester with a minimum of nine credits and two summer sessions with a minimum of five credits each, provided that the full-time semester is adjacent to one of the summer sessions. It is expected that the summer sessions be consecutive. • Completion of 24 credits within 18 consecutive months.
  • Graduate Doctoral Transfer Credit Policy
    Graduate credit, offered by a regionally accredited school, earned before entering a UMKC doctoral program may be applied to the doctoral degree if it is of acceptable quality and appropriate to the student’s program of study as determined by the student’s academic unit and supervisory committee. The total amount of graduate credit earned from all other academic institutions before admission to a UMKC doctoral program and applied to the doctoral degree cannot exceed half the number of credit hours, exclusive of dissertation research credits, required for the degree. For graduate coursework completed at UMKC prior to admission to a doctoral program, any number of credit hours required for the doctoral degree, exclusive of dissertation research, can be satisfied using previous UMKC graduate credit if approved by the student’s academic unit and supervisory committee. All graduate coursework, completed prior to admission and not used to earn the master’s degree or educational-specialist degree, must be no more than seven years old at the time the doctoral program of study is approved.
  • Graduate Dual Degree Policies
    Dual-degree programs allow students to pursue simultaneously degrees at the master’s level in two fields of study. Students must complete at least 80 percent (rounded up) of the credit hours required for each degree separately. Students must satisfy admission, course, and examination requirements of both degree programs.
  • Graduate Exceptions Policy
    Petitions for an exception to a campus-wide graduate academic regulation must originate with the student. It must be processed through the graduate officer and dean or program director in charge of the student’s graduate degree program and forwarded to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Only the dean, or the designated representative, are authorized to grant an exception to the graduate academic regulations applying to all graduate students. Petitions must be in writing and include (1) the reason for requesting the exception and a detailed justification from the student; (2) recommendation for action by the appropriate graduate officer; (3) recommendation for action by the department or division chair (if applicable); and (4) recommendation for action by the appropriate dean or program director. The Dean of the School of Graduate Studies or designated representative will review the petition and related documentation and render a decision which will be communicated in writing to the academic dean or director, the graduate officer, the student and the Registrar.
  • Graduate Final Master’s Competency Examination Policy
    The final master’s competency examination, if required, will be written, oral, or both at the discretion of the program or academic unit, and will be passed no later than three weeks prior to the anticipated date of graduation. The student’s supervisory committee chair will report the results of the final competency examination in writing to the candidate, the School of Graduate Studies, and file a copy with Registrar.
  • Graduate Foreign Language Proficiency Policy
    Upon approval of one’s program, degree-seeking graduate students whose degree program requires foreign language proficiency may take the courses numbered 120, 211 or 221 (Elementary Level II, Second Year Level I or Second Year Level II) in one foreign language to fulfill the requirement. The degree program will determine what grade will be accepted to fulfill the degree requirement.
  • Graduate Full-time and Half-time Policy
    Graduate students enrolled in nine or more credits during a regular semester or five credits during a summer session are considered full-time students. All students registered for fewer than those specified totals are classified as part-time students, unless they hold a teaching or research appointment at UMKC.
  • Graduate Ineligibility Policies
    In the case of ineligibility following academic probation (see Graduate Probation Policy), the graduate student may present a petition for re-enrollment to the principal graduate advisor of the student’s academic program. Petitions will be reviewed by the graduate faculty member responsible for the student’s degree program. That faculty member will make a written recommendation to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, who will approve or deny the petition.
  • Graduate International Student Instructor and Teaching Assistant Policy
    The State of Missouri has mandated, and the UM System Board of Curators fully supports, the 1986 ruling that graduate students who did not receive both their primary and secondary education in a nation or territory in which English is the primary language may not hold a teaching appointment during their first term of enrollment at any public institution of higher education in the State of Missouri. In addition, all such students shall be tested for their ability to communicate orally in English in a classroom setting, and those students who have not previously lived in the United States shall be given a cultural orientation to prepare them for teaching prior to receiving an appointment.
  • Graduate International Student Policies
    Admitted international students must clear their attendance and register at the International Student Affairs Office (ISAO) prior to their first course registration at UMKC.
  • Graduate Master’s Degree Advisor / Supervisory Committee Policy
    Upon admission to a master’s program, the program or academic unit will assign the student an advisor who is a member of the graduate faculty. When research and a thesis are degree requirements or the student has selected a thesis option, the program or academic unit will appoint two additional faculty members to serve on the graduate student’s supervisory committee. The chair and a majority of the members of a master’s student supervisory committee must be full members of the graduate faculty.
  • Graduate Master’s Degree Program of Study Policy
    In consultation with the advisor or the supervisory committee, the master’s student plans a program of study in accordance with the minimum requirements outlined in the SGS Academic Regulations and the specific degree program requirements. Upon approval from the advisor and/or supervisory committee and unit graduate officer, programs of study should be approved by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and filed with the Registrar prior to the completion of 50% of applicable degree coursework.
  • Graduate Master’s Degree Qualifying Examination Policy
    Programs may require a qualifying examination. If required, the examination must be passed before a master’s program/plan of study is filed with the Registrar. The department or school will notify students of the date, time, and format of the examination. Programs are required to maintain documentation of the student’s examination results. With the approval of the advisor and the supervisory committee, if such exists, students may take the qualifying examination a second time.
  • Graduate Master’s Thesis Policies
    A thesis is a process that results in an original composition that involves quality work and creativity. This may include definition of goals or research questions, a review of the existing literature or background information, collection of data or information to present as results, and/or a discussion of results and findings, and citations. The research and final document should be of appropriate scholarly quality, as judged by the thesis committee.
  • Graduate Master’s Degree Transfer Credit Policy
    A maximum of 20 percent of the graduate credit hours appearing on the program of study (rounded up) may be transferred from a recognized graduate school for a master’s degree at UMKC. Such transfer credits must meet with approval of the student’s supervisory committee and appropriate principal graduate advisor or graduate officer and be in accordance with criteria.
  • Graduate Post-Baccalaureate, Non-Graduate Student Classification Policy
    Students who have earned a baccalaureate degree and who are seeking only additional undergraduate courses may be admitted under a post-baccalaureate (code 4-E) classification. Students in this classification are restricted to enrollment in courses numbered 499 and below and may not take any courses for graduate credit. Courses taken while classified as a code 4-E student may not be included for credit on a graduate degree program at a later date. Code 4-E students wanting to reclassify as graduate students for a future term must reapply and be regularly admitted to the graduate programs in which they want to seek advanced degrees.
  • Graduate Probation Policy
    Graduate students, regardless of classification, must maintain a 3.0 (B) grade-point average (GPA) in all coursework taken for graduate credit at UMKC and must meet any additional academic requirements imposed by the school, department or program. Students are responsible for keeping apprised of their academic status by referring to term grades and their permanent academic record on file in the UMKC Registration and Records Office.
  • Graduate Program of Study Policy
    Graduate education is intended to answer the personal needs of students and the special needs of society not satisfied through undergraduate training. Graduate degrees indicate that the holders have sufficiently mastered a program in a particular field to pursue creative projects in that specialty. The degrees are awarded for completion of a coherent program — formalized as the program or plan of study — designed to assure the mastery of specified knowledge and skills. Forms for specifying individual programs or plans of study are available from the principal graduate advisor or graduate officer of the academic unit, with final approval by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.
  • Graduate Thesis / Dissertation Embargo Policy
    The School of Graduate Studies requires that all theses and dissertations be made publicly available upon degree conferral.
  • Graduate Thesis/Dissertation Preparation and Approval Policies
    The School of Graduate Studies, guided by the Graduate Council, establishes the format regulations for theses and dissertations (T/Ds) at UMKC. Degree candidates must adhere to the formatting regulations outlined in the “University of Missouri-Kansas City Guide to Formatting Theses and Dissertations” which is available on the SGS website. Academic programs must have bibliographic reference format approved by, and on file with, the School of Graduate Studies. Any variances from the standards outlined in the “University of Missouri-Kansas City Guide to Formatting Theses and Dissertations” and discipline-approved bibliographic reference styles must be requested in writing and approved in advance by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. The Dean’s approval must be included as an appendix to the T/D.
  • Graduate Time Limit on Degree Credit for Master’s and Educational-Specialist Degrees Policy
    Credit over seven years old at the time of graduation, which is included on the master’s or educational-specialist program of study and has not been applied to a previous degree, may not be counted toward the fulfillment of a graduate degree program unless validated to the satisfaction of the department or school and the School of Graduate Studies. Petitions and affidavits for this purpose may be obtained from the School of Graduate Studies. A maximum of 30 percent of the student’s program of study may be validated under this procedure.
  • Graduate Withdrawal for Financial Delinquency Policy
    If students fail to fulfill financial obligations with the University after adequate notice, withdrawal from all courses during that term will result.
  • Incomplete Grades Policy
    An instructor may assign the grade of I (incomplete) to students who have been unable to complete the work of the course because of illness or serious reasons beyond their control. An incomplete grade is appropriate only when enough work in the course has been completed for students to finish the remaining work without re‐enrolling in the course or attending additional classes. The work must be completed within one calendar year or the incomplete grade will automatically lapse to an F. Students should not re‐ enroll in a class for which they earned an incomplete. Students may not earn a degree or graduate with a UMKC incomplete on their transcript.
  • Junior‐Senior Hours Policy
    Undergraduate degree‐seeking students are required to earn credit in at least 36 credit hours of coursework numbered 300 and above at UMKC. In the case of transfer credit, the coursework must be numbered as junior‐senior level work by the transferring institution. For additional restrictions, please also see the Residence Requirements Policy.
  • Late/Retroactive Withdrawal Policy
    A student may petition for Late/Retroactive Withdrawal from a course(s)or from the university (all courses taken during that semester), if circumstances of a serious and compelling nature prevented the completion of coursework and extenuating circumstances prevented withdrawal by the deadline on the Academic Calendar. In filing a Petition for Late/Retroactive Withdrawal, withdrawal from all courses taken during the term in question is normally expected since ‘extenuating circumstances’ are not course‐specific.
  • Latin Honors Policy
    Students are eligible to be awarded their degrees with Latin honors (Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Cum Laude) as determined by each of the academic units (College/School) using fixed overall GPA requirements. These fixed GPA requirements will be reviewed annually by each academic unit (College/School) and changes in requirements will be submitted in writing to the Registrar by February 1 each year for inclusion in the next academic catalog.
  • Leave of Absence Policy
    UMKC’s Leave of Absence Policy provides a means for students to take an approved leave of absence from a degree program without being required to go through the re-admission process upon return to the University. Students who are approved for a leave of absence will be allowed to register for classes during the “priority registration time period” for the next semester they return from their approved leave of absence period. Students who are enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in the School of Graduate Studies and the Schools of Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and the Conservatory of Music and Dance must adhere to their school’s leave of absence policies and procedures as these schools may have more stringent requirements or additional procedures.
  • Math Placement Policy (ALEKS)
    In order to qualify to take MATH 110, MATH 120, MATH 125, MATH 206, MATH 210, MATH 216, MATH 244 or STAT 235 at the University of Missouri‐Kansas City, students must have one of the following: a minimum ALEKS Math Placement score (see credit for the prerequisite course taken at UMKC, or credit for a course transferred to UMKC as equivalent to the prerequisite course; in either case, a sufficiently high grade must have been obtained in the prerequisite (see the catalog descriptions for each course for specific prerequisite requirements). AP/IB credit for a prerequisite cours
  • Minimum Hours Policy
    The general minimum UMKC requirement in semester hours of acceptable college work for an undergraduate degree is 120 semester hours (150 for a double degree or a second degree). However, a number of undergraduate and first professional degrees have higher minimum requirements as indicated in the specific school’s section of this catalog. A minimum of 30 hours must be earned at UMKC, regardless of the number and level of hours earned at another institution.
  • Minor Policy
    A minor is an academic program of at least 18 credits (9 at the junior/senior level) that supplements a major degree program. Students cannot be awarded a minor in the same academic discipline as their major or emphasis area.
  • Multiple Major-Multiple Degree Policy
    A multiple (double or triple) major may be earned when a student completes two or more full majors, generally within the 120 hours required for a single degree. The specific major requirements of each major must be fulfilled. The diploma will indicate all majors. If the two or more degree programs are administered by different academic units, the major requirements of each academic program must be fulfilled. The general education requirements must be fulfilled as specified by the department or academic unit responsible for the primary major only. The double or multiple major is only available in B.A./B.A. or B.S./B.S. combinations.
  • NR Grades Policy
    If a student appears on a grade roster and stops attending class within the semester following the administrative drop timeline (first three weeks of class), a grade of NR (Not Reported) will be assigned to the student in lieu of an F. NR’s calculate in a student’s GPA just like an F.
  • Online Course and Instructor Certification
    Beginning in the fall term of 2018, any online, for‐credit course with an attribute of Online Synchronous (OS), Online Asynchronous (OA) or any for‐credit hybrid/blended (OC) course meeting on campus four times or less during a term must be approved to be taught online by the responsible department, school, or college. Courses approved to be taught online must be certified through the UMKC/Quality Matters online course review prior to being listed in the schedule of courses. Instructors teaching courses with these attributes must complete the UMKC Online Teaching Orientation or be certified to teach online through completion of the UMKC Online Teaching Certification program prior to teaching an online course at UMKC. UMKC recognizes online course and instructor certification as a best practice and as evidence to meet Higher Learning Commission accrediting standards outlined in the “Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions (C‐RAC): Interregional Guidelines for the Evaluation of Distance Education.”
  • Prerequisites and Co‐requisites Policy
    A course prerequisite is any requirement an academic department identifies as essential for a student to successfully complete before taking a course in order for a student to be successful in the course. All prerequisites, whether they apply to an individual course or to all courses in a department should be clearly stated in course offerings section of the University Catalog and enforced if attached to a course. Prerequisites should also be stated in the course syllabus.
  • Privacy Policy
    UMKC complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which governs the release of student academic records. Student academic records are considered confidential between the student and the University, and will not be released to a third party without the written consent of the student except as provided within FERPA and UMKC policy.
  • Registration Policy
    Eligible students may register during the registration period that is announced in Pathway and via UMKC e‐mail. Students who are not registered will not receive academic credit and cannot attend classes. All registration and changes in registration must be processed by the UMKC Registration and Records Office either in person or using an approved electronic format such as Pathway.
  • Repeated Courses & GPA Adjustment Policy
    When undergraduate students repeat courses, they can request to have only the grade for the final attempt used in calculating their GPA. The Repeated Courses & GPA Adjustment Policy will not automatically be applied to a student’s GPA. After completing a retaken course, a student must submit a request for GPA Adjustment Form to his/her academic advisor. The recalculation of a student’s GPA is reflected only in the calculation of that student’s current cumulative GPA and will not retroactively affect calculations for dean’s list, graduation and honors, eligibility for financial aid and veterans’ benefits and scholarships, athletic eligibility, discounts for insurance, or any other area.
  • Schedule of Classes Data Requirements Policy
    All course instruction information must be updated prior to the start of each semester in Pathway, which serves as UMKC’s system of record. Pathway schedule of classes data is uploaded to MyVita in order to provide a more accurate view of course teaching assignments and loads at the University.
  • Specialized Accreditation Policy
    A number of UMKC’s academic programs and units seek specialized accreditation, also known as programmatic accreditation. Specialized accreditation provides verification that a program or unit within the university meets specific professional or disciplinary standards of quality. The specialized accreditation process typically involves providing evidence that the program or unit meets those standards and a peer‐review process to verify the standards are met. Conferral of accreditation demonstrates that the program or unit successfully prepares students for advancement in the field. The Office of the Provost maintains a directory of specialized accreditations held by UMKC’s academic programs and units (
  • Time Limit on Degree Credit Policy
    Credit over 15 years old at the time of application for graduation may not be applicable to a degree. Such credit may be subject to validation, at the discretion of the school/ department involved, before it can be used to satisfy degree requirements.
  • Transcripts Policy
    Official transcripts are issued only to other educational institutions, employers, state departments of education and similar agencies. Transcripts are issued at the written request or authorization of students. Students may secure a transcript of their UMKC permanent academic records from the UMKC Registration & Records Office. Transcripts stamped “Issued to Student” are not considered official by UMKC. Partial transcripts of permanent academic records which contain only a portion of the courses completed at UMKC are not issued. No transcript may be issued to or for students who are indebted to the University until the debt has been cleared.
  • Transfer Credit Policy
    Transfer credit is entered and reviewed on a course‐by‐course basis from the sending institution. If the course has been previously evaluated by an Academic Unit, the course equivalency is stored in the transfer credit database and credit is assigned based on those prior decisions. If the transcript is for a new course, new institution, or out‐of‐state institution, equivalencies for general education courses are determined by the Transfer Credit Coordinator in the Registration and Records Office. If the course is college level and an exact equivalency is unknown, elective credit is assigned and review of the course is completed by the Academic Unit to determine degree applicability. If the Transfer Credit Coordinator is unable to determine if a course should receive elective credit, the process for an Academic Unit evaluation is initiated by sending a course description (and syllabus, if available) to the Academic Unit for review. The transfer credit database is updated with the Academic Unit evaluation to ensure consistency in credit assignment going forward for that course.
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