UMKC Professional Career Escalators is an exciting new program that connects you to career and academic guidance from day one, helping you pay for school and steering you toward a clear path for a bright future.

What Is UMKC Professional Career Escalators?

Do you want to save big on housing or tuition for the next four years? What if we could help you get ready for grad school? Or show you how your passion can translate into a profession you’ll love for the rest of your life?

It’s all available through the new UMKC Professional Career Escalators program.

No matter your major, Professional Career Escalators can show you how the courses you’re passionate about can translate into interesting career opportunities in one of these four growing industries.

  • Health care
  • Education
  • Business and engineering
  • Law and justice

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Who Can Apply?

If you're an incoming first-time college or transfer student admitted to UMKC with at least a 2.5 GPA and 60 credit hours for transfer students, you will be invited to apply through your UMKC status page.

The application deadline is March 1, 2023 for the Fall 2023 cohort.

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How Will Professional Career Escalators Help Me Pay for School?

As a Professional Career Escalators student, first-time college and transfer Roos are eligible to receive one of these scholarships with the option to renew.

  • On-campus housing - $2,500 per year
  • UMKC tuition - $1,500 per year

Read more about Professional Career Escalators scholarships

How Does Professional Career Escalators Work?

Each semester, you will participate in the five Career Escalators Core Experiences

  1. Career guidance and development
  2. Experiential learning opportunities (e.g., job shadowing and internships)
  3. Mentoring with faculty experts and community professionals
  4. Graduate and professional school preparation
  5. Leadership development 

Still not sure how it works?

The program is open to students in any degree program. While studying your chosen subject matter, you will be making professional connections, through mentorships, internships and job shadowing, to area organizations and businesses who work in a related field. Check out these degree-to-professional-career examples and how they fit in the program's career tracks.


  • Health care - Licensed psychologist, clinical social worker, behavioral health specialist
  • Education - K-12 counselor, child psychologist
  • Business and engineering - Marketing, human resources, leadership consultant
  • Law and justice - Forensic psychologist, community-based advocate, attorney


  • Health care - Movement therapist, art therapist
  • Education - K-12 theatre instructor, fine arts teacher
  • Business and Engineering - Audio engineering, light engineering, theatrical producer
  • Law and justice - Social advocate for the arts

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How Do I Apply?

  1. Apply to UMKC
  2. Once you're admitted to UMKC, if you meet the program qualifications, you will see the Professional Career Escalators application in your status checklist. You will apply through your UMKC admissions portal.
  3. Apply by the deadline - March 1, 2023

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