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 under the Notifications tile.

Roo Advising

Roo Advising helps students understand their degree program requirements and graduation path. They will engage with faculty and career services to prepare for their future.

Visit Roo Advising

Graduate 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 Canvas) or by calling 816-235-1148

Monday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

 

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
336 Flarsheim Hall
Phone: 816-235-2399

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

 

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

 

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

SS&C Student Services Center

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

Students in the School of Computing and Engineering are advised by academic advisors located in the SS&C Student Services Center.  SCE students must meet with their advisor each semester in order to enroll.

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 call 816-235-2399 to schedule an appointment.  New students should call to schedule an appointment.  

More information about advising can be found at https://sce.umkc.edu/resources/advising-support/ 

UMKC Conservatory

All newly admitted graduate students must take the matriculation exam in music history and theory and are required to meet with their advisor before registering. Call 816-235-2900 for an appointment.

 

Advising contacts

 

Graduate advising

816-235-2900

 

 

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

 

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.

 

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 enrolling in School of Medicine coursework at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional level must first be admitted to a School of Medicine degree program or certificate.  All students are required to meet with an academic advisor prior to registration, and advising information is sent to students from the School of Medicine Admissions Office upon admission. 

Student Affairs Office (located at the Health Science District School of Medicine building)
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, when appropriate, permission from the degree program.

School of Nursing and Health Studies

 

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. senior advisor (A-K)
Phone: 816-235-5788

Georgia Friedhof, 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

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 (OSA)

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

Professional Advising Staff

Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator – Steve McDonald

Administrative Assistant - Mary Swick

Director, Advising and Programming - Shelly Janasz

Senior Student Recruitment Specialist - Amanda Hoelting

Advising in School of Pharmacy

The School of Pharmacy Student Affairs Office (OSA) works closely with students prior to entry, throughout the admission process, and while enrolled in the University and/or Doctor of Pharmacy Pharm.D. program. 

The School of Pharmacy Office of Student Affairs staff are knowledgeable about program requirements and enrollment, academic preparation resources and assistance, admission prerequisites, student organizations, career planning, 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 Assurance and pre-pharmacy students must schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Pharmacy Office of Student Affairs (OSA) for enrollment release prior to each term of enrollment.  

Doctor of Pharmacy (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, curriculum requirements and important accouncements through the OSA Canvas page.  

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

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: