Students with Disabilities

To obtain related accommodations and/or auxiliary aids, students with disabilities must contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (OSSD) as soon as possible.  To contact OSSD, call 816-235-5696.  Once verified, OSSD will notify the course instructor and outline accommodation and/or auxiliary aids to be provided.  Additional information can be found on the OSSD web site:


International Students

International Student Affairs Office (ISAO) Here at UMKC, we are committed to providing culturally sensitive services of the highest quality. We are located in the Atterbury Student Success Center on the Ground Floor (G-04) with our own entrance on the North side of the building. As the campus office devoted to international students, we strive to create an environment that allows for successful educational and personal experiences through orientation, advising, programs and outreach. Phone: 816-235-1113


Counseling and Health Services Available at UMKC

UMKC students may experience many challenges in their lives while attending college – stress, depression, suicidality, trauma, relationship issues, health concerns, etc. The UMKC Counseling Center (, located at Brookside 51, suite 201, offers a wide range of free supportive services to students. Appointments can be made by calling 816.235.1635. UMKC Student Health and Wellness (, located at Brookside 51, suite 237, offers a full range of health care and promotion services.  Appointments can be scheduled online or by calling 816.235.6133. The MindBody Connection ( is located in the Student Union, room 413, and offers a variety of stress-reduction services.

For after-hours mental health concerns, contact 1-888-279-8188.  In emergency situations, contact UMKC police by calling 816-235-1515 or by calling 911. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, you can talk to someone at any time by calling 1-800-suicide (784-2433). You can call 1-800-273-8255 to reach Crisis Call Center’s 24-hour crisis line. The Crisis Call Center provides a safe and non-judgmental source of support for individuals in any type of crisis. If you are concerned about a friend who may be suicidal, please go to an on-line resource called AskListenRefer at


UMKC Student Computer Access

There are many computer labs on the Volker and Hospital Hill campuses. For a map of Lab Locations and Lab Hours, visit:

Remote Labs are available so that you can access many software applications from home. Available software depends on which school you are enrolled in. To see a complete list of available software, login to our Remote Labs through this web page:

Students are encouraged to use the UMKC e-mail system and the course Blackboard websites to communicate with faculty and fellow students, as well as to access up-to-date information.  All e-mail communications related to the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program will be through your assigned UMKC e-mail account.


UMKC Applied Language Institute

International students, US citizens, permanent residents and refugees whose first language is other than English can seek support from UMKC’s Applied Language Institute, whose mission is to offer comprehensive English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) instruction for academic, personal or professional purposes. The Institute aims to teach students to preserve, appreciate and value their own cultures and languages while gathering understanding and appreciation of American educational environment.  Located at 5301 Rockhill Road, Phone (816) 235-1233.


English Proficiency

Students who encounter difficulty in their courses because of the English proficiency of their instructors should speak directly with their instructors.  If additional assistance is needed, they may contact the UMKC Help Line at 816-235-2222 for assistance.


Title IX

Under the University of Missouri’s Title IX policy, discrimination, violence and harassment based on sex, gender, and gender identity are subject to the same kinds of accountability and support applied to offenses based on other protected characteristics such as race, color, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age, ancestry, disability, military status, and veteran status. If you or someone you know has been harassed or assaulted, you can find the appropriate resources by visiting UMKC’s Title IX Office webpage ( or contacting UMKC’s Title IX Coordinator, Mikah K. Thompson (816.235.6910 or


Social Networking Opportunities and Video Tutorials

As a way to keep involved in the graduate program and connect with faculty, staff, and students; please follow us on Facebook and Twitter!  Information on upcoming events, career opportunities, program changes, video tutorials, recent news, as well as faculty and student updates will be available through our social network channels.  Check us out!

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Students who use social networking sites (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and other forms of electronic communication should be mindful of how their communication may be perceived by colleagues, students, faculty, and other professionals. As such, students should make every effort to minimize visual or printed material that may be deemed inappropriate for a professional doctoral student. To this end, students should set all security settings to “private” and should avoid posting information/photos and avoid using any language that could jeopardize their professional image.


Graduate Student Council (GSC)

The UMKC Graduate Student Council (originally called the Doctoral Student Association) was formed in 1991 to provide an opportunity for doctoral students to interact with each other and to support the students in their academic and research endeavors. The council sponsors a variety of social and academic programs throughout the year. Membership in the UMKC Graduate Student Council is open to all UMKC graduate students. The council is governed by an executive committee consisting of elected representatives. Visit RooGroups for more information!


Professional Development Courses

Wanting to take a few courses outside of your primary area for professional development purposes?

Such courses can prepare students with skills needed for a variety of employment settings.

The Dean’s Graduate Student Advisory Committee initiated this opportunity with the Henry W. Bloch School of Management. Below are courses available to all graduate students in any degree program, many of which have no prerequisites. 

DepartmentCourse NumberTitleDescription
Entrepreneurship5545Entrepreneurship and New Venture CreationThe objectives of this course are: (1) to build personal appreciation for the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship in an independent mode by examining/simulating its environment; (2) to present and examine, through the use of complex case studies and high level guest/lectures, economic, legal and managerial mechanisms proven useful in creating new wealth; and (3) to foster continued development of venture ideas, suitable as career entry options or for investments, using a tutorial approach to business plan development, presentation and evaluation. (3 credits)
MedB5503Biostatistics III, Mixed Effects ModelsThis course is the third in the Biostatistics sequence and is intended for students, physicians and researchers in the clinical, biological, and medical fields. It will cover Hierarchical Linear Mixed Models, Generalized Linear Mixed Models, and Generalized Estimation Equations. Students will learn about these different mixed models and use SAS to perform the analyses. Prerequisites: Biostatistics I, II, and intro to SAS and R.
MedB5513Overview of Health Services ResearchHealth services research (HSR) is the multidisciplinary investigation of how social factors, financing systems, organizational structures and processes, health technologies, and personal behaviors affect access to health care, the quality and cost of health care, and ultimately population health and well-being. This course will provide an overview of the US health care system and will integrate detailed evaluation of published research and discussion of the methodologic and research challenges of HSR.
MedB5521Clinical BioinformaticsClinical Bioinformatics will provide the foundation required for effective communication between computational, biological and clinical experts. Students will become proficient with public bioinformatics resources. This course will prepare students to apply bioinformatic techniques to their research or participate in interdisciplinary clinical teams.


Financial Wellness Center

The Financial Wellness Center can help you create a financial plan that will see you through college and beyond. Staff and students are
trained to provide unbiased support to help you build financial confidence and achieve your goals. Topics covered include savings, budgeting, student loans, planning for big purchases, credit reports and scores, and employment benefits.

-Located in room 223 of the Administrative Center; 816-235-1401;