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 4825 Troost in Room 206, 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 4825 Troost in Room 115, 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 Atterbury Student Success Center in Room 112 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  Additionally, you can file a complaint using UMKC’s online discrimination complaint form, which is located at


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!