University Requirements

General Education

The UMKC General Education Core is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete.  The 30-credit hour core curriculum includes three course types designated as Anchor, Discourse and Focus and is detailed in the General Education section of the catalog.

Constitution Course 

Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.

RooWriter Assessment

Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete the online UMKC RooWriter Writing Assessment after they have passed Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) but before they have attained 90 credit hours. Incoming transfer students with more than 90 credit hours must complete the RooWriter by the end of their first semester of enrollment or within one semester after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent). Students who have not completed the RooWriter Writing Assessment within two semesters after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) will be blocked from enrollment until they successfully complete the RooWriter. Additional information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Exit Examinations

Information on exit examinations and/or major field exams is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination

In accordance with Missouri Senate Bill 807 (section 170.013.1), 'any student entering a public institution of higher education for the first time after July 2019 who is pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree from such institution shall successfully pass an examination on the provisions and principles of American civics with a score of seventy percent or greater as a condition of graduation from such institution'.  To satisfy this requirement at UMKC, students access the exam through the Canvas site. This requirement will be listed in the degree audit system as, 'Take State Mandated Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination', and listed on the transcript as 'Missouri Civics Examination'.   

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Students are able to develop planning solutions for a project based on planning knowledge, research, and practice.
  • Students are able to demonstrate written, oral, and graphic communication skills required in planning.
  • Students know and exercise professional ethics and responsibility.

The Urban Planning and Design program provides an innovative curriculum that incorporates a combination of broad liberal arts courses, with a core of professional planning classes, coupled with a series of design studios. The design studio represents a forum where students employ a creative process, infused with knowledge gained from supporting courses, to generate holistic urban planning and design solutions. Urban design projects will engage professionals, civic officials, neighborhood leaders and government officials into an important dialogue.

Admission to the program is selective and reviewed by the UPD program.

Program Requirements

Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework

Anchor I 13
Anchor II 13
Anchor III 13
DISC 100Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)3
DISC 200Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)3
DISC 300Discourse III: Civic and Community Engagement (Speech and Writing)3
Focus A 13
Focus B (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Focus C (May be satisfied by the Constitution course requirement below)
Focus Elective (Satisfied in program requirements below)
'Total credits' in this section indicates the number of General Education Core credit hours that are not met by the degree specific requirements outlined below.
Total Credits21

Constitution Course Requirement

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.” 

Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:

Choose one of the following:3
The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process
U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C) 1
U.S. History Since 1877 (Focus C) 1
Honors American Government (Focus C) 1
American Government (Focus C) 1
Total Credits3

There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:

  • Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
  • Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
  • Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
  • Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.

College of Arts & Sciences Degree Requirements

Students pursuing the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees must complete a major. Students pursuing the bachelor of liberal arts degree must complete a minor. Additional details are available in the Student Services section of the catalog.

ALEKS Math Placement
Arts and Humanities Division of CAS or any UMKC Focus A Course 16
Science and Math Division of CAS or any UMKC Focus B Course6
Social and Behavioral Sciences Division of CAS or any UMKC Focus C Course (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Writing Intensive Course (300-level or above; Satisfied in program requirements below)
Foreign Language (3rd Semester Level)9
Precalculus Algebra (or any 200-level or above Math/Stat course; Satisfied in program requirements below)
Mathematics For Liberal Arts
Laboratory Science Experience1
Total Credits22

 Major Requirements

Students must successfully complete the major requirements below with at least 12 hours of the noted upper division (300+) course requirements completed at UMKC.

Precalculus Algebra (or ALEKS score of at least 61 )
ENV-DSN 201Environmental Design Studio I4
ENV-DSN 202Environmental Design Studio II4
UPD 310Planning And Design Studio I4
UPD 312Planning And Design Studio II4
UPD 410Planning and Design Studio III4
UPD 411Professional Practice I1
UPD 412WIPlanning and Design Studio IV5
UPD 413Professional Practice II1
Urban Planning
ENV-DSN 203Survey of the Design Professions1
UPD 203GIS For Urban Planning3
UPD 260History Of Planning And Urban Design (Focus C)3
UPD 280Land Use Planning (Focus B)3
UPD 300Quantitative Planning Methods And Techniques3
UPD 320Planning Theory And Practice3
UPD 432Urban Environment Planning And Design3
UPD 450Planning Law And Practice3
UPD 490Urban Planning Internship3
STAT 235Elementary Statistics (Focus B)3
ECON 201Introduction To Economics I (Focus B)3
or ECON 202 Introduction To Economics II
Planning and Professional Electives
Select a minimum of 2 of the following:6
Neighborhood And Community Development
Advanced GIS For Urban Planning
Transportation Planning
Planning For Historic Preservation
Urban Redevelopment
Urban Social Science
Select a minimum of one course, this includes but is not limited to the following: 13
Urban Anthropology
Race, Class and Justice
The Kansas City Economy
Urban Economics
Urban Geography
Urban Latin America
Latinx Immigrants, Migrants, and Refugees in the U.S.
Rise of the City in the U.S.
Social Organization Of The City
Immigration and the City
Spatial Thinking in Social Science
Total Credits67

General Electives

Students must take elective credit hours to meet the minimum credit hour requirement for their degree, including at least 36 credit hours of coursework at the 300-level or above. The minimum required by the university is 120 credit hours, of which at least 30 credit hours must be taken at UMKC, but some degree programs require more.

General Electives7

Minimum GPA: 2.0 (2.5 in all major coursework)

Total Credit Hours 120

Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements

UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years.  Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”.  In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major.

UMKC’s Degree Audit System provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education Core, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for student’s officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” plans of study.  This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.

UMKC’s Transfer Guides provide detailed guidance on recommended transfer coursework, plans of study, transfer timelines, and transfer contact information. To ensure a seamless transfer experience, students are encouraged to work with both their community college advisor and a UMKC advisor when planning their coursework.