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:

  • Be able to play and accompany self, using multiple keys and accompaniment patterns on the guitar and piano while singing in a pleasing tone quality.
  • Lead and interact with others in a manner that engages them in the music-based therapy experience.
  • Be able to sight read simple songs using voice, guitar and piano.
  • From a listening experience, transcribe and create a simple, yet complementary harmonic accompaniment pattern to an unfamiliar musical recording of contemporary music.
  • Describe the music therapy treatment process for various populations served by music therapists.
  • Explain professional development and responsibilities used in the field of music therapy.

Additional Admission Criteria

  1. Students should be able to qualify for Applied Lessons, for two hours of credit in their major performance area.
  2. Emotional stability and good physical stamina are also essential for a music therapist.
  3. Applicants are required to complete an interview with a music therapy faculty member prior to admission.


Graduates may apply for membership by contacting the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).  For Board Certification, graduates may contact the Certification Board for Music Therapy (CBMT).  All coursework must be completed before beginning CONSVTY 410. Therapy students are required to enroll in a professional liability insurance program.

Program Requirements

Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework

Anchor I (ANCH 103 recommended)3
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 (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Focus B 1,23
Focus C (May be satisfied by the Constitution course requirement below. HISTORY 101 OR HISTORY 102 recommended)
Focus Elective (Satisfied in program requirements below)
'Total credits' in this section indicates the number of Genereal 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.

Major Requirements

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all major coursework.

Keyboard Skills
CONSVTY 110Keyboard Skills I1
CONSVTY 123Keyboard Skills II1
CONSVTY 223Keyboard Skills III1
Applied Lessons and Studio 1
Instrument 101 (Freshman Instrument I)2
Instrument 102 (Freshman Instrument II)2
Instrument 201 (Sophomore Instrument I)2
Instrument 202 (Sophomore Instrument II)2
Instrument 300 (Studio-4 semesters)
CONSVTY 141Musicianship I4
CONSVTY 142Musicianship II4
CONSVTY 241Musicianship III4
CONSVTY 242Musicianship IV4
Music History and Literature
CONSVTY 351History of Music in Western Civilization I (Focus A)3
CONSVTY 352History of Music in Western Civilization II (Focus A)3
CONSVTY 315Music Therapy Piano Techniques2
CONSVTY 316Music Therapy Guitar Techniques2
CONSVTY 373EInstrumental Techniques Percussion1
CONSVTY 373GInstrumental Techniques Guitar1
CONSVTY 379AMusic Therapy Clinical Applications - Group Leading Techniques2
CONSVTY 379BMusic Therapy Clinical Applications - Music Therapy Interventions2
CONSVTY 379CMusic Therapy Clinical Applications: Music Therapy Singing Techniques1
CONSVTY 379DMusic Therapy Clinical Applications - Music Therapy Repertoire1
Ensemble (4 semesters from the following)4-8
Conservatory Wind Ensemble
University Singers
Wind Symphony
Conservatory Singers
Conservatory Concert Choir
Clinical Foundations
Music Therapy
CONSVTY 138Music Therapy Foundations2
CONSVTY 317Music Therapy Ensemble and Improvisation Techniques3
CONSVTY 342This is Your Brain on Music (Focus A)3
CONSVTY 366Clinical Foundations II3
CONSVTY 395Clinical Foundations I3
CONSVTY 410Internship1
CONSVTY 410AAdvanced Music Therapy Principles and Applications3
CONSVTY 407AMusic Therapy Principles and Applications3
CONSVTY 435Psychological Foundations of Music3
PSYCH 210General Psychology (Focus C)3
Electives (Psychology or counseling)12
Electives (Non-music)8
Total Credits96-100

Minimum GPA: 2.0

Total Credit Hours: 124

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.