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:

  • Demonstrate their musical voice as creative artists, and consistently produce works.
  • Master analytical and technical skills in music in a variety of media and genres.
  • Demonstrate their skills as collaborators with performers and generative artists and promote their work.

Major Status

Major status for the B.M. Music Composition degree is determined for new students (freshmen and transfer students) by the faculty through the standard Conservatory admissions process. Prospective Composition majors may enroll in up to four semesters of composition (CONSVTY 133, CONSVTY 134, CONSVTY 233 and CONSVTY 234).  CONSVTY 234 is the final semester that a student can petition for major status.

Program Requirements

Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework

Anchor I (ANCH 103 recommended) 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 (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Focus B 13
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 Requirements

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
Constitutional History of the United States
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

CONSVTY 141Musicianship I4
CONSVTY 142Musicianship II4
CONSVTY 241Musicianship III4
CONSVTY 242Musicianship IV4
Keyboard Skills
CONSVTY 110Keyboard Skills I1
CONSVTY 123Keyboard Skills II1
CONSVTY 223Keyboard Skills III1
CONSVTY 310Keyboard Skills IV1
CONSVTY 133Beginning Composition I3
CONSVTY 134Beginning Composition II3
CONSVTY 233Intermediate Composition I3
CONSVTY 234Intermediate Composition II3
CONSVTY 333Advanced Composition (Take 3 semesters )9
CONSVTY 433Composition Recital3
Applied Lessons and Studio Class 1
Choose one of the following:10
Applied Music Interest Area A: Complete level 101 through 301 in any single primary instrument offered by the Conservatory.
Applied Music Interest Area B: Complete ten hours of primary and/or second instrument applied music courses and/or techniques classes.
Applied Music Interest Area C: Complete six hours of CONSVTY 335 (Electronic Music Composition) plus four hours of 100B level second instrument applied music courses and/or techniques classes.
Music History
CONSVTY 351History of Music in Western Civilization I (Focus A)3
CONSVTY 352History of Music in Western Civilization II (Focus A)3
Analysis, Orchestration and Conducting
CONSVTY 331AOrchestration I3
CONSVTY 380Basic Conducting - Choral2
or CONSVTY 381 Basic Conducting - Instrumental
CONSVTY 390Analysis3
CONSVTY 431Orchestration II2
Advanced Ear Training and Counterpoint
CONSVTY 329Advanced Ear Training2
CONSVTY 42718th-Century Counterpoint2
CONSVTY 428Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory3
Electronic Music
CONSVTY 235Techniques of Electronic Music I: Digital Audio3
or CONSVTY 236 Techniques of Electronic Music II: MIDI
Students must complete a total of 8 ensemble courses and may select from any ensemble offered by the Conservatory. 2
CONSVTY 301G Ensemble for Composers must be taken at least twice in two different semesters. 3
Total Credits88
General Electives8

GPA Minimum: 2.0

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.