Special Programs and Centers

Bloch Executive Education Center

Bloch School
Bloch Executive Education Center
5108 Cherry Street, #417
(816) 235-2892


Bloch Executive Education programs are designed to engage business, government, and non-profit leaders in applied learning.  The Center offers customized programs, seminars, certificates and international programs that support innovation and leadership development in the U.S. and around the world.  Custom programs are designed in concert with clients to support enterprise-wide initiatives and strategies. International programs serve to expose public and private international executives and scholars to the U.S. educational system as well as business operations.  Management seminars are available to emerging leaders and senior executives based on personal and professional competency needs.  Our nationally-recognized faculty provokes thought and challenges perspectives through relevant curricula that feature innovative thought, research insights, and business best practices.

Cookingham Institute of Urban Affairs

Bloch School
4747 Troost, #119C
(816) 235-6710


The mission of the L.P. Cookingham Institute is to improve understanding of the sustainability of urban regions through research, educational programming, and community engagement.  The Cookingham Institute also seeks to engage the UMKC community on issues related to urban and regional sustainability and to promote interdisciplinary research on urban topics.  The Cookingham Institute is the means by which the Bloch School of Management supports research and teaching directed at improving our understanding of the factors affecting the fiscal and social sustainability of urban regions.  The Greater Kansas City region provides an important context for our work, but the Institute is focused on producing knowledge relevant to urban regions across the country.  In keeping with the Bloch School's commitment to research and education on entrepreneurship and innovation, a special focus of the Institute is on understanding innovation in the public sector.

Lewis White Real Estate Center

Bloch School
(816) 235-6200


The Lewis White Real Estate Center (White Center) engages in teaching, research, and service activities. On the teaching front, working through the Department of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the White Center is the primary champion of the Master of Science in Entrepreneurial Real Estate, as well as the undergraduate emphasis, and individual courses in Real Estate. The White Center’s support for real estate activities cuts across campus through its commitment to interdisciplinary education. In addition to its educational activities, the White Center helps support academic research to help advance the body of knowledge and support real estate faculty. It also conducts and supports applied research to help advance best practices on the professional front.  Consistent with UMKC, Bloch and Department missions, the White Center also engages in meaningful community and professional service activities, and supports service to the broader real estate academy.

Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership

Bloch School
4747 Troost, #207
(816) 235-5720


The Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership (MCNL) is the education, research and community service center of the Department of Public Affairs in the Henry W. Bloch School of Management whose mission is to strengthen the performance and effectiveness of nonprofit public service organizations and their leaders.  The Center is dedicated to building healthier communities through nonproft leadership, and it does so through high quality community-oriented education, research and facilitation programs and services.  The Midwest Center provides an extensive array of programs for the education, professional development and personal renewal of nonprofit organization leaders and managers, including programs on nonprofit boards and governance, ethical and effective leadership and management, financial management, and social entrepreneurship. It is especially dedicated to meeting the needs of the many small and medium-sized community-based organizations and agencies serving the Kansas City metropolitan region.  The Center also operates a Nonproft Resource Center that is open to students and all members of the community.

Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Bloch School
5108 Cherry Street, #329
P: (816) 235-6200
F: (816)-235-6529


The mission of the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management is to inspire and nurture entrepreneurs and innovators through transformational education and research.  Our vision is to be a global leader in creating and disseminating knowledge to advance entrepreneurship and innovation.  We encourage entrepreneurship, not just among business students, but among all students, and welcome those from any UMKC discipline who want to learn how to spark ideas and create new products and businesses.

The Institute and the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation offers entrepreneurship and innovation education at every educational level. Institute faculty and staff develop, deliver, and administer the Bloch School's Entrepreneurship programs at all levels, including doctoral degree programs, M.B.A. and Executive M.B.A. programs, a specialized Masters degree in Entrepreneurial Real Estate, an undergraduate program, and our renowned Entrepreneurship Scholars Program. Our entrepreneurship programs focus on building an entrepreneurial mindset that can be used to create a new business, create value in an existing organization, solve social problems, or live a more entrepreneurial life.  Our courses and programs are taught by an accomplished and influential cross-disciplinary faculty recognized for their research and teaching accomplishments.