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 analyze domestic and global business issues (General Business Knowledge).
  • analyze innovation, new business development and high-growth-potential entities (Entrepreneurship and Innovation).
  • be able to devise solutions for structured and unstructured problems and issues (Critical Thinking Skills).
  • be able to communicate professionally both orally and in writing (Communication Skills).
  • be able to use technology in modern organizational operations (Technology Skills).

Admission Requirements

First-time college students are eligible to be admitted to the Bloch School if they meet regular UMKC entrance requirements. Those transferring from other institutions must have 2.5 cumulative and University of Missouri (UM) GPAs. Intra-university transfers can enter Bloch School programs with a 2.25 UM GPA. All students are required to maintain a 2.25 cumulative University of Missouri GPA while enrolled in this program.

Program Requirements

The Bloch School requires a minimum of 120 credit hours to earn the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree.  This total includes coursework in the following areas: General Education, Electives, Basic Skills, Business Core and Emphasis.  All students pursuing the B.B.A. degree must select an emphasis area.  Options include: Entrepreneurship; Finance; Health Administration; Management; Marketing; Nonprofit Management and Real Estate.

See the Bloch School Undergraduate Policies and Procedures section (link to for additional information.

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 by 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.

Basic Skills Coursework

ACCTNG 210Introduction To Financial Accounting (Includes Lab)3
ACCTNG 211Introduction To Managerial Accounting3
DSOM 211Business Analytics I3
or STAT 235 Elementary Statistics
or MOTRMATH 110 MOTR Statistical Reasoning
ECON 201Introduction To Economics I (Focus B)3
ECON 202Introduction To Economics II (Focus B)3
MATH 110Precalculus Algebra (Focus B)3
MGT 256Legal and Regulatory Contexts of Organizations3
MIS 202Computer Applications In Management3
Total Credits24

International Requirement

Select one from: 13
International Management
International Study in Business
Other classes approved by Management Department
Total Credits3

Major Requirements

Courses for the B.B.A. program are listed below. All students must complete the core curriculum and choose one of the approved emphasis areas:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Health Administration
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Real Estate

Prior to enrolling in any course, students must ensure they have completed the necessary prerequisites.

Core B.B.A. Curriculum
DSOM 311Business Analytics II3
DSOM 340Supply Chain and Operations Management3
ENT 315Entrepreneurial Mindset and Opportunity Recognition3
FIN 325Financial Management3
MGT 301Effective Business Communication3
or MGT 301A Effective Business Communication for Non-Native Speakers
MGT 332Principles of Organizational Behavior3
MGT 471Strategic Management3
MIS 402Information Management3
MKT 324Principles of Marketing3
Emphasis Area Courses 121
Total Credits48
The number of elective hours needed to bring the program total to 120 hours will vary depending on selections made to satisfy general education requirements.
General Electives 115-21

Minimum GPA: 2.25 (UM and in-major)

Total Credit Hours: 120

Emphasis Areas

Entrepreneurship Option

Required Entrepreneurship courses:12
Designing the Business Model
Entrepreneurial Management and Innovation
Entrepreneurial Finance
Entrepreneurial Experience
Required Entrepreneurship elective, pick one from:3
Real Estate Principles
Creativity, Innovation, and Problem Solving
Entrepreneurship Scholars
New Product Development
Entrepreneurial Marketing and Selling
Social Entrepreneurship
Real Estate Finance Fundamentals
Principles of Real Estate Property Management
Other ENT courses approved by faculty
Select two upper-division Bloch electives to complete emphasis area.6
Total Credits21

Finance Option

Required Finance courses:12
Financial Management 2
Global Financial Markets and Institutions
Advanced Corporate Finance
Required Finance electives, pick two from:6
Introduction to Risk Management and Insurance
Payment Systems
Financial Statement Analysis
Commercial Bank Management
Introduction to Fintech
Advanced Investments
Select one upper-division Bloch elective to complete the emphasis area.3
Total Credits21

Health Administration Option

Required Health Administration courses:6
Financial Management Issues of Health and Human Services Organizations
The Economics of Health and Medicine
Health Policy in the United States
Required Health Administration electives, pick two from:6
Health and Social Equity
Leadership and Management in Health Care Organizations
The Economics of Health and Medicine 1
Financial Management Issues of Health and Human Services Organizations
Select three upper-division Bloch electives to complete emphasis area.9
Total Credits21

Management Option

Required Management courses:9
Managing Human Capital
International Management
Ethics and Leadership
Corporate Social Responsibilty
Required Management electives, pick two from:6
Groups and Teams
Human Resource Analytics
Leading a Positive Workplace
Global Mindset for Managers
International Study in Business
Managing the Information Systems Resource
Select two upper-division Bloch electives to complete emphasis area.6
Total Credits21

Marketing Option

Required Marketing courses:9
Customer Insights
Marketing Research
Strategic Marketing
Required Marketing electives, pick three from:9
Customer Data Analytics
Advertising and Branding
Sales Management
Social Media and Mobile Marketing
Introduction to Retailing and Pricing
Select one upper-division Bloch elective to complete emphasis area.3
Total Credits21

Nonprofit Management Option

Required Nonprofit Management courses:12
Creating and Measuring Social Impact
Nonprofit Fundraising and Development
Leading and Managing Nonprofit Organizations
Voluntarism, Philanthropy & The Non-Profit Sector In The U.S.
Select three upper-division Bloch electives to complete emphasis area.9
Total Credits21

Real Estate Option

Required Real Estate Courses:9
Real Estate Principles
Real Estate Finance Fundamentals
Principles of Real Estate Property Management
Select two of the following electives:6
Designing the Business Model
New Product Development
Entrepreneurial Finance
Select two upper-division Bloch electives to completed the emphasis area:6
Total Credits21


Students will take electives to bring their program total to 120 credit hours.  The number of hours required will vary based on selections made to satisfy general education requirements and will generally range from 15-21 hours.  Electives can be used to pursue a minor or can be individually-selected courses to build a specific skill set or explore a particular interest.  Students can have no more than 2 credit hours of physical education activity course work.  Additionally, remedial courses, military science classes and vocational course work will not apply.

Graduation Requirements

All students must satisfactorily complete the RooWriter before enrolling in MGT 301 or MGT 301A.  Information regarding the RooWriter is available at

The BBA degree will be awarded on satisfaction of the following:

  1. Completion of the degree requirements and a minimum of 120 credit hours.
  2. Achievement of a 2.25 GPA; satisfactory academic standing is based on:
    1. Cumulative GPA of 2.25 for all University of Missouri courses; and
    2. GPA of 2.25 for all required junior-and senior-level in-major courses completed at UM schools.
  3. Completion of 50% of junior/senior in-major courses at UMKC. 
  4. Completion of the RooWriter, HEIghten, and other assessment exercises assigned by the Bloch faculty.
  5. Completion of the Constitution requirement.
  6. Filing of a required application for graduation at the beginning of the senior year.

Students are responsible for ensuring their course of study falls within program guidelines.

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.