Henry W. Bloch
School of Management

Graduate Admissions

How to Apply

Admission to our graduate programs is selective. You must have completed a bachelor’s or first-level professional degree from a regionally accredited institution.

UMKC application

Please submit these documents along with your UMKC application:

  • Transcripts
  • Resume
  • One-page goal statement
    • The goal statement should describe your career plans, why you desire to attend UMKC and why you want to obtain your desired graduate degree or certficate from the Bloch School. This should be your original writing. Any quote used should be properly attributed to the author. Please include information about your current employment (part- or full-time and related travel commitments)

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EMBA applicants

Applicants to our EMBA program must also submit the names and email addresses of two contacts who can provide a letter of recommendation covering these topics:

  • Length of time the respondent has known you and under what circumstance
  • Detailed description of the effectiveness of your job performance
  • Skills you have demonstrated on the job in projects and assignments
  • Your potential as a manager
  • Your leadership capabilities
  • Qualities that you will bring to the program and the class
  • Any additional comments about your potential for success in a rigorous graduate program of study

One contact must be a current business associate, such as your manager, supervisor, CEO or a member of your company’s board of directors. Your second contact can be a previous supervisor, a peer or subordinate or an executive outside your company who knows your work well. We will not accept recommendations from personal friends or former professors.

Application Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to apply by the priority deadlines, although rolling admissions are offered. Please note that if your completed application is not received by a semester’s priority deadline, we cannot guarantee admission for that semester. We encourage prospective students to apply for the Fall or Spring semesters, as core course availability is limited during the Summer semester.

  • Fall – August 1
  • Spring – December 15
  • Summer – May 1

Applications are reviewed as they are submitted. All application materials, including resume, essay and GMAT scores or waiver must be submitted before your application will be reviewed by the admissions committee. Please allow two weeks from when the completed application is received to when a decision is made by the admissions committee.

International applicants requiring a student visa should apply at least one month before the posted deadline.

Test Information

If you score 600 or higher on the GMAT or its equivalent on the GRE, you will receive automatic admission. Test score waivers may be granted to applicants with a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA or at least two years of work experience.

Test preparation

Register for and prepare to take the GMAT at mba.com. On the site you can also download free test preparation materials.

We do not endorse any specific test-preparation method, but these sites offer free study materials.

International applicants

International applicants who do not have a university degree from a U.S. university are required to submit results from the TOEFL or IELTS. A minimum of 80 on the TOEFL or 6.0 on the IELTS is required to be considered for admission. Scores of 90 or above on the TOEFL or 6.5 and above on the IELTS are preferred.

Visit the International Student Affairs Office (ISAO) to learn how to apply as an international student.

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Transfer Credit

We accept up to six credit hours applicable to your program and completed with distinction at an AACSB-accredited institution. An official transcript must be supplied. All transfer credit must be approved by your academic advisor during your first semester.


Contact us at 816-235-5254 or email us.


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