Graduate Students

Dr. Lee working with students in the computer labs

Staying at the forefront of technology is vital to any career. An affordable graduate degree from SCE positions working professionals for career advancement and leadership roles. Graduate students collaborate with industry leaders and renowned faculty while working with advanced technology and methods in rigorous courses.

SCE’s graduate programs are designed with working professionals in mind. Graduate advisers know that many adult learners have full-time jobs and families to think about. SCE advisers are responsive to these needs and help graduate students navigate the program efficiently. Students can choose between a thesis or non-thesis option. Class sizes are small, so professors can provide personal attention.

The UMKC campus, in the heart of Kansas City, is located within 20 miles of hundreds of engineering and computing companies. SCE students benefit from this proximity through internships, networking opportunities and job prospects.

The rigorous coursework at SCE allows working professionals to achieve their goals and reach the next level of their careers. Professors help students turn technical course theory into practical solutions for their companies. Graduate students benefit from the hands-on research conducted at UMKC. Much of this research is so integral to technology breakthroughs that it is funded by some of the top engineering and computing companies in the world.

Ultimately, a UMKC graduate degree doesn’t only elevate your knowledge – it also contributes to your bottom line. Here’s how payscale.com calculates the effects for midcareer salaries:

MASTER’S

Civil Engineering

A Master of Science in Civil Engineering allows graduate students to develop specialties within a swiftly changing profession. Graduate students can choose from four specialty tracks – environmental and water resources, structures, materials and construction management. The state-of-the-art program is ideal for students ready for a challenge and professionals ready to advance their careers.

Contact Information

Liz Muleski, Education Program Coordinator
(816)235-5934 | Email

Specialty Areas or Tracks

  • Environmental and Water Resources
  • Structures
  • Materials
  • Construction Management

Admissions Requirements

Baccalaureate degree: Civil engineering or related discipline
GPA in last 60 hours of undergraduate engineering coursework: 3.0 or better

Pre-program requirements may be specified in case the bachelor’s degree is in a discipline different to which the candidate is applying.

The applicant must also include:

  • Application for admission
  • Official transcripts of all college coursework
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors at previous institutions or mentors at places of employment are highly encouraged.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Official results of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
    • A cumulative score of at least 302 (verbal + quantitative) and a minimum of 158 on the quantitative portion of the examination is required.
    • GRE requirements may be waived by applicants with a baccalaureate from an ABET-accredited program who have passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. A copy of the FE pass letter, EIT license, or PE license should be uploaded with the application.
  • International Students – TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international students without prior U.S. degrees.  The minimum required score is 79 (TOEFL) or 6.5 (IELTS).
Computer Science

A Master of Science in Computer Science gives graduate students a competitive edge in the marketplace. The master’s program evolves with new technologies and innovations, offering students a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience in the most professionally significant specialty areas. Students will sharpen their skills while working alongside world-class faculty on research projects funded by major organizations and businesses. Thesis and non-thesis options are available.

Contact Information

Gina Campbell, Education Program Coordinator
816-235-2202 | Email

Specialty Areas or Tracks

  • Bioinformatics
  • Database and Information Management
  • Data Science
  • Networking and Telecommunications
  • Software Engineering and Systems

Admissions Requirements

Baccalaureate degree: Computer science or related discipline
Cumulative GPA in all coursework: 3.0 or better
Computer Science GPA: 3.0 or better

Pre-program requirements may be specified in case the bachelor’s degree is in a discipline different to which the candidate is applying.

The applicant must also include:

  • Application for admission
  • Official transcripts of all college coursework
  • Official results of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
    • The applicant must score in at least the 75th percentile on the quantitative portion of the GRE.
  • International Students – A minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL exam or a minimum 6.0 on the IELTS is required for international students without prior U.S. degrees.
Electrical Engineering

A Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from UMKC allows graduate students a unique opportunity to develop the analytical mindset and skills most valued in the industry, including computer engineering, product development, management and entrepreneurial endeavors.

Contact Information 

Gina Campbell, Education Program Coordinator
816-235-2202 | Email

Specialty Areas or Tracks

  • Computers, VLS1, and Embedded Systems
  • RF/Electromagnetics and Mixed Signal Systems
  • Communications and Networking
  • Signal and Image Processing, and Biomedical Applications
  • Electric Power

Admissions Requirements

Baccalaureate degree: Electrical engineering or related discipline
GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate engineering coursework: 3.0 or better

Pre-program requirements may be specified in case the bachelor’s degree is in a discipline different to which the candidate is applying.

The applicant must also include:

  • Application for admission
  • Official transcripts of all college coursework
  • Official results of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
    • The applicant must score in at least the 75th percentile on the quantitative portion of the GRE.
  • International Students – A minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL exam or a minimum 6.0 on the IELTS is required for international students without prior U.S. degrees.
Mechanical Engineering

A Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering allows graduate students to stay at the forefront of technology. Students elevate their expertise with specialty fields such as renewable and sustainable energy. Distinguished faculty guide the research, which is funded by prominent businesses and organizations. The class format is convenient for working professionals, and thesis and non-thesis options are available.

Contact Information

Liz Muleski, Education Program Coordinator
(816)235-5934 | Email

Specialty Areas of Tracks

  • Biomechanics
  • Materials and Manufacturing
  • Thermal Sciences and Renewable Energy
  • Vibration and Controls

Admission Requirements

Baccalaureate degree: Mechanical engineering or related discipline
GPA in last 60 hours of undergraduate engineering coursework: 3.0 or better

Pre-program requirements may be specified in case the bachelor’s degree is in a discipline different to which the candidate is applying.

The applicant must also include:

  • Application for admission
  • Official transcripts of all college coursework
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors at previous institutions or mentors at places of employment are highly encouraged.
  • Official results of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
    • A cumulative score of at least 302 (verbal + quantitative) and a minimum of 158 on the quantitative portion of the examination is required.
    • GRE requirements may be waived by applicants with a baccalaureate from an ABET-accredited program who have passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. A copy of the FE pass letter, EIT license, or PE license should be uploaded with the application.
  • International Students – TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international students without prior U.S. degrees.  The minimum required score is 79 (TOEFL) or 6.5 (IELTS).

DOCTORAL

Engineering

The Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering programs offer doctorate study through UMKC’s Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. Interested students select engineering as a discipline when applying for admission into the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program.

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact the graduate program director for each discipline before applying for admission to the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program.

Suggested Compatible Co-Displines

Chemistry, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, geosciences, mathematics, molecular biology and biochemistry, oral biology, physics, and telecommunication and computer networking.

Contact Information

Ganesh Thiagarajan, Director of Graduate Studies for Civil Engineering
816-235-1288 | E-mail

Gregory King, Director of Graduate Studies for Mechanical Engineering
816-235-2350 | Email

Admissions Requirements

GPA in last 60 hours of undergraduate engineering coursework: 3.0 or better
GPA in all post-baccalaureate coursework: 3.5 or better
GRE score: At least 302 (verbal + quantitative) and a minimum of 158 on the quantitative portion of the examination is required
TOEFL/IELTS score (international students only):  79/6.5

*GRE requirements may be waived if the applicant has passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.

Computer Science

A doctorate in computer science of fundamental and applied nature includes algorithms, bioinformatics, databases, security and software engineering. The School of Computing and Engineering faculty members are active in fundamental and applied research. Their research activities are supported by the National Science Foundation and industry.

Suggested Compatible Co-Disciplines

Telecommunications and computer networking, electrical and computer engineering, mathematics, engineering, physics, entrepreneurship and innovation, oral biology, molecular biology and biochemistry, geosciences, economics, chemistry.

Contact Information

Yugyung Lee, Professor
816-235-5932 | E-mail

Admissions Requirements

GPA: 3.5 or above
GRE score: quantitative percentile in the mid-80s or higher
TOEFL/IELTS score (international students only): 79/6.0
Degrees held: MS in Computer Science*

*In exceptional cases, we consider applicants with just baccalaureate in Computer Science or graduate degrees in related fields. 

It is expected that the applicants already have at least upper division undergraduate level core courses in a typical computer science program. All applications will receive careful and diligent consideration. Our admission decision is based on looking at the whole student and his/her experience (more than the numbers), and the willingness of a faculty to be the interim advisor.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering is a Ph.D. Discipline with the following five Concentration Areas:

  • Computer, VLSI and Embedded Systems Design
  • Nanotechnology
  • Electromagnetics, Radio Frequency (RF) Circuits, and Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision, Multimedia and Machine Learning
  • Power Electronics and Renewable Energy

More program details available: ECE PhD Discipline Catalog Information and Guidelines

Contact us

Masud Chowdhury, ECE PhD Discipline Coordinator
masud@umkc.edu

Admissions Requirements

Minimum Recommended ECE PhD Admission Requirements:

  • GPA (Bachelor or equivalent Degree): 3.5 in the scale of 4 (or equivalent)
  • GPA (MS or equivalent Degree if any): 3.5 in the scale of 4 (or equivalent)(Preferred)*
  • GRE (Quantitative) minimum score: 85th percentile
  • TOEFL/IELTS score (international students only: 79/6.5
  • Prior Projects or Publications (Preferred)**
  • Internationally Acceptable Accreditation of the Prior Degree Awarding Institutes

*In exceptional cases, we consider applicants for admission into our Direct PhD Program with just a baccalaureate degree in Electrical/Computer Engineering or related fields.

** Prior research project and/or publication record is not required for admission into ECE PhD program. However, doctoral faculty members give very high value to the students with such backgrounds.

Direct or Expedited PhD Program

It is not required to have an MS or equivalent degree to apply to ECE PhD program. We accept well-qualified and motivated students with a Bachelor degree directly into our PhD program. We actively encourage students in the Direct PhD Program to try to complete the doctoral study within 4 or 5 years after the Bachelor degree. To complete the PhD degree in an expedited timeline, first, the student has to be dedicated and well qualified. Second, the student must make a comprehensive plan at the beginning of the doctoral study to complete all the relevant steps within a strict timeline, which is challenging but not impossible.

It is expected that the applicants already have at least upper division undergraduate level core courses in a typical electrical or computer engineering program. All applications will receive careful and diligent consideration. Our admission decision is based on looking at the whole student and his/her experience (more than the numbers), and the willingness of a faculty to be the interim advisor.

Telecommunications and Computer Networking

A doctorate in telecommunications and computer networking offers graduate students a fundamental understanding of the industry and a chance to explore developments of network architecture, new routing algorithms and protocols, new performance evaluation models for networks, new protocol development and network security.

Suggested Compatible Co-Disciplines

Computer science and informatics, mathematics, engineering, physics.

Contact Us

Deep Medhi, Curators’ Professor
816-235-2006 | Email

Admissions Requirements

The following is required for admission to the doctoral Telecommunications and Computer Networking program:

GPA: 3.5 or above
GRE score: quantitative percentile in the mid-80s or higher
TOEFL/IELTS score (international students only): 79/6.0
Degrees held: MS in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering* or related discipline

*In exceptional cases, we consider applicants with just baccalaureate in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering, or graduate degrees in related fields.

It is expected that the applicants already have at least upper division undergraduate level courses in data structures and operating systems. All applications are carefully and diligently evaluated. In this evaluation, we examine and consider applicant’s academic performance, research experience (if any), a personal narratives and recommendation letters. Our admission decision is based on this evaluation and the willingness of a faculty to be the interim advisor.

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