Graduate Students

Dr. Lee working with students in the computer labs

Considering a master’s program in engineering or computer science?

We make it easy for working professionals. 

  • No GRE is required,
  • the program is available in a non-thesis option,
  • and courses are available online in some programs, meaning you can complete your degree at your pace and from the comfort of your own home.

Set yourself ahead of the rest. Our master’s degrees provide you with leading edge technical skills to set yourself ahead of your peers, whether you are: 

  • applying for a new job,
  • looking to elevate your compensation package,
  • working towards a promotion,
  • or seeking out opportunities to be on your company’s most competitive teams and projects.

Our programs are affordable. Our prices are competitive and in-state tuition extends beyond the state line to include students living in 11 neighboring Kansas counties.

MASTER’S

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-Disciplines

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

Contact Information

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

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):  79/6.0

*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.

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

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 | Email

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

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

Contact us

Ahmed Hassan, ECE PhD Discipline Coordinator
816-235-6129 | Email

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: 79/6.0
  • 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.

Computer Networking and Communication Systems

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

Sejun Song, Associate Professor
816-235-5661 | 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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Katherine Bloemker, Ph.D. Associate Teaching Professor and Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering
Work Phone: 816-235-5639
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Anthony Caruso, Ph.D. Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Professor Department of Physics and Astronomy
Work Phone: 816-235-2505
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Work Phone: 816-235-1464
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Work Phone: 816-235-2362