Student Organizations

Connect with other students, gain early career experience and enhance your education beyond the classroom through professional and academic organizations.

Psi Chi

Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, encourages, stimulates and maintains excellence in scholarship and advances the science of psychology. Membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students making the study of psychology one of their major interests.

Membership benefits

  • Demonstrates to future employers and graduate schools that you were considered to be an excellent student in the field of psychology
  • Provides opportunities for networking and further learning with faculty and students dedicated to psychological science
  • Offers a great way to get involved on campus

How do I join?

  1. Academic requirements
    • Major or minor in psychology
    • Second-semester sophomore or higher
    • Nine credits of psychology courses; at least six at UMKC
    • Minimum UMKC GPA of 3.5 and minimum psychology GPA of 3.5
    • Completed at least one full-time semester at UMKC
  2. Complete the application (Select University of Missouri-Kansas City as your chapter)
  3. Email a copy of your unofficial transcript to the faculty advisor, with “Psi Chi application” in the subject line
  4. If your application is approved, you will be notified by email. You will then need to bring $70 USD cash, check or a money order (made out to UMKC Psi Chi) to Robin Lehman in Cherry Hall, room 324. This money covers the $55 fee for a lifetime membership in Psi Chi International; the remaining $15 goes into the UMKC account for programming use.
  5. After we receive the money, you will be invited to join the Psi Chi network through RooGroups, and you will need to accept the invitation. Within a few weeks, you will be contacted by the international organization welcoming you as a member and inviting you to an induction ceremony.

Psychology Club

Psychology Club is the sibling organization of Psi Chi. Its goal is to provide enriching social and educational opportunities beyond the classroom within the field of psychology. Whereas Psi Chi events often focus on advancing the science of psychology (which is consistent with its mission), Psychology Club officers have aimed to bring opportunities for practical and applied experiences to students. Also, unlike Psi Chi, Psychology Club membership is free and open to all UMKC students. If you are considering a career in psychology or are just interested in learning more about the field, we encourage you to join Psychology Club.

We have regular meetings, volunteer opportunities, educational workshops and other campus activities. Former psychology majors have come to campus to tell us what their jobs are like, and we volunteer together at a range of Kansas City agencies. We even “adopted” a rain garden here on campus in front of Cherry Hall. In short, Psychology Club is a great way to get involved, get to know other students and interact with faculty in less formal settings. Joining will allow us to keep you updated with all of our UMKC Psychology Club activities.