Frances Bozsik

Graduate Programs

From the Department Chair:

December 21, 2020

Dear students:

Thank you for your interest in studying psychology at UMKC.  I am writing today to let you know that our department has made the difficult decision to suspend admissions for Fall ’21.  We will not be admitting any students for the coming ’21 – ’22 academic year.

We did not come to this decision easily.  We are experiencing a number of uncertainties related to student funding and program offerings that convinced us that suspending admissions was the best course of action.  We plan to use the coming year to redesign our program to better serve our students and the faculty who teach and mentor them.

I understand that preparing an application requires significant time and effort, and I apologize that this decision has come so late in the process.  Of course we will be refunding your application fee as soon as possible.

I hope that the coming year is a healthy and productive one for you.  If your interest in UMKC remains active a year from now, we would be happy to receive your application at that time.  In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.


Joan M. McDowd, Ph.D.
Professor & Chair | Department of Psychology

Options for Doctoral Study

The Department of Psychology offers a Ph.D. in Psychology with two options: Clinical Psychology (APA accredited) and Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences. Both options have a strong research emphasis and are based on a mentorship model in which an incoming student is paired with a faculty member with shared interests.  Most of our faculty are happy to serve as research mentors to students in either option provided there is a strong alignment between the student’s research interests and the faculty member’s areas of expertise. Check out the Faculty Research pages to see the range of topics our faculty study.


Our curriculum requires students to take between 9 and 14 credit hours per semester in the first three years.  All graduate students are awarded non-resident tuition waivers, and they pay resident rates. Tuition and fee costs for 2020-2021 are calculated at $407 per credit hour tuition plus approximately $58 per credit hour in fees. (Most fees are capped at 12 credits.) Additional flat rate fees, including a Graduate Professional Development fee, total $75.55 per semester. (Click here for details regarding tuition and fees.) After the first three years, students take 3-6 credit hours per semester.

The Department’s goal is to provide funding in the form of tuition support and a stipend to incoming students. However, due to budgetary constraints brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot guarantee financial support to incoming students. We will post updates as they become available.


UMKC’s Department of Psychology is located in a vibrant, diverse neighborhood offering numerous options for housing, recreation and culture. As an urban campus UMKC’s mission is to serve the ethnically diverse community that surrounds it and this is reflected in many of the Department’s activities. We are in close proximity to the city’s premiere medical centers including UMKC’s own Medical School at Truman Hospital, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, St. Luke’s Medical Center, the University of Kansas Medical Center, and the Kansas City VA.