Graduate Students - Black Studies Emphasis

The Black Studies Program provides critical skill sets in written and oral communication, research, analysis, theory building, multicultural understanding and global awareness. Through a holistic examination of the African American experience, we are committed to enriching general education, promoting professional development, and training scholars in the field.

The Black Studies Program at UMKC is continuing its move toward reorganization, revitalization, and growth. There have been and will continue to be many changes and enhancements to the curriculum.


Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) Program at UMKC offers students an informal emphasis in Black Studies. See the following link for details: Informal Emphasis in Black Studies (PDF). Black Studies students pursuing the MALS Degree may also earn a Black Studies graduate certificate (see below).


Graduate Certificate in Black Studies

The Black Studies Program at UMKC offers a graduate certificate in Black Studies. The graduate certificate in Black Studies is available for all graduate and professional students at UMKC. See the following link for details: Course of Study - Black Studies Graduate Certificate (PDF).

Gainful Employment Disclosure for Black Studies.

Current and prospective students should contact the Black Studies Program for additional details.


Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO)

The Black Graduate Student Organization's mission is to promote unity through purposeful fellowship; to provide mentoring and other academic, professional and social support; to enhance the knowledge and scholarly advancement of current and incoming undergraduate students, graduate students and other members of the University of Missouri-Kansas City community of the African Diaspora; and to offer a nurturing environment where the systemic structure and processes relevant to the experience of Black graduate students are critically discussed.




Black Studies Program
5305 Holmes
Kansas City, MO 64110
ph. (816) 235-6588
fax. (816) 235-5596