Interdisciplinary PhD Program

Costs, Scholarships & Financial Aid

It is important to take into consideration the cost of your doctoral education and your individual financial needs. Financial planning for the IPhD program should include estimated tuition and fees, supply costs and living expenses.

IPhD Studies Estimated Education Fees, 2021-2022
Semester Expense Estimate
Fall/Spring Resident Tuition $423.00 (per credit hour)
Metro Rate Tuition* $423.00 (per credit hour)
Non-Resident Tuition $1,092.10 (per credit hour)

*Graduate, non-professional students who are legal residents of Atchison, Douglas, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, Shawnee, or Wyandotte counties in Kansas will be assessed educational fees equivalent to those of a Missouri resident (the “in-state” rate). Metro Rate is contingent on meeting Residency rules established by the Office of Admissions.

Contact the Admissions Office for more information:

Phone: 816-235-8625 (UMKC)
Web site:

All numbers above are approximate and do not include additional university and program fees or any living expenses. For exact tuition and fee figures, please see the Cashiers Office Website.

Financial Aid

The UMKC Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships can assist with providing additional information regarding financial aid programs, including federal and state grant and loan programs. In addition, the UMKC Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships can offer you more information on the types of expenses you can expect, as well as the type of assistance that might be available to you.

In general, students interested in merit or need-based financial aid may be eligible for various loans, grants and/or other financial aid programs. To be considered for such programs, a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available through the UMKC Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships or online at

The priority date for filing the FAFSA is February 1.

For additional financial aid information, contact:

UMKC Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships
University of Missouri-Kansas City
101 Administrative Center
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110449
Phone: 81635-1154
Web site:

Scholarships & Fellowships

The School of Graduate Studies offers a variety of scholarships and fellowships. Applicants are invited to apply to all for which you are eligible. Interested candidates will also want to check with the faculty coordinator in your disciplines to see if there are other scholarships/fellowships available. Click on Fellowships/Assistantships or Scholarships for links to opportunities with the School of Graduate Studies.

Contact the faculty coordinator in either your primary or co-discipline to inquire about assistantships. As part of the application information requested, the applicant is asked whether he/she wants or needs financial support. If the applicant requests financial support, that request will be communicated to the faculty of the disciplines that are chosen.

Some disciplines which require full-time laboratory research will automatically provide stipend and tuition support. For other disciplines, the applicant must explicitly request support from the faculty in the discipline or from the chosen Research Advisor.