At the School of Education, Social Work and Psychological Sciences we have one common goal: helping our students leave UMKC better than before. We see beyond degrees and backgrounds to what really matters – people.

History, Mission and Vision

The School of Education, Social Work and Psychological Sciences was established in 2022 through a university wide initiative called UMKC Forward which aimed to combine the similar work of our School of Education, Department of Social Work and Department of Psychology, into a single academic unit. This bold move better positions our faculty, students and staff to access all of the resources our departments have to offer and enhance our degree programs in the areas of education, mental health services, psychology research and social work. 
The vision and mission of the School of Education, Social Work and Psychological Sciences rests on over 65 years of partnerships with the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. These relationships have engaged school districts, charter schools, hospitals, mental health agencies, educational organizations, social service organizations, and related civic, cultural and business organizations.   
Today, with over 16,000 alumni, the school is a place that openly welcomes and supports all people who possess a broad range of backgrounds, life experiences, interests and aspirations. Our students have found employment all over the Kansas City metro area, the region, the country and the world. 


First-Gen Social Work Student Redefines Advocacy

DaVonna Williams is pushing the needle towards a more progressive, fresh take on social work

Thirteen Named Dean of Students Honor Recipients

Graduating students are recognized for their outstanding academic performance, community leadership and service

UMKC Celebrates 2023 Commencement at T-Mobile Center

The ceremonies were held on May 13, 2023