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Academic Programs and Graduate Studies


Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Dean, Graduate Studies and Research

The office oversees a wide cross section of the university: academic programs, services to students, and facilitation of the academic and professional life of the faculty. At Central Missouri, we are committed to promoting student learning in an atmosphere of open discourse and inquiry. We encourage our faculty and students to engage in active learning that is complemented by scholarship and we promote programs like Minority Opportunities for Research and Education in STEM (MORE STEM).

Reporting to the vice provost are University Assessment, Graduate Admissions and International Student Services, Graduate Education and Research,  the McNair Scholars ProgramRegistrar and Student Records, Sponsored Programs and Research Integrity, Testing Services, and Undergraduate Research.


Establishing a culture of quality at the University of Central Missouri is the driving force of UCM's Quality Improvement Program, more commonly known as CQIP. The university assessment program's purpose is to improve the quality of student learning and student support services.

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Graduate Admissions and International Student Services

Learn about UCM graduate programs and international admissions through Graduate Admissions and International Student Services. 

  • Graduate and International Admissions
  • International transcript evaluations
  •  Graduate student enrollment
  • International student immigration advising
  • CPT and OPT for international students
  • International Orientation
  • Exchange student (J-1) program
  • Sponsored student programs
  • Graduate and international student recruitment

Graduate Education and Research

When you choose the University of Central Missouri for your graduate studies, you are choosing a graduate education that will give you a unique perspective along with the practical experience you need for success in the real world.   

Our office provides direction, development, and oversight for graduate education and graduate research at the University.  We foster an intellectual environment characterized by excellence in teaching and learning and discipline-based scholarship; coordinate graduate program assessment efforts; and advocate for graduate education and research to internal and external stakeholders. 

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McNair Scholars Program

If you are interested in undergraduate research and preparing to attend graduate school, this program is for you!

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal program that promotes academic research for undergradues by connecting students with faculty mentors to explore the research process and then carrying out a research project.

Visit the McNair Scholars Program

Registrar and Student Records

  • Student academic records maintenance
  • Request UCM transcripts processing
  • Graduation applications
  • Undergraduate and Graduate catalogs updates
  • Degree and Enrollment Verifications
  • Transfer Course Articulation & Transfer Guides
  • Commencement Ceremony coordination
  • Course schedule, degree audit system, & Banner Maintenance
  • Academic policies & procedures compliance

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Sponsored Programs and Research Integrity

The Office of Sponsored Programs & Research Integrity (OSPRI) assists university personnel and students in finding funding opportunities, developing ideas into fundable projects, compiling application materials, managing externally funded projects, and ensuring compliance with external funding regulations and research integrity at the University of Central Missouri. 

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Testing Services

UCM Testing Services is dedicated to improving student learning and development, the quality of academic and student support services programs, and the overall intellectual life and learning environment of the institution. Testing Services strives to implement UCM’s assessment program, provide the highest quality testing environment, and maintain accurate, confidential and reliable test score and instructional assessment services.

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Undergraduate Research

At the University of Central Missouri all students have the opportunity to engage in undergraduate research opportunities. You can work side-by-side with a faculty member. Just follow your curiosity and research or creative interests, and your faculty mentor will guide you through all phases of the process. That’s what “learning to a greater degree” through experiential learning looks like at UCM. The undergraduate research you conduct will positively impact your academic experiences at UCM and will benefit you well into your future, providing the foundation for your chosen career, pursuit of graduate studies, or further work in your field.

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Academic Programs, Graduate Studies, and Research
Ward Edwards 1900
Tel: (660) 543-8059




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