Graduate admission to UNT Dallas is a shared process involving the Office of Graduate Admissions and the graduate faculty of the University. Each academic department has a designated program coordinator who serves as a liaison between the department and the admissions office and provides detailed information about program entry requirements.
Any applicant who has already earned a bachelor's degree and applies for admission to UNT Dallas must apply for admission through the Graduate School and Graduate Admission Office regardless of whether you plan to enroll in undergraduate- or graduate-level courses.
Persons holding a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution or a comparable degree from an international institution are eligible to apply for admission to the University to graduate studies at UNT Dallas.
To be considered for graduate admission to UNT Dallas, you must meet minimum admission requirements set by the Graduate School. Requirements of individual graduate programs are often more rigorous than those set by the Graduate School.
To qualify for University admission you must satisfy one of the admissions options listed below:
- Option One
The GPA from the highest earned degree is used for admission consideration. Applicants with an earned master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a 3.40 GPA or higher qualify for university graduate admission. Proof of the baccalaureate degree is also required.
- Option Two
A GPA of 2.80 (on a 4-point scale) or higher on all undergraduate work OR a 3.00 or better in the last 60 hours is required for the posted baccalaureate degree.
- Option Three
An applicant who does not qualify for admission under Option 1 or 2 may be conditionally admitted to a program by special action if, upon the basis of acceptable evidence, the applicant is judged by the specific academic program coordinator to possess sufficient academic and professional potential pertinent to the educational objectives to merit such action. Please contact the Assistant Director of Graduate Recruitment for more information.
NOTE: Every graduate program sets their own admission requirements and deadlines, and requests the submission of additional materials. Please view or print the Academic Program Requirements and Deadlines for your chosen program.
Applicants are responsible for submitting the documents required for admission. These items include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Application for graduate admission
- Application processing fee ($50)
- You will be assessed a non-refundable application processing fee for each program to which you apply. You are responsible for paying this fee whether or not you are offered admission or choose to enroll. You must pay your application fee online. Your application will not be processed until you pay your application fee and the fee is authorized.
- Applicants must submit an official transcript from ALL colleges and universities attended. All credentials submitted in support of the application for admission become UNT Dallas property and will not be returned to students, nor will UNT Dallas release copies of such credentials to a third party.
- Applicants with foreign credentials: applicants must obtain an international transcript evaluation. This evaluation should include an explanation that the institution is recognized by the ministry of education in the home country and the credits awarded are considered comparable to those of a U.S. bachelor's degree. The evaluation must include a course-by-course grade, a grade point average (GPA) calculation on the U.S. scale, and indicate the diploma or degree conferred and its U.S. equivalency. The evaluation must be original and forwarded to UNT Dallas directly from the credential evaluation company. You may choose any agency that is accredited by the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (http://aice-eval.org/endorsed-members/) or by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (http://www.naces.org/members.html).
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- Entrance test scores
- Scores from national standardized graduate admissions tests are considered official only when they are send directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions from the testing agency. Each degree program has specific requirements, and applicants should consult with the appropriate department for admission testing requirements.
- Letters of Recommendation (if applicable)
- Identify and contact references who will provide a strong letter of recommendation for you. Applicants should check the Master’s Degree Requirements & Deadlines for the exact number of letters required. Recommenders should be the applicant's current or former professors or other individuals who can speak to the applicant's academic talents, work ethic, and intellectual strengths. The Graduate School General Application will ask applicants to provide their reference's names and email addresses. The references will then be contacted via email with instructions on how to electronically submit a letter of recommendation. This process begins once the applicant submits the Graduate School General Application.
- Essay/Writing Sample (if applicable)
- A statement of goals or personal statement (about 1-2 pages in length) is required by some programs to assess your writing ability and determine if the program suits your needs. Some programs may require you to address certain questions or topics.
- Any other supplemental material required by the department
The Office of Graduate Admissions will begin to process the graduate or post-baccalaureate applicant's file once it is fully complete according to the program's requirements.
When complete, the admissions file is reviewed by the Office of Graduate Admissions staff to see if the applicant satisfies one of the options above. If the applicant satisfies one of the options above, then the application file is forwarded to the academic department for an admissions recommendation.
Once the academic department has reviewed the file, the department makes an recommendation on admission and notifies the Office of Graduate Admissions. If the department recommends admission and the applicant meets all graduate school academic requirements, an official letter of acceptance is mailed to the applicant through the Office of Graduate Admissions.
Graduate students apply for and are accepted into specific disciplines. Students who wish to change from one discipline to another must meet all admission requirements for the new discipline.