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    Feb 25, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admission


 


Admission application

The University of North Texas is a selective university and does not guarantee admission of all applicants. It is recommended that students apply well in advance of the stated application deadlines. Many departments have earlier deadlines that vary by program.

Applications are submitted online at www.applytexas.org.

Some funding opportunities require early admission to the program to ensure eligibility. Please consult the department and the Toulouse Graduate School regarding deadlines.

Admission application fee

Students applying to the University of North Texas Toulouse Graduate School must pay a non-refundable admission application fee of $75.00. The fee must be paid in U.S. dollars.

Admission applications will not be processed until the application fee is received. Admission decisions will be made after all academic credentials are received and evaluated.

Contact the Toulouse Graduate School for more information at 940-565-2383 or by e-mail at gradadmission@unt.edu.

Graduate application processing deadlines

Graduate program deadlines vary and should be followed for the specific program. The following are deadlines for submission of completed application materials for all students seeking on-time registration except those applying for admission to programs with earlier deadlines (see departmental information).

Semester offered Fall 2022 Spring 2023 Summer 2023 Fall 2023
Application processing deadlines June 15 October 15 April 15 June 15

 

Students who submit applications after these dates, if accepted, may have to register during the late registration period and pay a late registration fee of $75.00.

Requirements for admission to the Toulouse Graduate School

General admission requirements

Applications for graduate study are made through the Toulouse Graduate School, regardless of degree program.

All applicants for admission to the Toulouse Graduate School must meet the following requirements, whether or not admission to a specific degree program is sought.

  1. Applicants holding a bachelor’s degree with Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recognized accreditation, its equivalent credential from a foreign institution, or a three-year bachelor’s degree that meets the vetting criteria of a reputable agency, are eligible to apply for admission to UNT graduate study.

  2. Submit an online application through www.applytexas.org.

  3. Pay the $75.00 application fee.

  4. Request official academic credentials from all colleges and universities you have attended. The mailing address for the University of North Texas Toulouse Graduate School is 1155 Union Circle #305459, Denton, TX 76203-5017.

  5. Graduate applicants to UNT are evaluated holistically, based on specific departmental and program requirements. In the past, successful candidates usually have met certain GPA minima:

    • 3.0 GPA in the undergraduate degree for admission to the Master’s program;

    • Or 3.5 GPA in the undergraduate degree for direct admission to Doctoral programs;

    • Or 3.5 GPA in Master’s-level studies for admission to Doctoral programs.

  6. Test requirements are program specific. Some programs may provisionally admit students for one semester prior to submission of standardized test scores. Others have requirements that substitute for test scores. Review the program website for details. If official test scores are required by the academic program, request that official test score reports (GRE, GMAT, MAT, etc.) from the testing agency be sent to the Toulouse Graduate School. The UNT school code for the GRE is 6481. The UNT school code for the GMAT is 6DP-8M-55. The UNT school code for the MAT is 2255.

  7. The applicant may be required to take entrance examinations, either oral, written or both, before admission to the degree program is granted.

  8. The university requires any applicant from a foreign country who is admitted to the university to demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in oral and written English prior to beginning course work. Prospective applicants should inquire at the nearest American Embassy, Consulate or Information Center to arrange for whatever language examination may be required.

  9. An applicant who has attempted graduate work at another institution within the six-year period immediately prior to first enrollment as a graduate student at UNT, but who has not received a graduate degree, will be required to make up any grade point deficiency below a B average either at the institution at which graduate work was attempted or at UNT. (See “Time Limitations” in the Master’s Degree Requirements section for details concerning validity of previous graduate work.)

  10. Applicants for admission are furnished written notification of their admission status by the Dean of the Toulouse Graduate School. Statements by other university officers concerning the applicant’s admissibility are not valid until confirmed by the Dean of the Toulouse Graduate School in writing.

  11. Students who hold a bachelor’s degree from an institution with Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recognized accreditation and who wish to pursue further study at the undergraduate level or to obtain a second bachelor’s degree must apply for admission to the university through the Toulouse Graduate School.

  12. When evaluating international credentials for graduate admission decisions, in addition to utilizing internal international credential evaluators, UNT Graduate Admission Processing will accept credential evaluations from any member organizations of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services). NACES members currently include organizations such as the Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), Foreign Academic Credential Service (FACS), International Education Research Foundation (IERF), Center for Applied Research, Evaluation and Education (CAREE), The Evaluation Company (SpanTran), Transcript Research (TR) and World Education Services (WES).

Students graduating from the UNT Honors College with a 3.5 or higher GPA are entitled to automatic admission and are not required to submit standardized test scores for admission the Toulouse Graduate School. Programs may have departmental admission requirements mandating submission of additional materials including standardized test scores. Admission to the Toulouse Graduate School does not imply admission to a degree program.

Other admission requirements

In addition to meeting the general requirements, applicants for admission to any specific degree program also must meet the following requirements.

  1. The applicant for graduate study ordinarily must have completed no fewer than 24 semester hours of undergraduate work in the intended major field, 12 of which must be advanced. In certain fields this requirement has been modified. (Refer to departmental requirements.)

  2. An applicant desiring to pursue graduate work in any field and whose undergraduate record does not show completion of the courses prerequisite to this major will be required to make up such deficiencies in a manner prescribed by the student’s major department.

  3. Students wishing to change from one major field to another must submit an online change of major form at tgs.unt.edu/change-major.

Required standardized admissions test

All students seeking a graduate degree are required to meet a standardized admission test score requirement as designated by the academic department. Only official score reports from the testing service are acceptable. For specific advanced test requirements in certain fields, consult subsequent sections of this catalog that describe individual programs.

For Master’s and Doctoral degree–seeking students, a standardized admission test score must be submitted or the alternative criteria satisfied no later than the first term/semester of enrollment as specified by the academic program. Some departments require the submission of scores prior to admission and beginning course work. Check the appropriate department section of this catalog for further information regarding standardized test score requirements.

Until the admission test requirement is met or the alternative criteria satisfied by the department, the graduate student may be granted provisional admission only. If the test requirement is not met by the end of the first term/semester of enrollment, provisional admission will be canceled. The student will not be allowed to register for any courses in subsequent terms/semesters until the admission test requirement is satisfied within one year of the admitted term. The student can be reinstated to graduate study and to full admission status to the graduate degree program when the test requirement for admission to the degree program has been met.

The following procedures govern provisionally admitted students who have not taken the appropriate standardized test.

Students provisionally admitted to a degree program in the fall, spring, or summer term/semester without the standardized test scores must submit acceptable test scores prior to the completion of their first term/semester of enrollment. Early registration for subsequent terms/semesters will not be permitted if standardized test scores are not received from the appropriate testing service prior to early registration or the alternative criteria are not satisfied. Regular registration for subsequent terms/semesters also will not be permitted unless the standardized test provision is met.

In no case may students who have not met the standardized admission test requirement or alternative criteria (a) be admitted to candidacy for any degree, (b) file application to receive such degree, (c) be permitted to enroll in such courses as thesis, dissertation, problem in lieu of thesis, internship, practicum, etc, (d) change their major to another degree program, or (e) submit an application for a concurrent program. Students may experience a loss of financial eligibility if they fail to satisfy their provisional admission and elect to register for undergraduate course work for a semester.

Admission of continuing students

Continuing students are those who have been officially enrolled at UNT at least once during the previous two consecutive long semesters prior to the term/semester of planned enrollment and/or have not received a degree during the same period. Students who receive a degree and reapply to the university are considered new graduate students.

Continuing students do not need to reapply to the Toulouse Graduate School to enroll if they meet all of the following conditions:

  1. have not received a degree from UNT since last enrollment,

  2. will re-enroll in the same major as when last enrolled, and

  3. do not have any current holds on their record (i.e., admission test or academic).

Students meeting all of these conditions are eligible for web registration during regular registration periods. Instructions are available in the schedule of classes at registrar.unt.edu.

Students who are unsure about whether they meet all of the above conditions for re-enrollment should contact the Toulouse Graduate School prior to the registration period for further information.

Readmission of graduate students

Students who have previously been admitted to the Toulouse Graduate School but who have not enrolled at UNT at least once during the previous 2 consecutive long semesters prior to the term/semester of planned enrollment must follow these re-enrollment procedures:

  1. submit an admission application at www.applytexas.org,

  2. pay the application fee, and

  3. submit transcripts from all colleges attended (if any) since leaving UNT, showing eligibility to re-enroll at each institution.

Former students who have not enrolled elsewhere since leaving UNT and who are in good academic standing are required to submit an admission application and application fee. Programs are not required to readmit students who left the university on probation or suspension and reapply.

Preliminary admission of seniors to graduate study

Seniors within one year of graduation may apply for admission to the Toulouse Graduate School. A student in this status may not enroll for a load exceeding the maximum permitted for graduate students. Students in this status must complete the bachelor’s degree within two semesters of enrollment in graduate courses. Registration beyond two semesters will not be allowed unless proof of conferral of bachelor’s degree is provided.

Note: Students admitted to graduate study prior to completion of the bachelor’s degree and who are receiving financial aid should check with the Financial Aid and Scholarships office to prevent disruption of aid.

Courses taken for doctoral credit by master’s degree students

Students completing the master’s degree at UNT who plan to continue work toward the doctorate are required to submit application for admission to the Toulouse Graduate School in doctoral status. Those who wish to begin taking courses to be credited on the doctorate prior to receiving the master’s degree must declare this intention to the Toulouse Graduate School at the time of registration in such status so that doctoral work may receive proper credit. Final acceptance of such work will not be granted until the student has secured full admission to a specific doctoral program of study.

Requirements for a second bachelor’s degree

Students who wish to obtain a second bachelor’s degree must hold a bachelor’s degree from an institution with Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recognized accreditation or an equivalent credential from a foreign institution recognized by UNT’s Toulouse Graduate School.

To be eligible to receive a second bachelor’s degree, the student must meet all of the current requirements for the second bachelor’s degree, including 12 hours of advanced courses in a field different from the major of the first bachelor’s degree. Specific requirements for the second bachelor’s degree are found in the current undergraduate catalog. Advising is provided by the college in which the second bachelor’s degree is sought. Contact the Toulouse Graduate School for a second bachelor’s application.

Admission to non-degree status

The university recognizes that some students may wish to be admitted to the Toulouse Graduate School for the purpose of taking courses not necessarily leading to an advanced degree (i.e., prerequisites for admission to a degree program). Admission to the Toulouse Graduate School will be granted subject to the following provisions.

  1. The applicant must meet all of the general admission requirements described previously.
  2. The student in this status is required to maintain an average of B on all such courses attempted. Some graduate-level courses may be restricted and require departmental approval for enrollment.
  3. A student admitted to non-degree or certification-only status has no assurance that work completed under this status will be applicable toward degree requirements should they subsequently be admitted to a degree program at UNT. Successful completion of graduate courses by non-degree or certification-only students does not obligate the university to grant admission to a degree program at a later date, and the department and/or program will decide how many of the courses taken in a non-degree status are eligible for use toward their degree. When all general and specific requirements for admission to a degree program have been met, a student may request that a change of major application be forwarded to the degree program area for evaluation.
  4. A student who wishes to change from non-degree or certification-only status to degree-seeking status should review the admission requirements for students who change majors in the Graduate Catalog.
  5. International students are not eligible to apply for admission to non-degree status.
  6. Enrollment for graduate credit in courses in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business must be approved in advance of registration by the G. Brint Ryan College of Business and is limited to 12 hours.

Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid. Please contact Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information.

Admission requirements for students who change major

For students who wish to change from one major to another major at UNT, a change of major form must be filed in the Toulouse Graduate School. The request will only be considered if the student is in good standing and a continuing student. Students not in good standing may only request a change of major with support of the new major department. The student’s file will be sent for consideration to the graduate advisor in the proposed major. Additional departmental application materials may be required for admission decision.

Conditional admission of students with low grade point average

For students who wish to pursue a graduate-level degree at the university but who do not meet recommended Toulouse Graduate School grade point averages (GPA), the following regulations may apply.

  1. The student can complete 3000- or 4000-level courses for undergraduate credit beyond the bachelor’s degree to demonstrate the ability to undertake graduate-level work. The total hours required and specific courses are chosen in consultation with the graduate advisor of the intended major department. A grade of A or B is required in each course. Courses taken at another institution will only be included in exceptional cases with the approval of the intended major department and the dean. Courses taken to qualify for admission cannot be used to fulfill graduate degree requirements.

  2. Completion of a prescribed leveling program does not imply admission to a degree program or eligibility for certification programs at UNT. It is the responsibility of the student to determine, in consultation with the program, if the leveling program will help the student reach the goal of program admission. To maximize the benefit to the student, this determination should be made prior to enrolling.

  3. The student must satisfy the standardized admission test requirement specified by the intended major department prior to being admitted to a graduate degree program and beginning graduate-level work.

Academic fresh start

For students who were admitted to a Texas public university under the Academic Fresh Start law, earned a baccalaureate degree, and desire to apply for admission to a postgraduate or professional program, the Toulouse Graduate School will consider only the grade point average of the applicant that was completed after enrollment under this law, along with the other standard admissions criteria detailed in this catalog.

Admission or re-enrollment as related to personal conduct and admission falsification

It is the responsibility of the Director of Admissions to refer to the Dean of Students any application for admission or re-enrollment that indicates possible ineligibility of the applicant on grounds involving personal conduct. The potential of the applicant to benefit from university attendance, as well as the welfare and safety of the student body and of the university, will be carefully considered before permission to enroll will be granted.

International students

Applicants who do not hold either U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status should apply to the Toulouse Graduate School as international students to pursue graduate studies. Applications are submitted online at www.applytexas.org.

The mailing address for the University of North Texas Office of Admissions is 1155 Union Circle #311277, Denton, TX 76203-5017.

Application deadlines

You should review the academic program for application deadlines. However, applications received prior to the following dates increase your chance of I-20 processing, if admitted:

  • October 15 for the following spring enrollment
  • January 1 for the following summer enrollment
  • April 1 for the following fall enrollment

Three types of admission

  1. Direct UNT admission

Graduate: With proof of English language proficiency (See “English Language Proficiency Measure” section.) and all other departmental requirements.

  1. Conditional UNT admission* (for graduate admission, please contact the department or college for departmental requirements)

UNT Intensive English Language Institute (IELI). Some graduate programs will review applications from students who have not yet met UNT’s English language proficiency (ELP) requirement for admission. Students determined to be admissible except for ELP may enroll in UNT’s Intensive English Language Instituted (IELI).

*Applicants should be aware that the College of Music will not evaluate an applicant’s file until the student passes the audition in music and until they graduate from IELI’s Level 6. For most other majors not listed, a review for conditional admission is possible.

  1. English language study only

UNT’s Intensive English Language Institute (IELI).

 

English language proficiency measure

UNT accepts any 1 of the following 4 measures as proof of English language proficiency:

1. Complete Level 6 at UNT’s Intensive English Language Institute (IELI):

The Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) at the University of North Texas helps international students develop academic skills in English. These skills prepare students for success in UNT degree programs and beyond. **we do not accept intensive English language completion from other institutions

When you complete Level 6 of the IELI program, you will be qualified to apply for:

  • All undergraduate degree programs
  • Most graduate degree programs (check with your department)

 

2. Complete a Qualifying Academic Program

U.S. High School:

Official transcript showing graduation from accredited U.S. high school or U.S. Department of Defense School overseas-attended for at least 3 years

U.S. Degree:

Official transcript of U.S. accredited Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree

1) High School Diploma or 2) College/University Degree or 3) Citizenship from one of the below English speaking countries (not the United States):

**Official transcripts and degrees will need to be provided ** Schools of attendance must be recognized by UNT

Anguilla, Antigua/Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Guyana, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica/other West Indies, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, South Africa, St. Helena, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caico Isle, United Kingdom, Virgin Islands

3. Achieve a Qualifying Score on an English Language Proficiency Test Accepted by UNT:

Arrange to have official test scores sent to UNT.

  • UNT test score reporting code (TOEFL, SAT, GRE/GMAT): 6481
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores must have been taken in the last 2 years. The only exception when a student can submit a score for a test taken more than 2 years ago is if the student has been continuously studying at a college or university within the U.S.

TEST

SCORE

AP English Language & Composition Exams

Score of 5

GCE (General Certificate of Education), GCSE, IGCSE
www.cie.org.uk (except Sri Lanka)

C or higher in English Language

IELTS
www.ielts.org
**IELTS scores must be less than 2 years old. Students may provide an official score report if the student has been continuously studying at an accredited U.S. College or Institution.

Overall band 6.0 or higher

TOEFL
www.ets.org
**TOEL scores must be less than 2 years old. Students may provide an official score report if the student has been continuously studying at an accredited U.S. College or Institution. We do not accept Institutional TOEFL scores from other schools.

Internet-Based (IBT): 79
Paper-Based: 550

PTE
www.pearsonpte.com
**PTE scores must be less than 2 years old. Students may provide an official score report if the student has been continuously studying at an accredited U.S. College or Institution.

Score of 53 or higher

DuoLingo (DET) taken on July 15, 2019 or later
**DET scores must be less than 2 years old. Students may provide an official score report if the student has been continuously studying at an accredited U.S. College or Institution.

Score of 100 or higher

West Africa and Kenya: WASSCE (West African Senior School Certificate Examination, KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education), NECO (National Examinations Council)

B or higher in English Language

SATI taken prior to March, 2016

500 or higher on both Critical Reading & Writing

SATI taken after March, 2016

560 or higher on EBRW

CAE (Cambridge Advanced Exam)

B or higher

CPE (Cambridge English: Proficiency)

C or higher

MELAB (official version)

80 or higher

4. Complete Qualifying Courses, Degrees or Diplomas:

IB (International Baccalaureate)

Grade 5 or above on the Higher-Level English A1 subject

College Level English courses

Students must complete two college-level, academic English courses and earn a total of 6 credit hours with a grade of C or better in BOTH courses at an accredited college or university in the U.S. or one of the above listed English speaking countries.

Earned College hours

Completion of 30 hours of college-level, academic coursework with an overall GPA of 2.25 at an accredited college or university in the U.S. or one of the above listed English speaking countries. Student must be enrolled at the time of application and must have maintained continuous enrollment prior to their transfer to UNT to meet this requirement.

 

Application form

UNT application: www.applytexas.org; second bachelor application: tgs.unt.edu/future-students/graduate-admissions/other-graduate-opportunities

IELI application: international.unt.edu/ieli/ieli-application-admission

Application fee

The non-refundable application fee of $75 USD must be received for the application evaluation to begin.