Grad Track Program

What is the "Grad Track"?

The Grad Track is a program option for undergraduates planning ahead for a graduate program. Students in either the BS INSC/MS INSC or BS INSC/MS LISC accelerated programs for high-achieving undergraduates, who are enrolled in the Department of Information Science, DIS, or College of Information, COI, may apply for the Grad Track.

A student admitted in the BS INSC Grad Track program may enroll in a maximum of nine semester credit hours, SCH, of graduate-level INFO courses while completing the bachelor's of science, BS, degree in INSC. The credits earned will count first toward the BS INSC and then the MSIS or the MSLS degree program.

 

Benefits of Grad Track and Graduate Study

  1. Shortens the time and expense to complete the COI Department of Information Science Master of Science programs from 36 credit hours to 27 credit hours.
  2. Prepares the student for the rigors of graduate-level coursework while still an undergraduate.
  3. Segue the knowledge gained as an undergraduate to graduate-level courses for uninterrupted continuity.
  4. Provides an accelerated path to employment as an Information Science or Library Science professional.

Admission Requirements for the Grad Track Option

  1. Applicants for the Grad Track option should be students in the UNT College of Information pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BS INSC) degree.
  2. A student may apply for the grad track option during his/her junior year (and must have completed at least 75 credit hours at the time of application to grad track).
  3. Minimum of 3.5 cumulative GPA required at the time of application submission.
  4. The student will provide two recommendation forms from Information Science faculty members who can evaluate the student's ability to complete graduate level work.
  5. The application will be reviewed by the COI advising and admissions student support services office and the undergraduate and graduate advisors.

Once approved, the student must apply to Toulouse Graduate School within the first semester of the senior year. See the Graduate School admission requirements at Graduate Admissions for details.

How to apply?

  1. Complete the COI Department of Information Science Grad Track Department application and the Grad Track Toulouse Graduate School Application.
  2. Attach a copy of unofficial UNT transcripts.
  3. Attach two recommendation letters from DIS faculty members.
  4. Submit the application form, unofficial transcripts, and the two recommendation letters to the COI Advising office.  

     *Incomplete submissions will not be processed.*

What courses will I take?

After application approval and completion of at least 90 credit hours, students planning to enter the MS in Library Science choose three of the following graduate courses:

  1. INFO 5080 Research Methods and Analysis
  2. INFO 5230 Records Management
  3. INFO 5300 Management of Information Agencies
  4. INFO 5306 Project Management for Information Systems
  5. INFO 5400 Information Resources Development
  6. INFO 5615 Electronic Databases and Information Services

Students planning to enter the MS in Information Science can choose three of the following graduate courses:

  1. INFO 5080 Research Methods and Analysis
  2. INFO 5230 Records Management
  3. INFO 5306 Project Management for Information Systems
  4. INFO 5615 Electronic Databases and Information Services
  5. INFO 5814 Website Development and Maintenance
  6. INFO 5305 Systems Analysis and Design
  7. INFO 5707 Data Modeling for Information Professionals

Resources

1. UNT Undergraduate Catalog

BS in Information Science with Grad Track option leading to the MS in Library Science or
BS in Information Science with Grad Track option leading to the MS in Information Science

2. Toulouse Graduate School/Faculty Senate overview of the Grad Track pathways option

3. College of Information Student Support Services, Student Resources, for the BS INSC

Questions?

Contact the College of Information Advising Office, 940-565-2445, UNT Discovery Park, Room C232, for more information.

Prospective and new undergraduate students: call or email to request an appointment: 940-565-2445 or ci-advising@unt.edu.
Graduate Students: Admitted COI graduate students may schedule an appointment online.