What is the Grad Track Program?
The Grad Track is a program option for undergraduate students planning ahead for a graduate program. A student admitted to the Grad Track program may enroll in a limited number of graduate-level courses while completing the bachelor’s degree. The Grad Track program provides an opportunity for students to earn both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in as few as 5 years. The credits earned will count first toward the undergraduate program and then the master’s degree program.
Benefits of Grad Track and Graduate Study
- Shortens the time and expense to complete the Master of Science programs.
- Prepares the student for the rigors of graduate-level coursework while still an undergraduate student.
- Provides uninterrupted continuity of the knowledge gained as an undergraduate student to graduate-level courses.
- Provides an accelerated path to employment.
The Department of Information Science offers the following Grad Track Pathways:
- Bachelor of Science in Information Science with Grad Track option for M.S. in Library Science or Information Science
- Bachelor of Science in Data Science with Grad Track option for M.S. in Data Science
Admission Requirements for the Grad Track Program
- Applicants to the Grad Track option should be students in the UNT College of Information pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) or a Bachelor of Science in Data Science (BSDS) degree.
- A student may apply for the grad track option during their junior year and must have completed at least 75 credit hours at the time of application to grad track.
- A minimum of 3.5 cumulative GPA is required at the time of application submission.
- The student will provide two (2) recommendation letters from Department of Information Science faculty members who can evaluate the student's ability to complete graduate-level work.
- The application will be reviewed by the College of Information advising and admissions student support services office and the undergraduate and graduate advisors.
- Once approved, the student must apply to the Toulouse Graduate School within the first semester of the senior year of their undergraduate program. See the Graduate School Admission Requirements for details.
How to Apply
- Complete the Department of Information Science Grad Track application for the respective program (see links above).
- Provide copies of unofficial UNT transcripts.
- Provide two recommendation letters from Department of Information Science faculty members.
- Submit the application form, unofficial transcripts, and the two recommendation letters to the COI Advising office via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. UNT Undergraduate Catalog (Check current academic year for each link)
- BS in Information Science with Grad Track option leading to the MS in Library Science
- BS in Information Science with Grad Track option leading to the MS in Information Science
To learn more about the Grad Track Program, contact the College of Information Advising Office via email at email@example.com.