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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About UNT Dallas

The University of North Texas at Dallas (UNT Dallas) is the only regionally accredited, public university in the City of Dallas. UNT Dallas is rapidly becoming a university of first choice as a result of the personal involvement of faculty, student support resources, affordability, location, and the relevancy of programs and degrees to career offerings in the region.

Record enrollment for Fall 2016 exceeded 3,000 students.

The university offers 22 undergraduate and 8 graduate programs and 1 professional degree in high-demand fields including criminal justice, teacher education, business, sociology, and counseling. There are four academic schools: School of Business; School of Education; School of Behavioral Health and Human Services; and, the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

UNT Dallas has a diverse student population (41 percent Hispanic, 35 percent African-American, and 17 percent White) including first-time freshmen, transfer students, veterans and graduate students. The experiential learning opportunities provided by UNT Dallas are perfectly suited for first generation and continuing education students seeking the degrees and experience needed to pursue high demand career opportunities in the Northeast Texas region and beyond.

The campus spans 264 acres in southern Dallas and is located on University Hills Boulevard, north of Interstate 20 (Exit 468) between Interstates 35 and 45. In October 2016, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) opened the UNT Dallas DART rail station, effectively linking the university to all of DART’s service area in Dallas.

UNT Dallas is a member of the University of North Texas System.



The University of North Texas at Dallas is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctorate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of University of North Texas at Dallas may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).


Mission Statement

Empower. Transform. Strengthen.

  • UNT Dallas empowers students, transforms lives, strengthens communities.



Through education and community connectedness, UNT Dallas aspires to be the pathway to social mobility in its primary market.




  • We value our differences, experiences and backgrounds. People are individuals and a great asset to the group.


  • We teach, learn, research and support each other and the community in creative ways. We boldly find new ways to approach a problem or issue. We turn new and imaginative ideas into reality.

Leadership and Integrity

  • We lead. We strive to consistently make the right decision for the right reason in every circumstance.


  • We create better tomorrows. We establish new pathways for building and mentoring tomorrow’s leaders. We exemplify our commitment by helping first generation students completing degrees, with job placements and overall student and life success.

Lifelong learning

  • We are self-motivated to learn and to never stop learning. We know being open to new ideas and information gives us a better understanding of the world around us, which provides us with more and better opportunities and improves the quality of our lives.



Rooted in community

  • Become the leading university in metro Dallas and the inner-ring suburbs.


  • Increase enrollment, retention and completion rates with experiential learning while developing critical thinking and marketable skills for every student.


  • Relentless focus on student success. 


UNT Dallas Milestones

The UNT Dallas Milestones is an outline of the historical accomplishments that has led the school to its multiple successes to date. Beginning with how a dream proceeded to legal authorization at the Texas’ 75th Legislative Session in 1997 to the development and grand opening of the $63 million Student Center in 2019. Please click here for a complete list of UNT Dallas’ establishments and accomplishments.


Institutional Quality Enhancement

UNT Dallas is committed to continuous improvement in all of its operations. At both the institutional and the organizational-unit level, the University establishes expected outcomes for performance, assesses the extent to which the outcomes are attained, and makes changes to affect performance improvements on the basis of a careful review of outcomes assessment data.

With regard to student academic achievement, UNT Dallas regularly and formally evaluates student success in acquiring the skills, knowledge bases, and behaviors that are identified by faculty as critically important in the degree programs offered by the institution. The University also evaluates the effectiveness of its many services that support student learning. UNT Dallas believes that ongoing assessment of student learning and prompt implementation of improvements in curricula, pedagogy, and related educational support programs and practices when indicated are central to the efficacy of its academic mission.

Students should anticipate participating in a wide array of evaluation and assessment procedures throughout their educational careers at UNT Dallas. Students are expected to enter into these procedures openly and honestly so that they and UNT Dallas together can ensure continuous improvement processes are effective in maximizing each student’s educational experience.


Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is incorporated into one of the goals of our university: Grow. Increase enrollment, retention and completion rates with experiential learning while developing critical thinking and marketable skills for every student. Experiential learning is the process of developing knowledge and skills from direct experience - learning through action.

Experiential learning at UNT Dallas is two-fold: it serves to help students transition more gracefully from college to the work place setting by gaining marketable skills, real world experience, and industry networks; it also serves to improve the quality of learning by understanding how text book learning applies to the real world by increasing the likelihood of using the knowledge, critical thinking skills and habits of mind acquired in their studies.

Students will have the opportunity to: (1) apply their educational competencies through experiential learning in the community, (2) deepen their understanding of course content and develop critical thinking through direct research or service based activities, and (3) access resources to enhance their professional development and skill set to become more marketable. Experiential learning is a process of learning by doing and reflecting on the experience. It first immerses learners in an experience and then encourages reflection about the experience to develop new skills, new attitudes, or new ways of thinking.

Services offered to students include but are not limited to: assistance in identifying their learning style, guidance when looking for opportunities at approved sites, appropriate trainings and informational resources, correct paperwork and assessments for university data collection, and recognition opportunities for the service they provide to the community.

Services offered to faculty include but are not limited to: assistance in providing experiential learning opportunities for their students, showcasing the great work done by faculty and students around experiential learning, assistance in the capturing and recording process, providing educational presentations about experiential learning, internship course development, and informational materials and resources of the university policies, and best practices for experiential learning.

Services provided to community partners include but are not limited to: opportunities to recruit and speak to students, assessments to ensure quality efforts and satisfaction, success stories featured, and resources for improved policies and best practices.

For more information, call (972) 338-1763 or email Experiential.Learning@untdallas.edu.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The University of North Texas at Dallas does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, university facilities, or employment policies, procedures, and processes.