Fast-Track

The Fast-Track program permits undergraduate Arts & Humanities majors (including Art & Performance, Arts & Humanities, Historical Studies, Literary Studies, Arts & Technology and Emerging Media and Communication) to begin work on the master's degree before graduation.

Qualified seniors may take up to 12 credit hours of approved graduate courses in Arts & Humanities during their senior year (within 30 hours of graduation), which will apply to their undergraduate degree plans as either major and related or elective courses. To qualify for admission to the Fast-Track program, seniors must have completed the core courses in their major, with a GPA of at least 3.50 overall and in their major.

Registration for graduate courses will be made in consultation with the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. Depending on the student's major, the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies may apply the graduate courses as "major and related" or as "electives" on the undergraduate degree plan. The Associate Dean for Graduate Studies will waive the appropriate number of graduate credit hours.

Students interested in the Fast-Track program should consult with the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and complete an application form. The best time to apply is prior to the final thirty credit hours of work for the BA degree.

Fast-Track Admission Requirements

  • Senior standing and completion of all core courses in the major.
  • Grade point average of at least 3.50 in course work at UT Dallas overall and in the major.
  • Two letters of recommendation from Arts & Humanities faculty.
  • Approval from the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.

Fast-Track Completion Requirements

  • Selection of up to 12 hours of graduate course work, approved by the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, drawn from at least two areas of the graduate program.
  • Completion of all graduate course work taken as an undergraduate with a grade not lower than a B in each course.
  • Graduation in an Arts & Humanities major with a grade point average of at least 3.50 overall and in the major.
  • Admission to the master's program by the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. At the time of admission, the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies will certify the appropriate number of successfully completed graduate credit hours, and the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies will allocate these hours toward the appropriate MA requirements.
  • Successful completion of all MA requirements, including the language and portfolio requirements.