The Fast Track Program permits undergraduate students from the School of Arts and Humanities to begin work on the master's degree before graduation.
As a Fast Track student, qualified seniors may take up to 12 credit hours maximum of approved graduate courses in Arts and Humanities during their senior year (within 30 hours of graduation), which will apply to their undergraduate degree plans as either major, related, prescribed or elective courses. To qualify for admission to the Fast Track program, seniors must have completed the core courses in their major (see listing), with a GPA of at least 3.5 overall and in their major.
Registration for graduate courses will be made in consultation with the School of Arts and Humanities Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, the School of Arts and Humanities Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, and the Dean of 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 their Academic Advisor and complete an application form. The best time to apply is prior to the final credit hours of work for the B.A. degree.
FAST TRACK ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
- Senior standing and completion of all core courses in the major (see advisor).
- Grade point average of at least 3.5 in course work at U.T. Dallas, overall and in the major.
- Two letters of recommendation from faculty from the School of Arts and Humanities who teach undergraduate and graduate courses.
- Approval from the School of Arts and Humanities Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and the School of Arts and Humanities Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.
Fast Track students should consult their undergraduate academic advisor for information regarding enrollment in graduate courses.
FAST TRACK COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS TO MAINTAIN GRADUATE STATUS
- Selection of up to 12 hours of graduate course work approved by the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.
- Completion of all graduate course work taken as an undergraduate with a grade no lower than a B in each course.
- Graduation in an Arts and Humanities major with a grade point average of at least 3.5 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 M.A. requirements.
- Successful completion of all M.A. admissions requirements; for the “professional” option in HIST, HUMA and LATS, this includes the language requirement and the portfolio, thesis, or final project.
If accepted into the Fast-Track program, students graduating from their undergraduate program must enroll in classes as graduate students during the long semester directly after graduation. Failure to remain enrolled is interpreted as withdrawing from the university and the student will need to formally reapply.
Please see your academic advisor for information about how to apply.