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Academic Policies and Procedures

Graduate Courses

Upper-division undergraduates who are within 30 hours of completing the baccalaureate degree may petition their major's Associate Dean to take graduate courses by completing the appropriate form available in the student's academic advising office. If approved, these graduate courses can be applied toward satisfying undergraduate degree requirements or can be designated for future application toward a graduate degree requirement at UT Dallas. The student must declare at the time of registration for the course, on a form provided by the Undergraduate Associate Dean, how each approved course is to be applied. Once applied, the options cannot be changed. Approvals will be subject to the conditions outlined in the following sections. The appropriate form to register for Graduate courses as an Undergraduate student must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar for processing.

Graduate Courses Applied Toward an Undergraduate Degree

With the approval of the student's Undergraduate Associate Dean, up to 12 semester credit hours of graduate work taken as an undergraduate may be used for completing any baccalaureate degree at The University of Texas at Dallas. Credit/No Credit grading for graduate courses will be permitted in this category but must be approved by the instructor prior to the start of class.

Graduate Courses for Possible Future Use as Graduate Credit

Undergraduates may take up to 12 semester credit hours of graduate courses to reserve for possible application toward a graduate degree. To register, undergraduate students must obtain permission from the course instructor and from the graduate advisor of the program in which the course is offered. Such courses with an earned grade of B or better will be eligible for application to the student's graduate record when the student is admitted to a graduate program. Courses so taken will not apply to the student's undergraduate record and will not affect the student's undergraduate GPA.

Graduate Courses Taken in Fast Track Options

A number of programs at The University of Texas at Dallas offer an accelerated Fast Track option that allows students to take graduate-level classes while undergraduates.  Specific admission requirements for Fast Track programs can be found within the descriptions of majors. Undergraduate students at UT Dallas who have been admitted to Fast Track programs leading to baccalaureate/master's degrees may, with the permission of the student's Undergraduate Associate Dean and graduate advisor, take a maximum of 15 specified semester credit hours of graduate work. The graduate hours may be used to complete the baccalaureate degree and also to satisfy requirements for the master's degree. The grade earned in the graduate coursework must be a B (3.00) or better to be applied to the master's degree requirements. 

Graduate programs at UT Dallas will accept admission to a Fast Track program as satisfying Graduate Record Exam (GRE) criteria for admission to the graduate program.  The School of Management requires students to meet its graduate admission requirements including completion of the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) prior to receiving the baccalaureate degree.