We're pleased that you are interested in our master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at UNT. The steps below will help guide you through the admissions process:
Contact the Interdisciplinary Studies Academic Counselor
As you begin evaluating what the Master of Science or the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies could do for you, it is very important that you communicate with the program academic counselor. There are general and program specific admission requirements. The academic counselor will answer your specific questions about the Interdisciplinary Studies program and will serve as a constant point of reference for you regarding program requirements.
If you seek to retool or strengthen your credentials for your career, be sure to discuss with your academic counselor how the Interdisciplinary Studies program may help you reach your goals. While the Interdisciplinary Studies master’s degree is often an excellent means for advancement, it may not be the best choice for your specific situation. For example, if your goal is to teach university-level history and you currently hold a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies, a self-styled degree in Interdisciplinary Studies may be too broad to prepare you appropriately for the competitive market of academia. Your success is our highest priority, and we will help you consider all of your options. For questions or an appointment with the Interdisciplinary Studies academic counselor, please contact Eva Ruiz-DuVall at INSD@unt.edu or 940-565-4787.
Apply to the Toulouse Graduate School
Before submitting the required documentation, please review the steps for admission to the Toulouse Graduate School. Then, submit the following items or information:
- A completed graduate school application
- A non-refundable $75 application fee
- Written statement of purpose (500-700 words) and other supplemental documents (see step 3)
- Official transcripts from all colleges attended
- Minimum 3.0 GPA (cumulative or last 60 hours)
- GRE or GMAT scores not required
- International applicants: Learn more about additional international admission requirements.
- When filling out the ApplyTexas application, select “Interdisciplinary Studies” as your major. Existing concentrations are listed as sub-plans. Self-styled degree applicants should leave the sub-plan blank.
- Applicants who have already applied to one of our degree programs and would like to update their existing application to Interdisciplinary Studies should fill out the online update request form.
- Current students who would like to change their major to Interdisciplinary Studies should fill out the change of major form and submit it to the Toulouse Graduate School.
- For international applicants only: Copies of UNT transcripts do not need to be sent to the Toulouse Graduate School. The Graduate School is able to temporarily process applications with unofficial documents from some universities outside of the United States. However, official transcripts will be required prior to the beginning of the semester. Call 940-565-2383 or email us for more information if you have any questions.
Submit Your Required Supplemental Documents
In addition to completing your graduate school application (step 2), you must submit the supplemental documents listed below via the myUNT portal. Once you log in to your student portal, select "Admissions" followed by the "To Do List" tab. Then, click on the item to upload a document.
- Statement of purpose*
- Two letters of recommendation (can be emailed directly by the recommenders to INSD@unt.edu)
*Statement of purpose
All students in the Interdisciplinary Studies program must complete a statement of purpose. This should succinctly state why you would like to blend together coursework from more than one academic area to achieve your academic and/or career goals. You should also include your anticipated learning outcomes and what you expect to have learned by the end of the program. Be specific, but also concise.
Begin Seeking Collaborating Professors
In addition to your academic counselor, you will seek out one faculty member from one of your concentrations who will approve your coursework and sign your degree plan. It may be easier to approach a faculty member from one of your concentrations if you present them with a draft copy of a proposed degree plan. Your academic counselor can help you connect with collaborative faculty in your area of interest and make sure that your proposal fits the general guidelines of the degree before you present your plan.
Enroll in Classes
If admitted to the Interdisciplinary Studies program, your academic counselor will work with you on class registration. Be sure that you have received the academic advising you need. You may need to get approval codes for certain classes from the course instructors or other representatives of the departments in which you are taking courses each semester. If a course has prerequisites, do not register for that course unless you meet those prerequisites.
UCRS classes are interdisciplinary in nature and are among the courses available to Interdisciplinary Studies students. Though these are 6000-level doctoral courses, they are sometimes available to master’s students. Remember that any doctoral courses listed on your master’s degree plan will not count toward an eventual doctorate if you choose to continue your education at UNT. You are free to take undergraduate courses, but only graduate-level classes (5000-level courses or above) count toward a master’s degree.