Academic Certificates


The University of North Texas offers Graduate Academic Certificate programs for graduate credit at the post-baccalaureate and post-master's levels. Graduate Academic Certificates enhance existing bachelor's or graduate degrees in ways that will make the University a life-long center of graduate education.

However, Graduate Academic Certificates do not substitute for existing master's or doctoral programs or duplicate such existing programs. Completed Graduate Academic Certificates are listed on students' official transcripts.

NOTE:  Do not confuse Graduate Academic Certificates with teacher certification, professional certification or licensure, continuing education, and similar educational efforts.

    Admission Only to a Graduate Academic Certificate Program

    To apply for admission to a Graduate Academic Certificate program, you need to complete the standard admission process for either domestic or international students by doing the following:

      Admission deadlines

      Semester Application deadline TGS Change of Major Deadlines Classes start
      Spring 2014 November 15, 2013 November 15, 2013 January 13, 2014
      Summer 2014 May 1, 2014 May 1, 2014 May 12, 2014
      Summer 2014 May 15, 2014 May 15, 2014 June 2, 2014
      • Some UNT programs might have earlier deadlines.
      • For top scholarship consideration, apply to the UNT graduate school by December 1 for the following fall semester.
      • For general application, we recommend you apply at least two months before the semester of enrollment. Some departmental programs may have earlier deadlines.

      How to apply

      1 Submit online application at ApplyTexas as early as possible.

      The application fee is $75. Additionally, a $25 late registration fee will be assessed during late registration for course enrollment. Students are encouraged to apply at least two months before the semester begins. (For maximum eligibility for UNT fellowships and assistantships, submit all program application materials by December 1 for the following Fall semester.

      Your application must be reviewed and accepted by both the Toulouse Graduate School and your specific degree program. Some programs have earlier deadlines.

      Students from outside the United States must apply through UNT International.

      2 Request official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended.

      Contact the registrar’s office at each institution. Request that each send an official transcript of your records to the Toulouse graduate school.

      By U.S. Postal Service:
      Toulouse Graduate School
      1155 Union Circle #305459
      Denton, TX 76203-5017

      By UPS/FedEx:
      Toulouse Graduate School
      1147 Union Circle, ESSC 354
      Denton, TX 76203-5459

      Transcripts are required from every college or university you have attended and must arrive by the application deadline. Contact the colleges and universities you have attended about their processes for providing official transcripts.

      The transcripts must show you have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and earned the required grade point average:

      GPA requirement for UNT consideration:
      2.8 GPA or higher on your undergraduate degree OR
      3.0 GPA on the last 60 hours of your undergraduate degree OR
      3.4 GPA on a completed master’s degree.

      Students not meeting GPA requirements may be eligible for admission under certain conditions or if they are seeking a second bachelor’s degree. See the Graduate Catalog for details.

      3 Submit standardized test scores

      Test requirements are program specific. Some programs may provisionally admit students for one semester prior to submission of standardized test scores. Others have requirements that substitute for test scores. See the Graduate Catalog for details.

      Request that official test score reports (GRE, GMAT, MAT, etc.) from the testing agency be sent to the Toulouse graduate school. The UNT school code for the GRE is 6481. The UNT school code for the GMAT is 6DP-8M-55. The UNT school code for the MAT is 2255.

      4 Submit additional documents required by your specific program

      Send any additional program-specific application materials directly to your department. (Departments may have requirements such as personal statements, letters of reference, auditions or portfolios.)

      Additional documents are not required for you to be admitted for a second bachelor's degree, teacher certification or Graduate Academic Certificate, or as a non-degree graduate student. Apply as a non-degree student if you are only taking courses to improve your knowledge. Non-degree students may change to degree-seeking, although course credits might not transfer to your degree program. As a non-degree student, you may not be eligible for financial aid.

      Concurrent Admission: Degree Program (Masters or Doctoral) and Graduate Academic Certificate Program

      Concurrent programs are defined as programs (degrees, graduate academic certificates or teacher certification) that a student is pursuing simultaneously.

      Admission to a degree program does not imply admission to a Graduate Academic Certificate program. Students who have not completed an application specifically for the Graduate Academic Certificate must complete the Application for Concurrent Graduate Academic Certificate Programs (in addition to the Certificate Verification form completed by the department) for each certificate sought. The following notes apply:

      • The application can be used by either domestic or international students;
      •  The application does not require an admission fee;
      • The application is valid for admission to a Graduate Academic Certificate only and cannot be used to seek admission to a second degree program (i.e., master’s or doctoral programs)
      •  The application should be sent to the Graduate School and should not be sent to International Admissions, even for international students.
      • The  Application for Concurrent Graduate Academic Certificate Programs must be submitted before the department completes the Certificate Verification form.

      Tips for Students Admitted to a Graduate Academic Certificate

      • Admission to a degree program does not imply admission to a Graduate Academic Certificate
      • Always contact the director of the individual graduate academic certificate for specific requirements for admission to the program. A few of the Graduate Academic Certificates do require an admission test score.
      • At the beginning of your last semester of coursework for the Graduate Academic Certificate, the student must contact the certificate director so a verification form can be submitted by the department.
      • All coursework used toward a graduate academic certificate must be taken at UNT.
      • The Graduate Academic Certificate can be awarded no later than 4 years from the date of the first course.
      • UNT coursework applied to a previously awarded master’s degree (at UNT or elsewhere) cannot be used toward a Graduate Academic Certificate. So if you are seeking a UNT degree and a Graduate Academic Certificate concurrently (at the same time), the Graduate Academic Certificate must be awarded no later than the semester you graduate with your master’s degree.