Grad Track | Department of English

Grad Track

English B.A. with a concentration in Literature leading to a M.A. in English


The Department of English offers a grad-track pathway in which current students complete a Bachelor's Degree with a concentration in literature in four years, and then go on to earn a master's degree in literature in the following three semesters. This accelerated program, which is cost-effective and time-saving, is designed for exceptional, highly motivated majors who have maintained at least a 3.5 GPA. Students must apply to this program in their junior year. Admitted students will take six graduate hours during their senior year, which can count both toward their bachelor's and master's degrees, as permitted by university rules.

Admission Requirements

  1. You must be a current UNT English major
  2. You must have completed 75 undergraduate hours, including the following courses:
    1. ENGL 3000 Introduction to Literary Analysis and Interpretation Skills
    2. ENGL 3430 British Literature to 1780 OR ENGL 3830 American Literature to 1870
    3. ENGL 3440 British Anglophone Literature 1780 to the Present OR ENGL 3840 American Literature 1870 to the Present.
  3. You must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher
  4. You must have two letters of recommendation from English faculty testifying to your ability to complete graduate-level work

How to Apply

  1. Applicants should meet with English Undergraduate advisor, Dr. Patrice Lyke
  2. In addition to completing the required courses, students will need to submit in pdf format to :
  • One or more writing samples
  • A statement of purpose
  • A curriculum vitae or resume
  • Two letters of recommendation testifying to student's ability to do graduate-level work

GRE scores are not required. Students in the UNT Honors Program and students who satisfy the requirements are guaranteed admission to the program and need not provide letters of recommendation.

Program Policies

Undergraduate students who have been accepted to a grad track pathway option must:

  • apply to the Toulouse Graduate School during the first semester of their senior year
  • complete their bachelor's degree requirements and graduate within 12 months of the first day of the semester for which they were admitted to the accelerated program to continue into the graduate program.

Admitted students will take six graduate hours during their senior year, which will also count toward their B.A. as permitted by university rules.


In lieu of 2 advanced undergraduate electives in the fourth year, students for the MA in literature will take one 5000-level graduate literature classes and ENGL 5760 in their senior year. The literature classes should be chosen with an eye to fulfilling period distribution requirements for the BA and the MA. See the distribution requirements for the BA with a major in English and the MA in English.