Written by: 
Erin Cristales
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Michael Clements

UNT doubled down on its commitment to innovative learning this year by introducing 13 new degree programs, many of which center on readying students for the cutting-edge demands of a 21st-century workplace.

The offerings are designed to continue the school's transformation as a next generation research university to best prepare students for success after graduation.

"UNT's degree plans must provide students with practical hands-on experience and career insight so they're capable of achieving a long, satisfying career in today's high-tech marketplace," President Neal Smatresk says.

Turning students into trailblazers

UNT is the first university in the nation to offer a B.S. in consumer experience management, providing students with the know-how to take on changing consumer expectations in retail, hospitality, tourism and other industries. Those expectations largely focus on 24/7 digital access to products and services.

"There is a huge opportunity for graduates who can be ahead of the trends," says Judith Forney, dean of the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism. The program is offered at UNT and UNT's New College at Frisco.

The Mayborn School of Journalism now includes an online-only M.S. in digital communication analytics among its degree offerings, while the College of Information began offering an M.S. in data science this spring. The digital communication analytics program enables students to build the skills necessary to extract, report, model and analyze communications data critical to public relations, marketing or advertising. The M.S. in data science focuses on areas such as statistical analysis, natural language processing, computational linguistics, information retrieval, information visualization, social network analysis, text analytics and data mining.

"The need for data science has been identified as critical," says Kinshuk, dean of the College of Information, who notes much of the demand for the degree came from students and alumni interested in preparing for careers in DFW's high-tech boom. "We want to meet the demand for highly skilled data science and data analytics professionals."

UNT's New College at Frisco also has added several forward-thinking graduate degree programs, including an M.S. in advanced data analytics; an executive master's in computer science; an M.B.A. in business studies with a focus on sport, entertainment and event management; and an M.A. in design with a focus on interaction design. The interaction design program is ranked 38th in the nation by ValueColleges.com.

More in-demand offerings

And there are more degree programs on the horizon. After heeding calls for expanded degree offerings in liberal arts and social sciences, as well as in health, education, public service and biomedical engineering, UNT also will begin offering a B.A. in nonprofit leadership studies, a B.S. in professional and technical communication, an M.S. in emergency management disaster science and a Ph.D. in performing arts health for the 2018-19 school year.

  • B.A. in Japanese — A major in Japanese helps students learn the practical, everyday side of the language, preparing them to converse in various situations, including business. Second-year Japanese is offered in May and June in a study-abroad format.
    College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
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  • B.A./B.S. in integrative studies with a thematic concentration in Latina/o and Mexican American studies — As U.S. demographics rapidly change, the program aims to prepare students for jobs in corporations, educational institutions, government agencies and other organizations where they will need to understand the diversity, complexity, history, politics, sociology and culture of LMAS communities.
    College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
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  • B.S. in consumer experience management — This degree provides students with the know-how to take on changing consumer expectations in retail, hospitality, tourism and other industries.
    UNT's College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism
    UNT's New College at Frisco

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  • B.S. in public health -- Students will receive a foundation in the geographical and sociological issues that affect global health before choosing either a population studies or biological sciences track for their degree.
    College of Education
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  • Executive master's in computer science — This degree is for experienced working professionals who want to build upon their expertise, with concentrations in data science and cybersecurity that will help students master the latest technologies. To accommodate the schedules of working professionals, classes are offered in eight-week sessions on nights and weekends during three sessions each year.
    UNT's New College at Frisco
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  • M.A. in design with a focus on interaction design — The program helps students acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to launch and sustain a career in interaction design (IXD) or user experience design (UXD) as they learn how to create, introduce and maintain innovative products, systems and services with the user in mind.
    UNT's New College at Frisco
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  • M.A. in women's and gender studies — In this graduate program, students will critically examine gender-related stereotypes, including the influence of class, ethnicity, nationality, race and sexuality on identity.
    College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
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  • M.B.A. in business studies with a focus on sport, entertainment and event management — The program  a joint offering from the College of Business and the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation  is intended to help students better understand the business side of the sports industry, including finance, marketing and event operations.
    UNT's New College at Frisco
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  • M.S. in advanced data analytics — The degree combines big data, statistics and data visualization to provide students with a sophisticated understanding of how to use data and quantitative techniques to help organizations improve their processes.
    UNT's New College at Frisco
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  • M.S. in biomedical engineering — Students apply principles and techniques from physical and engineering sciences to medical and biological problems, preparing them for careers in hospitals, research facilities and government regulatory agencies.
    UNT's College of Engineering
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  • M.S. in data science — This degree prepares students for careers in data science and analytics by focusing on relevant areas such as statistical analysis, natural language processing, computational linguistics, information retrieval, information visualization, social network analysis, text analytics and data mining.
    College of Information
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  • M.S. in digital communication analytics — This degree employs a broad-based approach to enable students to extract, report, model and analyze communications data, skills required to get ahead in public relations, marketing or advertising.
    Online via the Mayborn College of Journalism
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  • TWU-UNT joint M.S.W. in social work — The program is for students interested in careers focusing on areas such as health care, child and family services, and mental health. Students can use the resources available at both TWU and UNT and will receive a degree jointly awarded by both universities.
    UNT's College of Health and Public Service and TWU's Social Work program
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