New degree options approved for University of North Texas at Frisco students

UNT Board of Regents
The UNT Board of Regents met on Nov. 14 and 15 at the main campus in Denton. (Elizabeth Ucles/Community Impact Newspaper)

The UNT Board of Regents met on Nov. 14 and 15 at the main campus in Denton. (Elizabeth Ucles/Community Impact Newspaper)

University of North Texas’ Frisco students will have more degree options in education, library science, project design and analysis, and sports entertainment management as soon as fall 2020.

The UNT Board of Regents unanimously approved the following new degree programs and options for existing programs at a Nov. 15 meeting.

Doctor of Education and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs with a major in educational leadership

These educational leadership programs currently exist at UNT’s Denton and Frisco campuses. Board approval allows for a portion of the degree to be offered online, said Jennifer Evans-Cowley, UNT's provost and vice president for academic affairs, at the meeting.

“This is in response to our students for greater flexibility,” Evans-Cowley said at the meeting.


A hybrid of online and in-person courses will begin spring 2020, according to university documents.

Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in information science

The library science degree program will offer four courses at Frisco’s Hall Park location and online, per university documents. Courses will be available in spring 2020 at the Hall Park campus.

Bachelor of Science degree program with a major in project design and analysis

This fall, UNT at Frisco launched a pilot program in project design and analysis. The program is classified as a concentration under the Bachelor of Science in integrative studies degree. Operating out of a Hall Park, the undergraduate degree program covers project management and creative problem-solving skills.

The board voted in favor of formalizing the concentration in the shape of a bachelor of science degree with a major in project design and analysis.

“Now we’re far enough along in the approval process to bring forward this degree,” Evans-Cowley said at the meeting.

Students in the current cohort have the option to continue in the integrative studies major or transition into the project design and analysis major, Evans-Cowley said at the meeting.

“It’s absolutely one of the most exciting programs we offer,” UNT President Neal Smatresk said at the meeting. “This is a hot program; I’m very excited about this action.”

The major will begin fall 2020, per university documents.

Master of Business Administration with a major in sports entertainment management

UNT at Frisco currently offers a Master of Business Administration in sports entertainment management in the general MBA business studies program.

Board approval makes the sports entertainment management Master of Business Administration a standalone degree. This comes after the Dallas Cowboys tasked UNT with building the “best” sports program, Evans-Cowley said at the meeting.

The degree will include e-sports, or competitive gaming, with collaborations such as GameStop.

“The key thing the Dallas Cowboys emphasized with us is that it’s not just about sports, it’s about entertainment,” she said. “And sports is one form of entertainment.”

The degree will be offered online and in-person in Frisco in fall 2020, per university documents.
By Elizabeth Ucles
Elizabeth is the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Frisco edition. She graduated from St. Edward's University with a degree in Writing and Rhetoric with a journalism concentration and a minor in Spanish in May 2019. Elizabeth covers public and higher education, development and transportation.


MOST RECENT

Medical City is suspending elective surgeries in its North Texas hospitals until July 27. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Medical City temporarily suspends elective surgeries in effort to expand bed capacity

Medical City Healthcare is suspending elective surgeries in some of its 16 North Texas hospitals.

The signal is located and funded by the town of Little Elm, but the city of Frisco will operate and maintain the signal through an interlocal agreement. (Courtesy Pexels)
Eldorado Parkway and Dickson Lane traffic signal coming near Frisco

Installation of the $450,000 signal could be completed this fall.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, shown here in March, announced July 13 the U.S. Department of Defense would provide additional resource to help Texas combat COVID-19. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Department of Defense task forces deployed to help Texas combat COVID-19

Gov. Greg Abbott announced July 13 the U.S. Department of Defense would provide more resources to Texas to combat the rise of COVID-19.

Denton County residents registered to vote can participate in the July 14 runoff election. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Where to cast your vote for July 14 runoff election in Denton County

Denton County residents were able to vote at any polling location during early voting but are required to vote within the precinct where they are registered for election day.

North Texas Performing Arts-Frisco has been among the recipients of the arts grant program through the Frisco Association for the Arts. (Courtesy North Texas Performing Arts-Frisco)
Frisco City Council approves $100K funding for arts grant program

“We very much appreciate Frisco Arts. They administer that [grant program] for us and help us get those funds in the right people's hands to do the most good,” Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney said.

Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced in a June 30 State Board of Education meeting that students will be taking the STAAR in the 2020-21 school year. (Courtesy Pixabay)
Education organizations call for STAAR requirements to be waived another year

Gov. Greg Abbott waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, testing requirements in March of earlier this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

coronavirus graphic
Denton County officials confirm COVID-19-related death of Frisco man in his 40s

Denton County Public Health reported the death of a Frisco man in his 40s as a result of COVID-19 on July 10.

With a clinical background in internal, pulmonary and critical care medicine, Corry has been with BCM for 20 years. He now focuses primarily on inflammatory lung diseases, such as asthma and smoking-related chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. (Graphic by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
Q&A: Baylor College of Medicine's Dr. David Corry discusses immunity, vaccine production amid COVID-19 pandemic

Rapid development and distribution of a vaccine worldwide and successful achievement of herd immunity will be key players in determining the lifespan of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Dr. David Corry, a professor of Medicine in the Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology Section at Baylor College of Medicine.

The annual Heights Car Show will look slightly different from years past. (Courtesy David Alvey)
Richardson car show to carry on, part of Keller trail to close: DFW business, community news

Read the latest business and community news from Dallas-Fort Worth here.

The new partnership will provide on-site, same-day testing and results for assisted-living facility staff and their residents. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
State announces partnership for increased COVID-19 testing for patients, staff at assisted-living facilities, nursing homes

These test sites will help the state work toward the goal of processing up to 100,000 tests in the first month.