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Radio, Television and Film

Masterís Degree Programs


Graduate opportunities

Pursuing a graduate degree in Radio, Television and Film at the University of North Texas provides you many distinctive advantages, including:

  • Access to professional equipment, state-of-the-art facilities and a community of artists and scholars engaging with emergent, global media strategies
  • A curriculum that supplies a healthy combination of history, theory and industry studies, and a comprehensive education in the aesthetic, ethical and legal aspects of media production and consumption
  • Opportunities to present your work at festivals, conferences and other related events

The Department of Radio, Television and Film offers course work leading to a Master of Arts or Master of Fine Arts degree in Radio, Television and Film. The M.A. degree has an emphasis in industry studies or criticalcultural studies. Our M.F.A. program, with an emphasis in documentary production and studies, is one of the few in the nation and the only program of its kind in the region.

You’ll receive instruction from internationally recognized scholars, seasoned media professionals and award-winning filmmakers. They’ve written textbooks used in courses throughout the world and had film and video productions broadcast on TV and screened at prestigious national and international venues. Many faculty members also work with national and international organizations dealing with media education and film preservation.

Because of the quality instruction our students receive, they’ve earned grants for rigorous research projects and had productions screened at domestic and international festivals.

We also provide opportunities to study abroad in London and have an established student/faculty exchange program with the University of Sunderland (United Kingdom). More information about our Radio, Television and Film program and the department is at our website.

Co-curricular activities

KNTU-FM, our 100,000-watt radio station, broadcasts educational, informational and entertainment programming. All UNT students are eligible to work at KNTU, where they learn radio production, programming and station administration.

North Texas Television (ntTV) features student-produced programs on a wide range of topics, including news, sports, public affairs and entertainment. All UNT students are eligible to work at ntTV.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You’ll need to meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School® and the department’s requirements, including at least a 3.0 overall GPA in an accredited bachelor’s program. Graduate school admission requirements are available at the graduate school website or our website.

For full consideration, you should submit all required materials by Jan. 15. A second round of reviews occurs for completed submissions received by March 15.

The following materials should be sent to the appropriate RTVF graduate director.

Master of Arts

  • Statement of purpose explaining your creative and career goals and how an M.A. degree will help you achieve the goals
  • Two letters of recommendation from your professors or supervisors
  • Writing sample (research paper, professional report, substantial essay, etc.)
  • GRE scores

M.A. application materials should be sent to us by email or:

George S. Larke-Walsh
Director of the M.A. Program in Radio, Television and Film
1155 Union Circle #310589
Denton, Texas 76203-5017

Master of Fine Arts

  • Portfolio of creative work (online, Blu-ray or DVD) in a 10-minute sample clip reel indicative of your creative and professional potential in media production and at least one completed work that you played a major creative or technical role
  • Statement of purpose explaining your career goals and how a M.F.A. degree will help you achieve the goals
  • Three letters of recommendation from your professors or supervisors indicating your potential for success in a rigorous, terminal degree graduate program
  • Writing sample (research paper, professional report, substantial essay, etc.)

M.F.A. application materials should be sent to us by email or:

Melinda Levin
Director of the M.F.A. Program in Radio, Television and Film
1155 Union Circle #310589
Denton, Texas 76203-5017

Degree requirements

You’ll need to maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA while enrolled in either master’s program. Detailed course requirements are available at the catalog or our website.

Master of Arts

  • 6 semester hours of required courses
  • 6 semester hours of prescribed electives
  • 18 semester hours of electives
  • 6 semester hours of thesis
  • 6 to 12 semester hours in a minor area (optional)

Master of Fine Arts

  • 33 semester hours of required courses
  • 9 semester hours of electives
  • 6 semester hours of M.F.A. Colloquium
  • 6 semester hours of prescribed electives
  • 6 semester hours of thesis

Continuous participation and attendance in the M.F.A. Colloquium is required until successful defense of the M.F.A. thesis.

Financial assistance

Several graduate assistantships, graduate fellowships and scholarships are awarded each year to new and continuing students. Opportunities may also be available in management of KNTU-FM or ntTV and in faculty members’ research and creative activities.

Information about other financial assistance is available at the Financial Aid website.