Frequently Asked Questions


What exactly will my major be in University Studies?

  • Like other degree programs at UTA, the University Studies degree plan consists of the core curriculum, the major, and electives.

    In University Studies, the major is comprised of 24 primary credit hours and 21 secondary credit hours from two major content areas selected by the student and University Studies advisor for a total of 45 major credit hours.

    Please click here for more information about the University Studies degree plan.

I have a lot of credits in a subject that is not on this list of Content Areas. Could I make this one of my Content Areas instead?

  • While students may select only from the designated content areas, the University Studies degree plan is designed to be flexible and to accommodate varying areas of interest. When students enter the program, they often find that many of the credits they have taken to-date work in one or more of the three available content areas. A student who has many transfer credits in Communications will see that these can fall under the Area I: Art, Media, Humanities Content Area. A student whose employer wants them to take Accounting classes could elect to make Area II: Business, Cummunity Studies, Social Science as one of their content areas, etc. 

    Students should be mindful, though, that once they are in the University Studies, there may be limitations on the number of credits they can take in certain disciplines or the types of classes available online. Your advisor will work with you to understand these limitations where applicable.

How do I know what Content Areas are right for me? Do I choose them myself/need to decide on them ahead of time?

  • When you apply to the University Studies program, one of our academic advisors will create a degree plan for you that uses as many of your previous credits as possible and thus provides the fastest route for you to graduate. Many students, particularly those who come into the program with substantially more than the 60 credits required for admission, will already have 2 content areas underway or completed.  A student may still choose from any of the three content areas available that interest them or that they feel would be beneficial to them in their career. In those situations, though, this may result in a student needing additional credits to graduate. Your academic advisor will work with you to determine the 2 content areas that are the best fit for you over the course of your advising experience. 

    Overall, when enrolling in University Studies, you should take into account your academic and professional ambitions, as well as the nature of your previous credits, when considering your two content areas.  

Can I take any online courses that are offered?

  • Many academic departments at UTA offer online courses that are not restricted to students in particular programs, but are offered generally to undergraduate students across disciplines. As a University Studies student, you may be able to take many of your courses online. 

    A few things to consider, though, are that these online courses are subject to availability and often in high demand. Additionally, at times a class, despite being primarily online, may still require one or more campus visits (for example, to participate in labs or to take tests in a classroom). Finally, a student should be mindful that there may not be online classes available for each core requirement or University Studies content area.  UTA's Center for Distance Education has a guide showing how to search for online classes at UTA in MyMav. When looking for classes, it is important to remember that you will be taking courses that follow the regular academic calendar. Section numbers above 100 (e.g. CRCJ 3385-600; ART 1301-700, etc) for a class are restricted to special populations at UTA.


I very recently decided that I would like to go back to school and want to take classes through the Finish@UT program at UTA. How quickly can I get started if I apply right now?

  • When you apply to UTA, admissions will first process your application, evaluate your transfer credits, and then make a determination whether or not to admit you into the University.  The timeframe on how long this process takes is entirely dependent on the Admissions, Records, and Enrollment Department at UTA.  You may check the status of your application with Admissions here.             

    The admissions process when you apply to the University can vary greatly depending on multiple factors, including the time of year you apply (as the volume of applications may impact processing time), the number of transcripts you submit, and how quickly schools external to UTA send in your official transcripts.  As a result, there is unfortunately no ‘standard’ amount of time that it takes to get an admissions decision.

    Admissions, Records and Enrollment maintains a Frequently Asked Questions page much like this one.  If you have additional questions, we encourage you to consult this FAQ.

    If you do not see your question answered there, please direct any other questions to admissions.  Their contact information can be found here.

    Once you have applied to UTA (including submitting all transcripts) and been admitted to the university,  you will be able to apply to the University Studies major.  We typically process applications within 10 business days.

I recently applied to UTA (Or I have just been admitted to UTA). What next?

  • If you are interested in the University Studies, as with most majors on-campus, an advisor must first evaluate your academic history and admissions qualifications to ensure you are eligible for this major.

    Please understand, then, that when you apply to UTA to enroll University Studies the admissions process is two-fold, unlike if you were coming into a university with fewer credits and thus an undeclared major: in your case, you will be applying both to a university as well as to major in a particular discipline. 

    Once you are notified by Admissions that you have been admitted and that your transfer credit evaluation has been posted, you may apply to University Studies at the following link:

    Prospective Students

    After you apply, it takes us up to 10 business days to process your application.  Once this is completed, we will send you detailed information on the next steps you need to take for advising and registering for classes.

I am interested in the University Studies and have a great deal of prior professional and life experience. Do you offer academic credit for this? or I have many college credits already. How many of them will count, and how many credits will I have left?

  • Please see the following link for information from the Office of Admissions regarding what types of credits can be accepted for transfer into UTA.

    All questions about transfer credits must be directed to Admissions. Please note that this means Academic Advisors for University Studies program are unable to review any other schools’ transcripts, or create unofficial degree plans for a student not yet admitted to the University Studies major.

    Many students find, though, that by using the blank Unofficial Degree Plan for University Studies and the information on what types of credits work in each section available on the University Studies website, they are able to get a good sense of where they would stand should they decide to enroll in the program.  This information can be found here:

    Prospective Students

    Academic Advisors for University Studies are always happy to schedule an appointment with a prospective student to speak with generally about the degree program and potential content areas for the student.

I was previously admitted to the University Studies program, but did not enroll in classes at the time. I am intending to return to UTA to complete my University Studies degree in a future semester. Can an advisor assist me in determining what classes I should be taking elsewhere that will work on my degree plan when I return?

  • Information on UTA’s core requirements can be found here:

    Additionally, UTA provides equivalency guides that shows how classes at select schools in Texas would transfer in to UTA:

    For further information on the University Studies degree and its requirements, please consult our website here:

    Prospective Students

    We regret that, unless you are a current University Studies student, we are unable to advise you on classes to take elsewhere that might work on a University Studies degree plan.  This is true even if you were previously admitted to University Studies (whether or not you were advised on your specific degree plan by an advisor).  Admissions may be able to assist you with determining how classes not on the equivalency guide(s) will transfer in.  Their contact info can be found here:

    If you’d like to speak with an advisor further for general information on the Finish@UT program, please email


I have additional questions not answered here. How can I make an appointment to speak with a Finish@UT advisor?

  • Please send an appointment request to 

    Please note: Only the Office of Admissions, Records, and Registration may evaluate other school's transcripts for appropriate UTA credit. We regret that University Studies advisors are unable to review any other schools’ transcripts, or create unofficial degree plans for new or current UTA students not yet admitted to the University Studies major.