Tuition and Fees
For the academic year 2018-2019, the cost of graduate in-state tuition and fees for full-time graduate students (9 credit hours) at UNT is $3,763.59. Out-of-state tuition and fees for 9 hours are $7,498.59. Scholarships are available that waive out-of-state tuition for incoming doctoral students.
The cost of living in Denton and the greater Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is very favorable compared to other US metropolitan areas.
Teaching Assistantships require up to 20 hours per week of assisting sociology department professors and instructors. Last year, the 9-month stipend for this position for an incoming Master's-PhD pass-through student was $12,631. This generally increases to nearly $15,000 in the second year of TA work. TA positions comes with up to 6 hours of paid tuition in both the fall and spring semesters. In order to qualify for this tuition benefit, a student must be in good academic standing and be a full-time graduate student (9 credit hours). Students are considered for a renewal of this position if they are enrolled in the MA-PhD pass-through program based on funding availability, teaching assistant performance, and satisfactory progress in the program.
Teaching Fellowships require that graduate students either teach two courses independently each semester or teach one course as an instructor and serve as a teaching assistant in another course. The Graduate Director and/or Department Chair works with students on their specific work assignments based on students' research and teaching interests and the department's teaching needs. Last year, the 9-month stipend for this position was $14, 860. There is an increase in the stipend for ABD students. TF positions come with up to 6 hours paid tuition in both the fall and spring semesters. In order to qualify for this tuition benefit a student must be in good academic standing and be a full-time graduate student (9 credit hours). Students are considered for a renewal of this position if they are enrolled in the MA-PhD pass-through program based on funding availability, teaching assistant performance, and satisfactory progress in the program.
Tutor-Graders (TGs) are also hired during the regular academic year. These students assist faculty members, but they do not teach classes. This position paid $12,559.14 in the 2018-2019 academic year for 20 hours/week.. Tutor-grader positions do not provide health care benefits, but students who have performed well as tutor-graders are often given priority consideration when graduate assistantship (TA and TF) positions become available.
In general summer funding is not available through the department, although there are on occasion work opportunities for graduate students. International students with F-1 student visas are generally not permitted to work off campus in the summer. International applicants with questions about work and funding should visit international.unt.edu. The department offers funding for summer work as a graduate Teaching Assistant (TA). In summer 2018 this position paid approximately $2,500 for one summer term.
Thesis and Dissertation Small Research Grants
The Department supports students who have research expenses related to their thesis and dissertation projects, such as travel costs related to interviewing study participants. Please complete the Thesis and Dissertation Small Research Grant form and either return a hard copy of the form to the Department of Sociology or scan the completed form and email it to email@example.com and indicate in the subject line that you are attaching a thesis and dissertation research grant request.
The Department encourages students to present their work at the American Sociological Association annual conference, held each August. Departmental funds are available for travel each year with the following limits. Note that matching travel funds are often available from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies.
$500 for a regional or specialized conference in Texas or a neighboring state.
$700 for a regional or specialized conference that requires plane travel.
$1000 for the American Sociological Association annual conference.
An absolute cap of $1200 annually, which allows students to attend two regional conferences if they choose that option over the ASA annual conference. Please click here to access the application form.
A $1,000 Academic Achievement Scholarship that includes a waiver for out-of-state tuition costs is available for incoming PhD students. However, the scholarship and waiver are not granted automatically. Instead admitted students must apply for the scholarship at tsgs.unt.edu/graduatelife/AAS.
There are several other departmental scholarships for which students may apply. The general scholarship application can be used to apply for all scholarships, and applicants should include their academic CV/resume. The general application is due February 25 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the subject line "Graduate Scholarship Application" in your email application. Contact the department at 940.565.2296 for more information.