The University of North Texas (UNT) will be seeing students graduate with three new types of degrees in the coming years as it expands its program offerings.
UNT’s G. Brint Ryan College of Business now offers a bachelor’s degree that focuses on sports entertainment management. According to the Denton Record-Chronicle, it will be based out of the college’s new campus building in Frisco, which opened on Tuesday.
The degree is in business administration and will center around managing sports organizations. Students will learn about building brands, developing corporate partnerships, fan engagement, and talent management, according to a university press release.
Students in the program will also benefit from UNT’s collaboration with the Dallas Cowboys, giving students hands-on exposure to the franchise’s personnel and operations.
The university also announced its new bachelor of arts degree in critical studies in music and society. The College of Music will start offering the degree in the fall of 2023 to students who are interested in music but lack formal training.
The program will train students to conduct the research needed to answer broad questions the music industry faces, preparing them for potential careers in performing arts, journalism, copyright law, music production, and entrepreneurship.
In addition to the two degrees discussed, business owners and professionals will soon be able to pursue a doctorate in business administration at UNT.
The new Ph.D. program takes a practical approach for business professionals who want to better meet industry needs, according to the Denton Record-Chronicle.
The program allows working professionals to broaden their horizons and equip themselves for new opportunities in academia, research, business strategy, and consulting for industry, all while carrying on in their current occupations.
In other UNT news, Frisco’s new campus, Frisco Landing, officially opened this week with its first permanent building. The $100 million structure is 135,000 square feet and will cater to many of the undergraduate and master’s level programs UNT offers.
Like its namesake city, Frisco’s new campus has ambitious growth plans. Currently, there are 2,500 students enrolled at UNT Frisco, but the university expects to grow to 25,000 students.
“The UNT System is planting a flag in Frisco,” said Michael R. Williams, chancellor of the UNT system. “A flag that makes a promise to deliver an excellent education that is accessible, affordable, and transformative.”
“From our perspective, us being in Frisco gives us a really good insight and partnership with the firms that really represent the North Texas economy and the future of North Texas,” said Wesley Randall, the dean of UNT’s New College at Frisco, speaking with the North Texas Daily. “You’ve got a city that’s trying to attract new businesses with big offices and great paying jobs.”