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Graduate Academic Certificate in Storytelling

Life is, truly, the grand narrative. Some theorists believe humans are born with stories living inside us and that we develop language for the purpose of being able to tell those stories. Imagine a group of people sitting around an evening campfire — the atmosphere is rich with mood and tone — and while around that fire, storytelling will naturally emerge. Stories enable children and adults to understand and make meaning in their lives. Storytellers tell tales of life past, present, and future — story is the richest heritage of human civilizations.

Storytelling has emerged from the grande oral tradition into "modern day" platforms represented in books, dance, music, theatre, movies, etc. Story preserves, perpetuates, and transforms culture and is finding new applications in education, corporations, industry, and entertainment — in settings in which people interact or seek to "escape". It is an emerging frontier with compelling possibilities.

The University of North Texas is the leading university of the Dallas Metroplex, the fourth–largest university in Texas (more than 30,000 students), and is listed as one of America's 100 Best College Buys. The UNT Department of Library and Information Sciences is also a top-rated program as ranked by U.S. News and World Reports.

Benefits of this Program

  • 100% Online Program: Three Web-based courses with an Online Tutorial.
  • Awards a certificate suitable for framing with the certificate credential appearing on the official university transcript.

Worried that your busy lifestyle will get in the way of making your career goals a reality?

Our online program is the solution.

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  • Convenient. Earn a Graduate Academic Certificate online!
  • Affordable. A 3-hour course costs approximately $1,421.45 for a Texas Resident.
  • Flexible. Log in any time and from any place. Online courses allow you to set your own schedule.
  • Adaptable. Working full time? Online courses make the most of your valuable time.
  • Respected. Alumni of UNT's College of Information have an abundance of career possibilities.

How does this program advance my career? This program is a perfect fit for:

  • Master’s degreed library and information science professionals who want to develop expertise in Storytelling and receive a Graduate Academic Certificate.
  • Bachelor's or Master's degreed individuals in any field who want to develop or enhance their knowledge of Storytelling by taking Master's level courses and receiving a Graduate Academic Certificate.

How does it work?

  • All nine hours coursework taken for this Graduate Academic Certificate will apply toward the Master’s Program in the University of North Texas Department of Library and Information Sciences. The courses required are offered year-round and are taught by a team of full-time graduate professors. The Department of Library and Information Sciences offers Web-based Master’s degree programs in both Youth Librarianship and School Librarianship, as well as seven other library and information sciences Programs of Study. The Department of Library and Information Sciences Master's degree requires 36 hours of course work for completion. Information about tuition and fee rate schedules for the Graduate Academic Certificate courses can be found on the on the UNT Student Accounting and University Cashiering Services Website.
  • Required Tutorial for Graduate Academic Certificate Students - All of the courses for this certificate are completed online. Students admitted for the Graduate Academic Certificate program are required to complete a Canvas tutorial prior to starting their courses. This tutorial is also completed online and is done via Canvas, which is the platform in which you will take your courses. There is no fee to access tutorial. The tutorial will take approximately 4–6 hours and will walk you through the steps for using Canvas — learning how to use discussion forums, Canvas email, and other functions critical to your success. While some apt individuals may innately figure out how to do the basic functions in Canvas, the tutorial gives you insight into many advanced functions that are not apparent, such as how to compile course content, information management, etc.
  • Online course schedule rotates throughout Fall, Summer, and Spring with many courses offered each semester -- allowing you to easily fit the courses offered to your personal schedule.


As required by the US Department of Education, UNT is providing a direct link to the Gainful Employment (GE) disclosure for the Graduate Academic Certificate (GAC) in Storytelling .

Program Contact

Library & Information Sciences
UNT Discovery Park, Suite C232
3940 North Elm Street
Denton TX, 76203 

Office: (940) 565-2445