Mark A. Sheridan, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs Dean, Graduate School
Graduate School | 327G Administration Building
Box 41033 | Lubbock, TX 79409-1033
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Members of the graduate faculty participate in all phases of the graduate program, assist in determining policy, and vote on candidates for graduate degrees. Membership is a means of recognizing the members of the faculty for scholarly activities, creativity, direction of graduate research and study, and other contributions to the graduate programs of the university and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Except in special cases approved by the graduate dean, only graduate faculty may serve as instructors of graduate courses, conduct graduate examinations, and serve on thesis and dissertation committees.
Mark A. Sheridan, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, Dean, Professor of Biology
Claudia Cogliser, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Associate Professor of Management
Tim Dallas, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
David Doerfert, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Professor of Agricultural Education and Communications
Kim Cappillino, Senior Director of Marketing, Recruitment, and Admissions
Shelby Cearley, Director of Graduate Admissions
About the Graduate School
Graduate study is much more than a continuation of undergraduate work. It is distinguished by a spirit of inquiry and the desire to increase human knowledge. Graduate study should be contemplated, therefore, only by students who have demonstrated in their undergraduate programs unusual intellectual ability and the capacity for independent thought and investigation. For this reason, the Texas Tech University Graduate School exercises selectivity in its admission of students. Selective entrance requirements are partly for the maintenance of high standards that must characterize graduate study and partly for the benefit of students in helping them decide whether they should undertake such work.
The Graduate School of Texas Tech University recognizes its obligations to the standards mentioned above and to the citizens of Texas by requiring appropriate evidence of an applicant’s intellectual ability and reserves the right to decline to accept any applicant whose admission would not be in his or her best interest or that of the university.
Graduate Degrees at Texas Tech
In addition to this list of graduate degrees, many departments offer specializations or concentrations in a variety of subject areas.
- Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
- Agribusiness, M.A.B.
- Agricultural and Applied Economics, M.S., Ph.D.
- Agricultural Communications, M.S.
- Agricultural Communications and Education, Ph.D.
- Agricultural Education, M.S., Ed.D.*
- Animal Science, M.S., Ph.D.
- Food Science, M.S.
- Horticulture Science, M.S.
- Landscape Architecture, M.L.A.
- Plant and Soil Science, M.S., Ph.D.
- Plant Protection, M.S. ‡
- Professional Science Master’s in
- Environmental Sustainability and
- Natural Resources Management, PS.M.
- Soil Science, M.S. † ‡
- Wildlife, Aquatic, and Wildlands Science and Management, M.S., Ph.D.
- Architecture, M.Arch., M.S.
- Land-Use Planning, Management, and Design, Ph.D. (Interdisciplinary)
- Arts and Sciences
- Anthropology, M.A.
- Atmospheric Science, M.S.
- Biology, M.S., Ph.D.
- Chemical Biology, M.S.
- Chemistry, M.S., Ph.D.
- Classics (Classical Languages), M.A. §
- Clinical Psychology, Ph.D.
- Counseling Psychology, M.A., Ph.D.
- Economics, M.A., Ph.D.
- English, M.A., Ph.D.
- Environmental Toxicology, M.S., Ph.D.
- French, M.A.
- General Experimental Psychology, M.A., Ph.D.
- Geography, M.S.
- Geosciences, M.S., Ph.D.
- German, M.A.
- History, M.A., Ph.D.
- Kinesiology, M.S.
- Mathematics, M.A., M.S., Ph.D.
- Languages and Cultures, M.A.
- Microbiology, M.S.
- Philosophy, M.A.
- Physics, M.S., Ph.D.
- Physics–Applied Physics, M.S. †
- Political Science, M.A., Ph.D.
- Professional Science Master’s in
- Environmental Sustainability and Natural Resources Management, PS.M.
- Psychology, M.A.
- Public Administration, M.P.A.
- Romance Languages (French or Spanish), M.A.
- Sociology, M.A.
- Spanish, Ph.D.
- Sport Management, M.S.
- Statistics, M.S.
- Technical Communication, M.A.
- Technical Communication and Rhetoric, Ph.D.
- Zoology, M.S., Ph.D.
- Accounting, M.S.A.
- Business Administration, M.S., Ph.D.
- General Business, M.B.A.
- Management Information Systems, M.S.
- Bilingual Education, M.Ed.
- Counselor Education, M.Ed., Ph.D.
- Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed., Ph.D.
- Educational Leadership, M.Ed., Ed.D., Ph.D.
- Educational Psychology, M.Ed., Ph.D.
- Elementary Education, M.Ed.
- Higher Education, M.Ed., Ed.D.
- Higher Education–Higher Education Research, Ph.D.
- Instructional Technology, M.Ed., Ed.D.
- Language Literacy Education, M.Ed.
- Multidisciplinary Science, M.S.
- Secondary Education, M.Ed.
- Special Education, M.Ed., Ed.D., † Ph.D.
- Bioengineering, M.S.Bio.
- Chemical Engineering, M.S.Ch.E., Ph.D.
- Civil Engineering, M.S.C.E., Ph.D.
- Computer Science, M.S., Ph.D.
- Electrical Engineering, M.S.E.E., Ph.D.
- Engineering, M.Engr.
- Environmental Engineering, M.Env.E.
- Industrial Engineering, M.S.I.E., Ph.D.
- Mechanical Engineering, M.S.M.E., Ph.D.
- Petroleum Engineering, M.S.P. E., Ph.D.
- Software Engineering, M.S.
- Systems and Engineering Management, M.S.SYEM, Ph.D.
- Human Sciences
- Environmental Design, M.S.
- Family and Consumer Sciences Education, M.S., Ph.D.
- Hospitality Administration, Ph.D.
- Hospitality and Retail Management, M.S.
- Human Development and Family Studies, M.S., Ph.D.
- Interior and Environmental Design, Ph.D.
- Marriage and Family Therapy, M.S., Ph.D.
- Nutritional Sciences, M.S., Ph.D.
- Personal Financial Planning, M.S., Ph.D.
- Media and Communication
- Communication Studies, M.A.
- Mass Communications, M.A., Ph.D.
- Visual and Performing Arts
- Art, M.F.A.
- Art Education, M.A.E.
- Art History, M.A.
- Fine Arts (Art, Music, Theatre Arts), Ph.D.
- Music, M.M., D.M.A.
- Music Education, M.M.Ed.
- Theatre Arts, M.A., M.F.A.
- Interdisciplinary Programs
- Arid Land Studies, M.S.
- Biotechnology, M.S.
- Forensic Science, M.S.
- Interdisciplinary Studies, M.A., M.S.
- Land-Use Planning, Management, and Design, Ph.D.
- Museum Science, M.A.
- Wind Science and Engineering, Ph.D.
- School of Law
- Doctor of Jurisprudence, J.D.
- United States Legal Studies, LL.M.
- Dual Degree Programs
- General Business/Architecture, M.B.A.–M.Arch.
- General Business/Biomedical Sciences, M.B.A.–Ph.D.
- General Business/Biotechnology, M.B.A.–M.S.
- General Business/Environmental Toxicology, M.B.A.–M.S.
- General Business/Languages and Cultures, M.B.A.–M.A.
- General Business/Medicine, M.B.A.–M.D.
- General Business/Romance Languages M.B.A.–M.A.
- General Business/Pharmacology, M.B.A.– Pharm.D.
- Law/Accounting (Taxation), J.D.–M.S.A.
- Law/Agricultural and Applied Economics, J.D.–M.S.
- Law/Biotechnology, J.D.–M.S.
- Law/Engineering, J.D.–M.Engr.
- Law/Environmental Toxicology, J.D.–M.S.
- Law/General Business, J.D.–M.B.A.
- Law/Medicine, J.D.–M.D.
- Law/Personal Financial Planning, J.D.–M.S.
- Law/Public Administration, J.D.–M.P. A.
- Accelerated Bachelor’s-to-Master’s Degree Programs
- B.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics + Master of Agribusiness
- B.S. + M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics
- B.S. in Architecture + Master of Architecture
- B.A. + M.A. in Classics (Classical Languages)
- B.A. in French + M.A. in Romance Languages
- B.A. + M.A. in German
- B.A. + M.A. in Mathematics
- B.A. + M.S. in Mathematics
- B.S. + M.S. in Mathematics
- B.A. + M.A. in Political Science
- B.A. in Psychology + M.A. in General Experimental Psychology
- B.A. in Spanish + M.A. in Romance Languages
- B.B.A. + M.S. in Accounting
- B.B.A. + M.S. in Management Information Systems
- B.S. + M.S. in Chemical Engineering
- B.S. in Computer Engineering + M.S. in Electrical Engineering
- B.S. in Computer Science + M.S. in Software Engineering
- B.S. + M.S. in Computer Science
- B.S. + M.S. in Software Engineering
- B.S. + M.S. in Electrical Engineering
- B.S. + M.S. in Environmental Engineering
- B.S. + M.S. in Industrial Engineering
- B.S. + M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
- B.S. + M.S. in Petroleum Engineering
- B.I.D. (Design) + M.S. in Environmental Design
- B.S. + M.S. Personal Financial Planning
- B.M. + M.M.Ed. (Music Education)
* A distance-delivered degree awarded by both Texas Tech University and Texas A&M University
† Degree being phased out. No new students.
‡ Degree being phased out and consolidated with B.S. in Plant and Soil Science. No new students.
§ Degrees being consolidated as specializations within the M.A. in Languages and Cultures, August 31, 2016.
The Graduate School facilitates graduate education by ensuring standards of excellence; promoting diverse programs; and assisting and supporting the recruitment, retention, and graduation of globally-aware students prepared to use their advanced skills to benefit society.
Established in 1923, Texas Tech is one of the youngest major research universities in the country. Consistent dedication to quality and research has earned numerous graduate programs at Texas Tech national and international respect. From a creative writing program to an advanced ceramics program, from a nationally recognized personal financial planning program to a semi-conductor processing program, the Texas Tech University Graduate School offers unlimited opportunity for the aspiring scholar.
The Graduate School strives to maintain flexibility through a combination of options from traditional degree programs to progressive interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary choices. The Graduate School values the student’s interests, personal research aims, and career goals. In keeping with that spirit, many outstanding facilities for interdisciplinary research are located at Texas Tech, including numerous specialized research centers and institutes. Some interdisciplinary programs are housed within specific colleges or a cluster of departments, while others are headquartered in the Graduate School. All of these programs are defined by the topic rather than by traditional disciplinary boundaries. In addition to approved student-designed options, interdisciplinary subjects include comparative literature, ethnic studies, fine arts, forensic science, linguistics, museum science, neuroscience, plant physiology, public administration, sports health, women’s studies, and many more.
The Graduate Council is composed of 14 members. The graduate faculty elects 11 of the members, the graduate dean appoints two, and the Faculty Senate elects one from its graduate faculty membership. All 14 are voting members of the Graduate Council. The dean is ex officio chairperson of the council; associate deans, the provost (or a designated representative), and others appointed by the dean are ex officio and nonvoting members of the council. The graduate student vice president of the Student Government Association also serves as an ex officio nonvoting member of the council.
Elected members other than the Faculty Senate representative serve for a three-year period and are not eligible for immediate reelection unless they have been chosen to fill an unexpired term. Members appointed by the dean serve for two years. The Faculty Senate representative serves a one-year term. By a system of rotation, some new members join the council each year, replacing those whose terms of office have expired.
The Graduate Council, assisted by the graduate faculty, is charged with the responsibility of formulating the policies of the Graduate School and the requirements for graduate degrees. The dean administers these policies.
Cost of Attendance and Financial Support
Texas Tech offers graduate study opportunities that are affordable when compared to other institutions. Texas Tech is outstanding among the state’s universities for its reasonable costs and its ability to help many graduate students with some form of financial assistance. With the below-average cost of living in Lubbock, graduate education at Texas Tech is an exceptional investment value.
Graduate Program Tuition. A complete explanation of tuition and fees is available online at www.sbs.ttu.edu.
Residency Status Determination. For rules governing the determination of residency status as defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, see www.admissions.ttu.edu/residency-requirements.
Financial Assistance. Assistantships (teaching and research), scholarships, and fellowships are available to support graduate study. The Graduate School awards fellowships and scholarships on a competitive basis each year for new and continuing degree-seeking students (both full- and part-time). Deadlines are in the spring for awards for the upcoming fall and spring semesters. Online applications and detailed information are available online at www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/fellowships/fellowships-scholarships.php. The Graduate School also makes recruitment fellowships available to departments to aid them in attracting new graduate students to Texas Tech. Many departments offer teaching and/or research assistantships as well as some scholarships; inquiries about these opportunities should be directed to the specific department concerned.
The Graduate School of Texas Tech University aspires to have a diverse student body. Although all students are admitted to the university by the Dean of the Graduate School, applications for degree programs also must be evaluated by the department to which the student is applying.
Three general categories of criteria are used as part of a holistic process to evaluate all applicants for admission and competitive scholarships:
- Academic Records—All academic records may be considered. All materials submitted become property of Texas Tech University and will not be returned.
- Test Scores—The only test scores required for admission consideration by the Graduate School are English proficiency scores for international applicants. International applicants must submit proof of English proficiency as part of their application materials.
- Individual Applicant Materials—Profiles may include recommendations, research background, motivation, multilingual proficiency, undergraduate institution, presentations, portfolios, interviews, work experience, demonstrated commitment to a particular field of study, community involvement, family and socioeconomic background, and standardized test scores. Scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) should be no more than five (5) years old. Verbal, quantitative, and writing scores will be considered separately. In accordance with Texas Education Code §51.842, the applicant’s performance on a standardized test may not be used in the admissions or competitive scholarship process as the sole criterion for consideration of the applicant or as the primary criterion to end consideration of the applicant.
Official scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or, for programs in the Rawls College of Business and some other academic programs, the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) must be no more than five (5) years old. Each score is considered separately with percentile scores viewed by broad major. Students should check with the individual program to determine whether it requires the GRE or GMAT. In accordance with Texas Education Code §51.842, the applicant’s performance on a standardized test may not be used in the admissions or competitive scholarship process as the sole criterion for consideration of the applicant or as the primary criterion to end consideration of the applicant. Information about the GRE may be obtained from the Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000. All test scores are received by the Office of Graduate and International Admissions, not the department. The institution code for Texas Tech is 6827.
GRE — 866.473.4373 (U.S., U.S. Territories and Canada), 609.771.7670 (all other locations), www.gre.org.
Information about the GMAT may be obtained from Pearson VUE, P.O. Box 581907, Minneapolis, MN 55458-1907. All test scores are received by the Office of Graduate and International Admissions, not the department. The institution code for Texas Tech varies by program; see below.
GMAT— 800.717.4628, 952.681.3680, Fax 952.681.3681,
GFS-3F-17 Master’s in Accounting
GFS-3F-24 M.B.A., Flexible Part Time
GFS-3F-05 M.B.A., Full Time
GFS-3F-64 Ph.D. Program
GFS-3F-96 M.S. in Business Administration
GFS-3F-29 Other Programs
- Academic Common Market—Texas Tech participates in the Academic Common Market, an interstate agreement that provides reciprocal higher education opportunities to citizens of states declared as parties to the Southern Regional Education Compact. Graduate students who are from these states and are admitted into approved out-of-state programs qualify for resident tuition if the program of study is not offered in their home state.
Approved programs at Texas Tech University and the member states from which qualified students may gain resident tuition are as follows:
- Master of Architecture (Alabama, Kentucky)
- Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy—Wildlife, Aquatic, and Wildlands Science and Management (Arkansas, Louisiana)
- Doctor of Philosophy—Fine Arts (Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Virginia)
- Doctor of Philosophy—Family and Consumer Sciences Education (Kentucky)
- Doctor of Philosophy—Land-Use Planning, Management, and Design (Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Virginia)
- Doctor of Philosophy—Marriage and Family Therapy (Kentucky)
- Doctor of Philosophy—Technical Communication and Rhetoric (Tennessee)
Two steps are necessary to qualify for these programs: (1) Applicants must be accepted into a program for which an interstate agreement has been arranged, and (2) applicants must submit to Student Business Services proof of legal residency in a member state by providing documentation from the qualifying state’s Coordinating Board or Board of Regents.
A list of state coordinators is available from the Southern Regional Education Board, 1340 Spring Street, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30309. For information about the ACM program in Texas, contact the Program Development Division of Senior Colleges and Universities, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Box 12788, Capitol Station, TX 78711.
For information about services for students with disabilities, contact Student Disability Services, 335 West Hall or Box 45007, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409-5007, 806.742.2405.
Acts of Dishonesty. All prospective graduate students applying to Texas Tech University are expected to adhere to the university’s Statement of Academic Integrity. This includes entering all post-secondary institutions attended on your application for admission as well as submitting official academic credentials from all post-secondary institutions attended. Not providing that information on your application or not submitting all academic credentials is considered falsification of academic records and will result in the voiding of your application or to other disciplinary action.
Domestic and Permanent Resident Student Admissions
Admission to any graduate degree program is granted by the Dean of the Graduate School upon the recommendation of the department of proposed study. Domestic applicants are U.S. citizens and immigrant permanent residents; all others, including undocumented immigrants, are considered international applicants. At present, application items must be submitted via email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following procedures should be followed in order for domestic applicants to be considered for admission to a graduate program at Texas Tech University. Applications will not be evaluated until all admission requirements have been met. All materials become the property of Texas Tech University and are not returnable or refundable. A completed domestic Graduate School application consists of the following:
- Application—Applications should be submitted at least three months prior to date of intended enrollment. Preferred deadlines for priority processing are June 1 for fall, September 1 for spring, and March 1 for summer. Initial applications should be submitted via ApplyTexas (www.ApplyTexas.org). All institutions (including name and location) attended must be included on the application. Falsification of application information will void admission to Texas Tech University. Subsequent applications should be made by submitting the Graduate Application Change Form available on the Graduate School website (www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool).
- Nonrefundable Application Fee—An application fee as approved by the Board of Regents is required for the initial application and also for any subsequent application; the current application fees are available on the website www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool. Acceptable methods of payment are credit card, money order, cashier’s check and traveler’s check; do not send cash. The application fee may be paid either through the ApplyTexas application (www.ApplyTexas.org) or on the Graduate School website if using the paper application. Texas Tech University System employees who are employed at least half-time, their spouses, and dependents under age 25 are exempt from this fee. The faculty/staff fee waiver form may be obtained from the Office of Graduate Admissions. McNair Scholars and GEM (National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering) Scholars will receive an application fee waiver by submitting documentation from either the McNair Scholar coordinator at their current/former institution or by supplying proof of their GEM Fellowship.
- Post-Secondary Academic Transcripts
- The applicant must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution in the United States or its equivalent from a foreign institution with substantially similar degree requirements as Texas Tech University; foreign institutions must be recognized by their government/government ministry or department to award undergraduate and/or post-graduate degrees.
- The applicant must submit a transcript from each college or university attended, including any transcript for which no degree was awarded. This includes transcripts for schools at which the applicant received credit/grades for dual credit, extension, correspondence, and distance learning credit. Failure to list all institutions will be considered an intentional omission and may lead to forced withdrawal. Unofficial copies of transcripts are required for evaluation purposes. DO NOT SEND OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS FOR APPLICATION EVALUATION PURPOSES. Copies of all transcripts must be received before the application will be evaluated.
- Unofficial copies of transcripts are acceptable for evaluation purposes. However, copies of all transcripts must be received before the application will be evaluated.
- All degrees earned must appear on an official transcript.
- The applicant who, because of current enrollment, cannot provide final transcripts at the time of application must submit transcripts of all completed study. Consideration may then be given for tentative admission upon the condition that final transcripts are provided within the initial semester of enrollment at Texas Tech.
- The applicant must have been in good standing in all schools attended at final matriculation.
- If admitted, a student will be required to submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended by the 12th class day of the term to which the student is admitted.
- Resident Alien Card—Immigrant Permanent Residents must provide a copy of the front and back of their Resident Alien Card. Applicants with pending applications for permanent residency may submit alternative documentation; for a list of alternative documentation please email email@example.com.
- Proof of Citizenship for Foreign-Born U.S. Citizens Alien–Foreign-born U.S. citizens, including U.S. citizens born abroad and naturalized U.S. citizens, must submit proof of citizenship. The following documents can be submitted to meet this requirement:
- Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA, or Form FS-240)
- Certificate of Citizenship – naturalized citizens must submit a notarized copy of the Certificate of Citizenship form, available on the website www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool or in the Graduate School.
- Copies of the applicant’s Certificate of Citizenship issued by the United States Customs and Immigration Service at the time of naturalization cannot be sent in lieu of this notarized form; it is illegal for the USCIS-issued form to be photocopied.
- Birth certificate from the following American territories, commonwealths, and protectorates – U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Swains Island, the Panama Canal Zone before 1 October 1979, the Philippines before 4 July 1946, and the Northern Mariana Islands after 3 November 1986.
Citizens who cannot provide the documentation above should contact the Office of Graduate Admissions to find out what other documentation may suffice.
- Residency Questionnaire—A Residency Questionnaire is required of all Texas Tech University graduate applicants. The core residency questions are incorporated into the ApplyTexas application. However, the Residency Questionnaire is available through the Graduate School website for those applicants and current students who wish to be considered for residency reclassification. Applicants and current students wishing to be considered for residency reclassification MUST submit a residency questionnaire before the twelfth (12) class day of the semester for which they are seeking reclassification.
- Additional Requirements—Many programs will require additional materials such as recommendation letters, personal statements, GRE or GMAT scores, and/or writing samples. Please visit the Graduate School’s Graduate Program Directory to see what information is required for a program of interest. All application materials must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions rather than to individual departments.
Evaluating Applications. Application files will not be evaluated until all of the above requirements have been met. Applicants will be notified of admission decisions via Raiderlink. If admitted, students can print an official acceptance letter from Raiderlink. Some departments that operate with a limited number of spaces for students will make final decisions for the fall semester in early spring.
If an offer of admission is received, the applicant will be required to submit an official copy of each post-secondary academic transcript to the Office of Graduate Admissions. The official transcript will be compared to the document the applicant uploaded. Any alterations or omission of information on the transcript submitted to Texas Tech University could be grounds for cancellation of the application and/or the withdrawal of the offer of admission. If the program requires the GRE or GMAT scores, the applicant will also be required to submit official GRE/GMAT results.
Admission to a Second Graduate Degree Program. Permission to work toward a second graduate degree of the same level is granted only upon approval by the relevant department and review by the graduate dean. In addition, the applicant is subject to all requirements as a new student. While there is no guarantee that any work from the first degree may apply to the second, at least one full year (24 semester hours) must be taken specifically for the new degree program.
International Graduate Admissions
Texas Tech University has been fortunate to attract sizeable numbers of highly qualified and talented international students. Recognizing the difficulties involved in moving from their home countries and home schools to a new environment and new scholarly procedures and expectations, the Office of Graduate Admissions is committed to helping international students in this important transition.
All applicants who are not U.S. citizens or immigrant permanent residents are considered international applicants. International students must have a visa type which allows for academic study. Undocumented immigrants are eligible to apply for graduate admission consideration and must apply as international applicants. At present application items must be submitted via email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following procedures should be followed carefully in order for international students to be eligible for graduate admission consideration at Texas Tech University. Applications will not be evaluated until all admission requirements have been met. All materials submitted become the property of Texas Tech and are not returnable or refundable. January 15 is the application deadline for fall and summer semesters, and June 15 is the deadline for spring semester. International applicants may apply after the deadline. However, the Office of Graduate Admissions cannot guarantee that there will be sufficient time for late applications to be entered and reviewed by the Graduate School, for departments to review late applications, and for late applicants to make any necessary visa/travel arrangements if admitted. Late applications may be submitted on ApplyTexas until approximately one month before the start of the term.
- Application—Initial applications should be submitted via ApplyTexas (www.ApplyTexas.org). All institutions (including name and location) attended must be included on the application. Falsification of application information will void admission to Texas Tech University. Subsequent applications should be made by submitting the Graduate Application Change Form, which is available on the Graduate School website (www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool).
- Nonrefundable Application Fee—An application fee as approved by the Board of Regents is required for the initial application and also for any subsequent application; the current application fees are available on the website www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool. Acceptable methods of payment are credit card, money order, cashier’s check and traveler’s check; do not send cash. The application fee may be paid either through the ApplyTexas application (www.applytexas.org) or on the Graduate School website if using the paper application. Texas Tech University System employees who are employed at least half-time, their spouses, and dependents under age 25 are exempt from this fee. The faculty/staff fee waiver form may be obtained from the Office of Graduate Admissions. Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) Fellowship recipients will receive an application fee waiver upon confirmation of their fellowship in the VEF database. No other waiver or deferral of the application fee is available.
- Post-Secondary Academid Transcripts—The applicant must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or its equivalent from a foreign institution. Foreign institutions must be recognized by their government/governmental ministry as a degree-granting institution. The applicant must have been in good standing in all schools attended at final matriculation. Texas Tech University requires a degree that is equivalent to a U.S. undergraduate degree. Texas Tech University does not equate three-year bachelor’s degrees from any country to be equivalent to a comparable Texas Tech University-earned bachelor’s degree; holders of such bachelor’s degree are not eligible for graduate admission. A list of acceptable credentials for graduate admission is available on the website www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/forms/Acceptable%20Credentials.pdf. Unofficial copies of transcripts are required for evaluation purposes. DO NOT SEND OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS FOR APPLICATION EVALUATION PURPOSES. Copies of all transcripts must be received before the application will be evaluated.
An applicant must submit an official transcript from each college or university attended, including transcripts/marksheets for each semester. An applicant who, because of current enrollment, cannot provide final transcripts at the time of application must submit transcripts of all completed study. Consideration may then be given for tentative admission upon the condition that final transcripts are provided within the initial semester of enrollment at Texas Tech. Applicants must submit at least six (6) semesters of coursework to be eligible for admission consideration.
International applicants must also provide an official English translation of all transcripts/marksheets if the documents are not provided in English. The Office of Graduate Admissions will not accept a public notary certification. If official English translations are not supplied by the applicant’s institution(s), the applicant must provide a translation done by an American Translators Association-certified translator. A list of ATA-certified translators is available online at www.atanet.org/onlinedirectories.
The applicant must have been in good standing in all schools attended at final matriculation.
If admitted, the applicant will be required to submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended by the twelfth class day of the term to which the applicant is admitted.
- Official Diploma/Degree Certificates—The applicant is required to submit an original or certified photocopy of the degree certificate, diploma, or official statement that the degree has been granted. Provisional certificates are not considered to be diplomas. International applicants must also provide an official English translation of all diplomas/degree certificates if the documents are not provided in English. The Office of Graduate Admissions will not accept a public notary certification or translation. If official English translations are not supplied by the applicant’s institution(s), the applicant must provide a translation done by an American Translators Association-certified translator. A list of ATA-certified translators is available online at www.atanet.org/onlinedirectories. Diplomas are NOT required for application evaluation.
- Proof of English Proficiency—All international applicants must provide proof of English proficiency before their applications can be considered for admission. This test is waived only for graduates of regionally accredited U.S. universities or universities in English proficiency-exempt countries. Applicants who have completed at least two consecutive years at a college or university in the U.S. or in an English proficiency-exempt country are also exempted from the English proficiency requirements. Texas Tech University considers the following countries to have English as their native language: Australia, Canada (except the Province of Québec), Commonwealth Caribbean countries (Anguilla, Antigua, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos Islands), Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales), and the United States. Applicants may submit one of the following measures of English proficiency:
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language; www.toefl.org). The minimum TOEFL score required is 550 (paper-based version) or 79 (internet-based version). The TOEFL score must be received directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Texas Tech University’s institutional code is 6827. TOEFL scores are valid for two (2) years. Applicants may provide a copy of their Examinee Score Report for application evaluation purposes; screenshots of the TOEFL results from the ETS website are not acceptable.
- IELTS (International English Language Testing Service; www.ielts.org). The minimum IELTS required score is an overall band score of 6.5 on the Academic version; IELTS General Training results are not acceptable. There is no IELTS institution code for Texas Tech University. IELTS scores are valid for two (2) years.
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic; www.pearsonpte.com/pteacademic). The minimum required PTE Academic score is 60. PTE General and PTE Young Learners results are not acceptable. There is no PTE Academic institution code for Texas Tech University. PTE Academic scores are valid for two years.
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
(www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-qualifications/proficiency/). The minimum required Cambridge CPE grade is C. There is no institutional code for the Cambridge CPE. The Cambridge CPE is valid for life.
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English
(www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-qualifications/advanced/). The minimum required Cambridge CAE grade is B. There is no institutional code for the Cambridge CAE. The Cambridge CAE is valid for life.
- ELS Intensive English Program (www.els.edu). Texas Tech will accept completion of Level 112 of ELS’ English for Academic Purposes program. An official transcript and certificate of completion must be submitted.
Unofficial copies of the above measures of English proficiency may be submitted for application evaluation purposes only. Screenshots of scores from the MyETS, IELTS, PTE, or Cambridge English sites will not be accepted. If admitted, the applicant will be required to submit official results from the test provider.
- Additional Requirements—Many programs will require additional materials such as recommendation letters, personal statements, GRE or GMAT scores, and/or writing samples. Please visit the Graduate Program Directory to see what information is required for a program of interest. All application materials must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions rather than to individual departments.
- Copy of Biographical Page of Passport (OPTIONAL)—This page will be used only if an international applicant is admitted and an I-20 needs to be issued. This document is not necessary for application evaluation purposes.
- Proof of Financial Support (OPTIONAL)—If a student is admitted to a graduate program, the Office of Graduate Admissions will then determine if there is enough financial information to issue an I-20. If there is, the I-20 will be issued by the Office of Graduate Admissions (or by the Office of International Student and Scholar Services in some situations) and mailed to the student. If financial information is needed, it should be in the form of proof of liquid assets converted to U.S. currency. This statement should not be sent to the department. A statement of support from the sponsor must accompany the bank statement; an Affidavit of Financial Support is available on the Graduate School website (www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool). Students should check with the Office of Graduate Admissions about the current amounts needed on their financial support documents. These amounts include tuition, books, living expenses, mandatory international student insurance, etc. Amounts will vary depending upon the program to which the student is admitted and any financial assistance awarded by the department.
- Conditional Admission for English Proficiency — Prospective international students who meet the minimum academic requirements for admission consideration except for proof of English proficiency may apply for conditional admission through ELS University Admissions (www.els.edu/UniversityAdmissions). If an international graduate student is admitted conditionally, the student must complete Level 112 of ELS’ English for Academic Purposes program plus any additional departmental requirements before beginning an academic program at Texas Tech University. Please note that some programs will still require applicants to submit GRE or GMAT results, even if the applicant is applying for conditional admission for English proficiency.
Submitting Applications. Students should be certain to give their full names on the envelope return address. An application Document Cover Sheet is available on the Office of Graduate Admissions website. Correspondence should include the full name and date of birth.
Evaluating Applications. Applications will not be evaluated until all of the above requirements have been met. Applicants will be notified by the Office of Graduate Admissions via the Raiderlink portal when an admissions decision has been made.
If an offer of admission is received, the applicant will be required to submit an official copy of each post-secondary academic transcript to the Office of Graduate Admissions. The official transcript will be compared to the document the applicant uploaded. Any alterations or omission of information on the transcript submitted to Texas Tech University could be grounds for cancellation of the application and/or the withdrawal of the offer of admission. The applicant must also submit official proof of English proficiency, and the official scores must match the score copies submitted as part of the application. If a program requires the GRE or GMAT scores, the applicant will also be required to submit official GRE/GMAT results.
Deadlines. Deadlines for international applicants are as follows:
- January 15 for fall and summer semester
- June 15 for spring semester
International applicants may apply after the deadline. However, the Office of Graduate Admissions cannot guarantee that there will be sufficient time for late applications to be entered and reviewed by the Graduate School, for departments to review late applications, and for late applicants to make any necessary visa/travel arrangements if admitted. Late applications may be submitted on ApplyTexas until approximately one month before the start of the term.
Contact Department. Prospective students must also contact the department in which they are planning to study to obtain information regarding any special admission requirements (e.g., additional tests, applications, or letters of recommendation). To contact departments by phone, call Texas Tech directory assistance at 806.742.2011.
Admission to a Second Graduate Degree Program. Permission to work toward a second graduate degree of the same level is granted only upon approval by the relevant department and review by the graduate dean. In addition, the applicant is subject to all requirements as a new student. While there is no guarantee that any work from the first degree may apply to the second, at least one full year (24 semester hours) must be taken specifically for the new degree program.
Non-Degree Student Admission Procedures
Applicants seeking non-degree admission in any category must provide the same application requirements as those seeking admission to a degree program. Please see either Domestic/Permanent Resident Admission or International Admission requirements above. NOTE: International students may not be eligible to apply for non-degree status depending on their visa type. International applicants considering applying for non-degree status are strongly encouraged to email the Office of Graduate and International Admissions at email@example.com before submitting an application for a non-degree status. Admission to a non-degree program is not a guarantee of admission to a graduate degree program at a later date, nor does it guarantee that credits earned in a non-degree program will count toward a graduate degree.
- PGRD (Post Graduate)—The PGRD category is for students who have earned an undergraduate degree and desire to take only undergraduate courses, typically for leveling purposes. In this status, a student may register indefinitely as a non-degree graduate student but cannot be appointed to teaching assistantships or research assistantships, nor are they eligible to receive an undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University while registered as a PGRD student. Students in this category may not register for graduate courses. PGRD students are not eligible for financial aid. Admission decisions for PGRD applications are made by the Office of Graduate Admissions.
- GTMP (Graduate Temporary)—A student in this category is considered a temporary non-degree student and may enroll for no more than twelve (12) hours. All GTMP students should be aware that completion of courses as a GTMP does not ensure that the student will be accepted into a degree program, nor does it ensure that any courses taken while enrolled as a GTMP will be accepted for credit if the student is subsequently accepted into a degree program. GTMP students are not eligible for financial aid. Admission decisions for GTMP applications are made by the Office of Graduate Admissions.
- Teacher Certification, (CERT or FCSC)—A student who desires to earn teacher certification through the College of Education (CERT) or Family and Consumer Sciences teacher certification through the College of Human Sciences (FCSC) may apply for this type of non-degree status. Graduate courses may be taken, but if the student wishes to pursue a degree at a later time, only 12 graduate hours completed before admission to a degree program can be counted toward a degree. The student must also apply through the College of Education or the College of Human Sciences in addition to the Office of Graduate Admissions. CERT and FCSC students may be eligible for financial aid if they are concurrently enrolled in a graduate degree-seeking program.
- CPED (Continuing Professional Education Development)—The CPED status is designed to meet the needs of professionals such as engineers, certified public accountants, architects, social workers, teachers, and others who require continuing professional educational development. CPED students are not eligible for financial aid. Admission decisions for CPED applications are made by the Office of Graduate Admissions.
- GCRT (Graduate Certificate Program)—GCRT is intended to meet the supplemental educational needs of professionals. A graduate certificate program is comprised of a set of courses that provide a coherent knowledge base. These courses may be derived from more than one (1) academic program and may be more practice-oriented than the courses in a graduate academic program. Students applying for a graduate certificate program may not be required to submit GRE or GMAT scores (although some of the programs do require these scores). GCRT students may be eligible for financial aid if they are concurrently enrolled in a graduate degree-seeking program.
Graduate School Readmission/Deferment
Students who fail to register or who leave school during a spring or fall semester must submit the “Graduate Application Change Form” plus a non-refundable application change fee; the form and the current application change fee are both available on the website www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool. Automatic readmission is not guaranteed; departments will consider students on a case-by-case basis. The Office of Graduate Admissions will notify the applicant of the department’s decision via the Raiderlink portal.
International and domestic students who wish to defer admission to a semester for which they did not originally apply must submit the “Graduate Application Change Form” plus a non-refundable application change fee; the form and the current application change fee are both available at www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool. Deferral of admission is not guaranteed; departments will consider students on a case-by-case basis. The Office of Graduate Admissions will notify the student of the department’s decision via the Raiderlink portal.
Application Appeals. Texas Tech University graduate applicants have the right to appeal admissions decisions. The appeal must first be filed with the academic department responsible for the admissions decision; please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator for that department to find out in what format the appeal must be filed. The department will reconsider your application and inform you of their decision on your request for reconsideration. An unfavorable ruling at the department level may be appealed to the Graduate School in writing within thirty (30) days of the date on the correspondence that you received from the academic department’s decision on the initial appeal; email the Director of Graduate Admissions (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information on how to file such an appeal. Applicants can only appeal once, and decisions resulting from an appeal are final. Application fees are non-refundable regardless of the result of an appeal.
Students who have been granted admission to the Graduate School are expected to register for coursework whether or not they contemplate degree work. If students fail to register in the term for which admission is granted or if they have not maintained continuous enrollment once they have begun their graduate program, they will be required to reapply for admission. The details of registration are under the jurisdiction of the registrar’s office which furnishes each enrollee complete instructions for all steps in the procedure. Students should follow carefully such instructions and those found in this section of the catalog. Graduate students are permitted to register at any time beginning with the first day of advance registration. Advance registration usually begins in April for the fall semester and in November for the spring and summer semesters. Online registration is available to all admitted students. Instructions for web registration and add-drop can be found on Raiderlink (www.raiderlink.ttu.edu).
Departmental Approval of Courses. Students should have a schedule of courses approved by an official representative of their major department at the time of registration. It is the student’s responsibility to see that the registrar’s printout corresponds exactly to the courses for which the student has registered.
Enrollment of a graduate student in any course that carries graduate credit is automatically considered to be for graduate credit and affects relevant grade point averages accordingly.
Full-Time Study. Normal full-time enrollment varies between 9 and 13 hours for doctoral students and 9 and 16 hours for other graduate students in the regular semester. The minimum enrollment for full-time graduate status is 9 hours in the regular semester. Full-time enrollment in a summer term is 3 hours. Students on fellowships, assistantships, or other appointments designed for the support of graduate study must enroll for 9 hours in each regular semester and 3 hours in each summer term for which they have a fellowship, assistantship, or other appointment designed for the support of graduate study.
If a student is devoting full time to research, using university facilities and faculty time, the schedule should reflect at least 9 hours enrollment (3 in each summer term). Doctoral students who have completed coursework, passed qualifying exams, been admitted to candidacy, and accumulated at least 85 doctoral hours may register as full-time students for one semester, taking the number of hours (not less than 3) that will bring the total to 93 hours. Then they may register as full-time students for up to two more semesters of 3 hours each, thus constituting full enrollment for employment purposes only. (Two summer terms will count as one semester.) Such lower enrollment may affect financial aid status; students are encouraged to check with financial aid, scholarship, and loan officers before taking the 3-hour option.
The maximum allowable hours per semester is 13 for doctoral students, 16 for other graduate students, and 6 in a six-week summer term. Any exceptions to this rule must have the prior approval of the graduate dean.
Registration in an individual study, research, or similar course implies an expected level of effort on the part of the student comparable to that associated with an organized class with the same credit value. A syllabus for the individual study course should be on file with the department for any class taken (including independent study hours).
A doctoral student who is required to register solely for the purpose of satisfying a continuous enrollment requirement need not register for more than 1 credit hour during each term (as long as the student does not receive a fellowship, assistantship, or other appointments designed for the support of graduate study, and if the student is an off-campus student). However, a doctoral student who is involved in internship, research, or another type of academic study should register for credit hours in proportion to the teaching effort required of the program faculty.
Leave of Absence. Any student who fails to register during a fall or spring semester and who does not have an official leave of absence from study is subject to review for readmission by the standards in effect at the time of reconsideration. Official leave of absence, which is granted by the dean of the Graduate School upon departmental recommendation, may be requested only in case of serious medical conditions and other exceptional reasons. Normally, leaves of absence will not exceed one year. Leaves of absence do not extend the maximum time allowed for completion of the degree. Request for leaves of absence must be sent to and approved by the associate dean for student affairs and by the student’s faculty advisor prior to their leaving the university.
Continuous Enrollment. Students are required to register for appropriate courses in every semester or summer term in which they expect to receive assistance, use the facilities of the university, complete their comprehensive evaluation, take their preliminary or qualifying exams, or defend their thesis or dissertation. The number of hours for which students must enroll in each semester depends on their level of involvement in research and their use of university facilities and faculty time. Students in residence who are devoting full time to research should enroll for at least 9 hours. Students who are on an assistantship or who receive fellowships or scholarships through the Graduate School must register for 9 hours each semester and 3 hours for each semester in which they receive assistance. Students receiving financial assistance must register for the number of hours required by Financial Aid. For Financial Aid purposes, 9 hours of enrollment is considered full-time enrollment; 4 hours of enrollment is considered half-time enrollment. Approval of a leave of absence will not extend the allowed time for completion of the degree.
Students who have begun thesis or dissertation research must register for 6000 or 8000 courses, respectively, in each regular semester and at least once each summer until all degree requirements have been completed, unless granted an official leave of absence from the program for medical or other exceptional reasons. Students officially classified as off-campus students may register for 1 hour of 6000 or 8000 with departmental approval until their final semester, at which time they must enroll in at least 3 hours.
Registration for Thesis or Dissertation Hours. Registration for at least 6 hours of 6000 is required for the master’s thesis and at least 12 hours of 8000 for a doctoral dissertation. Once the project has begun, a student must be enrolled in such courses every semester and at least one term during the summer until completion. A student should enroll under the committee chairperson; however, in those instances in which other professors on the student’s committee are making substantial contribution to the student’s research, it is permissible for the student to enroll proportionally under those professors. Students certified as off-campus and without an assistantship or scholarship/fellowship may enroll for as little as 1 hour until their final semester, at which time 3 hours minimum are required.
Students may not enroll in thesis or dissertation courses before formal admission to a degree program by the graduate dean.
Registration in Session of Graduation. There are three official graduation dates: December, May, and August. Every candidate for a graduate degree must be registered for classes in the session of graduation. Doctoral students must register for at least 3 hours at the 8000 level and master’s students in a thesis option must be registered for at least 3 hours at the 6000 level. Master’s students in a thesis option who have completed the required 6 hours of thesis work and have defended the thesis may enroll in at least 3 hours at the 5000 level or 7000 hours (research hours). Master’s students in a non-thesis option must register for at least 1 hour of non-thesis graduate coursework. Failure to graduate at the expected time requires such additional registrations as may be necessary until graduation. Students must complete a new Application to Graduate for each semester.
Maximum Allowable Doctoral Hours. Students not making timely progress toward completion of the doctoral degree are subject to termination by the graduate dean. The Texas Legislature has capped fundable graduate study at 99 doctoral hours for most programs and may impose sanctions upon universities permitting registration for excess hours. Doctoral students with more than 99 doctoral hours will be required to pay out-of-state tuition, regardless of residence status. The maximum time allowed for completing the doctoral degree is eight years from the first doctoral semester or four years from admission to candidacy, whichever comes first. The graduate dean must approve exceptions or extensions in advance.
Maximum Allowable Graduate Hours. Students who are in programs other than doctoral programs and are not making timely progress toward completion of their degree are subject to termination by the graduate dean. Graduate students beyond the maximum allowable graduate hours as determined by the Texas Legislature may be required to pay out-of-state tuition, regardless of residence status. The maximum time allowed for completing a master’s degree is six years. The graduate dean must approve exceptions or extensions in advance.
Changes in Schedule and Withdrawal. Graduate students who wishes to add or drop a course past the deadline when student-initiated adds or drops are allowed as set by the Registrar must initiate such action with the graduate advisor for their academic program. A student who quits a course or courses without officially dropping the course or making a full withdrawal from the University is likely to receive an F in that course or courses.
Enrollment by Faculty and Staff. Full-time members of the faculty and staff of Texas Tech University may enroll for courses by permission of the department chairperson concerned. In registering for graduate work, they become subject to the regulations of the Graduate School. However, no member of the faculty who has held rank higher than instructor at Texas Tech is eligible to pursue a graduate degree program at this institution unless approved by the Dean of the Graduate School. An immediate supervisor of the faculty/staff member may not direct the student’s research nor permit the enrollment of the supervisee in his/her courses or other organized instructional activity.
Enrollment by Undergraduates. An undergraduate student who has earned 90 hours of course credit and who has at least a 3.0 GPA in their major subject courses may enroll for courses carrying graduate credit, subject to the approval and certification of an acceptable grade point average by the dean of the instructional college and the approval of the dean of the Graduate School. This approval must be obtained on special forms available from the Graduate School website prior to registration. No course taken without this approval may be counted for graduate credit. Students may not receive both graduate and undergraduate credit for the same course, except for up to 9 hours when a student is admitted into an approved combined/accelerated baccalaureate – master’s degree program.
The maximum amount of work that may be scheduled by an undergraduate taking courses for graduate credit is 16 hours in a long semester or 6 hours in a summer term, inclusive of both undergraduate and graduate work.
Continuation in Graduate School
Every student enrolled in the Graduate School, whether working toward a degree or not, is required to maintain a high level of performance and to comply fully with policies of the institution. The Graduate School reserves the right to place on probation or to suspend any post-baccalaureate or graduate student who does not maintain satisfactory academic standing or who fails to conform to the regulations of the university.
Students who are admitted to the Graduate School or to a degree program on condition of maintaining a required GPA are automatically admitted on a probational basis. Failure to fulfill the conditions stipulated at the time of admission will result in termination from the Graduate School.
Academic Probation and Suspension
Every student enrolled in the Graduate School, whether working toward a degree or not, is required to maintain a high level of performance and to comply fully with the policies of the institution. The Graduate School reserves the right to place on probation or to suspend any post-baccalaureate or graduate student who does not maintain satisfactory academic standing or who fails to conform to the regulations of the university.
Students who are admitted to a degree program on condition of maintaining a required GPA are automatically on academic notice. Failure to fulfill the conditions stipulated at the time of admissions will result in termination from the program.
Students whose cumulative graduate GPA falls below 3.0 are placed on academic probation and have two consecutive terms to raise their cumulative GPA to at least 3.0 to avoid academic suspension from the Graduate School. If their semester GPA drops below 3.0 during the two-semester period, students are subject to academic suspension from the Graduate School. If their cumulative graduate GPA remains less than 3.0 and their term GPA is greater than 3.0 in the next term, they are placed on continued probation. If the student’s overall GPA remains below 3.0 in the following term, they are placed on academic suspension, unless the final term of the two-semester period occurs during the summer. Graduate students are not suspended for academic standing during the summer terms. Students placed on academic suspension are required to remain out of the Graduate School for one term and must reapply to the Graduate School subject to the standards in place at the time of reapplication. Students wishing to reapply must submit the “Graduate Application Change Form” plus a non-refundable application change fee; the form and the current application change fee are both available on the website www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool. Automatic readmission is not guaranteed; departments will consider students on a case-by-case basis. Summer terms and/or trimester count as one term. In accordance with OP 64.07, any student who has been suspended must appeal to the Graduate School if reinstatement is desired. A graduate student who is placed on academic suspension twice will not be allowed to return to the Graduate School.
Students may be suspended for unprofessional conduct such as cheating or plagiarism. Any appeal of such action is subject to the provisions of the Code of Student Conduct. See the Student Handbook for further information.
The Graduate School, like other colleges and schools of Texas Tech, reserves the right to institute, after due notice and during the course of a student’s work toward a degree, any new ruling that may be necessary for the good of the university and therefore, ultimately, of its degree recipients. Normally a student may graduate under the provisions of the catalog in effect the semester of admission into the degree program.
Responsibility of Students. Each graduate student is expected to become thoroughly familiar with both departmental and Graduate School regulations and with the requirements for degrees.
To facilitate communications, graduate students should promptly notify the Graduate School of changes of address.
Graduate Advisors. The dean of the Graduate School is the general advisor for all graduate students, but, insofar as the particular courses are concerned, students are counseled by the chairpersons of their major and minor departments or by other professors designated for such counseling. Advisement in matters pertaining to teachers’ certificates is the responsibility of the director of teacher certification in the College of Education.
Extracurricular Activities. Graduate students may participate in extracurricular activities within university policies. They are encouraged to participate in honor societies for which they may be qualified.
Prerequisites for a Graduate Major. For a graduate major, an applicant must have completed, or must take, sufficient undergraduate work to ensure adequate background for successful graduate work in the proposed field. With approval of the department, the student may receive credit by examination for such leveling requirements. Any department may specify additional prerequisites if they are considered necessary and may require an applicant to pass an examination before being accepted.
Transfer Credit and Distance Courses. There is no automatic transfer of credit from another university toward a graduate degree at Texas Tech. In general, all such work is subject to review and approval by the student’s department and by the graduate dean. No work completed with a grade of less than B will be considered. Graduate credit will not be granted for courses taken by correspondence.
Grades. The grades used in the Graduate School are the same as those used in undergraduate work (A, B, C, D, and F), but graduate credit is allowed only for courses completed with grades of A, B, and C, although grades of D and F are used in computing grade point averages. Instructors may choose to add a plus or a minus to the grade. These will be entered on the transcript but will not be used in calculating the grade point average.
Departments have the option to use pass/fail grades (P and F) for individually arranged courses, professional seminars, and certain other courses. No more than one-fourth of a student’s program coursework may be graded pass/fail, however.
Work completed at another graduate school with a grade less than B will not be accepted unless approved by the dean, nor will grades of pass or satisfactory. Grades on transferred work will not raise the grade point average on courses completed at Texas Tech.
Symbols CR, NC, I, and W. The symbol CR (credit) or NC (no credit) should be assigned for every enrollment for a master’s thesis or doctor’s dissertation until the completed document has been approved by the student’s committee and accepted by the dean of the Graduate School. At that time a grade of A or B will be entered solely for the hours in which the student is enrolled in the final semester.
CR may be given by a professor when a student’s work in other individual research courses (7000 courses) is not finished but is satisfactorily in progress at the end of a semester. When the research is completed, a standard letter grade should be entered for the final semester. PR is not an appropriate grade for any graduate course.
The symbol I (incomplete) may be given by a professor when a student’s work in a course has not been completed at the end of a semester, when failure to complete the work has been due to causes beyond the student’s control, and when the progress at the point at which the Incomplete is requested has been satisfactory. It is not used as a substitute for F. When the grade of Incomplete is given, the instructor must file a form with the Graduate School specifying the reasons for the grade and the work remaining to be finished as well as the agreed upon requirements with the student to obtain a satisfactory grade and a timeline for completion. Beginning in the Spring 2015 term, any grade of Incomplete will revert to an F within one calendar year of the date the Incomplete is recorded.
Students may officially drop a course through the 45th class day of a long semester or the 15th class day of a summer term and receive the grade of W regardless of their progress in the class. After this time period, students must complete all courses and receive a grade.
Apply to Graduate. A student planning to graduate must file an “Apply to Graduate” online form (through Raiderlink) at the beginning of the semester of intended graduation. A list of deadlines, including the date for filing the “Apply to Graduate,” can be found on the Graduate School website (www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool). No candidate’s name will be considered for graduation unless this form has been received by the Graduate School by the specified deadline.
A candidate who does not meet the requirements to graduate at the expected time is required to file a new “Apply to Graduate” online form for any subsequent graduation and enroll in that semester.
Teacher Certification. Prospective students should understand that the material in this catalog applies only to requirements for graduate degrees and has no direct relation to certificates for public school teachers. The Graduate School gives no assurance that a program for a graduate degree and a program for a certificate will coincide. Students interested in teacher certificates should confer with the director of teacher certification in the appropriate program at the outset of their work.
The degree requirements set forth here are in addition to those stated in the “Enrollment” section of the Graduate School catalog text.
Prerequisites. Admission to a master’s degree program is dependent upon the applicant’s undergraduate record; scores on the Aptitude Test of the Graduate Record Examination or, for business applicants, the Graduate Management Admissions Test (except in programs in which either test has been waived); other relevant information; and the recommendation of the proposed major department.
A substantial body of undergraduate work in the major subject and considerable breadth of background are essential for graduate study. Therefore, students whose undergraduate programs are considered deficient in breadth or depth may be required to complete additional preparatory work without degree credit. Such undergraduate “leveling” courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. Some programs may require a grade better than a C.
Major Subject. Every program for a master’s degree not granted special exception must embody a major comprising at least 18 semester hours of graduate work, which may include a thesis in a 30- to 36-hour program.
Minor. Programs for a master’s degree may include courses outside the major area. Departments offering master’s programs may permit students to take all of their work for the degree within the department. A minor may be completed in a single department or in several departments, but the courses comprising the minor are subject to the following limitations: They must (1) carry graduate credit, (2) be acceptable to the student’s major department, and (3) be approved for the student by the department offering the course. This approval is indicated in the degree plan by the signature of the department chairperson (or graduate advisor). The purpose of this process is to make sure that a student is properly prepared for a course prior to enrollment.
Basic Plans for the Master’s Degree
There are two basic plans for master’s degree work:
- A minimum of 24 hours of graduate coursework plus 6 hours of thesis (6000). The courses for the master’s degree with a thesis should be approved by the research advisor and not the graduate advisor.
- A minimum of 30 hours of graduate coursework. Some degrees have a greater minimum hour requirement.
The option to offer thesis or non-thesis programs is a departmental decision. In addition, no more than 6 hours of individual study courses (aside from the thesis) will be permitted in the master’s program.
Filing the Official Degree Program. Immediately following the first semester of enrollment (or the completion of 9 hours), the student should submit to the Graduate School a “Program for the Master’s Degree and Application for Admission to Candidacy” as prepared by an official representative of the proposed major department and of other departments as indicated under “Minor” in the preceding section. Forms for the “Program for the Master’s Degree and Application for Admission to Candidacy” are available online at www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool.
When an approved program of study is filed with the Graduate School, students are expected to follow it as the basis of all subsequent enrollments. Substitution of courses can be made only on the written recommendation of the department or departments concerned and approval of the graduate dean.
Approval of a “Program for the Master’s Degree and Application for Admission to Candidacy” does not, however, constitute admission to candidacy for a master’s degree. It merely signifies that the proposed program will be acceptable if the student satisfies all Graduate School regulations and all of the requirements connected with the degree program.
Annual Review. The Graduate School strongly recommends that faculty of master’s programs conduct a formal review of the progress of their students at least once a year and submit this review to the Graduate School. Any student not making satisfactory progress toward the degree may be placed on probation and given conditions to stay in the program. Continued unsatisfactory progress in any area of graduate work will be cause for dismissal.
Transferred Work. There is no automatic transfer of credit toward a master’s degree, but, in general, work completed in residence at another accredited graduate school may, on the recommendation of the departments concerned, be accepted for as much as 6 semester hours toward a master’s degree. Exceptions to this rule are granted in the case of an agreement between the college or department concerned and the Graduate School. Work completed at another graduate school with a grade less than B will not be accepted. Transfer credit will not alter a student’s grade point average at Texas Tech.
Grade Requirement for Graduation. For the master’s degree, the minimum requirement for graduation is an average of 3.0 in the major subject and an overall average of 3.0 on all courses within their program for the Master’s degree, comprising the official program for the degree. Individual departments or colleges may have higher standards.
Admission to Candidacy. Every applicant for a master’s degree is required to make formal application for admission to candidacy for the master’s degree as soon as 9 to 12 semester hours of the master’s degree work, excluding leveling courses, have been completed. This application is submitted to the Graduate School on the form entitled “Program for the Master’s Degree and Application for Admission to Candidacy.”
Admission to candidacy will be granted at such time as all of the following requirements have been met:
- All conditions relating to admission to the program have been met.
- At least 9 semester hours of the graduate work required for the master’s degree have been completed (exclusive of transfer and extension courses).
- All required leveling work has been completed with C or better grades.
- An average grade of 3.0 or better has been maintained in all courses comprising the official program exclusive of leveling work.
- Proficiency in a foreign language or tool subject required for the particular degree has been acceptably demonstrated.
- The general field of the thesis has been stated and approved (for thesis student only).
- Work to date is acceptable to the departments concerned, as attested by their approval of the application for admission to candidacy.
- The entire program conforms with the general requirements of the Graduate School and the requirements of the particular degree.
Time Limit. With the exception of certain specially approved programs, work credited toward a master’s degree must be completed within six years. Students whose graduate study at Texas Tech is interrupted by active duty military service will be granted an extension of time for the period of their active duty.
Combined/Accelerated Baccalaureate–Master’s Programs. The Graduate School supports the development of combined/accelerated bachelors to master’s programs. Such programs provide an opportunity for highly-qualified students to earn both degrees in a cost-effective and timely manner. The programs are designed to ensure that students in these programs earn a high-quality master’s degree in pursuit of their educational and/or professional goals. The following guidelines set the minimum expectations for the combined/accelerated bachelor’s to master’s programs. Programs may set more stringent standards.
- There must be an application process to each program to identified highly-qualified candidates.
- The earliest a student may apply to a combined/accelerated program is the semester in which they will attain their 90th hour. Additionally, students from institutions with which TTU has articulation agreements must have, or be in the semester that they will attain, 30 hours at TTU.
- Once accepted by the respective program into the combined/accelerated bachelor’s to master’s program, the student must apply to the Graduate School for which all admission will be conditional.
- To obtain full standing in the Graduate School, students must meet the required hours for their respective baccalaureate degree and the program director must notify the Graduate School that the student has satisfied the program’s academic requirements.
- No undergraduate level course may be counted toward the master’s degree.
- Courses completed at the graduate-level prior to being accepted to the combined/accelerated bachelor’s to master’s programs may be counted toward the master’s degree.
- A student must have a minimum of 30 earned student credit hours at the graduate level, exclusive of hours that are counted toward the baccalaureate degree.
- A maximum of 9 hours of graduate-level courses can be used to meet the requirement of the bachelor’s degree.
- Course content in graduate coursework applied to the baccalaureate degree should be in conformity with the expectations of Comprehensive Standard 3.6.1 (Post-baccalaureate program rigor) of the Principles of Accreditation (graduate-level academic content is more advanced in relation to content and outcomes than the undergraduate classes substituted).
- Students must be offered the option to have their baccalaureate degree conferred at the time when they meet the respective baccalaureate program requirements; otherwise, their baccalaureate and master’s degrees will be conferred simultaneously upon completion of all baccalaureate- and master’s-degree requirements.
- The student must meet all requirements that are expected of a student in the respective master’s program.
All combined baccalaureate-master’s programs must be approved by Graduate Council and Academic Council.
Language, Tool Subject Requirements
Language Requirement. Many departments require a reading knowledge of one or more foreign languages, although it is not a school-wide requirement. When this requirement exists, see the appropriate departmental section in this catalog for further information. The essential purpose for a language requirement is to assure that the student gains access to scholarly literature of his or her field in more than one language. Foreign students may use their native language (if it is not English) to meet this requirement if this essential purpose is served thereby and their major department approves. Foreign students must provide official documentation of acceptable grades in languages taken abroad or be tested as described below.
To qualify for Admission to Candidacy in a program that requires knowledge of a foreign language, the applicant must demonstrate proficiency in one of the following ways (as specified by the department) not more than seven years prior to submission of an official program of study: (1) passing with a C- or better the second course of the sophomore sequence of the required language; (2) passing with a B- or better the second half of one of the special 6-hour programs for graduate students offered in French, German, and Spanish; (3) passing a standardized examination in French, German, Spanish, or Latin given in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures or one of the examinations in French, German, or Spanish furnished by the Educational Testing Service and administered by the university’s Testing Center. Arrangements for these examinations should be made in the applicable unit. The Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures will administer the examinations in any other foreign language in which instruction is offered by the department. Arrangements for testing for other foreign languages will be approved by the graduate dean.
Students majoring or minoring in foreign languages in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures are subject to higher performance levels in satisfying the master’s requirement. Students should consult the graduate advisor of the appropriate language for guidelines.
Tool Subject Requirement. Some departments require a tool subject in lieu of or in addition to the language requirement. When this requirement exists, further information can be found in the appropriate departmental section within this catalog. When this provision can be satisfied by a formal course(s), a grade of B or better is required either in a single course or in the last of a sequence of such courses.
The master’s thesis should represent independent work by the student, be conducted under the supervision of an advisory committee, and be written clearly and concisely in standard English (or another language when appropriate). As soon as the student’s area for thesis research has been determined, the graduate dean will appoint an advisory committee upon recommendation of the major department. The committee must consist of at least two members of the graduate faculty, including one from the department granting the degree. All members of the committee must sign the Thesis/Dissertation Approval Form obtained by the student from the thesis/dissertation web page. Authentic electronic signatures are acceptable. The completed Thesis/Disseration Approval Form must be submitted to the Graduate School electronically via the Enrollment Services SharePoint system. The student must earn a grade of B or better on thesis work to qualify for graduation.
A manual entitled Texas Tech University Graduate School Formatting Guidelines (Revised June, 2013) is available at the Graduate School website (www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool). All manuscripts must conform to the Graduate Schools formatting guidelines. The final copy of the thesis must be submitted electronically in PDF file format as an Electronic Thesis/Dissertation (ETD) to the University Library’s server. Deadlines and more information on this process are available through the Graduate School website. Paper copies may be required by the academic unit in which the student pursues the degree.
During the semester of graduation, the candidate will pay Student Business Services a Thesis/Dissertation Fee to cover the cost of electronically storing the official copy (ETD) of the thesis. This fee is paid only once. The Thesis/Dissertation Fee is posted to students’ accounts by the Graduate School after Apply to Graduate forms have been processed for the graduating semester. Payment due dates are listed under the current semester’s deadlines at www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool.
Final Comprehensive Evaluation
The Graduate School requires a final comprehensive evaluation for all students in each master’s program. The comprehensive evaluation is most often administered in the semester of intended graduation. This should be in a format most appropriate to the major field. At departmental discretion, the evaluation format may differ for thesis and nonthesis or professional and predoctoral students. The final evaluation should require a synthesis and application of knowledge acquired during the course of study and research leading to the master’s degree.
A student is eligible to undergo evaluation only after having been admitted to candidacy by the graduate dean. As soon as possible after the evaluation, a report of the outcome should be sent electronically to the graduate dean via the Enrollment Services SharePoint site. A student who does not receive a satisfactory evaluation may be assessed once again after an interval of at least four months. At the discretion of the program concerned, a student who receives a satisfactory evaluation but who does not graduate within 12 months may be required to repeat the assessment. Appeals for comprehensive evaluation decisions are covered under Operating Policy 64.07.
The degree requirements set forth here are in addition to those stated in the “Enrollment” section of the Graduate School catalog text.
Admission to Doctoral Study. Admission to doctoral study is restricted to applicants whose backgrounds show definite promise of success on this, the highest level of academic endeavor. Each doctoral department has its own requirements that applicants must satisfy for admission. It is essential that the student communicate with departmental advisors on this matter.
Years of Study. A minimum of three years of graduate study beyond the bachelor’s degree is required for the doctorate. Work completed for the master’s degree, other than thesis hours (6000-level courses), may be considered as a part of this period if it forms a logical sequence in the entire program. Credit ordinarily will not be given for work completed more than seven years prior to admission to the doctoral program at Texas Tech University. Exceptions to this policy will require written justification through the student’s department and approval by the graduate dean.
Work completed in the doctoral program of another recognized, accredited graduate school will be considered on the recommendation of the departments concerned, but no assurance can be given that such work will reduce the course or residence requirements here. In no case can transferred credit reduce the minimum residence (see “Residence Requirement”)
Doctoral study cannot be calculated solely in terms of credit hours, but the program for the doctorate requires completion of at least 60 or more semester hours of work beyond the bachelor’s degree, exclusive of credit for the dissertation. In addition, no more than 6 hours of individual study courses [aside from research (7000) or dissertation (8000) hours] ordinarily will be permitted in the doctoral program. Prior approval by the dean is required for any exceptions.
Grade Requirement. For the doctoral degree, the minimum requirement for graduation is a grade point average of 3.0 in the major subject, exclusive of credits for the doctoral dissertation, and a grade point average of 3.0 in all other courses in their program taken for graduate credit outside the major. Individual departments and colleges may have higher standards than this minimum, university-wide requirement.
Major and Minor. The doctorate requires at least 60 semester hours of graduate work beyond the bachelor’s degree, exclusive of the dissertation. The Graduate School does not require a formal minor. However, the student may pursue a minor or one may be required by the student’s advisory committee or by the program faculty in which the major is taken. If a minor is taken, it must include at least 15 graduate hours in a program outside the student’s major. The minor will be declared in the student’s “Program for the Doctoral Degree” (see “Filing a Doctoral Degree Plan”). If a minor is taken, the major requires a minimum of 45 semester hours.
If a formal minor is declared, it must be represented on the student’s doctoral committee (see “Advisory Committee”) and must be covered on the qualifying examination (see “Qualifying Examination”). Programs at variance with this description may be approved in exceptional circumstances. The advisory committee and the program faculty must approve such proposed exceptions before they are submitted to the Graduate School for consideration.
Residence Requirement. The purpose of residence in a doctoral program is to ensure the intellectual immersion of students in a research and learning environment with faculty, peers, and staff. This intellectual immersion can take place in forms other than those of a full-time student on campus. Recognizing that there are several ways to acquire the benefits of residence, programs are allowed to set the residence requirements that best fits their particular program. Students are expected to consult their departments about specific residence requirements for their degree.
If a doctoral program does not specify a residence requirement, then the residence requirement for that program is fulfilled by the completion of a full schedule (at least 12 semester hours) of graduate coursework in two consecutive terms. Students holding half-time assistantships may satisfy the requirement by taking at least 9 hours of coursework in each of the two long terms and 6 hours in the summer. Other patterns require approval of the graduate dean.
The plan for fulfilling the residence requirement must be indicated on the doctoral program form (Program for the Doctoral Degree) submitted to and approved by the Graduate School in the first year of doctoral study. (For any program variations in this requirement, see the college or department sections in this catalog.)
Filing a Doctoral Degree Plan. Early in a student’s doctoral studies a formal evaluation will be made of his or her background preparation in the major field. This evaluation may vary according to the academic unit involved; in some cases it may consist of a formal written or oral exam, in others, a review meeting with a committee or graduate advisor, in still another, the successful passing of a key course or courses. On the basis of this evaluation, whatever form it takes, the student’s course of study will be projected and submitted to the Graduate School on the appropriate form. This evaluation will occur during the student’s first year of doctoral study and the “Program for the Doctoral Degree” will be submitted to the Graduate School electronically via the Enrollment Services SharePoint site before the second year of work has begun. Revisions of the plan are permitted as needed.
Transfer of Coursework. There is no automatic transfer of credit toward the doctorate degree. On the recommendation of the department or program, the graduate school will review transfer courses for acceptance. Transfer credit will not alter the grade point average at Texas Tech University, although grades from transfer courses will appear on Texas Tech University’s transcripts. Doctoral students may take approved courses at another approved institution and transfer up to 12 semester credit hours into their degree program. No more than 30 semester credit hours in total may be transferred to the doctoral degree.
Advisory Committee. As soon as the course of study for an applicant has been determined, an advisory committee of at least three members of the graduate faculty (including the minor area, if a minor is declared) will be appointed by the graduate dean on the recommendation of the advisor concerned. This committee will meet as often as necessary with the applicant and will direct his or her work at all stages. Either the chair or the co-chair of a student’s committee must be graduate faculty and be a member of the department or program faculty from which the student will receive the doctorate.
Annual Review. The Graduate School requires faculty in each doctoral program to conduct a formal review of their students’ progress at least once each year. Any student not making satisfactory progress may be placed on probation and given conditions to meet to stay in the program. Continued unsatisfactory progress in any area of a student’s work will be cause for dismissal by the dean of the Graduate School.
Time Limit. All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed within a period of eight consecutive calendar years or four years from admission to candidacy, whichever comes first. Graduate credit for coursework taken at Texas Tech more than eight calendar years old at the time of the final oral examination may not be used to satisfy degree requirements. Absent an extension, the student may be permitted to retake the qualifying examination, and, upon passing that examination, be readmitted to candidacy by the Graduate Council for some period of time not to exceed four years.
Final corrected electronic copies of the dissertation must be received in the Graduate School no later than one year after the final examination or within the eight-year or four-year time limit, whichever occurs first. Failure to complete this step will result in the degree not being awarded.
Admission to Candidacy. Authority for admitting an applicant to candidacy for a doctor’s degree is vested in the Graduate Council. Upon receipt of a recommendation from the student’s advisory committee, the graduate dean will submit it to the Graduate Council for approval. By written communication, the graduate dean will transmit the results of the council’s action to the applicant, to the chairperson of the advisory committee, and to the chairperson of the department concerned. A student must be admitted to candidacy for the doctorate at least four months prior to the proposed graduation date.
Language, Tool Subject Requirements
Doctor of Philosophy. Each department offering a doctoral program determines its language requirements, subject to the approval of the Graduate Council. Language requirements, if any, are described in the sections of this catalog devoted to instructional departments.
Some departments require a tool subject in lieu of or in addition to the language requirement. When this requirement exists, see the appropriate departmental section in this catalog for further information. If this provision is satisfied by formal courses, a grade of B or better is required either in a single course or in the last of a sequence of such courses passed not more than seven years prior to the student’s approval for doctoral work.
Doctor of Education. To qualify for admission to candidacy, applicants for the Ed.D. degree are required to show competency in educational research methods and educational statistics as well as a foreign language if their research requires such competency.
Qualifying Examination, Final Examination
Qualifying Examination. The Qualifying Examination for Admission to Candidacy for the doctor’s degree is one of the major features of the doctoral program and will be administered in both the major and minor areas of study (if a formal minor has been declared). The examination requires a synthesis and application of knowledge acquired during the course of study for the doctoral degree; consequently, satisfactory performance in coursework does not necessarily guarantee successful performance on the qualifying examination. A student is eligible to stand for this examination after receiving approval of the doctoral degree plan from the dean of the Graduate School, completing all language and tool requirements, and completing most of the coursework prescribed by the approved plan. Students must take this examination within one calendar year of completing all requirements listed on the degree plan. Failure to do so will be cause for dismissal from the program.
The qualifying examination normally is prepared and administered by the candidate’s advisory committee and any other professors the committee or the graduate dean may consider necessary. In some instances the department or college may administer the examination. The major portion of the examination is ordinarily a written exam requiring at least six hours. It usually also includes an oral examination under the supervision of the committee and any other professors who may be invited to participate.
Satisfactory Examination. If the qualifying examination is considered satisfactory and the requirements in languages (including English) and/or tool subjects have been met, the chairperson of the advisory committee will send electronically to the graduate dean via the Enrollment Services SharePoint site, for consideration by the Graduate Council, a formal written recommendation that the applicant be admitted to candidacy for the doctor’s degree. The letter also will state the date of the examinations and whether the student passed both the major and minor portions (if an official minor is involved). This recommendation will be forwarded as soon as all the above requirements have been met.
Unsatisfactory Examination. If the qualifying examination is not satisfactory, the chairperson of the advisory committee will relay this information electronically via the Enrollment Services SharePoint site to the graduate dean. An applicant who does not pass the qualifying examination may be permitted to repeat it once after a time lapse of at least four months and not more than 12 months from the date of the unsatisfactory examination. Failure to pass the qualifying examination within the specified time will result in dismissal from the program irrespective of performance in other aspects of doctoral study.
Final Examination. A final public oral examination, usually over the general field of the dissertation, is required of every candidate for the doctorate and must be held when school is in session and faculty are on duty. The oral examination must be scheduled by the student and the advisory committee after the committee has read the completed dissertation and prior to the defense deadline during the semester of graduation. Students should present their dissertation to all committee members at least three weeks before the defense date. In addition, the Graduate School requires three weeks notification prior to the oral examination. Students and their chair must recommend a graduate faculty member to serve as the graduate dean’s representative during the final examination or defense. The graduate dean’s representative must be a member of the graduate faculty who does not have an appointment in the student’s department; this representative’s appointment may be in the student’s college. A copy of the dissertation should also be sent to the graduate dean’s representative three weeks prior to the defense for review. The required Defense Notification Form noting the time, place, and other information concerning the examination is available at www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool and should be submitted to the Graduate School electronically via the Enrollment Services SharePoint site three weeks before the defense date. The graduate dean’s representative’s name must be included on the Defense Notification Form; acceptance of the Defense Notification Form by the Graduate School constitutes acceptance of the recommended dean’s representative. The student and/or committee chair is responsible for communicating directly with the dean’s representative to coordinate all details pertaining to the defense.
The advisory committee and the graduate dean or a member of the graduate faculty designated to act in place of the graduate dean conduct the examination. All members of the committee participate fully in the examination and cast a vote. Professors other than members of the committee, including the graduate dean’s representative, may participate in the examination but have no vote in determining the outcome. At the conclusion of the examination, the chairperson of the advisory committee will notify the Graduate School electronically via SharePoint giving the result of the examination.
Except for the Doctor of Musical Arts, a dissertation is required of every candidate for a doctoral degree. This requirement is separate and apart from other requirements in doctoral programs; consequently, successful performance in other areas does not necessarily guarantee acceptance of a dissertation. The dissertation work must earn a grade of at least B to qualify the student for graduation. The Graduate School strongly recommends that each student be required to present and defend a dissertation proposal before his or her committee early in the course of the research.
The advisory committee and the graduate dean must approve the subject of the dissertation at least four months before the candidate’s proposed date of graduation; often this takes the form of a successfully defended dissertation proposal although other methods of approving the subject may be considered. The dissertation must demonstrate a mastery of the techniques of research, a thorough understanding of the subject matter and its background, and a high degree of skill in organizing and presenting the materials. The dissertation should embody a significant contribution of new information to a subject or a substantial reevaluation of existing knowledge presented in a scholarly style. The work on the dissertation is constantly under the supervision of the advisory committee and any other professors the committee or the graduate dean may consider necessary.
All manuscripts must conform to policies and formatting instructions published at: www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool. The final copy of the dissertation must be submitted electronically in PDF file format as an ETD to the University Library’s server. Deadlines and more information on this process are available through the Graduate School website. Paper copies may be required by the academic unit in which the student pursues the degree; no paper copies are to be sent to the Graduate School. All copies of a dissertation must be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 350 words.
Thesis/Dissertation Fee. During the semester of graduation, the candidate will pay Student Business Services a Thesis/Dissertation Fee to cover the cost of electronically storing the official copy (ETD) of the dissertation. This fee is paid only once. The Thesis/Dissertation Fee is posted to students’ accounts by the Graduate School after Apply to Graduate intents have been processed for the graduating semester. Payment due dates are listed under the current semester’s deadlines at www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool.
Graduate Programs by College
In addition to this list of graduate degrees, many departments offer specializations or concentrations in a variety of subject areas.