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Graduate Program - How to Apply

Applying for a graduate degree in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communications is a two-part process.

Part 1: Graduate School Application

The first is an application to the Graduate School. You can find these steps at their web site: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/admissions/how.php. You will begin with completing the online application: ApplyTexas Application. A $50.00 non-refundable application fee is required of all U.S. citizens and permanent residents seeking admission to the Graduate School for the first time. Once this fee is paid, it is not required when reapplying. Non-U.S. students must pay a $60.00 non-refundable application processing fee. The Graduate School will also require an official copy of all your transcripts.

For International Students Only: Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. Minimum score required is 550 on the paper and pencil test or 213 on the computer-based test. Information about the TOEFL exam can be obtained from the Educational Testing Service, PO Box 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000, (609) 771-7670, http://www.ets.org/toefl/.

If you have any questions regarding Part 1 of the application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions, Texas Tech University Graduate School, PO Box 41030, Lubbock, TX 79409-1030, call 806.742.2781 or email: gradschool@ttu.edu

Part 2: Departmental Application

The second part is our departmental application (Word or PDF). Each applicant must complete the Departmentís application form and submit a brief letter explaining his or her interest in the graduate degree, a current resume, and three letters of references from individuals outside the Department. All applicants will also need to complete the GRE exam as part of the application. ETS.org has a GRE exam link to help you find a testing time and location nearest to you (http://etsis4.ets.org/tcenter/tcenter.jsp).

Application Deadlines

The department has established application deadlines to ensure that applications are processed in a timely manner that allows the accepted applicant to begin their graduate studies in an efficient and timely manner. Complete applications received by the deadline published below will be reviewed by the Department’s graduate faculty at the next meeting following the deadline.

The difference between the two deadlines each semester is whether you want to be considered for an assistantship position in the department. While this deadline does not guarantee an assistantship position, it will ensure that all applicants desiring a position will be known to the department and will be able to receive full consideration.

Those who miss the published deadlines may still be admitted by the Graduate School as a temporary graduate student (GTMP status). While this will allow the applicant to take up to 9 credit hours, the applicant will not be considered part of a degree program until the application has been fully completed and successfully reviewed by the faculty for admission.

Starting Semester Wanting Assistantship Admission Only
Fall March 1st August 1st
Spring October 1st December 1st
Summer March 1st May 1st

The Admission Decision

When you have completed both parts of the application process, the Department’s faculty will review all of the submitted materials to determine your admission to the graduate program – from your personal interest, resume and letters of reference to your GPA and GRE scores before a decision is made on your admission. Our goal in the decision making process is to make sure that our program can provide you with the type of experiences that will meet your personal and career goals. While we do not have minimum scores or experiences required for admission, we reserve the right to limit admissions due to the number of spaces available and/or available departmental resources.

For additional information, contact Dr. David Doerfert, Graduate Studies Coordinator, Department of Agricultural Education & Communications, Texas Tech University, Box 42131, Lubbock, TX 79409-2131, (806) 742-2816.