Texas Tech University

FAQ's

About Distance Learning

What is the tuition rate per course?

  • Tuition prices may vary slightly depending on the semester for which you enroll and the department offering the course you have enrolled in; tuition and fees are subject to change without notification. More specific information about tuition and fees can be found on the TTU Student Business Services Web site: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/studentbusinessservices/feeInfo/tuition-estimator.php 

As a distance student, am I eligible for financial aid?

  • Distance students have the same opportunities to apply for financial aid as on-campus students do; each situation is considered on a case-by-case basis. For more information about financial aid, please refer to the Financial Aid Office's website or call an advisor at (806) 742-3681. An advisor will work with you individually to address your specific needs and concerns.

    TTU Scholarship Office: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/scholarships/

    TTU Financial Aid Office: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/financialaid/

How many hours per week can I expect to spend on a course?

  • Most students enrolled in one three-hour graduate course should expect to spend a minimum of 12 hours per week reading course materials, watching lectures via the internet, participating in class activities, and preparing course projects. There are no minimum or maximum time requirements for the course, so each student will have to determine how much time he or she needs to spend on the course in order to not only meet the course requirements but also understand the material being presented and discussed.

Will I have access to the Texas Tech University library system?

  • Yes, the Texas Tech University Library provides services and library materials to students who enroll in off-campus TTU courses. The Library's goal is to help resolve the problems faced by students who are at a distance from the campus and its information resources. The library offers a toll-free reference service: (888) 270-3369, available during normal operating  hours, and also has a science and engineering librarian who can provide assistance as well.

    TTU Library: http://library.ttu.edu/

Will I have to apply to the Texas Tech Graduate School?

  • The Master of Engineering program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and approved for presentation at a distance by the Higher Education Coordinating Board of Texas. Although students in the distance learning program do not have to actually set foot on campus, they do have to apply to the Texas Tech University Graduate School, which will involve completing an application, sending transcripts, and taking the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

    TTU Graduate Admissions: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/admissions/ProspectiveStudents.php

Also, students can take courses as non-degree students under one of these two following categories:

  • GTMP - A student in this category is considered a temporary nondegree student and may enroll for only 12 credit hours while getting credentials in order to be admitted to a degree program. After this time, the student must be admitted and enrolled in a degree program.
  • CPED - This category is designed to meet the needs of professionals in fields that require continuing professional development. In addition to applying to Graduate Admissions, students must request permission for this nondegree status from the graduate advisor of the faculty administering the program in their department.

    More information for non-degree seeking students can be found on TTU Graduate Admissions site: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/academic/nondegree.php

Will I have to take the GRE and what score will I have to have?

  • Yes, the submission of GRE scores is a requirement for graduate programs. The recommened process is to submit your application, transcript, and GRE scores at the same time. The admission process is considered holistically, and thus there is no minimum score for the GRE. The average GRE score of graduate students in engineering programs at Texas Tech University is around an 1170 on the math and verbal sections combined.

Check with your Advisor before applying:

  • Please check with the advisor of the program that you are interested in to verify all the required test scores or other materials needed for admission. The recommended process is to submit your application, transcripts and GRE scores at the same time. For distance learning students, your completed application packet date is more important than just the application date.  If your application has been deferred to the department and your GRE scores have not been received then your application maybe denied because it is incomplete.
  • Please see our Masters Degrees page for the names and contact information of the program advisors. See the Graduate School website for more information about taking the GRE

Can I drop a course or courses once I have registered?

  • Yes. You should be aware that you may drop a course through the 12th class day and receive a full refund of tuition and fees. After the 12th class day, students taking more than one course will not be eligible to receive any of the tuition and fees back for individual courses they choose to drop.
  • Students wishing to drop all of the courses for which they are enrolled will withdraw from the university. Depending on the time that you drop the course, you may be eligible to receive a refund of some of your tuition and fees according to the following schedule:
  • For  specific withdrawal dates for the current semester, please see the Office of the Registrar website and click on the Withdrawal Information link. If you have questions about your payments or wish to discuss extenuating circumstances, please contact Student Business Services at (806)742-3272.

Who do I contact if I have problems or questions?

  • Before you register and while you are taking courses, if you have any questions or problems, please contact Distance Learning Staff first so that we can assist you. If we cannot help you specifically, we will direct you to the person or entity on campus that can.

Distance Learning Program

How many courses can I sign up for during a single semester?

  • Most students who enroll in the Distance Learning program are practicing engineers who are balancing career and family responsibilities, a typical course load is one course per semester. However; if you choose, you are free to take more than one course per semester. In order take more than the usual course load you will need permission from your Advisor.

Will I have to be online at specific times or can I work at any times that are convenient for me?

  • Participation in the course is asynchronous, which means that both on-campus and distance students can work with course materials at the times that are convenient for them. You will meet the same project and exam deadlines as the on-campus students, so you will want to schedule your time so that you will not rush those deadlines. Your participation in the class will not interfere with your work schedule or any of your personal commitments because you can choose the times that are most convenient for you.

How much of the program is interactive in nature?

  • Class activities, discussions, and materials are presented interactively in multimedia Internet environments. Course lectures are recorded in state-of-the-art multimedia classrooms and streamed directly onto the Internet. Students can access the live stream and participate in the course in real time, or watch the lecture videos on the course website at their convenience.

Are there time limits on the completion of the courses?

  • Courses in the distance learning program follow Texas Tech University's academic calendar and mirror course offerings available on-campus. Distance students are expected to complete the course requirements within the semester period, meeting each of the instructor's project and exam deadlines. If unforeseen circumstances arise that will hinder your completion of the course, you should contact your instructor immediately to discuss your options.

How will I take exams?

There are three methods by which professors give exams. The method(s) used in specific courses depend upon the professor's preference as well as objectives of the course. Exams are given in the following ways:

  • Limited time, limited materials: as known as a proctored exam. Typically students use proctors at their local library, public school, University Testing Centers, Community College testing centers, Sylvan Testing Centers or in the Human Resource department at their places of employment.
  • Limited time, unlimited materials: For this scenario, the exam is typically emailed to a student, and the student has a limited amount of time (for example, 80 minutes) to complete and submit the exam.
  • Unlimited time, unlimited materials: This typically references a "take-home" exam, where the exam is made available to the student and the student has a certain amount of time (for example, 1 week) to submit the exam.

How Do I...?

How do I obtain a student ID Card?

Student ID cards are available to distance education students and may provide benefits such as academic discounts when purchasing software. Students can go to the University ID web site to find out more information about Texas Tech University ID cards.

How do I drop a course or withdraw from the university?

How do I activate my eRaider account?

You may activate your eRaider account by obtaining an Activation Code from IT Help Central at (806) 742-HELP (4357). Once you have the activation code, you will go to the eRaider website and click "Activate Account." For additional information about your eRaider account, please visit the IT Services for Students website.

How do I contact someone regarding Military and Veterans Programs?

First, we thank you for your service. To receive a comprehensive knowledge base regarding assistance and programs offered to our active and retired military persons please contact the department of Military & Veterans Programs.

How Do I Contact Someone to Help with International Questions?

For all international inquiries please contact the Office of International Affairs.

How Can I Get Information regarding Scholarships/Financial Aid?

For all scholarship inquires, please contact the Scholarship Department.

For all inquires regarding financial aid, please contact the Financial Aid Department.

How do I contact the distance learning program office?

You may contact the distance learning staff in the following ways:

Amy Donnerberg, Program Manager
Phone: (806) 742-3451 or (800) 528-5583
Email: amy.donnerberg@ttu.edu

Brent Guinn, Senior Director
Phone: (806) 742-3451 or (800) 528-5583
Email: brent.guinn@ttu.edu