Texas Tech University

Application & Program Requirements

The Texas Tech University Graduate School is currently converting to a new application system and will no longer use ApplyTexas for applications for terms after Spring 2018.

For Summer 1, Summer 2, and Fall 2018 applications, please apply here

If you are applying for Spring 2018, please continue to use the existing application system detailed below.

Ph.D. in Media and Communication Application Process

The TTU Grad school is going through a transition in the application process, and it is a little disjointed this year.

Here are the steps you need to follow to apply.

  1. Fill out the graduate school application at Apply Texas (https://www.applytexas.org). Pay the application fee and hit submit when done.
  2. Then complete the College application at http://www.ttugrad.org/apply/
    In the College application, you will be asked to upload the following:
    • Resume
    • Cover letter
    • Personal Statement (250 words to 500 words describing why you want to pursue a Ph.D., why you are interested in Texas Tech, and what you would outline as your research interests)
    • Samples of academic / professional work in communication (if you have any)
  3. Ask three current or former professors to send letters of recommendation to Coy Callison via email (coy.callison@ttu.edu).
  4. Mail GRE scores, TOEFL scores (if required) and official transcripts from all of the colleges and universities that you have attended to Texas Tech University Graduate School.

Postal Mailing Address
Texas Tech University
Office of Graduate Admissions
Box 41030
Lubbock, TX 79409-1030

OR 

Physical Mailing Address (Express Mail)
Texas Tech University
Office of Graduate Admissions
Boston Ave. at Akron Ave.
Administration 328
Lubbock, TX 79409-1030

About the March 1 Deadline

The official deadline for us to receive your application is March 1 for the first round of considerations. However, we look at applications as we receive them. As such we encourage applicants to submit all materials as soon as they are able.

Also, in rare circumstances, we will accept someone after the deadline has passed. If you have missed the deadline and would like to apply, contact Dr. Callison (coy.callison@ttu.edu). He will advise you from there.

Funding Information

All applicants who apply will be considered for the full funding package. Applicants do not need to submit a separate application for funding.

Texas Tech M.A. Students Applying to the Ph.D. Program

Students who are currently enrolled in an M.A. program in the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech must apply in order to transfer to the Ph.D. program. The admission standards for the Ph.D. program are more stringent than for the M.A., and not all M.A. students will be admitted to the Ph.D. program. All other students must apply for admission to the Ph.D. program as a new student.

Expected Background of Ph.D. Applicants

The CoMC graduate faculty believe that students with a variety of academic backgrounds are well qualified to pursue a Media and Communication Ph.D. While the majority of students in the program have a bachelor's or master's degree or both in a media and/or communication area, many students also come from extensive backgrounds in areas such as psychology, marketing, sociology, etc.

GRE Score Requirements

All Ph.D. program applicants must submit recent GRE scores (on the new scale of 130-170 per section). While GRE scores are not in and of themselves the most important part of your application, the CoMC graduate faculty does consider GRE scores in evaluating applicants. Successful applicants generally have a minimum combined score of 300 on the Quantitative Reasoning and the Verbal Reasoning Sections and a minimum of a 3.5 on the Analytical Writing Sections. Applicants with scores below these levels may still be accepted into the program depending on the overall strength of the remainder of the application. Scores above these levels do not guarantee acceptance.

 

Master's Degree or Graduate Certificate Application Process (any of the 4 programs)

The application process is similar for applicants to any of the three programs. You will be asked to indicate your preference of program in the electronic application.

Here are the steps you need to follow to apply.

  1. Fill out the graduate school application at Apply Texas (https://www.applytexas.org). Pay the application fee and hit submit when done.
  2. Then complete the College application at http://www.ttugrad.org/apply/
    In the College application, you will be asked to upload the following:
    • Resume
    • Personal Statement (250 words to 500 words. This statement should illustrate your writing ability by discussing your reasons for pursuing graduate work in Media & Communication and any additional information you believe will help the Admissions Committee in the selection process.)
    • Samples of academic / professional work in communication (if you have any)
  3. Ask three current or former professors/employers to complete the Recommendation Form at http://www.ttugrad.org/recommendation/
  4. Mail GRE scores (if required), TOEFL scores (if required) and official transcripts from all of the colleges and universities that you have attended to Texas Tech University Graduate School.

Postal Mailing Address
Texas Tech University
Office of Graduate Admissions
Box 41030
Lubbock, TX 79409-1030

OR 

Physical Mailing Address (Express Mail)
Texas Tech University
Office of Graduate Admissions
Boston Ave. at Akron Ave.
Administration 328
Lubbock, TX 79409-1030

Application Deadlines

Admissions are rolling. US-based students should apply a minimum of 45 days prior to preferred start date.

For students seeking funding, competitive applicants should apply by March 1 for Fall enrollment and Oct 1 for Spring enrollment.

International applicants are encouraged to apply a minimum of four months prior to the preferred start date.

Although we will consider late applications, we encourage applicants to submit all materials as soon as they are able.

Director Contact Info

For the M.A. program in Mass Communication
Coy Callison, Ph.D. (806.834.5344) Media & Communication Building, Room 158

For the M.A. program in Communication Studies
Mark Gring, Ph.D. (806.834.3913) Media & Communication Building, Room 516

For the online M.A. program in Strategic Communication & Innovation
Kristi Gilmore, Ph.D. (806.834.8171) Media & Communication Building, Room 617

Expected Background of Applicants

For the M.A. in Mass Communication, the CoMC graduate faculty believe that students with a variety of academic backgrounds are well qualified to pursue a Mass Communication M.A. While the majority of students in the program have a bachelor's degree in a media and/or communication area, many students also come from backgrounds in areas such as psychology, marketing, sociology, etc.

For the M.A. in Communication Studies, applicants should have at least 12 hours in Communication Studies or a related field. At least 9 hours must be in non-forensics (speech and debate).

The online master's program in Strategic Communication & Innovation is targeted to communication professionals. We are dedicated to admitting students who are likely to be successful in the program and who will benefit from that success.

Funding Information

To apply for a funded position as a Teaching/Research Assistant please contact Bridget Christopherson.

Also, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form online.