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Degree : Master of Science

Major : Arid Land Studies

Program Description

The Arid Land Studies and International Development (ALSID) program is developed individually according to the students interests and background. The program focus on arid and semi-arid lands and on international development issues is significant because the western Great Plains and the southwestern states in the U.S. share with one-third of the worlds land masses the need for appropriate management of water resources that are basic to maintain life and support the economic and social development of urban and rural communities. The interdisciplinary program emphasizes advanced academic training and exposure to a range of interesting subjects. Students may pursue Track 1: Arid Land Studies or Track: 2 International Development. The Arid Land track allows students to specialize a set of topics including Agricultural Science and Natural Resources, Physical Sciences, and Water Resources and Environmental Toxicology. Students who choose to pursue Track 2: International Development take courses emphasizing Agricultural and Applied Economics, Planning and Sustainable Development, and Politics and Public Administration. Note that some courses are not offered every semester or may require the consent of the instructor, have restricted enrollment or have other courses as prerequisites. Among the few program restrictions are the requirements that a student must take 12 hours from each of the three areas defined for each track and that no more than 12 hours can be taken in any one area. Also, no more that 18 hours be taken within a single college, except Arts and Sciences. Most students pursue the 36-hour non-thesis plan, but the thesis option for 6 hours of credit may be appropriate when the students previous academic work seems to qualify him or her for research. The program will be integrated with the Peace Corps masters international program that is expected to be offered at Texas Tech in the near future.

Program Additional Details

Hours Required for Thesis: 30
Hours Required for Non-Thesis: 36
Mode-On Campus(Face-to-Face): Yes
Mode-Off Campus(Online): No
Mode-Hybrid: No

Additional Links

Arid Land Studies home page : http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/about/INDS/aridland_studies.php

Program Contact Information

Graduate Coordinator: Gad Perry
E-mail: gad.perry@ttu.edu
Phone: 806.742.3667

Department Contact Information

Department Address328 Administration Building
P.O. Box 41030
TX 79409-1030
Phone Number 806-742-2787
Fax Number 806-742-1746
Department Website https://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/

Graduate Catalog http://www.depts.ttu.edu/officialpublications/catalog/GradInterdisc.php#Arid

Admission Requirements Admission Deadlines How To Apply Test Score Requirements Additional Requirements for International Students

Admission Requirements

Graduate School Requirements

Program Requirements

Letters of Recommendation required: 2

Recommendation Letter Instructions: Letters of recommendation and a statement of career goals should be uploaded into the application system.

Resume Required: No

Writing Samples Required: No

Departmental Application Required: No

Prior Degree Required: No

Similar Undergraduate Major Required: No

Previous Work Sample Required: Yes

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Admission Deadlines

Graduate School Deadlines

Domestic deadlines

For domestic applicants, there is no specific Graduate Admissions deadline, although we encourage domestic applicants to apply at least three (3) months in advance of the semester to which they want to apply.

International Deadlines

For international applicants, we have the following priority deadlines:

International Fall Deadlines International Spring Deadlines International Sum I Deadlines International Sum II Deadlines
January 15June 15January 15January 15

International applications and materials may be submitted after the deadline, but this may significantly delay the processing and evaluation of your application.

Departmental Deadlines

Domestic deadlines

US Fall Deadlines US Spring Deadlines US Sum I Deadlines US Sum II Deadlines
September 10January 20June 02July 08

International Deadlines

International Fall Deadlines International Spring Deadlines International Sum I Deadlines International Sum II Deadlines
February 15July 15February 15February 15

***Note :

The department application deadlines may be different from the Graduate School application deadlines. You must apply by the earliest deadline listed to guarantee that your application will be processed for the semester you are applying for.

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How To Apply

1) Apply to Graduate School : Fill out the online application at Apply Texas.

2) Pay your application fee: $60 initial application fee, $50 for each subsequent application (including changes of entry date, add/change program, or readmission). Application fees may be paid via ApplyTexas at the time of application submission or by credit card on our website.

3) Contact the Graduate Program Coordinator in your prospective department. Many departments have separate application requirements and deadlines, and the Graduate Program Coordinator will be able to assist you in your application process.

4) Send application requirements, 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 and International Admissions
Box 41030
Lubbock, TX 79409-1030
Physical Mailing Address (Express Mail)
Texas Tech University
Office of Graduate and International Admissions
Boston Ave. at Akron Ave.
Administration 328
Lubbock, TX 79409-1030

Contact Information for Graduate School

If you have any questions about your application, call (806) 742-2781 or email: graduate.admissions@ttu.edu.
To check your application status, please check Raiderlink.

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Test Score Requirements

If both GRE and GMAT are listed as required, either are acceptable.

Yes Yes

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Additional Requirements for International Students

These are the minimal English language proficiency scores. For a list of English proficiency exempt countries, please visit: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/admissions/international/exempt-countries.php.


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