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Degree : Master of Science

Major : Biotechnology

Program Description

The masters program is a two-year program, administered by the Center for Biotechnology and Genomics as part of the Interdisciplinary Programs of the Graduate School of Texas Tech University, designed to prepare students for a career in biotechnology and/or bioinformatics. Students may pursue either the Applied Sciences track or a Bioinformatics track. Both these tracks are a 21 month curriculum consisting of a minimum of 22 credits in the first year, and a total of 18-24 credit hours during the summer sessions and the second year. The program is designed to train students in the most important techniques currently used in the biotechnology sector. In addition, the program provides excellent preparation for students wishing to go on and pursue a Ph.D. degree or MD (Ph.D.) degree after graduation. Students devote their first year to course work, which is comprised of a mixture of required core courses (lectures and laboratory) and selections from a broad spectrum of electives. The second year of the program involves practical training in a research experience. There are two options for the second year of the program: thesis and internship. These are highly competitive options with many factors determining availability of and eligibility for these positions. Both these options involves intense (hands-on) practical training, with students choosing between an internship and thesis for the training experience. Students choosing the thesis option should work in a lab in the TTU system, and may take longer than one year to complete, as it depends on the completion of a research project. Students choosing the internship options can work in private-sector biotechnology companies, in non-profit research foundation laboratories, in state and federal government research labs (certain restrictions apply) or in selected university labs. Students choosing the internship option can also work in the areas like bioinformatics, computer science, engineering, and business. Limited competitive scholarships are available to first year students. There are limited numbers of internships and research assistantships available and the number varies from year to year. Second year internships and research assistantships are usually associated with a stipends. A number of other endowed scholarships are available through the Graduate School. A dual M.S. /J.D. program is available for students who have been admitted to the Texas Tech University School of Law.

Program Additional Details

Hours Required for Thesis: 40
Hours Required for Non-Thesis: 40
Mode-On Campus(Face-to-Face): Yes
Mode-Off Campus(Online): No
Mode-Hybrid: No

Additional Links

Biotechnology home page : http://www.depts.ttu.edu/biotechnologyandgenomics/
online biotechnology application : http://www.depts.ttu.edu/biotechnologyandgenomics/master/masterapplication.php
reference form : http://www.depts.ttu.edu/biotechnologyandgenomics/Documents/BTECHReferenceForm2014.pdf
Interdisciplinary Studies home page : http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/about/INDS/index.php

Program Contact Information

Graduate Coordinator: Jatindra Tripathy
E-mail: jatindra.n.tripathy@ttu.edu
Phone: 806- 834-1837

Department Contact Information

Department AddressCenter for Biotechnology and Genomics
Experimental Sciences Building
Texas Tech University
Canton and Main
Box 43132
Lubbock 79409
Phone Number 806-834-1837
Fax Number 806-742-3788
Department Website http://www.depts.ttu.edu/biotechnologyandgenomics/

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

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: 3

Recommendation Letter Instructions: All letters of recommendation will be submitted online after you have submitted the names and email addresses of your recommenders through our application system.

Resume Required: Yes

Writing Samples Required: Yes

Writing Sample Instructions: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/biotechnologyand genomics

Departmental Application Required: Yes

Departmental Application Instructions: Applications should be submitted to Apply Texas at the link below under the Apply Now section.

Prior Degree Required: No

Similar Undergraduate Major Required: Yes

Previous Work Sample Required: No

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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 15Not Accepted Not Accepted Not Accepted

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
July 31Not Accepted Not Accepted Not Accepted

International Deadlines

International Fall Deadlines International Spring Deadlines International Sum I Deadlines International Sum II Deadlines
March 31Not Accepted Not Accepted Not Accepted

***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 Not Required

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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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