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Degree : Doctor of Philosophy

Major : Technical Communication and Rhetoric


Program Description

The PhD qualifies people to conduct independent research by various methods and thus to contribute to knowledge. The PhD is usually a qualification for a professorial position in a university. The aims of study are broad knowledge of the literature on technical communication and rhetoric, specialized knowledge of some aspect of technical communication or rhetoric as reflected in the dissertation research, and ability to conduct ongoing independent research using one or more methods.

Program Additional Details

Hours Required for Thesis: 72
Mode-On Campus(Face-to-Face): Yes
Mode-Off Campus(Online): Yes
Mode-Hybrid: No

Additional Links

PhD-TCR home page : http://www.depts.ttu.edu/english/tcr/PHDTCR/default.php
PhD-TCR requirements : http://www.depts.ttu.edu/english/tcr/PHDTCR/Phd_requirements.php
Graduate TCR course offerings : http://www.depts.ttu.edu/english/tcr/Grad_Courses/default.php
TCR faculty : http://www.depts.ttu.edu/english/tcr/faculty.php
PhD-TCR How to apply : http://www.depts.ttu.edu/english/tcr/Grad_Application/Grad_Application.php

Program Contact Information

Graduate Coordinator: Sean Zdenek
E-mail: english.tc@ttu.edu
Phone: 806.834.6652

Department Contact Information

Department AddressEnglish Department
Texas Tech University
Lubbock
TX 79409-3091
Phone Number 806-834-8033
Fax Number 806-742-0989
Department Website http://www.depts.ttu.edu/english/

Graduate Catalog http://www.depts.ttu.edu/officialpublications/catalog/AS_ENGL.php#Grad



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: You are responsible for requesting the letters of reference. List the persons who will write the letters on the application form, and ask these persons to send the letters to the Director of Graduate Studies in Technical Communication and Rhetoric, either in paper format or in electronic format to english.tc@ttu.edu. The letters should address your likelihood of success in graduate school and beyond. For doctoral students, success will usually have to do with your initiative, your capability to produce scholarship, and your ability to think analytically. For those of you applying to online degree programs, these letters should provide evidence of your ability to work independently. For those of you applying for teaching positions, your letters should discuss your experience and/or potential for teaching. See the How to Apply page on the TCR website for more information.

Resume Required: Yes

Writing Samples Required: Yes

Writing Sample Instructions: The writing sample gives us a chance to see the way you think, organize information, and produce essays and documents. It also indicates your fluency with the English language and gives us a clue as to your experience with writing, editing, and revision. We prefer to have an analytical or critical writing sample, as these genres reveal a lot about the writer and help us make our admissions decision. Maximum length in all cases is 10-20 pages (or 2000-4000 words). See the How to Apply page on the TCR website for more information.

Departmental Application Required: Yes

Departmental Application Instructions: Use the departmental links above for instructions on filling out the departmental application. Applicants seeking funding via teaching assistantships: The graduate program reviews such applications ONLY once a year, with a deadline of December 15th. All other graduate applicants will be evaluated twice a year with the following deadlines: December 15th and August 1st.

Prior Degree Required: Yes

Similar Undergraduate Major Required: No

Previous Work Sample Required: No

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Admission Deadlines


The Office of Graduate and International Admissions does not have a specific deadline for domestic applications; we strongly recommend that you have all of the required application materials in by the date listed below.


US Fall Deadlines US Spring Deadlines US Sum I Deadlines US Sum II Deadlines
December 15August 1N/A N/A

We will do our best to process applications and materials from international students that are received after the deadline, however we cannot guarantee that your application evaluation will be complete in enough time for a decision to be made by your prospective academic department.


International Fall Deadlines International Spring Deadlines International Sum I Deadlines International Sum II Deadlines
December 15August 1N/A N/A

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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.


GRE GMAT
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.


TOEFL INTERNET TOEFL PAPER-BASED IELTS ELS CAE CPE
795506.5112BC

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