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Letter to Prospective Graduate Students


Dear Prospective Professional Science Master's (PSM) Graduate Student:

Thank you for your interest in applying to our Professional Science Master's degree graduate program at Texas Tech University.

A summary of requirements for admission to the PSM program can be found here: Admission Requirements (See: Curriculum and Program requirements).

A more detailed explanation on how to apply for admission follows below:

Please note that you must submit two applications for admission. This first application is to the department from which you wish to receive your PSM degree. Apply either to the Department of Biological Sciences or the Department of Natural Resources Management since Texas Tech offers two tracks by which you can earn the PSM degree in Environmental Sustainability and Natural Resource Management. Links to both departmental applications can be found on the left hand side of this page. Track 1 in Ecology and Environmental Sustainability is offered through the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Track 2 in Natural Resources Management is offered through the Department of Natural Resources Management in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Management. Please see our website for a description of the differences between the two tracks of study, including the usual types of backgrounds of the students who select each track (cite ref).

Information about our the individual departments and their faculty members can be found on the departmental web sites at http://www.biol.ttu.edu/ and http://www/nrm.ttu.edu/

The second, separate, application must be submitted to the Graduate School for admission to the University as a graduate student. See the Graduate School web site at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/ for additional information.

The Evaluation Process. Your application will be evaluated by using a combination of the following four criteria:

(1) your GRE general test scores (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing);

(2) your GPA for the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work and/or for formal graduate courses;

(3) your goals statement; and (4) three reference forms and letters of recommendation. You should choose referees who are able to comment on your potential for success in the PSM program.

Please instruct your referees to send the completed reference forms (blank forms can be downloaded from our departmental web site) and recommendation letters to: Graduate Secretary, Department of Biological Sciences, Box 43131, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409-3131. The reference letters must be mailed directly by the referees themselves, not sent together with your application materials.

Your goals statement is a very important part of your application. You should indicate how the attainment of the advanced degree is related to your long-term career plans.

Financial Assistance. The PSM is considered a professional degree similar to an MBA. Because such programs are considered full time, teaching assistantships are unavailable from the Department.

Deadlines. Please fill out and submit your departmental application forms (accessible on our both departmental web sites) electronically. The application deadlines for domestic students desiring admission for the Fall semester are January 15 and June 15 for the Spring semester. The completed application must include all of the materials required by the Departments (described above) and the official worksheet sent to us the departments by the Office of Graduate Admissions after they process your application.

The PSM program faculty is pleased that you are considering Texas Tech University for your Professional Science Master's graduate education. Depending on the department to which you are applying, please contact lou.densmore@ttu.edu (Biological Sciences) or mark.wallace@ttu.edu (Natural Resources Management) if you require any further information about the application process, or to inquire about the status of your application.

Revised August 1, 2013