Texas Tech University

International Prospective Students

For students who are not citizens/permanent residents of the U.S.

Application Procedures

The following requirements should be followed carefully in order for an applicant to be admitted to a master's or doctoral program at Texas Tech University. Applicants should also check the websites of the departments to which they are applying to determine if the departments have any additional requirements. Please use your name as it appears on your passport on your application and all other communication with TTU.

Completed Application

  • Application – Applications should be completed online through ApplyTexas application online. The applicant's name must be the same as it appears on the passport. All institutions (including name and location) attended must be included on the application. Falsification of application information will void admission to Texas Tech University.
  • Non-refundable Application Fee – a $60 initial application fee or $50 for each subsequent application (including readmits, program/level/entry date changes. Acceptable methods of payment are checks drawn on a U.S. bank, international money orders, cashier's checks, U.S. or international postal money orders, traveler's check, or U.S. credit card. Application fees may be paid via ApplyTexas at the time of
    application submission or by credit card on our website.This nonrefundable application processing fee is required of all international applicants seeking admission to the Graduate School. This fee cannot be waived or deferred..
  • Official Proof of English Proficiency - All international applicants must provide proof of English proficiency before their applications can be considered for admission. This test is waived only for graduates of U.S. universities or universities in English proficiency-exempt countries. Applicants who have completed at least two consecutive years at a college or university in the U.S. or in an English proficiency-exempt country, are also exempt from the English proficiency requirement. A list of English proficiency-exempt countries is available. Only your most recent measure of English proficiency is considered for admission purposes. Applicants may submit one of the following English proficiency measures:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – The minimum TOEFL score required is 550 (paper-based version) or 79 (internet-based version). The TOEFL score must be received directly from the Educational Testing Service. Texas Tech University's institutional code is 6827. TOEFL scores are valid for only two years.
    • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) – The minimum IELTS required score is an overall band score of 6.5 on the Academic version. IELTS General Training results are not acceptable. There is no IELTS institution code for Texas Tech University. IELTS scores are valid for only two years.
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) – The minimum required PTE Academic score is 60. PTE General and PTE Young Learners results are not acceptable. There is no PTE Academic institution code for Texas Tech University. PTE Academic scores are valid for only two years.
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (Cambridge CPE) – The minimum required Cambridge CPE grade is C. There is no institutional code for the Cambridge CPE. The Cambridge CPE is valid for life.
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (Cambridge CAE) – The minimum required Cambridge CAE grade is B. There is no institutional code for the Cambridge CAE. The Cambridge CAE is valid for life.
    • Completion of ELS Level 112 – transcript and certificate required. Conditional admission for English proficiency may be available for prospective students who do not meet the minimum required English proficiency standard. More information.
  • Original or Certified Copies of All College and University Transcripts - Include mark sheets, examination results, etc. An official English translation is required. If the degree is not complete when the application is made, six semesters or three years of course work are required. After the degree is completed, a final transcript showing the degree awarded must be submitted. Texas Tech University requires a degree that is equivalent to a U.S. undergraduate degree.
  • Photocopy of Degree - The original or certified photocopies of the degree certificate, diploma, or official statement that the degree has been granted. An official English translation is required.
  • Proof of Financial Support (Optional) – Applicants may provide proof of financial support as part of their application materials, or they may provide proof upon learning of their admission decision. This document is not necessary for application evaluation purposes. The Graduate School offers a limited number of fellowships. However, most financial assistance for new students is awarded by departments and not by the Graduate School. All correspondence regarding financial assistance should be conducted with the department to which the applicant is applying.

Return of Documents

All submitted documents become the property of Texas Tech University and will not be returned. Questions? Comments? Contact us at graduate.admissions@ttu.edu.

More Information

See a list of Required Bachelor Degree Equivalents

See a list of English proficiency-exempt countries.

Conditional admission for English proficiency may be available for prospective students who do not meet the minimum required English proficiency standard through ELS Educational Services.

If you have any other questions, please email us at graduate.admissions@ttu.edu.

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