Questions for both domestic and international applicants
How does the graduate application process work at Texas Tech University?
The application, academic records, and (for international applicants) English proficiency scores you send to the Office of Graduate and International Admissions are evaluated to make sure that they meet the minimum standards set by Texas Tech University and our regional accreditation body. If you meet minimum standards, your application is then forwarded to your prospective department , where it is added to the department-specific materials (such as letters of recommendation, written statements, etc.) you may have supplied. Depending on your prospective department, either an admission committee or the department's graduate program coordinator will review all of your application materials and make a decision on your application. Decisions about financial assistance (scholarships and assistantships) are typically made at the same time, although some departments choose to make financial considerations later in the fiscal year. The department will then submit their admission decision to our office electronically. Our staff enters the decision, which is then available in the Raiderlink portal for you to view.
When is the Office of Graduate & International Admissions open?
The Office of Graduate and International Admissions is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Standard Time, except when Texas Tech University is closed for observed federal/state holidays and/or weather-related emergencies. However, office hours are NOT the same as advisor availability. A domestic admissions evaluator and an international admissions evaluator are available during a two-hour daily advising block for telephone calls and walk-in advising. The schedule is as follows:
- Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Central Standard Time
- Tuesdays, Thursdays – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Central Standard Time
A walk-in advising session is limited to 15 minutes per student and is on a "first come, first served" basis. Walk-in advising is typically for things such as getting more information on the application process or for submitting final/official documents. Please be advised that you may have to wait to speak with an evaluator.
We welcome in-person or telephone call appointments during times outside of the daily advising times. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org at least twenty-fours (24) hours in advance if you would like to schedule an advising appointment. Please include your name, TechID number (if known), date of birth, reason for requesting the appointment, and possible dates/times for the appointment. One of our staff will contact you to confirm the date and time of the appointment.
When is the application deadline?
There are two types of deadlines: Graduate and International Admissions deadlines and department deadlines. Some departments have deadlines which are earlier than Graduate and International Admissions deadlines, so please check with your prospective department to determine when their deadline is; some departments will not review applications received after their departmental deadline.
For domestic applicants, there is no specific Graduate and International 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. For international applicants, we have the following deadlines:
- Summer and Fall: January 15th
- Spring: June 15th
How much is the application fee?
The initial application fee is $60, and any subsequent application is $50.
My application materials are not ready. Should I wait until I get them to submit my application?
We encourage to apply as early as possible before the application deadline, which may mean you need to apply before items such as your test scores are ready to send. If you do need to apply before you have taken one of these tests, include your test date on your application. Please note the following regarding standardized test scores:
- For international applicants, your application will not be evaluated without proof of English proficiency scores. You are encouraged to submit a copy of your TOEFL test-taker score report or of your IELTS score report as soon as you receive it. Screenshots of English proficiency reports are not acceptable.
- Departments which require GRE/GMAT scores typically will not review your application without such scores. You are encouraged to send a copy of your GRE Examinee Score Report or GMAT unofficial results as soon as you receive them; screenshots of GRE/GMAT scores are not acceptable.
My program will not consider my application because the departmental deadline has passed for that term. Can I get a refund?
No, as application fees are non-refundable.
Can I apply to more than one program with one application and one fee?
No. You must submit a separate application and application fee for each application. The initial application fee is $60, and any subsequent application fee is $50. The only exception to this rule is for joint degree programs.
How can I apply for a waiver of the application fee?
Application fee waivers are only available in the following circumstances:
- To Texas Tech University System faculty/staff employed at least half-time, their spouses, and dependents under the age of 25 – a Faculty/Staff/Dependent fee waiver form must be submitted; this form is available on our website or in our office. If you apply via ApplyTexas, please indicate "Pay by Check or Money Order" when submitting that application and then submit the fee waiver form. This form will need to be submitted with each application you submit.
- To McNair/GEM Scholars – please have your McNair or GEM scholar coordinator contact Shannon Samson (email@example.com) to confirm your participation in the McNair Scholars/GEM programs. If you apply via ApplyTexas, please indicate "Pay by Check or Money Order" when submitting that application and then submit the fee waiver form. This form will need to be submitted with each application you submit.
- To US Military personnel – the application fee for readmission after deployment/reassignment will be waived; please contact Shelby Cearley, Director of Graduate and International Admissions, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to request such a waiver. If you apply via ApplyTexas, please indicate "Pay by Check or Money Order" when submitting that application and then submit the fee waiver form. This form will need to be submitted with each application you submit.
- To VEF Fellows – the application fee will be waived upon confirmation of your fellowship status with VEF. If you apply via ApplyTexas, please indicate "Pay by Check or Money Order" when submitting that application and then submit the fee waiver form. This form will need to be submitted with each application you submit.
How do I add, change a program, or make a correction after submitting my application?
To add or change the program of your application, please complete and submit the Graduate Application Change form plus a $50 application change fee; the form is available on our website or in our office in Administration 328. If the program you wish to change to is in a different department, you may be required to provide new department-specific application materials, so please check that department's website to find out what materials they will require.
You can contact us by email at email@example.com to request corrections to such things as your name, date of birth, and address. You cannot change degree level, program or term unless you submit the Graduate Application Change Form and the $50 application change fee.
How do I update/correct my mailing or email address?
You may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your updated address.
Can I change the term that I originally applied for?
You may apply for a change of application term by submitting the Graduate Application Change Form and a $50 application change fee.
How can I check my application status?
You can check your application status at any time by logging into the Raiderlink portal (http://portal.texastech.edu) with your eRaider username and password. We are not able to give application status updates via telephone or in person due to the volume of applications received.
What is a TechID number, and how can I get one?
Each graduate applicant to Texas Tech University is assigned a unique nine (9)-digit identification number when their application is entered into our database; in some cases, this ID number is generated before the application is submitted if the applicant has already submitted standardized test scores such as GRE, GMAT or TOEFL scores. You should be able to view your TechID number when you log into the Raiderlink portal. Your TechID number, which starts with the letter "R", should be visible at the top of Raiderlink towards the right side of the black banner. Please note that your TechID number is NOT the same as your ApplyTexas ID.
I already applied. Why have I not received my eRaider username and activation code?
eRaider activation emails are generally created within 1-5 business days of your application uploading into our student records database. This may be up to 3 business days after you submit an application through ApplyTexas. The username and activation code is generated if you have never had an eRaider username before. This email is sent by our office, but we do not generate the username/activation code. If you have not received an eRaider activation code within 5-7 business days of submitting your application, please send an email to email@example.com which also includes your full name, date of birth, program applied to, and we will do our best to assist you.
I activated my eRaider account but cannot log into the Raiderlink portal. What should I do?
Please make sure that you are logging into the correct website (http://portal.texastech.edu). There will not be an Applications tab in the eRaider Manager (http://eraider.ttu.edu). If that does not help, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; please include a screenshot of what you see when you log in to Raiderlink if at all possible, as this will assist us in diagnosing the problem.
How can I contact my prospective graduate department?
Contact information for graduate departments is available on our website here: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/Graddir/ga.php. The directory is sorted by colleges. Click on the college, and then departments are listed alphabetically.
How long does it take to process an application and to receive a decision?
With the exception of Graduate Temporary and Post-Graduate non-degree programs, all applications have a two-part decision process. This means your application will be reviewed by the Office of Graduate and International Admissions and then by your prospective department. Decision times vary by department. Our goal is to have a decision within eight (8) to twelve (12) weeks of your application being submitted, assuming that your application is complete shortly after your application is submitted. Incomplete applications will cause a delay in your application processing, which will result in a delay in receiving an application decision.
Graduate Temporary (GTMP) and Post-Graduate/Undergraduate Classes Only (PGRD) application decisions are made by our office. Therefore, you should have an application decision within one (1) or two (2) weeks of your application being completed.
My application fee has not been received, or my debit/credit card has been declined. Will you review my application anyway?
No. The application fee must be received before we can proceed with your application evaluation.
Where do I send my materials?
That depends on how you will submit your application materials. Please use the address listed below for whatever method of shipment you chose to send your materials:
Physical Mailing Address
Texas Tech University
Postal Mailing Address
Texas Tech University
Several US institutions offer electronic delivery of official transcripts. If your institution offers such a service, we encourage you to use it, as electronic transcripts typically arrive much sooner than those sent via regular airmail. For schools which use ANSI/ASC X12-formatted electronic transcripts, you should only have to indicate that you wish to send your transcripts to Texas Tech University; these types of transcripts are delivered directly to the TTU Registrar's office and uploaded into your file in our secure digital filing system. For institutions using a secure electronic transcript delivery service (such as the National Student Clearinghouse, e-Scrip Safe, or Parchment), please make sure that those are sent to email@example.com rather than your prospective department.
Department-specific materials (letters of recommendation, written statements, resumes, etc.) should be sent directly to your prospective department rather than our office.
Can I upload my application materials instead of sending them by mail?
At present, we are not yet able to offer electronic upload of application materials on ApplyTexas, on Raiderlink or on our website. We hope to offer such a service in the near future. You may, however, send unofficial copies of application materials to us by email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I sent my materials and have proof of delivery. Why are my items not listed as received on my checklist?
Our office works diligently to update materials as quickly as possible. However, it typically takes between 2-3 weeks for us to enter materials received into our database due to the volume of applications and application materials we receive. These packets are processed in the order in which they were received, and items like transcripts and diplomas are entered after the document has been evaluated by one of our admission evaluators. For international applicants, we enter a received date on the checklist item called "Packet Received-Evaluation Pending" within 1-2 days of your packet being opened so that you will know when your packet is received. We encourage applicants to continue to check online as we cannot confirm receipt of packages via e-mail or telephone due to the volume of materials.
Can my application materials be returned to me?
No. All materials submitted become property of the Office of Graduate and International Admissions and cannot be returned.
I am a current TTU student. Do I need to complete the education history information on the application?
Yes. All applicants, including those currently enrolled at TTU, must complete all sections of the application.
Do I have to have finished my undergraduate degree by the time I apply?
No, you may apply to a graduate program while you are finishing your undergraduate degree. You must submit transcripts which show at least three (3) years or six (6) semesters of coursework in order to be eligible for graduate admission consideration. If admitted, you will be required to show proof of completion of your bachelor's degree by the twelfth (12) day of your first semester of graduate enrollment at TTU.
Am I eligible for admission if I graduate from a non-regionally accredited college/university?
No. You must have a bachelor's from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or a recognized equivalent degree from a non-US university recognized by the appropriate government entity in that country to award undergraduate degrees.
Why are my transcripts listed as "Not Received"?
Our database only allows us to code transcripts and diplomas as received if they are final and official. We created a separate requirement called "College Transcript Pending" to indicate when either incomplete or unofficial transcripts are received.
I entered recommender information on ApplyTexas, but my recommenders have not received information on how to submit letters of recommendation. Why?
At present, letters of recommendation are required by departments but not by the Office of Graduate and International Admissions, and departments vary on both the number of letters required and also on how those letters should be submitted. Please contact your prospective department to find out how they require those letters to be submitted; contact information for graduate advisors is available on our website. The ApplyTexas application does ask you to provide that information, but our office does not contact your recommenders, nor does our office have a means for them to electronically submit your recommendation letters.
Do I have to take the GRE/GMAT in order to apply for graduate admission?
The Graduate School does not require GRE/GMAT scores, but many graduate programs will require GRE/GMAT scores. Please check the website for your prospective department to find out if you will need to submit GRE/GMAT scores.
Why are my GRE/GMAT scores not listed on my application checklist?
At present, GRE/GMAT scores are required by departments but not by the Office of Graduate and International Admissions. This means that you will not see GRE/GMAT scores as received in your application checklist. However, if you ordered a score report from ETS or from GMAT, we will receive the official scores electronically within 10-14 business days of your order being received and processed by the testing organization. Your scores will be viewable to your prospective department's graduate program coordinator on our electronic application review site.
I took the GRE/GMAT several years ago. Do I need to take the exam again?
You will need to check with your prospective department to find out if they will accept scores more than five (5) years old. This is because GRE and GMAT scores are only valid for five (5) years from the date of your exam. This means that after five (5) years, you will no longer be able to request official scores be sent to Texas Tech University.
How will I know when an application decision is made on my application?
All admission decisions will be posted on your application status. Please continue to check your status online via the Raiderlink portal (http://portal.texastech.edu).
How do I apply for financial assistance?
The Office of Graduate and International Admissions does not award any financial assistance. The majority of financial assistance is awarded by academic departments. Some programs may require a separate application, while some will consider each applicant at the time they review your application. Please visit your prospective department's website to find out how to apply for financial assistance.
Additionally, the Graduate School offers some fellowships and scholarships for new and continuing graduate students. For information on how to apply for these, please visit the Graduate School Fellowships and Scholarships page here: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/funding/scholarships.php. The Graduate School also has additional information on other funding opportunities on our website here: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/funding/financialaid.php.
I was enrolled in the Graduate School previously but had to take a leave of absence. What do I need to do to re-enroll?
You will need to apply for readmission to the Graduate School by submitting the Graduate Application Change Form and a $50 application fee. Some departments will also require you to submit a departmental application, so please contact the graduate program coordinator in your prospective department to find out what other materials they will require.
My application was denied. How can I find out why?
If your application was denied, you will need to contact your prospective department directly to ask if they will discuss why your application was denied. Many departments, however, will not discuss individual application decisions with applicants due to the volume of applications. The Office of Graduate and International Admissions cannot provide reasons for departmental denials. In some cases, your application may be denied by our office; in those instances, we try to contact those applicants by email to let them know why their application was denied.
How do I appeal the application decision?
Texas Tech University graduate applicants have the right to appeal admissions decisions. The appeal must first be filed with the academic department responsible for the admissions decision; please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator for that department to find out in what format the appeal must be filed. The department will reconsider your application and inform you of their decision on your request for reconsideration. An unfavorable ruling at the department level may be appealed to the Graduate School in writing within thirty (30) days of the date on the correspondence that you received from the academic department's decision on the initial appeal; please contact the Director of Graduate and International Admissions (email@example.com) for more information on how to file such an appeal. Applicants can only appeal once, and decisions resulting from an appeal are final. Application fees are non-refundable regardless of the result of an appeal.
How can I contact you with additional questions which are not answered on your website?
You may contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I contacted your office to check my application status. Why can you not tell me my status over the telephone or by email?
Due to the volume of applications received, we cannot provide individual application status updates over the telephone or by email. You must check your application status on Raiderlink (http://portal.texastech.edu).
What do the various parts of the Raiderlink application status mean?
- Application Date: This is the date that your application uploaded into our database, not necessarily the date that you submitted the application on ApplyTexas.
- Application Type: This should say Graduate since you are applying as a graduate applicant.
- Application Entry Term: This is the term listed on your application, followed by "TTU" to designate that you have applied to Texas Tech University rather than one of the other institutions in the Texas Tech University System.
- College: This should say Graduate since you are applying to the Graduate School.
- Degree: This will indicate the type of graduate degree to which you are applying (Master of Arts, Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy, etc.).
- Major: This will indicate your application major.
- Application Status: This refers to any decision entered into our database, including non-admissions decisions. These are the most common non-admission decisions you will see under "Application Status".
- Blank - This means that your file has not yet been evaluated by one of our admission advisors.
- Pending - Pending means that we have all the materials we need to evaluate your file, and your file has been added to the queue to be reviewed by one of our advisors. Your transcript's status will be updated when an advisor evaluates your file.
- Deferred to Department - Deferred to Department means that our office completed the preliminary evaluation of your file (which includes credential evaluation and review of English proficiency scores) and created paperwork for your prospective department to review. This also means that our office is awaiting a final admission decision pending departmental evaluation.
- Waiting for Test Scores (international applicants only) - Waiting for Test Scores means that we have not received either student-supplied or official TOEFL or IELTS scores. These scores are only valid for two years.
- Decision Date: This indicates the most recent update to your decision status, and it includes decision statuses of Pending, Deferred to Department, and Waiting for Test Scores. It does not necessarily mean that an admission decision has been made on your application.
- Requirement Type: This is the list of items required for your Graduate School application only. It will NOT show department-specific items such as letters of recommendation, written statements, and/or GRE/GMAT scores. The checklist item will show first, followed by a description of the item. For example, seeing "Application Fee. PAID" means that your application fee from ApplyTexas uploaded into your application in our database.
- Status: This will show either "Received" if your checklist item has been received and evaluated or "Not Received". Please note that items will NOT appear on your checklist until the item has been evaluated by our staff.
- Received Date: This indicates the date that the item was evaluated and marked as received by our staff. For test scores, this typically will show the date that your test score was electronically received and uploaded into our database from ETS (GRE and TOEFL) or Pearson VUE (GMAT).
- Application Fee: This will populate when your application fee or your application change fee is received.
- Statement from Sponsor's Bank: This item is OPTIONAL at time of application for international applicants. You do NOT need to submit proof of financial support unless you are admitted and require either an I-20 or a DS-2019 for visa purposes.
- College Transcript: This code is designated for the final/official receipt of transcripts in our office.
- College Transcript Pending: Our database only allows us to code transcripts and diplomas as received if they are final and official. We created a separate requirement College Transcript Pending to indicate when either incomplete or unofficial transcripts are received.
- Degree/Diploma/Cert/Foreign: This code is designated for the final/official diploma or degree certificate. This will be updated once your file is reviewed by an admissions evaluator. Neither provisional certificates nor unofficial copies of diplomas/degree certificates will be entered as received.
- IELTS or TOEFL Score: This is the code used for proof of English proficiency for international applicants. Only official scores will be listed as received. Our database does not allow us to input student-supplied scores on the checklist.
- Copy of Passport Bio Page: This item is OPTIONAL at time of application for international applicants. It will only be required upon admission to ensure that your I-20 or your DS-2019 is correctly formatted, as your passport and immigration documents must match.