- Graduate Studies Responsibilities
- Graduate School Forms and Resources
- Graduation Deadlines
Third Annual Arts and Humanities Graduate Student Research Conference
Friday October 25th and Saturday October 26th
Frequently Asked Questions
What are my tuition and fees?
Information about tuition and fees, including information about fee waivers, can be
found at Student Business Services.
Are there scholarships available for graduate students?
The Graduate School administers a variety of different scholarships for graduate students.
What paperwork do I need for my degree program and for graduation?
Students need to make sure they are in contact with the Graduate School as well as
their home departments while planning their degree and graduation.
More information (Masters)...
More information (Doctorate)...
How do I get funding from the Graduate School for travel to conferences?
The Graduate School has limited funds for supporting conference travel that students
may apply for.
How can I change my student matriculation number into a Social Security number?
For questions concerning matriculation numbers please contact the Office of the Registrar. More Information...
How do I submit my Intent to Graduate Form?
To submit an Intent to Graduate application click on link Intent to Graduate
The purpose for offering graduate certificates is to meet the supplemental education needs of professionals. As jobs and job-related responsibilities change, a person often needs additional training in a specific area. For example, an architect who once thought s/he would design new buildings may become involved in preservation of historical districts. If this architect had not taken any historical preservation courses for the primary degree, a graduate certificate in Historic Preservation would provide needed knowledge. Providing graduate certificates for workforce development is a high priority for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
A graduate certificate program is a set of courses that provides in-depth knowledge in a subject matter. The knowledge in the set of courses should provide a coherent knowledge base even if the courses are selected from more than one academic program. The set of courses may be more practice-oriented than the set of courses in a graduate academic program.
Departments that wish to develop new certificate programs should consult the Graduate School Graduate Certificate Development page.
Students intending to complete a Graduate Certificate program should use the following forms:
For more details about individual certificate programs, see the TTU Catalog Graduate Certificate Programs page.
|Addictions and the Family||Applied and Professional Studies|
|Applied Behavior Analysis||Educational Psychology & Leadership|
|Art History, Criticism, and Theory||Art|
|Autism||Educational Psychology and Leadership|
|Crop Protection||Plant and Soil Science|
|Developmental Literacy||Curriculum and Instruction|
|Digital Design and Fabrication||Architecture|
|Dual Sensory Impairment||Educational Psychology and Leadership|
|Early Music Performance Practice||Music|
|Fibers and Textiles||Plant and Soil Science|
|Gerontology||Human Development and Family Studies|
|Health Care Change||Business|
|Health Care Facilities Design||Architecture|
|Horticultural Landscape Management||Plant and Soil Science|
|Master Mentor Teacher||Curriculum & Instruction|
|Medieval and Renaissance Studies||History|
|Mental Health Counseling||Educational Psychology and Leadership|
|Personal Financial Planning||Applied and Professional Studies|
|Petroleum Engineering||Petroleum Engineering|
|Publishing and Editing||English|
|Soil Management||Plant and Soil Science|
|Software Engineering||Computer Science|
|Special Education Transition||Educational Psychology & Leadership|
|Strategic Studies||Institute for Modern Conflict, Diplomacy, & Reconciliation|
|Teaching English in International Contexts||Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures|
|Urban and Community Design Studies||Architecture|
|Women's Studies||Women's Studies|
|Wind Energy – Technical||University College|
|Wind Energy – Managerial||University College|
Masters Programs: Required Steps
|ACTION||INITIATED THROUGH||SUBMITTED TO||TIME|
|1||Plan courses for degree||Graduate Advisor||Graduate Advisor||Prior to registration|
|2||Set up thesis advisory committee and title, if applicable||Graduate Advisor||Graduate Advisor||Prior to filing "Program for the Master's Degree and Admission to Candidacy" form|
|3||File "Masters Degree Plan" form||Graduate Advisor or Chair, Advisory Committee||Graduate School Enrollment Management||After first semester of master's coursework, no later than the posted deadline|
|4||File changes in degree program, if necessary||Graduate Advisor or Chair, Advisory Committee||Graduate School Enrollment Management||As needed|
|5||Enroll in semester of graduation (at least 3 hours of thesis, if defending thesis)||Graduate Advisor or Chair, Advisory Committee||Registrar||Semester of graduation|
|6||File "Statement of Intention to Graduate" form, including official title of thesis, if applicable. (Not to be confused with the "Program for Master's Degree and Admission to Candidacy" form see #3 above)||Student||Graduate School Enrollment Management||Semester of graduation no later than posted deadline (One must be filed for each intended graduation semester)|
|7||Schedule final comprehensive examination and/or defense. Send email to the Thesis Coordinator indicating the time and date of the defense.||Student||Graduate School Thesis Coordinator||Semester of graduation (usually about 6 weeks before graduation or no later than posted deadline)|
|8||After the defense, the chair sends the Report on the Comprehensive Exam form to the Graduate School Masters Coordinator||Graduate Advisor or Chair, Advisory Committee||Graduate School Enrollment Management||Semester of graduation (usually about 6 weeks before graduation or no later than posted deadline)|
|9||Obtain committee signatures on the Oral Defense and Thesis-Dissertation Approval Form and submit to Graduate School||Student (thesis option)||Graduate School Thesis Coordinator||Prior to deadline during semester of graduation|
|10||Pay the Thesis-Dissertation fee, if applicable||Student (thesis option)||Student Business Services||Prior to deadline during semester of graduation|
|11||After incorporating committee changes, submit .pdf file of thesis to the ETD site for official review||Student (thesis option)||Graduate School Thesis Coordinator||Semester of graduation (usually 5 weeks before graduation date or no later than posted deadline)|
|12||Final grade for thesis hours (A or B) Grade will be "CR" until final semester||Chair, Advisory Committee||Registrar – Final grade roll||End of semester|
|13||Submit official .pdf of thesis to ETD web site (MM students submit PDF programs to ETD site and turn CDs of performances in to the Graduate School)||Student (thesis option)||Graduate School Thesis Coordinator||Prior to deadline.|
Doctoral Programs: Required Steps
|ACTION||INITIATED THROUGH||SUBMITTED TO||TIME|
|1||Plan courses for degree||Graduate Advisor||Graduate Advisor||Prior to registration|
|2||Take preliminary exam (option)||Graduate Advisor||Graduate School Enrollment Management||Early in doctoral study, usually first semester of coursework|
|3||Set up doctoral advisory committee and title||Graduate Advisor||Graduate School Enrollment Management||Prior to filing doctoral degree plan|
|4||File "Program for the Doctoral Degree" form||Graduate Advisor or Chair, Advisory Committee||Graduate School Enrollment Management||Before the end of first year of doctoral coursework|
|5||File changes in degree program, if necessary||Graduate Advisor or Chair, Advisory Committee||Graduate School Enrollment Management||As needed|
|6||Take Qualifying Examination for major and minor subjects||Graduate Advisor or Chair, Advisory Committee||See step #7||After approval of doctoral program and completion of coursework|
|7||Recommendation for admission to candidacy (Qualifying Exam and Admission to Candidacy Recommendation Form)||Chair of Committee||Graduate School Enrollment Management||After passing qualifying exam and no later than 4 months before graduation|
|8||Enroll in semester of graduation if all requirements are met (at least 3 hours)||Graduate Advisor or Chair, Advisory Committee||Registrar||Semester of graduation|
|9||File "Doctoral Intent" form with official title of dissertation listed||Student||Graduate School Enrollment Management||Semester of graduation (One must be filed for each intended graduation semester.)|
|10||Pay the Thesis-Dissertation fee through Student Business Services||Graduate School Dissertation Supervisor||Student Business Services||Semester of graduation (This is paid only once.)|
|11||Schedule final oral defense of dissertation and submit "Doctoral Final Oral Examination Notification Form" at least 3 weeks before defense||Student, Committee Chair, and Advisory Committee||Graduate School Dissertation Supervisor||At least 3 weeks before defense|
|12||Stand for final oral defense of dissertation. Successful defenses are indicated on the Oral Exam and Thesis-Dissertation Approval Form||Advisory Committee||Graduate School Doctoral Coordinator||Semester of graduation|
|13||Submit signed Thesis-Dissertation Approval Form and after incorporating committee changes, submit .pdf file of dissertation to ETD site for review.||Student, Advisory Committee||Graduate School Dissertation Supervisor||Semester of graduation (usually 5 weeks before graduation date)|
|14||Final grade for dissertation hours (A or B)||Committee Chair or Advisory Committee||Registrar-Final Grade Roll||End of semester|
|15||Submit official .pdf of dissertation to ETD web site (DMA students submit PDF programs to ETD site and turn CDs in to the Graduate School)||Student||Graduate School Dissertation Supervisor||Prior to deadline|
|16||Complete Doctoral Survey||Student||http://survey.norc.uchicago.edu/doctorate||Before Graduation|
TO: December 2013 Graduate Candidates
FROM: Lora Lopez, Coordinator/Ralph Ferguson, Associate Dean
SUBJECT: Graduation Ceremony Friday, December 13, 2013
- Arts & Sciences
- Media and Communication
- Human Sciences
- Visual & Performing Arts
The Graduate School December 2013 Commencement will be held onFriday, December 13th, at 7:00 p.m. in the United Spirit Arena. This ceremony is for Masters and Doctoral students that have filed an Intent to Graduate form for this semester. Please contact the Graduate School to verify that your records are in order, (806) 742-2781.
All students will enter through the Drive-in Bay entry at the north end of the Arena (the ramp in the middle of the parking lot on the north side). Tables will be located there to pick up cards (printed with students name and a seat number). You will then go into the Practice Court where chairs will have seat numbers attached, matching numbers on your card so that you will be lined up by colleges. Instructions will be given, and you will form processional lines into the Arena at about 6:45 P.M. Students should arrive by 5:30 P.M. Doctoral candidates will carry their hoods and be formally hooded by their major professor(s). Master's candidates will wear their hoods. All diplomas will be given out to attendees in the City Bank Room upstairs in the arena AFTER the ceremony. Any students who have not met all graduation requirements or who did not attend, will not be able to pick up their diplomas.
Even though the ceremony is on the 13th, diplomas will be dated December 14th, 2013 as that is the actual graduation date. Professor(s) hooding doctoral candidates should be in the Practice Court by at least 5:30 P.M.
PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME or we may not be able to place you in the ceremony. DO NOT BRING purses, keys, or cameras to the Practice Court. Your regalia will need to be ordered through the Barnes and Noble campus bookstore, 806.742.3816 or 1.800.377.7329.
As per Texas Tech University Operating Procedures: a student may only receive 1 copy of a diploma; diplomas will be available for pick up 5 business days following commencement. After the mandatory 5 business days, all remaining diplomas will be mailed to the address listed on your Intent to Graduate form.
If you have decided NOT to attend the December ceremony or will NOT graduate this semester as planned, please notify the Graduate School at (806) 742-2781.
- Contact Master's & Doctoral Programs: Lora Lopez 806.834.3399
- Dissertation Supervisor: Becky Davidson 806.834.3719
- Thesis Coordinator: Anastasia Coles 806.834.4711
NOTE: To be considered, applications must include the following forms:
- Student Activity Release Form
Submit completed forms to:
Melissa Carrillo (email@example.com)
806.834.2009 | 327H Administration Building
- Each applicant must be an author or co-author of the presented research, and personally invited to present.
- Funding is limited to one trip per year, per student.
- All applicants must be enrolled during the dates of travel.
- All funding requests must be received at least 30 days prior to travel.
- The Graduate School can support no more than two nights in Texas or three nights outside of Texas.
- A departmental financial commitment is required... Matching dollars are preferred.
- Please see the Funding Guidelines and Checklist provided in the link below for additional requirements and restrictions.
- All funding requests must include the forms below – completed, printed, and signed – in addition to other required documentation requested on the checklist.
Distance Education Resources
Academic Writing Resources
- Graduate School Thesis-Dissertation Information
- Thesis-Dissertation Formatting Workshop
- Thesis-Dissertation Peer Review Sessions
- University Writing Center Online Services
- Writing Style Manuals
Human Research Protection Program and Institutional Review Board Resources
Library Research Online Resources
- FAQ about Off-Campus Access to Electronic Library Resources
- Library Resources for Distance Students (ILLiad, Electronic Resources, TexShare Card, Research Assistance)
- Library Tutorials Online (EndNote, Literature Review, Research Process)
Online Presentations, Seminars, and Workshops for Graduate Students
- "Grant Writing," Clifford B. Fedler, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, and Michael San Francisco, Interim VP for Research
- "How to Play Nicely with Others: Working and Communicating Effectively with Your Advisor, Committee, and Lab Supervisors," Chance Brooks, Associate Professor
- New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO)
- Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camp 2013
- TLPDC Video Seminars
- "When is Reproducibility an Ethical Issue? Genomics, Personalized Medicine and Human Error," Keith Baggerly, Professor, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center