Admissions, Application & Administration

Admissions

To enter a program leading to a graduate degree in History at Texas Tech University, you must be admitted by both the Graduate School and the Department of History. Each has its own application requirements and forms. The Department of History cannot consider your application until your admissions file in the Graduate School is complete. The checklists below outline the requirements for both the Department of History and the Graduate School Admissions Process. For some general advice on applying to graduate school, please click here for an AHA article on navigating the graduate admissions process.

 

TTU Graduate School

Graduate School Admissions
Texas Tech University
Box 1030
Lubbock, Texas 79409-1030
Graduate School Website

Application Checklist for the Graduate School:

  1. Complete the general online application: ApplyTexas Application 
  2. Pay your application fee: $60 initial application fee, or $50 for each subsequent application (including readmits, program/level/entry date changes).
  3. Have GRE Scores sent to the Graduate School.
  4. Send an official copy of all transcripts of post-secondary work to the Graduate School.

 

Department of History Application Form

Download, print, and fill out the application for graduate program admission:
Graduate Application.

Mail all Department of History Materials to:

Graduate Studies Coordinator
Department of History
Texas Tech University
2500 Broadway Ave.
Box 41013
Lubbock Texas 79409-1013

 

Application Checklist for the History Department:

  1. Complete the History Department Application Available above.
  2. Download and complete the Department of History application for graduate program admission (see above)
  3. Contact Faculty with whom you wish to study to discuss the possibility of working with them.
  4. Send copy of all Transcripts of post-secondary work to the History Department.
  5. Have three referees (preferably those familiar with your academic record) submit letters of recommendation to the History Department at the address listed above.
  6. Submit a statement of purpose outlining your reasons for wanting to study History at the Graduate Level, your goals in the field, and your particular strengths and aptitudes for Graduate Study in History.
  7. Submit a 10 to 20 page writing sample such as a thesis chapter, research paper or some other written work indicative of your abilities as a writer and researcher.

 

Please Note: Applicants are responsible for arranging their own GRE tests, for having the scores sent to the Graduate School, and for having transcripts sent to the Graduate School. No application will be considered by the admissions committee until both the Graduate School and Department of History files are complete.

 

Admission Deadlines:

For Spring 2015 Enrollment:

Completed applications must be received by October 15, 2014, and final admission decisions will be made soon thereafter. Completed applications are those which include all required materials for both the History department portion and the Graduate School portion. Students who begin their enrollment in spring semesters will be able to apply for funding for the following academic year (beginning in the fall). Funding is not normally available for spring admissions.

For Fall 2015 Enrollment:

Completed applications must be received by January 19, 2015. Completed applications are those which include all required materials for both the History department portion and the Graduate School portion. Late applications will not be considered.

Final admission decisions on all complete files will be made by April 15 at the latest.

For Summer Enrollments:

The Department of History does not accept applications for summer admission. Students admitted for the fall semester may begin taking graduate courses in the summer before that fall semester begins.  This arrangement must be discussed with the Graduate Coordinator and approved by the department. Students should be aware that summer graduate course offerings are limited.

 

Any student who, because of a disability, may require some special arrangements in order to meet degree requirements may gain information about possible accommodations by contacting the History Department and/or the Dean of Students Office's AccessTech.

 

Admission to the Master of Arts Program

A student qualifying for admission to the Graduate School may gain unconditional admission to the department's master's program by meeting the following standards:

  • Possession of a bachelor's degree in history or at least 24 hours of undergraduate history or sufficient courses in related disciplines to indicate a background in the general area of humanistic studies.
  • An overall grade-point average on undergraduate work of 3.00.
  • At least 18 hours of undergraduate history with grades of B or above. Students must take the Graduate Record Examination. In no case will GRE scores serve by themselves as a sufficient criterion for acceptance or rejection.

A student may receive conditional admission to the department's M.A. program by meeting the following standards:

  • Possession of a bachelor's degree in history or at least 18 hours of undergraduate history and sufficient courses in related disciplines to indicate knowledge of the general area of humanistic studies. Students with less than 24 hours of undergraduate work may be required to do leveling work as a part of their conditional admission.
  • An overall grade-point average of 2.50
  • Students must take the Graduate Record Examination. In no case will GRE scores serve by themselves as a sufficient criterion for acceptance or rejection.

Students admitted conditionally must maintain at least a 3.25 grade-point average in the first full semester (or 12 hours if enrolled for less than a full course load) of graduate work. Students who meet the minimum qualifications for entrance to the Graduate School, but who fail to meet the requirements for conditional admission to a degree program in history, may secure conditional admission by completing one full semester's work (or 12 hours if they enroll for less than a full load of graduate course work) in history with a grade-point average higher than a 3.25. In no case will GRE scores serve by themselves as a sufficient criterion for acceptance or rejection.

An appeals committee, normally the Graduate Studies Committee, may consider special cases for admission and make recommendations to the Graduate Faculty.

The department will accept credit by examination for leveling work. Course requirements for conditional admission may be waived in exceptional circumstances. Students should consult with the Graduate Advisor.

Admission to the PhD. Program

Regular Admission to the Doctoral Program

A student qualifying for admission to the Graduate School may gain admission to the department's doctoral program by meeting the following standards:

  • Possession of a master's degree which includes at least 18 hours of course work in history.
  • An overall grade-point average in all graduate work of 3.50.
  • Students must take the Graduate Record Examination. In no case will GRE scores serve by themselves as a sufficient criterion for acceptance or rejection.

Conditional Admission to the Doctoral Program

A student may receive conditional admission to the department's doctoral program by meeting the following standards:

  • Possession of a master's degree in a related discipline or a degree with less than 18 hours of graduate course work in a related discipline.
  • An overall grade-point average in all previous graduate courses of less than 3.50.
  • Students must take the Graduate Record Examination. In no case will GRE scores serve by themselves as a sufficient criterion for acceptance or rejection.

Students admitted conditionally must maintain at least a 3.50 grade-point average through the first semester of their graduate work or through their first 12 hours of graduate work if they enroll for less than a full course load.

Students who meet the minimum qualifications for entrance to the Graduate School, but who fail to meet the requirements for conditional admission to the doctoral program in history, may secure conditional admission by completing one full semester's work (or 12 hours if they enroll for less than a full load of graduate course work) in history with a minimum grade-point average of 3.50.

Students admitted to the Doctoral program as Non-Degree seeking graduate students by the Graduate School must complete six hours of graduate work in History before applying for regular admission to the program.

An appeals committee, normally the Graduate Studies Committee, may consider special cases for admission and make recommendations to the Graduate Faculty.

Course requirements for conditional admission may be waived in exceptional circumstances. Students should consult with the Graduate Director.