Texas Tech University

Interior and Environmental Design

Program Information

Admission to the Graduate School must be obtained through the Graduate Admissions Office. Admission to a graduate program in the area of Environmental Design is based on a review by the Director of Graduate Programs for graduate students and the faculty. No single criterion is used. Credentials are evaluated according to the following criteria.

  • GPA from undergraduate/graduate study
  • TOEFL scores (International Students)
  • Copies of official transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation (preferably from both academic and industry sources)
  • Portfolio Review

Applicant's Career Goals

  • Applicant's career objectives
  • Telephone and/or on-campus interview

Resume or Vitae

  • Special accomplishments in industry or academic pursuits
  • Leadership experience
  • Other experience relevant to the pursuit of a graduate degree

A doctoral plan of study will be designed for each student under the guidance of the Doctoral Advisory Committee and approved by the Associate Chairperson. For additional information refer to the Graduate Catalog, Policies and Regulations (see Graduate Adviser for handbook). The following guidelines apply:

Total Hours

75 hours beyond the Baccalaureate (minimum) exclusive of thesis and dissertation.

45 hours beyond the Master's exclusive of the dissertation (minimum).

Dissertation hours to be taken per semester are determined by Chairperson of Dissertation Committee. Each committee member will receive one hour of credit during enrollment periods requiring their input.

The number of hours for which a student must enroll in each semester depends upon the level of involvement in research and the use of University facilities and faculty time. Students in residence and devoting full time to thesis or dissertation research may be permitted to enroll for a lower number of hours, depending on the level of activity and the judgment of the Committee Chairperson or the Graduate Adviser. However, in the semester in which students expect to complete their work and conduct the defense, enrollment will be above the minimum, to cover the more intense reading and processing time involved by committee members.

A student may apply up to 24 hours (maximum) taken in a completed Master's program toward the Ph.D. degree, provided the courses meet the statutes of time limitations and are considered equivalent to existing Texas Tech courses that would normally fit within the student's doctoral program of study (does not include thesis hours). Leveling work may be required.

A maximum of six (6) semester hours credit completed beyond the Master's prior to admission to the program will be evaluated for credit toward a degree. No more than 12 semester hours (taken as a special student) earned prior to admission to a degree program will be counted toward degree requirements.

Degree Plan

Ph.D. Degree Plan

How to Apply

Summer/Fall 2018 Applications

The Graduate School online application system is designed to help you easily navigate through the application process and ensure you complete your application in a timely manner. 

ALL documents must be submitted through the online portal and directly to the department.

How to Apply

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Spring 2018 Applicants

Step 1

Apply to the Graduate School

  • Apply to Texas Tech University's Graduate School: Online application
  • Pay the application fee

For information about scholarships from the TTU Graduate School, please go to: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/financial/GeneralFellowships.php

Step 2

Submit documents to the Graduate School

Applicant File Upload Portal

The Applicant File Upload Portal may only be accessed once. Please make sure you have prepared ALL required documents before continuing.

Within 24 hours of submitting your Apply Texas application you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to activate your eRaider account. You must have activated the eRaider account to upload documents to the Graduate School.

Uploading your documents may take up to 1 hour and you will be able to access the system only once. Please make sure you have completed and compiled all of the requested information before starting this step.

All documents must be PDF files which are no larger than 2MB each.

Required Documents:

  • Resume/CV
  • Portfolio
  • Personal Statement of Professional Goals
  • Written Sample
  • Passport Bio Page (International Students)
  • Proof of Financial Support (International Students)
  • ALL Unofficial Copies of Degrees
  • ALL Unofficial Copies of College/University Transcript
  • Email addresses for 3 persons who will submit recommendations
  • GRE scores

1. Go to the Applicant File Upload Portal

2. Create a profile and confirm which term and program you are applying to.

3. In tab 1:

  • Upload your Resume/CV, Professional Statement of Professional Goals, and Written Sample. Please submit the document only once.

4. In tab 2:

  • International students will submit their passport bio page and proof of financial support.
  • All applicants will upload (unofficial) copies or scans of their degree certificates.
  • All applicants will upload their portfolio.

5. In tab 3:

  • Upload unofficial copies of College and University transcripts.

6. In tab 4:

  • Provide the official e-mail address of up to three (3) persons willing to provide a letter of recommendation. Each recommender will receive an email from the system with a fillable two-page PDF recommendation form and a dedicated link for its submission.

7. In tab 5:

  • Upload GRE score report, and where appropriate, proof of English proficiency for International Applicants, such as TOEFL or IELTS.

8. Click "Finish" to submit your materials.

Once your documents have been submitted in the Applicant File Upload Portal, you will then be able to start tracking your application status in the Raiderlink portal.

Department of Design