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 and the Graduate Faculties. No single criterion is used. Credentials are evaluated according to the following criteria.

  • GPA from undergraduate/graduate study
  • TOEFL scores (International Students)
  • GRE scores
  • 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

Prescribed coursework and electives are designed for each student under the guidance of the Doctoral Advisory Committee or the student's Dissertation Committee. 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

Admission Deadline:

Fall: April 15

How to Apply

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

Department of Design