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Graduate Program Overview


Ph.D. in Interior and Environmental Design

M.S. in Environmental Design

Program Descriptions

The Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program provides study opportunities in the areas of Interior and Environmental Design. A minimum of 66 semester credit hours of graduate work beyond the bachelor's degree, exclusive of credit for the dissertation, is required. Students develop a course of study in consultation with an Advisery committee. A preliminary examination is required before the end of the second semester of work. Leveling course work may be required to remove subject matter deficiencies revealed by the preliminary examination. Following the completion of coursework, a qualifying examination is administered. See degree plan.

The Master of Science Degree Program emphasizes Environmental Design. The master's degree includes two options; the thesis and report options. While the report option offers the possibility of addressing a line of inquiry based on a phenomenological approach-basic research; the thesis option paves the way for inquiries based on applied research, which constitute an excellent preparation towards the doctoral degree. Appropriate leveling course work may be required when the degree plan is designed. A minimum of 30 semester credit hours including 6 credit hours for thesis/report is required. See degree plan.

Current Graduate Research Projects

  • Sustainability, Design and Pedagogy: Symbiosis Between Learning and Application
  • Accommodating University Students with ADHD: Distracter Alleviation through Classroom and Disability Services and Design
  • An Integrative Approach for Successful Aging in Continuing Care Retirement Communities
  • Designing a Retail Clothing Store Environment to Influence Consumer Impressions through Lighting
  • Inclusive Classroom Design for Elementary School Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • The Historical Significance of and the Recommendations for the Algerita Hotel in Post, Texas
  • A Study of How the Physical Environment Affects Wandering Behavior in Nursing Home Design

Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University prides itself on being a major comprehensive research university that retains the sense of a smaller liberal arts institution. Although enrollment is over 30,000, Texas Tech students boast of one-on-one interaction with top faculty and an environment that stresses student accomplishment above all else. We're large enough to provide the best in facilities and academics, but small enough to focus on you. We are committed to enhancing the cultural and economic development of the state, nation, and world. Texas Tech students come from every county in Texas, all 50 states and more than 90 foreign countries. Tech offers 150 undergraduate degree programs through 11 academic colleges, a graduate school and a school of law. We offer more than 100 master's degree programs and over 50 doctoral degree programs.

College and Department Description

The College of Human Sciences at TTU is among the three largest colleges of its kind in the nation. The Department of Design is one of four departments within the College. The Department includes undergraduate programs in apparel design and manufacturing, and interior design. The Interior Design program is CIDA accredited. The Department of Design graduate faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for achievements in evidence-based design, healthcare and the built environment, ergonomics, sustainability, and adaptive re-use.

Faculty Expertise

Professional Opportunities

Academic positions in higher education and research, leadership positions in design and consulting practices in industry, government and education, professional opportunities in design firms, professional opportunities in retail establishments, professional opportunities in corporate institutions.

Graduates contribute their skills to design of commercial, institutional, corporate and health care facilities, as well as residential settings. They collaborate with related design professionals providing solutions to social and environmental problems.

Ask an Adviser

Kristi Gaines, Ph.D.
Director of DOD Graduate Programs
Texas Tech University
College of Human Sciences
Department of Design
Lubbock, Texas 79409-1162
(806) 834-4699
Office: HS 103B