STATE, NATIONAL, AND INTERNATIONAL NEEDS
The conservation of cultural and natural
heritage is a global issue that is crucial for societal well-being.
It is also important to the tourism industry that constitutes
the state and nation's fastest growing industries. It has been
documented that historical, cultural and natural sites are major
attractions for visitors from across the nation and around the
There is a shortage of suitably trained
heritage management personnel, especially with an understanding
of conservation's relationship with tourism. There is a disturbing
lack of awareness among those who research, interpret, and protect
the natural and cultural heritage of the state and nation.
Graduates of the Heritage Management
track will be employed by government agencies at the local,
state, regional, national, and international levels, and with
private industry, consulting firms, nonprofit organizations,
and educational institutions.
Students in the Heritage Management
track will be eligible for all Texas Tech graduate
scholarships. Due to Coordinating Board requirements, no student
is exempt from tuition and fees; however, certain expenses can
be adjusted or waived for institutionally identified employment
or scholastic determinations. As examples: Research Assistants
and Teaching Assistants receive tuition and fee considerations,
and students receiving scholastic-based scholarships can benefit
from a different tuition scale.
Texas Tech and the Museum are working
on establishing an endowment to provide academic support (scholarships
and other assistance) for students in the Museum Science Program.
MANAGEMENT DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Students earning a degree in Heritage
Management are required to pass a written qualifying examination
before beginning a thesis or internship. During the final month
of enrollment the student must pass a comprehensive final written
and oral examination administered by the advisory committee.
The thesis (as a chosen option) represents a scholarly presentation
of work performed under the guidance of the advisory committee.
Guidelines for the qualifying exam, thesis, and final examination
will follow those described in the Texas
Tech University Graduate School catalog's Policies and Regulations
section. Students opting for an internship must have approval
of the host location before entering an internship agreement.