Texas Tech University

Applying to Texas Tech

The Application Process

Students are admitted to graduate study (in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters) by the Graduate School on the recommendation of the Department.

Students applying to the Master's Thesis and PhD in Natural Resources Management are strongly encouraged to begin contacting faculty members with whom they would like to work before they submit their Graduate School and departmental applications. Applicants should inquire about assistantships and funding when they contact faculty members. Faculty bios, research interests, publications, and contact information can be found here.  

Master's Non-Thesis students are self-funded and will be assigned faculty members during their first semester at Texas Tech.


The NRM department accepts applications during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters each year. We ask that applicants submit completed applications at least 10 weeks prior to the start of the semester. The deadlines are: November 1, 2017 for Spring 2018; April 6, 2018 for Summer 2018, and July 6, 2018 for Fall 2018.

Admissions FAQs

Q: What are the programs offered?
A: Students can apply to either the Master's Thesis, the Master's Non-Thesis, or the PhD degree programs. The department also offers an online-only program, the Professional Science Master's. More information about the PSM program can be found here.  

Q: How many hours do I have to complete to graduate?
A: Master's Thesis students take a minimum of 24 hours of coursework, 6 hours of research, and 6 hours of thesis. Master's Non-Thesis students take a minimum of 36 hours of coursework. There is no research or thesis component to the Master's Non-Thesis. PhD students take a minimum of 60 hours of coursework, 6 hours of research, and 12 hours of dissertation. PhD students can transfer up to 27 hours of coursework from their Master's. Transfer credits are accepted at the discretion of the Graduate School and can only be applied if the courses taken elsewhere have equivalents at Texas Tech.

Q: What are the required components of the graduate application?
A: Applicants must apply to both the Graduate School and the department. Students applying for Spring 2018 will apply through www.applytexas.org. Students applying for Summer 2018 will apply through www.choosegrad.ttu.edu. The departmental application requires: the graduate student information sheet, a resume and/or vita, personal statement, 3 letters of reference, unofficial transcripts, and GRE scores. All departmental application components can be emailed directly to the Graduate Program Assistant at Maggie.Zebracka@ttu.edu.

Q: What department should I select on the Graduate School application?
A: Select "Wildlife, Aquatic, and Wildlands Science and Management" on the Graduate School application.

Q: How long should the personal statement be?
A: We have no official requirement regarding the length of the personal statement, although the typical length is between one and three pages. It should address personal interests and goals in this graduate research program and career objectives after graduation.

Q: Do I have to take the GREs?
A: The GRE general test is required. The test should be taken well in advance of the application deadline. The GRE reporting code for Texas Tech University is 6827. There is no department reporting code.

Q: Does the department require that students achieve a minimum score on the GRE general test?
A: The department has no minimum GRE score requirement, nor do we have an official policy stipulating an acceptable range of GRE scores.

Q: Do I have to take the TOEFL exam if my native language is not English?
A: Yes. Texas Tech University requires this exam. Further information can be found on the Graduate School's website at https://www.depts.ttu.edu/international/ieem/admission/englishProof.php.

Q: Can I apply to the graduate program if my undergraduate and/or Master's degree is not in Natural Resources Management, Conservation, Ecology, Biology, or a related field?
A: Yes. Your record, however, must demonstrate substantial coursework and research ability in the sciences.

Q: Can I apply to the PhD program without an MS/MA?
A: No. All incoming PhD students must have a Master's degree prior to beginning their studies at Texas Tech. Students applying to the MS degree program are required to have a Bachelor's.

Q: Is there financial support offered for MS and PhD students?
A: Financial support is determined by the student's advisor, though generally, fully-funded MS students receive around $16,000 per year (with tuition remission) and fully-funded PhD students receive around $18,000 per year (with tuition remission). All students are required to pay University fees each semester. Master's Non-Thesis and Professional Science Master's students are self-funded.