The WiSE program follows general requirements and policies of doctoral program and
policies of the Graduate School of Texas Tech University. Special considerations for the WISE program are given here.
A person with a Doctor of Philosophy is a steward of the discipline. He or she is responsible for the creation and
implementation of knowledge. The Ph.D. qualifies people to conduct independent research and thereby to contribute to the
creation of new knowledge in the field. It also prepares graduates for research positions in industry.
The specific goals of Ph.D. study are:
Multidisciplinary knowledge of the research, literature, models and practices in the fields of engineering, atmospheric science, economics, or
The ability to conceptualize, conduct, and report original research contributing to the creation of knowledge in wind science and engineering.
The ability to transmit knowledge about wind science and engineering through teaching to students and industry practitioners.
The Ph.D. in Wind Science and Engineering at Texas Tech
The Wind Science and Engineering Research Center at Texas Tech University is pleased to offer the first doctoral degree program in
Wind Science and Engineering in the country. The educational objectives of the program are to provide graduates with the broad education necessary to pursue studies and solve problems related to the detrimental effects of windstorms (hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms, and others) and to take advantage of the wind’s beneficial effects (wind power, natural ventilation, pollution dispersion, etc.). We're focused on education and committed to producing quality graduates that improve people's everyday lives.
Students are admitted to this program if they have a
Master’s or Bachelor's degree in engineering,
atmospheric sciences, economics or physical sciences.
Preference is given to students with a Master’s degree.
In addition, admission is granted only after personal
interview with at least two faculty members representing
the WISE program. Applications are only accepted for
students beginning their study in the Fall semester.
Years of Study
A normal length of study is three years after Master’s degree and four years after Bachelor’s degree.
The doctorate requires at least 60 semester hours of
graduate studies in addition to a dissertation
(requirement of the Graduate School of Texas Tech
University). This 60 hours includes core courses, field
of emphasis courses and a 3 to 4 month internship.
Doctoral Degree Plan / Advisory Committee
Each student is required to file a doctoral degree plan
during the first year of the program or no later than
early part of the second year of the program. The
program will be developed through evaluation of the
student’s background and with advice and consent of a
review committee established by the Director of the
Program. An advisory committee of faculty representing
at least two different disciplines will be recommended
to the Graduate Dean. A chairman of the advisory
committee shall be identified in this recommendation.
There will be a review of each student in the Fall,
Spring, and Summer semesters to assess his/her progress.
The review will be conducted by the graduate
The qualifying examination for Admission to Candidacy for the doctoral degree will be administered by the advisory committee.
The Qualifying Examination shall consist of a two-day written examination and an oral examination. It is expected that the
Qualifying Examination be completed in the early part of the third year of the program after a bachelor’s degree and in the
second year of the program after a master’s degree. Successful completion of this examination is a significant milestone for
Each student is required to submit and defend a
dissertation proposal in front of his/her advisory
committee. The proposal should be in the format required
for an NSF proposal with all the necessary components.
This should be accomplished along with or soon after the
Students admitted to the Ph.D. program will receive
funding as a Research Assistant during the time allotted
for their study. It is expected that students with a
Master’s degree will complete their doctoral degree in
three years and with a Bachelor’s degree in four years.
If dissertation research takes more time, their support
will be at the discretion of the Advisory Committee
Chair. The Research Assistantship includes a stipend and
tuition and fee assistance.
We strongly encourage students to complete the Free Application for Student Aid because as
graduate students you may qualify for Grants. Please look at the Student Financial Aid Web site: www.fina.ttu.edu.
At our Web site, www.wind.ttu.edu, you will find more information and applications, plus links to Texas Tech’s Graduate School Web site. For the Graduate Catalog and Course Schedule go to www.depts.ttu.edu/officialpublications. Please print the applications and start preparing them. After you look at the Web site, please contact the Ph.D. Coordinator if you have questions.
Kelsey Seger, Academic Coordinator
(806)742-3476, Ext. 321