Texas Tech University

Ph.D. Application & Program Requirements

Dr. Chambers speaking to class


Application Process

The TTU Grad school is going through a transition in the application process, and it is a little disjointed this year.

Here are the step you need to follow to apply. 

1.  Fill out the graduate school application at Apply Texas (https://www.applytexas.org). Pay the application fee and hit submit when done.

2.  Then email as attachments the following things to graduate.admissions@ttu.edu (cc me on the email at coy.callison@ttu.edu). 

  • Resume & Cover letter
  • Career goals
  • Personal Statement (why you want to go to graduate school and why at TTU)
  • Letters of Recommendation from three professors
  • Samples of academic / professional work in communication (if you have any)
  • Proof of GRE Scores

3.  Mail GRE scores, TOEFL scores (if required) and official transcripts from all of the colleges and universities that you have attended to Texas Tech University Graduate School.

Postal Mailing Address
Texas Tech University
Office of Graduate Admissions
Box 41030
Lubbock, TX 79409-1030


Physical Mailing Address (Express Mail)
Texas Tech University
Office of Graduate Admissions
Boston Ave. at Akron Ave.
Administration 328
Lubbock, TX 79409-1030

About the deadline: The official deadline for us to receive your application is March 1 for the first round of considerations. However, we look at applications as we receive them. As such we encourage applicants to submit all materials as soon as they are able.

Also, in rare circumstances we will accept someone after the deadline has passed. If you have missed the deadline and would like to apply, contact Dr. Callison (coy.callison@ttu.edu). He will advise you from there.

Students who are currently enrolled in a M.A. program in the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech must apply in order to transfer to the Ph.D. program. The admission standards for the Ph.D. program are more stringent than for the M.A., and not all M.A. students will be admitted to the Ph.D. program. All other students must apply for admission to the Ph.D. program as a new student.

Admission Standards

Admission to the doctoral program is based on a holistic assessment of the student's promise for completing requirements for the doctorate and making a contribution to the field of Media & Communication.  Materials reviewed include your personal statement, letters of recommendation, GPA and GRE scores.  GRE scores neither insure admission nor automatically disqualify an applicant.

Students who are most likely to succeed in our program will submit GRE scores above the 60th percentile and GPAs of 3.4 or higher.

Curriculum Requirements

The doctoral degree requires a minimum of 75 hours of coursework beyond the bachelor's degree or a minimum of 48 hours of coursework beyond the master's degree. In addition, all students must complete at least 12 dissertation hours.

The coursework must include a minimum of 6 to a maximum of 15 hours in a minor area outside of Media & Communication.

Curriculum Details

Required core courses:

  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Topic-specific Research Methods (rotates Survey, Experiment, Content Analysis, Historical, Cultural/Critical, etc.—students must select at least one)
  • Seminar in Media and Communication Theory
  • Advanced Media and Communication Theory
  • Data Analysis
  • Advanced Data Analysis (can be quantitative or qualitative focused)
  • Eight other courses than must include a minimum of two and maximum of five courses outside of the College. The remaining courses will be COMC electives and/or independent study courses with research faculty.


39 hours of Media & Communication electives beyond the bachelor's degree

12 hours of Media & Communication electives beyond the master's degree in Media & Communication.  Students with a master's degree in Mass Communications may substitute some courses from their master's for core courses. These substitutions may increase the number of electives required.

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Program Examination

Two examinations and a dissertation will mark your progress through the program.

The first of the examinations is a competency exam that covers mass communications theory and research methods.  This exam is used to counsel students and must be taken after completing 12 hours of course work. You may be required to complete additional work in theory or research methods following this examination.

The second examination is the qualifying examination, and it is taken at the end of all coursework but before beginning the dissertation.  The qualifying examination covers research, theory and your minor area of study.  Students who fail this examination are permitted to take it again after four months.  Students who fail a second time may be dismissed from the graduate program.

Qualifying Exam
Research Competency Exam
Ph.D. Exam Information

Dissertation Committee

After completion of the qualifying examination, you will identify a dissertation committee consisting of four members of the graduate faculty.  Three members must be from The College of Media & Communication and one from the student's minor or cognate area.  With the guidance of this committee you must present a dissertation proposal and, after completion of the research, defend the dissertation.