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As an online student in our English Department, you will be enrolled in the same courses as our onsite students, with the same professors, earning the same quality of degree. Our faculty and online programs are highly ranked for value, high academic standards, and affordability. Completing your Ph.D. in the TTU Technical Communication and Rhetoric program will give you the skills you need to succeed in classes, in applications, and in the workplace!

Our students can expect:


Our English Department offers trusted expertise in online Technical Communication and Rhetoric degree programs.

Our faculty recently won TTU's Departmental Award for Teaching Excellence, and those are the faculty you'll work with in online classes.

We prepare our students to be successful: a recent survey of business recruiters ranked Texas Tech in the top ten universities nationwide in preparing our graduates for the workforce.

And, Texas Tech is in the top 3% of universities in the world, according to the Center for World University Rankings.


When you join the English Department, we want to help you feel part of our home. We offer awards, scholarships, and financial aid for undergraduate students.

The graduate scholarship deadline is February 1. Apply via the TTU Graduate School's Scholarship Portal. See instructions below for current students and incoming students.

For more information, check out our bountiful opportunities for Awards, Scholarships, and Financial Aid in the English Department.


Our Online Ph.D. in Technical Communication and Rhetoric is an accessible program that allows students to attend classes while maintaining a full-time job. We make sure that all the courses you'll need to complete your degree are available for you to take online, and we make sure that those courses can suit your schedule.

In fall, spring, and summer semesters, we offer our courses on weekday evenings in two formats:

  1. some courses are entirely online, meaning that all students attend class via video link
  2. other classes are “hybrid,” meaning that our online students join our onsite students in the classroom via video link.

In both types of courses, online students participate in classroom discussion every step of the way. The video apps we use for these courses – Zoom and Skype – are simple to use and make it easy to be part of the conversation. You can see your professor and your classmates, and you can speak or type to make a contribution. This is just one of the ways we make sure that our online programs give you the same professors, same courses, same degree as you'd get face-to-face.

Each year, students in our online PhD program attend May Seminar, a two-week intensive workshop that gives online TCR doctoral students the opportunity to collaborate with peers and faculty face-to-face.

Ready to start your degree?

For more details, explore the Ph.D. in Technical Communication & Rhetoric.

For questions, please visit our FAQ or contact the TCR Graduate Director