- Graduate Studies Responsibilities
- Graduate School Forms and Resources
- Graduation Deadlines
Frequently Asked Questions
What are my tuition and fees?
Information about tuition and fees, including information about fee waivers, can be
found at Student Business Services. In addition, the Student Business Services TA/RA/GPTI
Tuition Assistance (Fees & Waivers) presentation is available at http://goo.gl/GJcNkM.
Are there scholarships available for graduate students?
The Graduate School administers a variety of different scholarships for graduate students.
What paperwork do I need for my degree program and for graduation?
Students need to make sure they are in contact with the Graduate School as well as
their home departments while planning their degree and graduation.
More information (Masters)...
More information (Doctorate)...
How do I get funding from the Graduate School for travel to conferences?
The Graduate School has limited funds for supporting conference travel that students
may apply for.
For more information, click the Student Travel Funding tab above.
How can I change my student matriculation number into a Social Security number?
For questions concerning matriculation numbers please contact the Office of the Registrar. More Information...
How do I submit my Intent to Graduate Form?
To submit an Intent to Graduate application click on link Intent to Graduate
How do I have my diploma shipped to me overseas?
Express Mail Service through eshipglobal.com
The purpose for offering graduate certificates is to meet the supplemental education needs of professionals. As jobs and job-related responsibilities change, a person often needs additional training in a specific area. For example, an architect who once thought s/he would design new buildings may become involved in preservation of historical districts. If this architect had not taken any historical preservation courses for the primary degree, a graduate certificate in Historic Preservation would provide needed knowledge. Providing graduate certificates for workforce development is a high priority for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
A graduate certificate program is a set of courses that provides in-depth knowledge in a subject matter. The knowledge in the set of courses should provide a coherent knowledge base even if the courses are selected from more than one academic program. The set of courses may be more practice-oriented than the set of courses in a graduate academic program.
Departments that wish to develop new certificate programs should consult the Graduate School Graduate Certificate Development page.
Students intending to complete a Graduate Certificate program should use the following forms:
For more details about individual certificate programs, see the TTU Catalog Graduate Certificate Programs page.
Masters Programs: Required Steps
|ACTION||INITIATED THROUGH||SUBMITTED TO||TIME|
|1||Plan courses for degree||Graduate Advisor||Graduate Advisor||Prior to registration|
|2||Set up thesis advisory committee and title, if applicable||Graduate Advisor||Graduate Advisor||Prior to filing "Program for the Master's Degree and Admission to Candidacy" form|
|3||File "Masters Degree Plan" form||Graduate Advisor or Chair, Advisory Committee||Graduate School Enrollment Services||After first semester of master's coursework, no later than the posted deadline|
|4||File changes in degree program, if necessary||Graduate Advisor or Chair, Advisory Committee||Graduate School Enrollment Services||As needed|
|5||Enroll in semester of graduation (at least 3 hours of thesis, if defending thesis)||Graduate Advisor or Chair, Advisory Committee||Registrar||Semester of graduation|
|6||Apply to Graduate: Go to raiderlink.ttu.edu --> "TTU MyTech" --> "Current Term" --> "Apply to Graduate"||Student||Graduate School Enrollment Services||Semester of graduation no later than posted deadline (One must be filed for each intended graduation semester)|
|7||Schedule final comprehensive examination and/or defense. Send email to the Thesis Coordinator indicating the time and date of the defense.||Student||Graduate School Thesis Coordinator||Semester of graduation (usually about 6 weeks before graduation or no later than posted deadline)|
|8||After the defense, the chair sends the Report on the Comprehensive Exam form to the Graduate School Masters Coordinator||Graduate Advisor or Chair, Advisory Committee||Graduate School Enrollment Services||Semester of graduation (usually about 6 weeks before graduation or no later than posted deadline)|
|9||Obtain committee signatures on the Oral Defense and Thesis-Dissertation Approval Form and submit to Graduate School||Student (thesis option)||Graduate School Thesis Coordinator||Prior to deadline during semester of graduation|
|10||Pay the Thesis-Dissertation fee, if applicable||Student (thesis option)||Student Business Services||Prior to deadline during semester of graduation|
|11||After incorporating committee changes, submit .pdf file of thesis to the ETD site for official review||Student (thesis option)||Graduate School Thesis Coordinator||Semester of graduation (usually 5 weeks before graduation date or no later than posted deadline)|
|12||Final grade for thesis hours (A or B) Grade will be "CR" until final semester||Chair, Advisory Committee||Registrar – Final grade roll||End of semester|
|13||Submit official .pdf of thesis to ETD web site (MM students submit PDF programs to ETD site and turn CDs of performances in to the Graduate School)||Student (thesis option)||Graduate School Thesis Coordinator||Prior to deadline.|
Doctoral Programs: Required Steps
|ACTION||INITIATED THROUGH||SUBMITTED TO||TIME|
|1||Plan courses for degree||Graduate Advisor||Graduate Advisor||Prior to registration|
|2||Take preliminary exam (option)||Graduate Advisor||Graduate School Enrollment Services||Early in doctoral study, usually first semester of coursework|
|3||Set up doctoral advisory committee and title||Graduate Advisor||Graduate School Enrollment Services||Prior to filing doctoral degree plan|
|4||File “Program for the Doctoral Degree” form||Graduate Advisor or Chair, Advisory Committee||Graduate School Enrollment Services||Before the end of first year of doctoral coursework|
|5||File changes in degree program, if necessary||Graduate Advisor or Chair, Advisory Committee||Graduate School Enrollment Services||As needed|
|6||Take Qualifying Examination for major and minor subjects||Graduate Advisor or Chair, Advisory Committee||See step #7||After approval of doctoral program and completion of coursework|
|7||Recommendation for admission to candidacy (Qualifying Exam and Admission to Candidacy Recommendation Form)||Chair of Committee||Graduate School Enrollment Services||After passing qualifying exam and no later than 4 months before graduation|
|8||Enroll in semester of graduation if all requirements are met (at least 3 hours)||Graduate Advisor or Chair, Advisory Committee||Registrar||Semester of graduation|
|9||Apply to Graduate: Go to raiderlink.ttu.edu --> "TTU MyTech" --> "Current Term" --> "Apply to Graduate"||Student||Graduate School Enrollment Services||Semester of graduation (One must be filed for each intended graduation semester.)|
|10||Pay the Thesis-Dissertation fee through Student Business Services||Graduate School Dissertation Supervisor||Student Business Services||Semester of graduation (This is paid only once.)|
|11||Schedule final oral defense of dissertation and submit “Doctoral Final Oral Examination Notification Form” at least 3 weeks before defense||Student, Committee Chair, and Advisory Committee||Graduate School Dissertation Supervisor||At least 3 weeks before defense|
|12||Stand for final oral defense of dissertation and send result by memo to the Graduate School (Doctoral Defense Report)||Advisory Committee||Graduate School Doctoral Coordinator||Semester of graduation|
|13||Submit signed Thesis-Dissertation Approval Form and after incorporating committee changes, submit .pdf file of dissertation to ETD site for review.||Student, Advisory Committee||Graduate School Dissertation Supervisor||Semester of graduation (usually 5 weeks before graduation date)|
|14||Final grade for dissertation hours (A or B)||Committee Chair or Advisory Committee||Registrar-Final Grade Roll||End of semester|
|15||Submit official .pdf of dissertation to ETD web site (DMA students submit PDF programs to ETD site and turn CDs in to the Graduate School)||Student||Graduate School Dissertation Supervisor||Prior to deadline|
|16||Complete Doctoral Survey||Student||https://sed.norc.org/showRegister.do||Before Graduation|
Graduate School Spring 2016 Commencement
WHEN: Friday, May 20, 2016
WHERE: United Supermarket Arena
The Graduate School Spring 2016 commencement will be held on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. in the United Supermarket Arena. This ceremony is for Master's and Doctoral students
who have submitted an application to graduate for the spring term.
Your regalia must be ordered through the Barnes and Noble campus bookstore, 806.742.3816 or 1.800.377.7329.
DO NOT BRING purses, keys, or cameras to the Practice Court.
Students may not have any type of decoration on their caps (mortar boards). Caps that have any type of decor will be exchanged for a plain cap.
- All Students should arrive no later than 5:30 P.M Students will enter through the drive-in bay entry at the north end of the arena (ramp located in the middle of the parking lot on the north side).
- Upon arrival, students will check in at the tables located at the entrance. Students will receive a reader card (printed with student's name and a seat number).
- Students should proceed into the Practice Court and locate the matching seat number as indicated on the reader card. Please keep your card in hand at all times prior to and during the ceremony.
- Master's candidates will wear their hoods.
- Doctoral candidates will carry their hoods and be formally hooded by their major professor(s). Professor(s) hooding doctoral candidates should be in the Practice Court by at least 6:00 P.M.
All diplomas will be given out to attendees in the City Bank Room upstairs in the arena AFTER the ceremony. Any students who have not met all graduation requirements will not be able to pick up their diploma.
As per Texas Tech University Operating Procedures: a student may only receive 1 diploma. Any diplomas not picked up following the commencement ceremony will be available for pick up at the Graduate School office for 5 business days following commencement. After the mandatory 5 business days, diplomas will be mailed to the address listed on the application to graduate.
If you have decided NOT to attend the May ceremony or will NOT graduate this semester as planned, please notify the Graduate Enrollment Services team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: To be considered, applications must include the following forms:
- Guidelines and Checklist
- Funding Application
- Student Activity Release Form
- Reference Guide
Submit completed forms to:
Melissa Carrillo (email@example.com)
806.834.2009 | 328 Administration Building
- As a requirement for receiving travel funding, you must attend at least three professional development workshops sponsored or co-sponsored by the Graduate School. These events are listed on the Graduate School's "Calendar of Events" webpage (http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/Events/index.php) that is updated during the semester as events are introduced. Once you attend an event, you must record your attendance with the Graduate School through the following link: http://ttu.mobi/travel. A link to this reporting webpage will also be included on the Graduate School website: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/students/current/Travel.php.
- All of our funding will be expended on a first-come/first-served basis.
- All funding requests must be received at least 30 days prior to travel.
- Each applicant must be the presenting author of an oral or poster paper; Confirmation that the talk or poster has been accepted must be provided.
- All applicants must be enrolled during the dates of travel.
- Funding is limited to one trip per student per fiscal year (Sept 1-Aug 31)
- The Graduate School will provide only partial funding for travel up to a maximum of $500 for Doctoral students admitted to candidacy, $450 for other Doctoral students, and $400 for Masters students. A departmental financial commitment is required of at least 50% of the graduate school allocation.
- The Graduate School supports no more than two nights in Texas or three nights outside of Texas.
- Please see the Funding Guidelines and Checklist provided in the link below for additional requirements and restrictions.
- All funding requests must include the forms below – completed, printed and signed – in addition to other required documentation requested on the checklist.
- See helpful links at https://www.fiscal.ttuhsc.edu/travel2/Help/links.aspx.
Distance Education Resources
Professional Development Events
Graduate School Travel Fund and Fellowship Recipients: You may view these archived events for professional development credit. Once you view an event, you must record your attendance with the Graduate School through the following link: http://ttu.mobi/travel.
- "Anatomy of an Effective Hypothesis," Amanda Williams
- NEW!"External Graduate Fellowships," Tim Dallas, Associate Dean of the Graduate School
- "Grant Writing," Clifford Fedler, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, and Michael San Francisco, Interim VP for Research
- "How to Play Nicely with Others: Working and Communicating Effectively with Your Advisor, Committee, and Lab Supervisors," Chance Brooks, Associate Professor
- "How to Present Research at an Academic Conference," Andrew Farley, Associate Professor
- New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO)
- "Present with Passion, Confidence, and Success," Clifford Fedler, Associate Dean of the Graduate School
- "Research Poster Design," Ching Lee and Anastasia Coles
- Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camp 2013
- "Thesis-Dissertation Formatting Workshop," Becky Davidson and Anastasia Coles
- "When is Reproducibility an Ethical Issue? Genomics, Personalized Medicine and Human Error," Keith Baggerly, Professor, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
- "Writing a Research Statement," Micah Green, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
Academic Writing Resources
- Graduate School Thesis-Dissertation Information
- Resources for Poster Design
- Thesis-Dissertation Formatting Workshop
- Thesis-Dissertation Peer Review Sessions
- University Writing Center Online Services
- Writing Style Manuals
Human Research Protection Program and Institutional Review Board Resources
- "Creating an IRB Proposal," Rick Shupe, Senior Analyst, Human Research Protection Program
- HRPP and IRB
- Online HRPP and IRB Trainings for Researchers
Library Research Online Resources
- FAQ about Off-Campus Access to Electronic Library Resources
- Library Resources for Distance Students (ILLiad, Electronic Resources, TexShare Card, Research Assistance)
- Library Tutorials Online (EndNote, Literature Review, Research Process)