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Graduate Program Admissions

To enter a program leading to a graduate degree in History at Texas Tech University, the applicant must apply to and be admitted by both the Graduate School and the Department of History. Each has its own application requirements and forms. The Department of History cannot consider your application until your admissions file in the Graduate School is complete. The procedures below outline the admissions process requirements for both the Department of History and the Graduate School.

 For general advice on applying to graduate school, CLICK HERE for an article published by the American Historical Association on navigating the graduate admissions process. 

 

Department Application Deadlines

For Spring 2018 Enrollment

Completed applications must be received by October 15, 2017. Completed applications are those which include all required materials for both the Department of History and the Graduate School. Late applications will not be considered.

For Fall 2018 Enrollment

Completed applications must be received by January 15, 2018. Completed applications are those which include all required materials for both the Department of History and the Graduate School. Late applications will not be considered.

Summer Enrollments

The Department of History does not accept applications for summer admission. Students admitted for the fall semester may begin taking graduate courses in the summer before the fall semester begins. Students should be aware that summer graduate course offerings are limited. This arrangement must be discussed with the Graduate Coordinator and approved by the department. In addition, students must coordinate with the Graduate School to complete the necessary forms and pay the applicable fee to change their entry date.

 

Application Process for the TTU Graduate School

Students applying to the Department of History graduate program must also apply to the TTU Graduate School. For an overview of the admissions process for the Graduate School and to apply, please visit the Graduate School's application page here.

 

Applying to the Department of History

Please follow these procedures to apply to the Department of History. All application materials will be uploaded through the Graduate School's application portal.

  1. Contact members of the department faculty with whom you wish to study to discuss the possibility of working with them.
  2. Complete the Department of History application. There is no application fee for the department. Upload this form with your other materials to the Graduate School's application portal. If that is not possible, please email your completed form to the Graduate Studies Coordinator.
  3. Send official transcripts of all post-secondary work to the Department of History.
  4. Take the GRE general exam and have your official scores sent to Texas Tech University. We will accept official GRE scores from the previous five years. There is no preset minimum score on the GRE required for admission to the graduate program in History.
  5. Have three referees (preferably those familiar with your academic record) submit letters of recommendation to the Department of History. Letter writers may email the electronic version of their letter to the Graduate Studies Coordinator.
  6. Submit a statement of purpose outlining your reasons for wanting to study history at the graduate level, your goals in the field, and your particular strengths and aptitudes for graduate study in history.
  7. Submit a 10 to 20 page writing sample such as a thesis chapter, research paper, or some other written work indicative of your abilities as a writer and researcher.

 

Please Note:

Applicants are responsible for arranging their own GRE, for having the scores sent to the Graduate School, and for having all official transcripts sent to the Graduate School. No application will be considered by the admissions committee until both the Graduate School and Department of History files are complete.

Any student who, because of a disability, may require some special arrangements in order to meet degree requirements may gain information about possible accommodations by contacting the History Department and/or the Dean of Students Office's AccessTech.


Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Arts Program

A student qualifying for admission to the Graduate School may gain unconditional admission to the department's Master's program by meeting the following standards:

  • Possession of a bachelor's degree in history or at least 24 hours of undergraduate history or sufficient courses in related disciplines to indicate a background in the general area of humanistic studies.
  • An overall grade-point average on undergraduate work of 3.00.
  • At least 18 hours of undergraduate history with grades of B or above.
  • Students must take the GRE general exam. In no case will GRE scores serve by themselves as a sufficient criterion for acceptance or rejection. There is no preset minimum score on the GRE required for admission to the graduate program in History.

Conditional Admission to the M.A. Program

A student can be considered for conditional admission to the department's M.A. program by meeting the following standards:

  • Possession of a bachelor's degree in history or at least 18 hours of undergraduate history and sufficient courses in related disciplines to indicate knowledge of the general area of humanistic studies. Students with less than 24 hours of undergraduate work may be required to do leveling work as a part of their conditional admission.
  • An overall grade-point average of 2.50
  • Completion of the GRE general exam. In no case will GRE scores serve by themselves as a sufficient criterion for acceptance or rejection. There is no preset minimum score on the GRE required for admission to the graduate program in History.

Students admitted conditionally must maintain at least a 3.25 grade-point average in the first full semester (9 hours) of graduate coursework in history.

Students who meet the minimum qualifications for entrance to the Graduate School, but who fail to meet the requirements for conditional admission to a degree program in history, can be considered for conditional admission by completing one full semester of graduate coursework in history with a grade-point average higher than a 3.25. Typically this is done as a Graduate Temporary Student (GTEMP). Please see the Graduate School for information about GTEMP status and enrollment.

An appeals committee, normally the Graduate Studies Committee, may consider special cases for admission and make recommendations to the Graduate Faculty.

The department will accept credit by examination for leveling work. Course requirements for conditional admission may be waived in exceptional circumstances. Students should consult with the Graduate Advisor.

 

Admission to the Doctoral Program

A student qualifying for admission to the Graduate School may gain admission to the department's doctoral program by meeting the following standards:

  • Possession of a master's degree which includes at least 18 hours of course work in history.
  • An overall grade-point average in all graduate work of 3.50.
  • Students must take the GRE general exam. In no case will GRE scores serve by themselves as a sufficient criterion for acceptance or rejection. There is no preset minimum score on the GRE required for admission to the graduate program in History.

Conditional Admission to the Ph.D. Program

A student can be considered for conditional admission to the department's doctoral program by meeting the following standards:

  • Possession of a master's degree in a related discipline or a degree with less than 18 hours of graduate course work in a related discipline.
  • An overall grade-point average in all previous graduate courses of less than 3.50.
  • Students must take the GRE general exam. In no case will GRE scores serve by themselves as a sufficient criterion for acceptance or rejection. There is no preset minimum score on the GRE required for admission to the graduate program in History.

Students admitted conditionally must maintain at least a 3.50 grade-point average through the first semester of their graduate work or through their first 12 hours of graduate work if they enroll for less than a full course load.

Students who meet the minimum qualifications for entrance to the Graduate School, but who fail to meet the requirements for conditional admission to the doctoral program in history, can be considered for conditional admission by completing one full semester of coursework (9 hours) in history with a minimum grade-point average of 3.50.

Students admitted to the Doctoral program as Non-Degree seeking graduate students by the Graduate School must complete six hours of graduate work in History before applying for regular admission to the history graduate program.

An appeals committee, normally the Graduate Studies Committee, may consider special cases for admission and make recommendations to the Graduate Faculty.

Course requirements for conditional admission may be waived in exceptional circumstances. Students should consult with the Director of Graduate Studies.