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To Apply to the MS or PhD Programs in the Department of Geosciences.
Prepare your application

1. Please review the general information describing the Department and its graduate degree programs.

2. Please read and review the general guidelines on how to apply to the Graduate School at Texas Tech University.

3. Review the Geosciences Research webpages and identify faculty members who are aliigned with your area of interest. Perspective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Faculty members to check if they are accepting new graduate students for your proposed semester of admission. Please note that the Graudate Committee very rarely admits a student without the consent of a perspective research supervisor and mentor.

4. a) Domestic students, including U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents should prepare the following information and documents:

  1. Department of Geosciences Graduate Application Form.
  2. Two-page resume that brieftly reviews your academic and employment history, and where appropriate, research experience.
  3. A 2- to 3-page letter or statement of intent that describes the purpose and aspirations for pursuing a graduate degree.
  4. The names and professional affiliations and contact details, of at least 3 persons who are willing to provide a letter of recommendation on your behalf.
  5. Unofficial copies of College and University transcripts.
  6. A program-specific questionnaire
    1. For applicants to the MS in Geosciences please complete this form.
    2. For applicants to the MS in Atmospheric Sciences please complete this form.
    3. For applicants to the MS in Geography please complete this form.
    4. For applicants to the PhD in Geosciences (incl. Atmospheric Sciences and Geography) please complete this form.

4. b) International students are encouraged to review the information provided by the Graduate School that is specific to international applicants, and thereafter prepare the following information and documents:

  1. Department of Geosciences Graduate Application Form.
  2. Two-page resume that brieftly reviews your academic and employment history, and where appropriate, research experience.
  3. A 2- to 3-page letter or statement of intent that describes the purpose and aspirations for pursuing a graduate degree.
  4. The names and professional affiliations and contact details, of at least 3 persons who are willing to provide a letter of recommendation on your behalf.
  5. Unofficial copies of College and University transcripts.
  6. A program-specific questionnaire
    1. For applicants to the MS in Geosciences please complete this form.
    2. For applicants to the MS in Atmospheric Sciences please complete this form.
    3. For applicants to the MS in Geography please complete this form.
    4. For applicants to the PhD in Geosciences (incl. Atmospheric Sciences and Geography) please complete this form.
  7. A scan or photocopy of the biographic information in your passport.
  8. Official proof of English proficiency. Acceptable measures of proficiency may include TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic, Cambridge CPE or Cambridge CAE scores, or completion of ELS Level 112. (Please note, students from several countries are exempt from providing evidence of English proficiency - please refer to this list for exemptions). Please note, as per Graduate School guidelines, applicants must meet one of the following minimum measures of English proficiency for admission
    1. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – the minimum required score on the paper-based TOEFL is 550, and the minimum required score on the internet-based TOEFL is 79. The institution code for the TOEFL is 6827.
    2. IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) – the minimum required overall band score on the Academic version is 6.5. There is no institution code for the IELTS. PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) – the minimum required score is 60. There is no institution code for the PTE Academic.
    3. Cambridge CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English) – the minimum required Cambridge CAE grade is B. There is no institution code for the Cambridge CAE.
    4. Cambridge CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English) – the minimum required Cambridge CPE grade is C. There is no institution code for the Cambridge CPE.
    5. ELS EAP (ELS English for Academic Purposes) – submit a transcript and certificate of completion for ELS EAP's Level 112.
  9. Applicants may also provide proof of financial resources and/or support as part of their application materials (please note, these documents may also be provided upon learning of an admission decision).
Submit your application

Applications to graduate programs are administered by the Graduate School, who provide additional and comprehensive details on the process here.

Please make sure you have prepared ALL required documents before starting step 5.

Please Note - There is a 4-6 day lag-time between submitting your ApplyTexas application and reciving your eRaider credentials to access the document upload portal.

  1. To apply as a new, first-time applicant, visit and complete the ApplyTexas application process. The ApplyTexas application is processed in 3-5 business days.
  2. If you have applied to Texas Tech Graduate School before, please complete the Graduate Application Change Form , and send that form to graduate.admissions@ttu.edu.
  3. Pay your application fee: $60 initial application fee or $50 for each subsequent application (including changes of entry date, add/change program requests, or readmission requests). Application fees for new, first-time applications may be paid via ApplyTexas at the time of application submission or by credit card on the Graduate School website.
  4. Approximately 4-6 business days after submitting your Apply Texas application you will recieve an e-mail with instructions on how to activate your eRaider account. You must activate the eRaider account to start the document upload component part of the application process.
  5. Please note that completion of Step 5 may take up to 1 hour, and you are strongly encouraged to have have completed and compiled all of the requested information before starting this step.
  1. Go to the Applicant File Upload Portal to access the interface through which you will submit your information and documents.
  2. Create a profile and confirm which term and program you are applying to.
  3. In tab 1 upload your Resume, and your statement of intent and purpose to the appropriate links.
  4. Also in tab 1, upload your Department Application form to the Cover Letter link.
  5. In tab 2 international students will submit their passport bio page and proof of financial support. All applicants will upload (unofficial) copies or scans of their degree certificates.
  6. In tab 3 all applicants will upload (unofficial copies of their College and University transcripts.
  7. In tab 4 all applicants will provide the official e-mail address of up to three persons willing to provide a letter of recommendation. Each recommender will recieve an email from the system with a fillable two-page PDF recommendation form and a dedicated link for its submission. Please note that if a recommender wishes to submit additional information, you are encourage to ask them to submit their letter directly to the department by emailing it to callum. hetherington@ttu.edu.
  8. In tab 5 all applicants will upload their Department Questionnaire, and, applicants have the option of uploading your GRE score report, and where appropriate, proof of English proficiency.

Deadlines - Domestic Students (Interantional Students should review the Graduate School recommendations)
Fall Admission       :
  For full consideration, complete applications should be received by 30 January in the year of admission..
Spring Admission   :   For full consideration, complete applications should be received by 30 October in the year prior to admission.

If you have any questions concerning the application process, please contact the Graduate Coordinator (see below).

If you have any questions that are related to specific programs, please contact Gary Elbow (Geography) or Chris Weiss (Atmospheric Sciences)

Callum Hetherington  Dr. Callum Hetherington
Office: 127 Science Building
Phone: (806) 834-3110
Fax: (806) 742-0100
E-mail: callum.hetherington@ttu.edu
Address:

Department of Geosciences, MS 1053,
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409-1053

Advising Hours

(Fall 2016)

Monday to Thursday 09:00 - 10:00 am