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Prior to applying, prospective applicants are encouraged to review the general information describing the Department and its graduate degree programs, and to review the documentation required to complete the application process.

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

Review our Research Themes 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. Please note that the Graudate Committee very rarely admits a student without the consent of a perspective research supervisor and mentor.

Admission to Texas Tech University is granted by he Dean of the Graduate School and contingent upon a recommendation by the Department. To recieve full consideration applicants must have a completed application package on record with the Texas Tech Graduate School on-line application system by 1 February in the year of proposed matriculation (for Fall admission).

If you have any problems using the on-line application portal, additional resources may be found here:

Texas Tech Grad Applicant Help Center

E-mail support is available by contacting:

Or, you may recieve help with application-related questions by calling: 1-857-304-2055

During the application process ALL applicants must submit the following

Required Documents::

  1. Two-page CV/Resume that brieftly reviews an applicants academic, employment and research experience.
  2. A 2- to 3-page personal statement that describes an applicants purpose and aspirations for pursuing a graduate degree.
  3. The names, professional affiliation and contact details (including e-mail address), of at least 3 persons who are willing to provide a letter of recommendation on your behalf.
  4. Unofficial copies of College and University transcripts (please - no protected secure documents - please unprotect, or scan the originals for upload).
  5. A copy of your GRE test certificate.
  6. The name(s) of your preferred Faculty supervisor(s) and area of study (e.g petrology, geochemistry, sedimentology, structural geology, geophysics etc).

Optional Documents:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Other documents related to your research experience and/or potential (e.g. undergraduate resaerch reports/theses, conference abstracts, or publications).

In addition, lawful Permanent Residents will be required to provide verification of their immigration status.

International Applicants will also be asked to submit the following:

  1. A scan or photocopy of the biographic information in your passport.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).

If you have any questions that are related to specific programs, please contact

Atmospheric Sciences Geoscience and Geophysics Geography

Chris Weiss


Callum J Hertherington


Gary Elbow