Online Degrees Available at Texas Tech University
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There are more than 100 online degree programs at Texas Tech University through the main campus or the health centers and satellite campuses. Online programs at Texas Tech offer the advantage of available student resources and classes taught by the same faculty that teaches traditional programs. Online programs include undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional degree programs as well as certificates. All master’s programs contain 36 credit-hours and can be earned in thesis or non-thesis form. Thesis programs include 30 hours of courses and a six-hour thesis or project. The non-thesis program requires 36 hours of graduate-level coursework.
The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies is a program designed for students who want to enter graduate studies but are not interested in earning a specialized degree. Students can earn a designed degree or build their own from courses in several colleges. Although the generalist degree is a Master of Arts, students may also build a Master of Science degree in an area like Arid Land Studies. That program enables students to have “international careers in natural resources, environmental issues, and economic and social factors.” Students choose three subject areas from the sciences and/or the humanities but the degree must include sustainability issues.
The Master of Education in Special Education is a degree program that allows graduate students to prepare for practice as specialists in special education in administration or educators. There are eight concentrations with the degree program. These are Autism, Applied Behavioral Analysis, Deaf Education, Educational Diagnostics, Generic Special Education, Orientation and Mobility, Transition and Visual Impairment.
The Master of Arts in English contains three concentrations and a number of sub-specializations. The concentrations are Emphasis in British and American Writing, Comparative Literature and Linguistics. The sub-specializations are Film, Media and Literature, Social Justice and Environment, Book History, 19th Century Studies, and others. Students are encouraged to think of the area of emphasis as a marketable specialization.
About Texas Tech University
Texas Tech University’s main campus is in Lubbock, Texas. It is just north of the Permian Basin and is on the southern edge of the high plains. The school was founded in 1923, but construction didn’t start until the next year, and classes began in 1925. From the beginning, there was military education. ROTC did not officially begin at the school, however, until 1936. There was much dissension about the goal and the name of the institution. Several legislators in 1964 wanted to call the school Texas State University, but it officially became Texas Tech University in 1969, and all schools except for the law school became colleges.
Texas Tech is the only Texas campus for undergraduate learning that also includes a law school and a medical school. There are more than 150 degree programs offered through the university’s 13 colleges. There are also 60 institutes and research centers. That means there are several doctoral degrees that are supported through the research. The Carnegie Institute ranks Texas Tech University as a “Highest Research Activity School.” There are approximately 30,000 undergraduate students enrolled at TTU and the most popular degree programs are Interdisciplinary Studies and General Studies.
The US News & World Report ranked the university as #176 for National Universities and #95 for Top Public Schools. Its Online Graduate Engineering program ranks #16, and its online undergraduate program is ranked as #143 of Best Online Bachelor’s Degrees. The school ranks #150 for Best Online Graduate Education Programs.
Texas Tech University Accreditation Details
The university is accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. There are many other special accreditations for departments and programs as well. Some of these are:
- American Association for Marital and Family Therapy, Commission on Accreditation for Marital and Family Therapy Education
- American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar
- American Psychological Association, Council on Accreditation
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
- Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
- National Association for Accreditation of Teacher Education
- Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
- Council on Social Work Education Office of Social Work Accreditation
- Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
- Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
Texas Tech University Application Requirements
First-time freshmen applying to Texas Tech University must complete the online ApplyTexas application form. The school does not accept the Common Application. Undergraduate students must arrange for their high schools to submit their official transcripts to the university, including class rank and type of diploma. They must also arrange for the testing agency to submit either the SAT or the ACT official scores. There is a $75 non-refundable application fee, and this must accompany the application. Texas Tech recognizes guaranteed admission status of students who meet certain criteria including a combination of class rank and college board tests. Students who do not meet the threshold for guaranteed admission should complete essay topic A or B on the application and submit up to three letters of recommendation.
Students applying to graduate programs should complete the online forms as well. They can submit an unofficial transcript with their application but must arrange to have the official transcript submitted if they are accepted. There is a $60 non-refundable application fee as well. In addition, applying students need to check the requisites for the departments that house their programs. Some programs require the GRE exam, resumes or portfolios and written statements of purpose among other documents.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Undergraduate tuition at Texas Tech University is $11,046. Housing costs $6,236 per year and meals add another $3,536. Books and supplies are estimated at $1,200. The total estimated cost-of-attendance for undergraduates is $26,438 per year.
Graduate tuition is $8,770 per year. Adding other expenses such as room and board brings the cost-of-attendance to $21,162 per year for students in graduate school. Law school students can anticipate an estimated cost of $38,482, including tuition of $23,090.
Most students at Texas Tech receive some type of financial aid. Few have the entire financial need met, but they receive assistance that significantly defrays expenses. The first step in getting help is completing the FAFSA. This government program awards grants that do not have to be repaid and low-interest loans to students who qualify according to the financial information they submit on the form. After getting an awards letter from FAFSA, students should apply for other forms of “free money” and then look into student loans.
Texas sponsors several scholarships and grants to people of demonstrated financial need. Some of these are the TEXAS Grant, The Texas Public Education Grant, and grants to special populations such as minorities. The American Legion funds several Texas grants as well. Texas Tech University has grants and scholarships based on academic merit and/or financial need. There are also departmental and program scholarships as well as activity and athletic awards. Students who apply all “free money” to their debts and still have an obligation should consider taking out a student loan and asking their parents to apply for PLUS loans that offer lower interest than conventional loans and allow them to assist their children in paying student debt.
The interdisciplinary degrees are numerous, and there are many more degrees offered online through Texas Tech University campus and online degree programs.