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Graduate Program:
How to Apply

The Department Graduate Advisor is Dr. Noureddine Abidi, Department of Plant and Soil Science, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409-2122; Phone: (806) 834-1221, E-mail: n.abidi@ttu.edu.

Masters and Ph.D. Admission
Prospective graduate students should apply using/visiting the TTU Graduate School Admissions page. All prospective graduate students need to take the GRE and non-domestic students will need to take the TOEFL. Applicants are also required to send to Dr. Noureddine Abidi (n.abidi@ttu.edu):

  1. A letter of interest (DOC) including the name of the faculty member with whom they wish to work (if known).
  2. A complete resume.
  3. Three letters of recommendation sent directly by the referees to Dr. Abidi.

Graduate Certificate Admissions
Prospective graduate certificate students should apply using/visiting the TTU Graduate School Admissions page. All prospective Certificate students are required to take the GRE and non-domestic students will need to take the TOEFL. If you begin a Graduate Certificate program and decide to roll-over into the Masters program, all of your completed hours will roll-over, but you must make this transition before the completion of the certificate program. You will not get credit for both programs. Please apply as described above for M.S. and Ph.D. Admission.

Graduate Committee
Masters and Ph.D. students should select their graduate committee in consultation with their major professor. A committee is not required of Graduate Certificate students. The M.S. degree requires two graduate faculty members from the Department of Plant and Soil Science and one external member. The Ph.D. degree requires three graduate faculty members from the Department of Plant and Soil Science and two external members. The committee should be formed as early in the graduate program as possible. The committee should meet and approve a research proposal no later than the second semester.

Work Expectations
Students who receive a Research Assistantship are normally required to work 20 hours per week for their major professor. This may be beyond the time spent conducting the student’s own research and excludes course hours. The normal number of course-work hours a student takes with a half-time assistantship is nine hours per long semester and three hours each summer term. Other appointments may reduce the number of course hours that a student may take.

Course-work Hours
The M.S. thesis requires 30 hours of coursework. This is generally accomplished by taking 18 hours of structured courses plus six hours of research and six hours of thesis. The non-thesis M.S. requires thirty-six hours of formal coursework. The Ph.D. requires at least 60, but no more than 99 hours of courses. Thirty of these hours may be used from the M.S. degree program. No more than six hours of course credit will be given for individual study courses or research hours.

Forms and Deadlines
The required forms and semester-by-semester deadlines can be located at the following web address: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/students/current/index.php

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The Ph.D. program requires that 18 credit hours be completed on-campus. Distance courses will not fulfill this requirement.

Seminar
Each M.S. and Ph.D. on-campus student is required to enroll in seminar (PSS 5100) once per degree. This would typically be toward the end of their graduate program and cover their thesis/dissertation work. Students will present oral and poster presentations during the seminar. M.S. students will present a 15 minute presentation similar to that of a professional society. A Ph.D. student is expected to make a 45 minute presentation similar to that of a job interview or lecture presentation. Students pursuing a distance M.S. degree are exempt from this requirement.

Time limits
All M.S. requirements must be completed within six years. All Ph.D. requirements must be completed within eight consecutive calendar years or within four years from admission to candidacy. Students are subject to all degree regulations as outlined in the TTU Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog and the Department of Plant and Soil Science Graduate Handbook (PDF).

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