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Texas Tech University was established in Lubbock, Texas in 1923 where it remains today. The university is comprised of 10 colleges and two graduate schools. Texas Tech University offers 150 undergraduate degrees, 100 masters degrees, and 50 doctoral degree programs. Texas Tech Worldwide eLearning also offers over 50 degree and certification program options to students around the world. The student population makes this school a midsize university, with around 35,000 students are enrolled at the school, as of 2015.

Texas Tech University Accreditation Details

Texas Tech University is recognized by the regional accrediting agency Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Many of the degree programs available at Texas Tech University are also accredited by a number of regional and national professional and education organizations.

Texas Tech University Application Requirements

The admission requirements for first-time undergraduate students include the following course requirements:

  • 4 years of English
  • 4 years of mathematics
  • 4 years of science
  • 2 years of a foreign language

The college also offers an assured admission program if you graduate from an accredited high school and attain one of the following qualifications:

  • Being in the top 10 percent of a graduating class
  • Being in the top 25 percent of a graduating class and achieve a 25 on the ACT or 1140 on the SAT
  • Being in the top 50 percent of the class and achieving a 28 on the ACT or a 1230 on the SAT
  • Being in the top 75 percent of the class and achieving a 29 on the ACT or a 1270 on the SAT

Texas Tech University also considers the rigor of courses selected, extracurricular activities, leadership activities, the student’s economic and educational background and any special talents or awards in its admission review.

Prospective graduate students at Texas Tech University must complete the following requirements to be considered for admission to the university:

  • $60 application fee
  • Online application
  • Submission of GRE test scores

Tuition and Financial Aid

The tuition fees for undergraduate students who are a resident of Texas is estimated to be $24,870 per academic year, as of 2015. This fee increases to $35,730 for non-resident students.

The tuition fees for a Texas resident embarking on a graduate program are estimated to be $24,044 per academic year. This fee increases to $31,284 for non-resident students.

Tuition for online students is the same as on-campus students, however online students are not charged some of the fees associated with being on campus.

Texas Tech University offers the following financial aid plans at their institution:

  • Federal Aid (FAFSA)
  • Grants
  • Scholarships
  • Awards
  • Work-Study Programs
  • Fellowships
  • Assistantships

Online Degree(s) Available

Bachelor of Science in Plant and Soil Sciences
A degree in Plant and Soil Sciences will enable students to develop a love of being outdoors into a career that may take them to the golf course, or allow them to do environmental consulting, design or even work in science. Students may specialize in areas such as wine production, turf grass, vegetable production and garden center management. Students may take courses such as:

  • Biology of Plants
  • Principles of Chemistry
  • Business and Professional Communication
  • Introduction to Entomology
  • Urban Soils
  • Greenhouse Crop Production

Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies – Teacher Education Program
The degree in Multidisciplinary Studies can lead students into the education program. This program is run in conjunction between the Dallas County Community College District and the College of Education, which allows students to transfer from community colleges into this four-year degree program. This program will help students earn an Early-Childhood to 6th Grade elementary certification. This degree is well rounded to provide a future teacher with the background they need for education. Courses include:

  • Spanish for Bilingual Education Teachers
  • Teaching Mathematics
  • Language Literacy Acquisition
  • Student Teaching
  • Children’s Literature
  • Foundations of Reading Instruction

Texas Tech University also offers several graduate degrees in horticulture and agriculture:

Master of Science in Agricultural Education
This program is designed for current educators and employees of public agencies and aims to provide the skills needed to take on a leadership role in their organization. The student may choose whether to take a master’s degree thesis or a non-thesis option, as well as a professional internship. Potential classes include:

  • Contemporary Issues in Agricultural Education and Communications
  • Advanced Methods in Agricultural Leadership
  • Methods of Technological Change
  • History and Philosophy in Agricultural Education and Communications
  • Foundations of Adult Education
  • College Teaching in Agriculture

Master of Science in Plant and Soil Science
A master’s degree in Plant and Soil Science includes a heavy use of broad sciences such as genetics, breeding, molecular biology, weed control and more. Specialization areas include:

  • Crop Science
  • Crop Protection
  • Soil Science
  • Fibers and Biopolymers

Students may also take classes like:

  • Problems in Plant and Soil Science
  • Pesticides
  • Advance Arboriculture
  • Advanced Interior Scaping
  • Advanced Soil Chemistry
  • Soil Physics
  • Advanced Studies in Cotton Fibers

Master of Science in Horticulture
A master’s degree in horticulture will provide both a practical and theoretical education in a variety of areas including:

  • Genetics and Breeding
  • Propagation
  • Biotechnology
  • Production
  • Management
  • Handling and storage
  • Marketing
  • Utilization of plants

Courses vary each semester, but yearly offerings may include:

  • Problems in Plant and Soil Science
  • Applied Geostatistics
  • Advanced Nursery Management
  • Soils and Crops in Arid Lands
  • Quantitative Agricultural Remote Sensing
  • Advanced Environmental Soil Science

Doctor of Education in Agricultural Education
Texas Tech University also provides doctoral degrees that are available online. This program requires occasional face to face meetings and working together on a regular basis. New candidates are admitted every two years. The first year of the degree will involve methods of research and lessons in history and philosophy as well as statistics and leadership courses. Year two involves program planning, adult education and teaching theory. Before candidates can proceed onto the last two years of the degree, they must sit for a set of exams. If they progress, year three includes internships and field work. Year four is devoted entirely to the dissertation.

Texas Tech University offers a variety of online undergraduate and graduate programs that are suitable for first-time students, transfer students and for professionals who are already in the workforce. Some degrees are taught online, but they may require occasional meetings at the university. The degree programs are offered through several technologies including video based interactive lectures and online blackboards. Texas Tech University offers several degrees in horticulture and agricultural sciences that are both practical and specialized.