Texas Tech University

Expert Available to Discuss Benefits of Pursuing Graduate Degree

Amanda Bowman

May 30, 2018

A master’s degree is now required for certain entry-level jobs and Texas Tech offers a wide range of degrees at the graduate level.


Just as the importance of continuing education past a high school diploma has dramatically increased over the past few decades, a shift has been made to encourage college graduates to obtain a master's degree.

Mark Sheridan
Mark Sheridan

According to the U.S. News & World Report, many entry-level jobs that once required an applicant to have a bachelor's degree now require applicants to have a master's degree.

Mark Sheridan is the vice provost for graduate and postdoctoral affairs and the dean of Texas Tech University's Graduate School. Sheridan has been with the Graduate School since 2013 and understands the expectations of employers looking for highly skilled and competent employees, as well as the opportunities available for degree advancement for those looking to earn a master's degree and beyond.


Mark Sheridan, vice provost for graduate and postdoctoral affairs at Texas Tech and dean of the Graduate School, (806) 834-5537 or mark.sheridan@ttu.edu

Talking points

  • Increasingly, graduate education is required to enter and advance in a knowledge-based economy.
  • There are financial options and scholarships available for first-time graduate students.
  • Texas Tech offers more than 100 master's degrees and some 60 doctoral degrees.
  • Over 60 graduate certificates also are available to enhance or expand professional skill sets.