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Leah Gatlin PhD Student

"Finding out Baylor had added a PhD program was a God-send. I could have the flexibility of an online program with the benefits of face-to-face interaction with teachers and other students all while incorporating my faith into my studies."
- Leah Gatlin, Oklahoma

PhD Program Questions

1. Do I have to take the GRE?
2. How long will it take to complete the doctoral program?
3. How does the online curriculum work?
4. When are students admitted to the program?
5. How many students are admitted into the program?
6. Can I work while I am in the program?
7. What kind of financial aid can I anticipate?
8. When should I submit my application?
9. How much does the program cost?




PhD Program Questions

1. Do I have to take the GRE?
Yes. Students need to submit valid GRE scores as part of the application. Scores are valid for five years from the time the test is taken.

2. How long will it take to complete the doctoral program?
Students should be able to finish the program in three to four years.

3. How does the online curriculum work?
The curriculum is designed to be taught primarily in a virtual classroom using high definition videoconferencing technology. The next cohort will start in early June 2015 with a required five-day session on campus in Waco, Texas, to enable students and faculty to get to know each other and to begin the first two courses. Another required five-day session in Waco, Texas, will be held early in June of the third summer (2017). Throughout the program students will attend all of their classes in a virtual classroom using videoconferencing technology for desktop and laptop computers. Each class will meet at a specific time one day a week. Students must be present to be a part of the class. Since class time is fully synchronous, students will be able to see and talk with each other as well as the instructor in real time. Classes will be conducted much as they would be on campus, except that students will be at home anywhere in the world. At the end of the program just before graduation, a final on-campus event will also be required. This final session will be used for a public presentation of the student´┐Żs research.

4. When are students admitted to the program?
The PhD Admissions Committee will review applications completed by the following dates in 2014: January 15, March 1, June 1, September 15, and December 15. At each of these review sessions except the final one, the committee will decide to offer admission, deny admission, or let the application remain active until the next review session. Applications that remain active may be revised (for example, a higher GRE score or a new writing sample) prior to a subsequent deadline. Financial aid decisions may not be finalized until after the September or December review session. Applicants will be notified if all available seats for the June 2015 cohort have been filled prior to the September or December review session.

5. How many students are admitted into the program?
Five to seven students will be admitted into the program every other year (2015, 2017, etc.).

6. Can I work while I am in the program?
Yes. The online curriculum provides the flexibility to allow students to continue working while enrolled in the program.

7. What kind of financial aid can I anticipate?
Financial aid packages will be awarded based on the strength of the student's application and indicated need. For students choosing to live in Waco, merit-based research and teaching assistantships may also be available.

8. When should I submit my application?
Applications for the 2015 cohort are currently being accepted. Prospective students are invited to apply for admission to begin course work in June 2015. The PhD Admissions Committee will review applications completed by the following dates in 2014: January 15, March 1, June 1, September 15, and December 15. At each of these review sessions except the final one, the committee will decide to offer admission, deny admission, or let the application remain active until the next review session. Applications that remain active may be revised (for example, a higher GRE score or a new writing sample) prior to a subsequent deadline. Financial aid decisions may not be finalized until after the September or December review session. Applicants will be notified if all available seats for the June 2015 cohort have been filled prior to the September or December review session.

9. How much does the program cost?
There are four primary components to the cost of the program: tuition, fees, books/computer, and travel.
• An estimate of the tuition can be calculated by multiplying the cost of tuition per credit hour (see Tuition Costs for tuition rates for 2014-15) by 60 credit hours (up to six hour may be taken at another university). This calculation will not include any increases in tuition during one's tenure in the program.
• Since all courses are considered off campus, the only fee is a $100 per semester administrative fee. The standard program consists of nine semesters.
• Students will need an up-to-date computer, video camera (usually built into a laptop computer), a headset, and hard-wired access to the Internet (A wireless connection is seldom reliable enough for sustained participation in the virtual classroom). Since we have not yet taught the entire curriculum, a close estimate of the cost of textbooks is not available. Most semesters students will be enrolled in two classes that require one or more textbooks.
• Students are required to be on campus for five days at the start of the first and third summer and for a couple of days prior to graduation during the fourth summer. Travel and hotel arrangements are the responsibility of the students. We expect to make arrangements with at least one hotel that will give students a modest Baylor discount.

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