Admission FAQs

Admission

1. I was admitted on probation, what does that mean?
2. When will I know if I am admitted?
3. My application was accepted for the semester to which I applied; however, I will not be able to attend Baylor at that time. I would like to come the following semester, or perhaps the next? What do I need to do?
4. My application was accepted for an upcoming semester, but I would like to come sooner. What do I need to do? For example: I was accepted for Fall, but I want to come Summer.
5. What happens if I have already been accepted, and I want to change programs?

Application

1. I'm an international applicant. Are there additional forms I need to fill out?
2. How long do you keep my supporting documents on file?
3. I applied to one semester, but I want to defer my application to a future semester. I've not yet received notification of an admissions decision. What do I need to do? For example: I applied to Spring, but I want to change that to Fall.
4. I applied to a future semester, but I want to change my application to an earlier semester. I've not received notice of an admissions decision. What do I need to do? For example: I applied to Fall, but I want to change to Summer.
5. I applied and my application was declined. I would like to reapply for an upcoming semester. What do I need to do?
6. I applied for one program, but I want to switch to a different program and/or semester. I've not received notice of an admissions decision on my application. What should I do?
7. I am interested in taking graduate courses, but do not want to earn a degree. What do I need to do?
8. I am a current graduate student at another university and would like to take a couple of graduate courses at Baylor University to transfer to another institution. What do I need to do?
9. I have earned a graduate degree from Baylor University and would like to enroll again. What do I need to do?

Enrollment

1. I received notification from the department that I was accepted, so why am I unable to register?
2. How do I register for classes?
3. How do I activate my Bear ID and how is that different than my Baylor ID?

Miscellaneous Admission Questions

1. How do I apply for financial aid?
2. How do I arrange a campus visit?

Online Application Questions

1. I've forgotten my password. What should I do?
2. I'm getting an error message. What should I do?
3. I am unable to see a link for starting a new application or editing my existing application. What should I do?

Transcript Requirements

1. Armenia
2. Bangldesh
3. China
4. Cuba
5. Czech Republic
6. France
7. Georgia
8. India
9. Nepal
10. Pakistan
11. Russia
12. Ukraine
13. All Other Countries




Admission

1. I was admitted on probation, what does that mean?
Students on probation may not receive university funding in the form of tuition remission or a stipend. If you are unable to satisfy the institutional overall GPA requirement of 3.0 at the conclusion of nine hours, you will be dismissed from the Graduate School.

2. When will I know if I am admitted?
Each department has a different schedule for making admission decisions. Please check with the department to which you applied to find out their schedule. For fall applications, Baylor University is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), which means that Baylor abides by the CGS Resolution - "Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants," - that concerns the conditions surrounding the acceptance of offers of certain kinds of graduate student financial assistance, namely, scholarships, fellowships, traineeships, and assistantships. The general spirit of the Resolution is that students should have an opportunity to consider more than one offer and should have until April 15th to do so, that institutions and students should be able to view acceptances in force after April 15th as binding, that everyone should know what the rules are, and that an offer by the institution and its acceptance by the student constitute an agreement which both expect to honor. The Resolution acknowledges that students, after having accepted an offer, may change their minds and withdraw that acceptance. The intent of the Resolution is to provide a uniform and widely acceptable framework for so doing, one that provides protection for both student and institution. Full text of the Resolution can be viewed here.

3. My application was accepted for the semester to which I applied; however, I will not be able to attend Baylor at that time. I would like to come the following semester, or perhaps the next? What do I need to do?
First, find out if the program you were admitted to enrolls new students in the semester to which you want to defer. Second, obtain permission to change your entrance semester from your department's graduate program director. This can be done via email asking if your admission can be deferred to a specific semester. If he or she approves your request, your graduate program director should then forward his or her approval to the Graduate School to process the request to defer your admission. Once all of the changes have been made, the Graduate School will send you a letter confirming the change. It is important to note that accepted applications may only be deferred up to one year, after which time, you must reapply.

4. My application was accepted for an upcoming semester, but I would like to come sooner. What do I need to do? For example: I was accepted for Fall, but I want to come Summer.
First, find out if the program you were admitted to enrolls new students in the semester to which you'd like to change. Second, obtain permission from your department's graduate program director. This can be done via email asking if your admission can be deferred to a specific semester. If he or she approves your request, your graduate program director should then forward his or her approval to the Graduate School to process the request to defer admission. Once all of the changes have been made, the Graduate School will send you a letter confirming the change. It is important to note that accepted applications may be deferred up to one year only, after which time you must reapply.

5. What happens if I have already been accepted, and I want to change programs?
If you have already enrolled as a student and are taking classes, you will need to fill out a Change of Degree form, available for pick-up from the Graduate School.

If you are an incoming student and the degree you wish to change to is not under the purview of your current graduate program director, you will need to complete the application process for the degree to which you'd like to apply for. If the desired degree is under the same department, you will need the approval of your Graduate Program Director. Please have him/her email us with the requested changes to Graduate_Admissions@baylor.edu.

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Application

1. I'm an international applicant. Are there additional forms I need to fill out?
Two additional forms are required of international applicants who are accepted for graduate study at Baylor University: the Visa Authorization Form and the Confirmation of Financial Resources Form. These forms can be downloaded from the Prospective Students page on the International Students and Scholars website.

If you have questions about the process to obtain your visa or questions about the above forms, please contact the International Student and Scholar Services office by calling (254) 710-1461.

2. How long do you keep my supporting documents on file?
Unexpired documents that have not been used for an application including transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, and resumes will be held for two years, after which point they will be destroyed.

3. I applied to one semester, but I want to defer my application to a future semester. I've not yet received notification of an admissions decision. What do I need to do? For example: I applied to Spring, but I want to change that to Fall.
First, find out if the program you applied to enrolls new students in the semester to which you'd like to defer. Next, send an email to Graduate_Admissions@baylor.edu and detail your full name, the degree and program to which you're applying, the semester your application was for originally, and the semester to which you'd like to defer. If necessary, you should send any final or updated transcripts to Graduate Admissions.

4. I applied to a future semester, but I want to change my application to an earlier semester. I've not received notice of an admissions decision. What do I need to do? For example: I applied to Fall, but I want to change to Summer.
First, find out if the program you applied to enrolls new students in the semester to which you'd like to change. Next, send an email to Graduate Admissions and detail your full name, the degree and program you are applying to, the semester your application was for originally, and the earlier semester to which you'd like to apply.

5. I applied and my application was declined. I would like to reapply for an upcoming semester. What do I need to do?
Submit a new online application, paying a new application fee. Submit any new or relevant updated materials (letters of recommendation, transcripts, test scores, etc.). If there are items from your declined application that you wish to use for your new application, you should send an email to Graduate_Admissions@baylor.edu after you have submitted a new application. The email should include your full name, degree and program you are applying to, the enrollment semester, and a detailed description of the items you would like us to reuse. Please keep in mind that materials are only held for two years, and then they are destroyed.

6. I applied for one program, but I want to switch to a different program and/or semester. I've not received notice of an admissions decision on my application. What should I do?
If your application is incomplete or currently being reviewed, and you would like to change the degree and/or program you are applying to, send an email to Graduate_Admissions@baylor.edu. Please tell us your full name, the semester you are applying to, the degree and program your application was originally for, and the degree and program to which you'd like to change your application.

7. I am interested in taking graduate courses, but do not want to earn a degree. What do I need to do?
The application requirements are the same for non-degree applicants and degree seeking applicants. You can apply using the online application selecting the non-degree option.

8. I am a current graduate student at another university and would like to take a couple of graduate courses at Baylor University to transfer to another institution. What do I need to do?
You will need to submit a Transfer of Credit Application and $25 application fee and have a letter of good standing from the school that you are presently attending sent to the Graduate School. If admitted you will have transient status with Baylor University, which is non-degree status. To obtain the Transfer of Credit Application, please contact the Graduate Admissions office.

9. I have earned a graduate degree from Baylor University and would like to enroll again. What do I need to do?
You need to submit a Re-enrollment Application, available from the Graduate Admissions office. Re-enrollment Status allows students who have completed a graduate degree at Baylor University to take additional course work within the same department on a non-degree basis. If you have attended another institution since graduating from Baylor, an official transcript must be received from that institution before your re-enrollment can be completed.

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Enrollment

1. I received notification from the department that I was accepted, so why am I unable to register?
The Graduate School's letter of admission constitutes the only official notification of the admission decision. This notification from the department was either premature or given to you pending the Graduate School's notification. Only after receiving notification from the Graduate School will you be able to register.

2. How do I register for classes?
Students use the BearWeb system to register, however there are some graduate departments that require advisement. For a list of departments that require advisement, and instructions for using BearWeb, visit the Registering for Classes page.

3. How do I activate my Bear ID and how is that different than my Baylor ID?
Baylor students have various IDs and accounts associated to them. The ITS website has complete details.

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Miscellaneous Admission Questions

1. How do I apply for financial aid?
Graduate assistantships are awarded by academic and nonacademic departments. These include stipend and/or tuition funding. For specific information regarding eligibility requirements for an assistantship, contact the graduate program director of the program to which you are applying.

The Financial Information page on our website gives you an estimate of expenses for an academic year and also directs you to learn about the sources of funding that are available to graduate students.

To discuss the options of Stafford Loans, Texas Tuition Equalization Grant, Federal Work-Study Programs, and Private Alternative Loan Programs, contact the Office of Academic Scholarships and Financial Aid. Email them at FinancialAid_Office@baylor.edu.

2. How do I arrange a campus visit?
Contact the department to which you are applying to schedule an appointment. You will find a complete listing of programs on our website at www.baylor.edu/graduate. You may also want to stop by or contact the Wiethorn Visitors Center.

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Online Application Questions

1. I've forgotten my password. What should I do?
Go to www.baylor.edu/graduate/application. Click on "apply online." Click on "Forgot your password?" You will be required to enter you rbirthdate and city of your permanent address which you used to sign up. If you answer the questions correctly, you will receive and email with a link to reset your password. If you continue to have difficulty retrieving your password, please email gradapp_support@baylor.edu. Please provide your full name as it appears on your application, you rbirthdate, the City of your permanent address, and the email address you used to begin the application.

2. I'm getting an error message. What should I do?
All technical questions and problems with the online application should be emailed to graduate_admissions@baylor.edu. If you are able, please copy and paste the entire error message in the body of the email. Your problem is more quickly resolved if you are able to list steps that lead to your error and a screen shot of what you were doing just prior to getting the error. Please be sure to include your full name and the email address which you have used to start your application. Technical Support will contact you as soon as possible.

3. I am unable to see a link for starting a new application or editing my existing application. What should I do?
Verify to see that the following information is in your profile:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Birthdate
  • Email
  • Gender
  • Citizenship Info
  • Preferred Contact Method
  • At least one Language with Name filled out

Permanent Adress with the following information:

  • Street 1
  • City
  • State/Province
  • Zip
  • Country

At least one School that has all of the following data:

  • Name
  • City
  • Country
  • Attend Beginning Date
  • GPA
If you are still unable to access your application, please email Graduate_Admissions@baylor.edu and provide your full name and email address which you used to start your application.

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Transcript Requirements

1. Armenia
Please have all documents verified by apostille through the:

Ministry of Justice
- or -
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

For information on the apostille procedure, please click here

2. Bangldesh
To be sent directly to the Graduate School by the awarding authority. All documents must be stamped and verified by the Controller of Examination. Verifications or notarized copies from any other source will not be accepted. Individual Mark Sheet/Result Card issued by the university. Please note that college-issued Mark Sheet/Result Card will not be accepted unless they are from an autonomous college. If elective courses are not listed on the Mark Sheet, please provide a syllabus or some other type of official documentation for the course. For completed doctoral programs, a letter confirming the awarding of the degree

3. China
To be sent directly to the Graduate School by one of the Ministry-authorized verification offices listed below. Each office provides different services. Please contact each for more information.

China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC)
18th Floor, Tongfang Keji Building B
No.1, Wangzhuang Road
Haidian District, Beijing 100083
China
Tel: 010-82379480
Fax: 010-82379491
Email: zxb@mail.cdgdc.edu.cn
Website:www.cdgdc.edu.cn


China Higher Education Student Information & Career Center (CHESICC)
Box 6#, Beihang University
No.37 XueYuan Road
Haidian District, Beijing 100191
China
Tel: 010-82336099-202
Fax: 010-823338423
Email: kefu@chsi.com.cn
Website:www.chsi.com.cn

4. Cuba
To be sent directly to Baylor by the Consultoría Jurídica. Please contact the Departamento de Tr mites Migratorios y Documentales and arrange for them to send verified copies of your documents directly to Baylor.

Consultoría Jurídica Internacional
Departmento Tr mites Migratorios y Documentales
Calle 22 No. 108 entre 3ra. y 1ra Avenidas
Miramar, Playa
Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba
Teléfono: 204-5691
http://www.cji.co.cu

5. Czech Republic
Official transcripts and proof of degree issued in the language of study to be sent by the University. Translation received in language of study and English by an official translating agency.
For completed programs, the Diploma Supplement containing a complete record of all courses taken and individual grades obtained for all post-secondary study

- OR -

For partially completed programs, academic transcripts indicating all courses taken and individual grades obtained for all post-secondary study. For completed doctoral programs, a letter confirming the awarding of the degree.

6. France
Official transcripts and proof of degree issued in the language of study to be sent by the University. Translation received in language of study and English by an official translating agency. For completed doctoral programs, a letter confirming the awarding of the degree.
Relevé de Notes Annuels (academic transcripts) issued in French showing all subjects taken and examination results obtained for each year of study.
Do not send a dossier étudiant, as it will not be accepted in place of your relevés de notes annuels.

7. Georgia
Please have all documents verified by apostille through the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia.

For information on the apostille procedure please click here.

8. India
All individual mark sheets indicating all subjects taken and marks obtained for all years of post-secondary study – issued by the institution responsible for conducting the examination.
Minimum and maximum marks must be received for accurate GPA calculation. Marks sheets attested by persons outside the Controller of Examination or Registrar's Offices, such as individual professors or external notary publics, will not be accepted. For completed doctoral programs, a letter confirming the awarding of the degree.

9. Nepal
All individual mark sheets indicating all subjects taken and marks obtained for all years of post-secondary study – issued by the institution responsible for conducting the examination.
Minimum and maximum marks must be received for accurate GPA calculation. Marks sheets attested by persons outside the Controller of Examination or Registrar's Offices, such as individual professors or external notary publics, will not be accepted. For completed doctoral programs, a letter confirming the awarding of the degree.

10. Pakistan
You may have photocopies of your original Degree Certificates and Marks Sheet/Result Card attested by the HEC. Please request for all attested photocopies to be placed in an official sealed envelope and have the envelope returned to you to forward to Baylor.

For instructions regarding the HEC attestation procedure, please visit the HEC website.

11. Russia
Please have all documents certified by apostille through the authorized body of education of the Russian Federation in your region.

To view contact information for the authorized body in your region, please click here.

12. Ukraine
Please have all documents verified (via apostille) by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine through the Information and Image Center (Informatsiino – Imigevy Tsentr)

For information on the Ministry's apostille procedure please click here.

13. All Other Countries
Official transcripts and proof of degree issued in the language of study to be sent by the University. Translation received in language of study and English by an official translating agency. For completed doctoral programs, a letter confirming the awarding of the degree.

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