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Application Guidelines

The first step in the admissions process is to submit an application. This involves completing and submitting all required materials to the Graduate School by the application deadline. For questions regarding admissions, please contact Coco DiMauro, Academic and Student Support Associate for the Graduate Studies Program.

I. Application Deadline

Applicants for the 2017-2018 academic year must submit an application and all additional required materials by December 1, 2016. It is imperative that all application materials are submitted by the application deadline.

II. Mailing Address

The application can be completed and submitted online (see below). Please send all additional required materials to the following address:

Graduate School Admissions Office
Baylor University
One Bear Place #97264
Waco, TX 76798-7264

III. Admissions Prerequisites

Please note that applicants who meet the following prerequisites are not guaranteed admission. Prerequisites include but are not limited to the following list.

Admission to the Ph.D. program in Religion requires an M.A. or its equivalent (30 semester hours of accredited graduate work in Religion at the degree level of M.A., B.D., M.Div., etc.).

Applicants in Old Testament or New Testament studies must have completed a minimum of twelve (12) semester hours of one biblical language (Greek or Hebrew) and six (6) semester hours in the other, with a grade of B or above in the last semester of each language. Applicants who intend to concentrate in the Old Testament area will benefit from having completed a minimum of twelve (12) semester hours of Hebrew and six (6) semester hours of Greek. Those whose area of concentration will be New Testament will benefit from having completed twelve (12) semester hours of Greek and six (6) semester hours of Hebrew. For information on modern foreign language requirements, click here.

IV. Application Checklist

The following checklist includes items required for a complete application:

1. Graduate School Admissions Application. The application can be completed and submitted online. Click here to complete an admissions application.

2. Official GRE Score. An official GRE score is one that is submitted to the Graduate School by the testing institution. Testing institutions can submit GRE scores to the Graduate School at the applicant's request (Baylor's GRE code is 6032). GRE scores submitted by the applicant are not official and therefore do not satisfy the requirement.

3. TOEFL. The TOEFL is required for all international applicants. This requirement does not apply to non-international applicants. For additional information, consult the current Graduate Catalog or contact the Graduate School.

4. Transcript(s). For application purposes the Graduate School will accept unofficial transcripts. A transcript must be submitted for each academic institution attended by the applicant. If an applicant receives an offer of admission from Baylor University, admission is contingent upon receipt of official transcripts from each academic institution attended by the applicant.

5. Recommendation Letters. Three letters of recommendation are required from professors who have had you in their class.

6. Autobiographical Essay. The autobiographical essay (600-1000 words) may be submitted online as part of the online application process. The essay is a personal statement that must clearly and specifically provide the following information:

• A statement concerning your area of specialization to which you are applying (Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, or Theology)
• A description of your academic pilgrimage and how it has prepared you for for pursuing graduate studies in religion at Baylor University
• A delineation of your career goals
• A clear description of your research agenda. While we do not expect students to have a fully defined dissertation topic, knowing the questions and topics that interest you, as well as a description of the work you have done on the topic allows us to make more informed decisions.

7. Recent Research Paper. The research paper (suggested length of 12-15 pages) may be submitted online as part of the online application process. Submit a paper on a topic related to the area to which you are applying (i.e., do not submit an Old Testament paper if you are applying to Church History). Submit a paper that gives us a good indication of who you are as a scholar at this point in your development.


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