Admission to the PhD program is a highly selective process. The admissions committee selects seven students every other year that have: (1) clear interest in developing theory, policy and research skills in a substantive area relevant to the field of social work; (2) a superior academic record in all previous work; and (3) the maturity, intellectual ability and readiness for doctoral study.
Prospective students are invited to apply for admission to begin course work in June.
Applicants must have their application packet completed by October 15th to be considered in the first round of admissions and awarding of financial aid. Applicants must have their application packet completed by January 15th to be considered in the second round of admissions and awarding of financial aid, if a second round is needed.
The components of an application are as follows:
1) Graduate School Application
Fill out the Baylor Graduate School Online Application
a. Personal statement
An electronically submitted personal statement of 7 to 10 pages that:
† explains your motivation for and expectations of doctoral education in social work
† includes particular assets that you would bring to the school and to the profession, as well as areas in which you would most like to grow academically and professionally
† specifies your areas of academic and research interests
† describes briefly your understanding of integration of faith and ethical social work practice, supported by existing literature
b. Sample of scholarly writing
One example (not exceeding 25 pages) of a recent, single or co-authored work of scholarly writing that provides evidence of your capacity to think analytically and critically about a social welfare issue. The following are examples of appropriate submissions:
† published article
† book chapter
† other excerpt
† unpublished research report
† a paper written in a graduate level course
† grant application
c. Resume' or Curriculum Vitae
Include a list of publications and professional presentations.
d. Submit Application Fee
2) Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores
Scores are valid for five years from the time the test is taken.
3) Three letters of recommendation
At least two references should come from faculty who can attest to the applicant’s superior ability and potential. A third reference should come from a supervisor, director or someone that could provide insight into the applicant's ability and achievement in social work to date.
4) Transcript of a master's degree from an accredited University (a Master of Social Work from a CSWE accredited program is preferred but not required)
Exceptions may be made for applicants without a MSW but with a master's degree in a related field and experience working in social service settings or for applicants from countries without university accreditation but with exceptionally strong credentials.
5) Foreign national and permanent resident applicants: English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. Scores are valid for two years from the time the test is taken.