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 2017 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. 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.
4. When are students admitted to the program?
The online PhD applications became available March 1, 2016. The PhD Admissions Committee will review applications completed by the following dates: August 1, 2016, November 1, 2016, and February 1, 2017. 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 by the applicant (for example, submit a higher GRE score or a new writing sample) prior to a subsequent deadline. Financial aid decisions may not be finalized until after the November or February review session. Applicants will be notified if all available seats for the June 2017 cohort have been filled prior to the November or February review session.
5. How many students are admitted into the program?
Five to seven students will be admitted into the program every other year (2017, 2019, 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 2017 cohort are currently being accepted. Prospective students are invited to apply for admission to begin course work in June 2017.
Applications may be submitted by the following dates: March 1, 2016, August 1st, 2016 and February 1st, 2017 (if any of these days fall on a weekend, the deadline will be on the next business day). 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 August or January review session. Applicants will be notified if all available seats for the June 2017 cohort have been filled prior to the August or January 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.
1) 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.
2) Since all courses are considered off campus, the only fee is a $100 per semester administrative fee. The standard program consists of nine semesters.
3) 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.
4) Students are required to be on campus for five days at the start of the first summer semester. 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.