1. Yes, I'm seeking financial aid. What do I do?
Two documents are required as part of the MSW application, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Financial Aid Profile (for international students) and our GSSW Financial Aid Form. All of these documents are submitted online. Upon acceptance, you will be notified about your financial aid decision. Students who submit a completed application and all supplementary materials by our priority deadline of February 1st will have be considered for the highest financial aid awards.
2. What kind of financial assistance could I anticipate to receive?
The three sources of financial assistance we offer are:
4. Will my GPA make or break my admittance into the MSW program?
Our Admission’s Committee takes a holistic approach when reviewing applications. Though, many factors enter into the admission decision for a professional school; there is not one single indicator for admission.
5. Do I have to take the GRE?
No. The GRE is not required.
6. I'm an international student. What do I need to score on the TOEFL?
Attain a minimum of 550 on the paper-based, a 213 on the computer-based or an 80 on internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) OR 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
7. Who should I ask to write reference letters for me?
Three recommendation letters are required from each applicant. At least one of the letters must be an academic recommendation. Select people who have knowledge of you in some of the following areas: intellectual competence; potential for success; the ability to work with people about sensitive issues, including people from diverse backgrounds; possession of critical thinking and communication skills; and a sense of values and ethics. References from your faculty and those who have supervised you or know of your work in a social work related paid or volunteer setting are particularly helpful. Advanced Standing applicants will need a reference from the undergraduate program director, the director of field education, or the field instructor.
8. What prerequisite courses are required before I begin the program?
The following course prerequisites are needed:
9. How many students are in the program?
Currently there are about 120 students annually in the MSW program. Non-practice class size averages about 20; practice classes average about 12.
10. How do I apply for the joint degree program?
You are required to apply and be admitted to both Truett Seminary and the School of Social Work in order to pursue the MSW/MDiv or MSW/MTS. In order to pursue the MSW/MBA, you must be admitted to both the School of Social Work and the Baylor Business School.
11. Do I get to choose my internships? When do they start and how long are they?
There are many opportunities for internships, and students may express preference of context and/or population that the Directors of Field Education will take into consideration as they make internship assignments. The first year internship (for the foundation program) begins in the fall of your first year and continues through that spring (16 hours per week). The concentration year internship begins that fall, but you only work 60-100 hours over the fall semester (about 1 day per week). In the spring, you work about 32-35 hours per week at the internship. Some of those internships may include out of town placements. Visit our Field Education page to see an example of our placements.
12. Do you offer night classes? Can I work while I'm in school?
We currently do not have evening classes, although course scheduling is set up on a semester by semester basis. Most of the courses are offered in 3 hour blocks (for example, your schedule would probably be all day Monday and Wednesday with a possibility of a Thursday morning class and your field placement on the off days). There are opportunities to work while enrolled, although due to the rigor of curriculum and the internship commitment, we do not recommend it.
13. Do you have online classes or do I need to come there?
There are opportunities for both! The virtual program may be an option for admitted Advanced Standing students, or students going into their concentration year. Classes are held via Cisco/Jabber high definition videoconferencing at specific times throughout the week. Visit our Concentration Options page to see which concentrations offer the virtual option.
14. What if I don't feel called to work in a congregation or faith-based program-is there a place for me here?
Yes! The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has fully accredited our program as one that provides excellent social work education and training for you to be a competent professional social worker.
15. Is this a religious graduate program?
Our program is based from a Christian worldview, and there are reading assignments that include a Christian perspective. However, our program's chief purpose is to prepare and educate professional social workers, regardless of the student's faith (or non-faith) base. The integration of faith and practice relates to these ideas:
16. Tell me about Waco.
Waco's population is about 150,000 (including surrounding suburbs), which makes it a great size town for having lots of restaurants, stores, things to do, but not so big that traffic is a problem. The weather is usually mild from October to June, but is rather hot in the summer. The cost of living is low, and people are friendly. The Baylor campus is beautiful, and there is a vast array of things to do on and off campus! We invite you to come visit and see for yourself. Many students come to our campus and have said that all they did was step out of the car, look around, and the feeling of "this is where I want to be" surrounds them. Schedule a visit with us here or attend one of our MSW Preview Days.
17. Where can I live?
There are many apartments near campus as well as all over Waco. There are also graduate residence halls. Email GSHC@baylor.edu for more information about on campus graduate housing.
18. Where is the School of Social Work at Baylor?
We are located at 811 Washington Avenue in downtown Waco. Parking is available in 2 lots, one on 9th Street and one directly behind the building on Columbus Avenue. Baylor parking decals are required. Street parking is available for those without Baylor parking permits.