Application Checklist

Application Checklist

Thank you for your interest in our program! The application deadline for fall admission each year is January 1, however we strongly encourage completed applications by December 1 when possible. This check list is designed to help you complete the process. If you plan to apply, please alert Dr. Rishi Sriram, Program Coordinator at, so that he can monitor your application process.

The following items should be sent to the Baylor University Graduate School:

Graduate Admissions, Baylor University
One Bear Place #97264
Waco, Texas 76798-7264

Graduate Admissions phone#: (254) 710-3584
Graduate Admissions fax#: (254) 710-3870

Graduate School Application

Please visit and complete the on-line Graduate School Application. There is a $50.00 non-refundable application fee that must be submitted for each application. This fee may be paid through the online application with a credit card or the fee may be paid with a check or money order made out and sent to Baylor University Graduate School.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Scores

Take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and request that your test scores be sent to Baylor University, institution (CEEB) code 6032. The department code is 3502 (Higher education). For more information, please visit Graduate Record Exam scores are valid for 5 years

Official Transcripts

Please request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate School from every institution you have attended. This includes transcripts for work done at community colleges, even if it appears on other transcripts. If you attended Baylor we will request a copy of your transcript, and any other transcripts on file, from Academic Records. If you have attended an institution since leaving Baylor, you will need to request a transcript from that institution. If you are enrolled in a degree or coursework at the time of application, we will need an in progress transcript for your application.

Letters of Recommendation

The Master's Program in Higher Education & Student Affairs requests three letters of recommendation. Recommendations should address your potential for success in the student affairs graduate program, as well as address your academic accomplishments and preparedness for graduate study. Generally, it is recommended that:

  1. one letter comes from a faculty member with whom you studied;
  2. one letter comes from a professional in student affairs administration with whom you have interacted; and
  3. one letter comes from a current or previous employer
The Graduate School does not use recommendation forms. As part of the Graduate School's online application, you can list your recommender's email address and send them an email containing instructions and a link to a web page where they can submit their letter of recommendation online. You have the option to send them the email in advance of your online application; therefore allowing your recommender more time to submit their recommendation. Once you have submitted their name, they will receive an email from

Please send the following items to the Department of Educational Administration:

Ms. Julie Baker, Department of Educational Administration
One Bear Place #97312
Waco, Texas 76798-7312.

You may also send this electronically to

Cover Letter/ Statement of Interest and Resume

Your Cover Letter/Statement of Interest is a very important component of your application. The faculty will read your letter/statement carefully in an effort to better understand the reason for your interest in graduate study in student affairs administration. As part of your letter, you should address your career goals and the reason for your interest in studying at Baylor University. Since Baylor is a Christian research university, your interest in studying in this kind of environment should also be addressed. It is perfectly okay for your cover letter and your statement of interest through the graduate school application to be the same.