Ph.D Admission

How do I get admitted to the Ph.D. Program?
Admission to the Graduate School of Baylor University and the Ph.D. program is conducted by formal application. You begin the process by applying to the Graduate School at Baylor University. The application is available online or you may request this packet by writing to The Graduate School, Baylor University, One Bear Place 97264, Waco, TX 76798-7264 or telephoning the Graduate School at (254) 710-3588.

Students must be admitted to the Graduate School of Baylor University before being admitted to the Ph.D. program. This program admits a very select number of students with strong academic credentials who are interested in working with faculty in research and development projects. Admission to the doctoral program takes into consideration the following critical factors deemed important for success in graduate studies:

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  2. A completed Graduate School application form.
  3. Transcripts from all higher education institutions attended.
  4. A written statement outlining the goals the applicant hopes to accomplish by completing the degree.
  5. A minimum composite score of 1050 on Graduate Record Examination. The score on each of the GRE sections must be at least 400. Foreign students are expected to secure a minimum of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign language (TOEFL).
  6. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in the major field of undergraduate study or an overall GPA of 3.5 at the masters level.
  7. Three letters of recommendation.

Once these preliminary admission requirements are met, the applicant will be asked to submit a writing sample and a professional resume. Upon review of all of the information, the Graduate faculty teaching in the Ph.D. Program may require a personal interview. This interview will be of sufficient length to allow the applicant as well as the faculty to make an informed decision. In addition to the listed criteria, the committee may consider the applicant's related work and academic experience, publications, presentations to professional organizations, leadership roles, teaching excellence, awards, career focus, and other professional activities that might provide evidence of potential success in a doctoral program.

Students seeking graduate assistantships need to apply by February 1 for summer and fall semesters. All other applications must be completed by August 1 for the fall semester, December 1 for the spring semester, and May 1 for the summer semester.