How to Apply

1. Explore our Graduate Programs and  Graduate Catalog

The Graduate School is the central, administrative department supporting graduate programs across the university.

Some Baylor University graduate programs use program-specific application procedures.  If you are applying to any of the following programs, please follow instructions from that department or your Graduate Admissions Coordinator. 

Baylor Law School and Truett Seminary have separate admissions offices. Please visit their respective web sites for information on applying. 


2. Mark your deadlines! 

  • Because deadlines are subject to change, it is up to you as the applicant to be sure all materials are submitted by the deadline stated by the department. Some departments have very strict deadlines, while others admit on a rolling basis. Not all programs allow students to enter at all three of the general deadlines. Check with your specific program to confirm which terms they accept applications and their final application deadline. Your department of interest may also require additional application materials.

  • Allow for time needed to take any required tests and for results to be processed (see step 4).

International applicants have extra requirements and should allow adequate time for testing and obtaining official records. CLICK HERE for a definition of "international applicant."

  • The Graduate School''s general deadlines are:
    • Spring semester (January) entry - December 1  
    • Summer session (June) entry - May 1  
    • Fall semester (August) entry - February 15 

April 15th Deadline for Fall Offers: 
Baylor University is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). Baylor abides by a CGS Resolution, "Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants," that concerns the conditions surrounding the acceptance of offers of certain kinds of graduate student financial assistance, namely, scholarships, fellowships, traineeships, and assistantships. The general spirit of the Resolution is that students should have an opportunity to consider more than one offer and should have until April 15th to do so, that institutions and students should be able to view acceptances in force after April 15th as binding, that everyone should know what the rules are, and that an offer by the institution and its acceptance by the student constitute an agreement which both expect to honor. The Resolution acknowledges that students, after having accepted an offer, may change their minds and withdraw that acceptance. The intent of the Resolution is to provide a uniform and widely acceptable framework for so doing, one that provides protection for both student and institution.  


3. Submit an application.

  1. Create a GoGrad account.
  2. Complete the online application.
  3. Pay the required $50 application fee.    
  • Applications will not be reviewed until the application fee is paid. 
  • Application fee waivers are offered only for McNair Scholars and active/retired U.S. military.


4. Submit any required Test Scores.   

  • Baylor's CEEB code is 6032.
  • Confirm with your prospective program what tests they require/prefer (GRE/GMAT).
  • For U.S. persons, unofficial test score reports [copies uploaded by applicant] are sufficient for the application process.

   International graduate applicants CLICK HERE for information on TOEFL and IELTS tests  (English-language proficiency).


5. Send Transcripts  

  1. For U.S. persons, unofficial transcripts are sufficient for the application process.  
  2. If you are admitted with unofficial transcripts, official transcripts must be sent to Baylor to validate your admission. 
  3. If you are admitted before receiving your Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, you are required to provide an official, final transcript with proof of conferred degree to the Graduate School by the first day of class or a hold will be placed on your registration for the following semester and you may be asked to leave the program . 
  4. Official transcripts can be sent to

 International graduate applicants CLICK HERE for information on required documents.


If you already have a GoGrad account and would like to access your application, click here

If you have further questions, please refer to the FAQs for Admissions or contact us:

Vaccinations are required for all students under the age of 22.  Click here to review documentation. 


Admission to the Graduate School at Baylor University is conducted by a formal application process and requires a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States, or proof of equivalent training at a foreign university.  

Qualified students will be admitted regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, age, disability or religion.  

Ultimate approval for admission to graduate study is given by the Dean of the Graduate School after careful review of the recommendation from the department to which you have applied. 


Baylor Annual Fire Safety and Security Notice of Availability 

Baylor University is required by federal law to publish an Annual Fire Safety and Security Report. This report includes institutional policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security. Some of the areas addressed within the report include crime prevention, fire safety, and Baylor’s response to emergency situations and sexual offenses. Three years’ of statistics for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the school and on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus are also included. This report is available online at You may also request a paper copy from Baylor Department of Public Safety (254-710-2211). 



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