Required Documents - International Applicants

The Graduate School requires that all applicants have either a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution of higher learning.

Required Academic Records:

  • Transcripts: Yearly or semester records from each college or university where a degree was earned.  Transcripts must indicate the number of lecture and/or laboratory hours per week, per course, and the grade received in each course.  Official transcripts are required to verify admission before an accepted, incoming international student can begin the I-20 visa process.  

  • Diplomas/Proof of Degree/Academic Certificates: will be required for each degree you have received. The documents must include the title and date of the degree conferred. If the title of the degree and the date conferred are listed on your transcript, that will satisfy this requirement. Official documents are required to verify admission before an accepted, incoming international student can begin the I-20 visa process. 

  • See our Required Document by Country.

  • Please note you must also provide the following: 

Translation of non-English Documents:

 If the language of instruction at your institution is not English, then you must provide:

  • Original-language copies of all transcripts and diplomas/academic certificates; and
  • A separate, word-for-word, English-language translation of all academic records you submit to us.
    • The translation should either come directly from the school itself or a professional, certified translator.
    • It must contain all information shown on the original-language documents and "mirror" them as precisely as possible.

Dual-language transcripts are acceptable.

Official Documents

Why are you requiring official documents for international applicants?

For international applicants, the Graduate School (the administrative center for graduate programs across the university) has recently changed its policy to require official documentation during the application process. 

Your application will still go to admission review with unofficial documents.  However, if you are admitted, you cannot begin the I-20 visa application until all official documents have been received and verified.  Historically we have had problems with incoming international students being delayed in obtaining a visa or registering for classes due to waiting on official documents.  The new policy requesting official documents during the application process is designed to prevent delays in obtaining your visa paperwork and registering for classes if you are accepted into the Baylor University graduate program.  This includes transcripts, certificates of degree/diplomas, and test score reports.

What does "official" mean?

For a transcript to be official, it must be sent directly to Baylor from your home institution or from an evaluation service such as World Education Services.  Official transcripts can be sent from your institution electronically to Grad_Transcripts@baylor.edu or by regular mail to

            Baylor University
            Graduate Admissions
            One Bear Place #97264
            Waco TX  76706 USA

If you have to get an official copy in person, you can send it or bring it to us; it will be official if it comes in a unopened envelope sealed by the university.  

If your institution only issues one original transcript, you must copy the document and send the copy to the issuing institution. Then, the issuing institution must attest the copy and send the attested copy directly to Baylor Graduate Admissions.

Official testing scores must be sent to Baylor University directly from the ETS or other testing service provider.

 

Proving Equivalency

The Graduate School requires that all applicants have either a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution of higher learning. Our admissions coordinators are proficient in reviewing academic records from different educational systems from around the world. In rare instances when our admissions coordinators are unable to verify the nature or authenticity of foreign academic documents, the applicant may be asked to provide supplemental information or to obtain an evaluation from a foreign credential evaluation service.

Baylor University has partnered with WES (World Education Services) in an attempt to offer a viable solution to international applicants when evaluations are required. Please note that when a request for an evaluation has been sent to WES, it may take up to seven business days for the evaluation to be completed and returned back to the Graduate School.

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