Academics

Baylor contains a growing academic enterprise that unites educational excellence, leadership, and research discovery. With dedicated professors and a commitment to Christian values, students are provided with the tools to lead, serve, and succeed in their future through 128 undergraduate degree programs, 77 master’s programs, 46 doctoral programs, a juris doctor, and 2 education specialist programs. Baylor students interact with outstanding faculty from their first day on campus in an environment with a 14 to 1 student to faculty ratio and average undergraduate class size of 26.

At Baylor, students discover how to think critically, analyze to reach informed conclusions, and contribute to their academic disciplines through high-impact learning practices. Students are prepared for excellence, discovery, and achievement in their professional careers. In 2016, 86.5% of students found a job or started graduate school within 90 days of graduation.

Academic Units

In addition to the Honors College, Academic Affairs at Baylor includes the following academic units:

The College of Arts & Sciences is Baylor University’s oldest and largest academic division, consisting of 25 academic departments and seven academic centers and institutes. The more than 5,000 courses taught in the College are the foundation upon which all Baylor students’ educational experiences build, and span disciplines from the arts and humanities to the social and natural sciences. The College offers outstanding master’s and doctoral programs, many of them nationally ranked, across all Arts & Sciences disciplines.

The Diana R. Garland School of Social Work is a unique educational setting for future social workers with campuses in Waco and Houston. The School prepares social workers to serve in a wide range of public and private settings, from schools and hospitals, to prisons and foundations, with a diverse group of human service organizations in between. One of the competencies students develop is the ethical integration of faith and social work practice, preparing them to serve in congregations and other faith-based organizations.

The Truett Seminary equips students with both knowledge and experience to pursue God’s call to ministry. Students work in mentoring relationships alongside pastors, international missionaries, and leaders of faith-based entities to gain a unique understanding of life in ministry and insight into the day-to-day operations of churches and organizations. Truett graduates are academically prepared and spiritually equipped to lead and to serve the Church and a world in need.

The Graduate School serves students in over a hundred programs across the humanities, arts, and sciences with resources designed to holistically support their academic and professional development.

The Hankamer School of Business’s top-ranked programs combine rigorous classroom learning, hands-on experience in the real world, a solid foundation in ethical values, and a global outlook. Undergraduate students choose from 16 major areas of study and graduate students choose from full-time, executive, or online MBA; other specialized master’s programs; or a PhD in Information Systems, Entrepreneurship, or Health Services Research.

Baylor Law’s top-ranked, rigorous program equips students with the advocacy skills, problem-solving techniques, and practical, hands-on lawyering skills and character development necessary for success in the profession and in life. Baylor Law is by choice one of the smallest law schools in the nation, combining theory with practice throughout the curriculum and cultivating a commitment to service and responsibility in the community.

University Libraries lead as an innovative research library system that undergirds scholarship, fosters teaching and learning, and builds communities. The libraries partner with researchers to create innovative solutions that enhance research and teaching; combine expertise and resources within dynamic spaces to produce collaborations that create new knowledge; provide digital, print, archival, human, and other resources that empower research and teaching; and develop partnerships that establish learning communities.

The Louise Herrington School of Nursing prepares baccalaureate and graduate level nurses for professional practice, health care leadership, and worldwide service. Christian faith is at the very heart of the School’s nursing theory and practice. Located in Dallas, the School offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees through traditional and accelerated programs, a Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Innovation program, and two Doctor of Nursing Practice programs, including one with an Executive Nurse Leadership focus.

The Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences draws upon Baylor’s Christian mission and both innovation and tradition to prepare scholars and leaders who can translate theory into practice through translational research and advance knowledge of health, human behavior, and quality of life. The College is formed of the following academic units – Communication Sciences and Disorders, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health, Human Performance and Recreation, the Department of Public Health, and the Division of Health Professions.

The School of Education prepares educators for leadership in a changing world, offering degrees at every level, including undergraduate teacher preparation leading to certification, professional master’s and doctoral programs for K-12, and higher education leadership and researchintensive PhD programs.

The School of Engineering and Computer Science provides a superior education through instruction, scholarship, and service that prepares graduates for professional practice and responsible leadership with a Christian world view. The School offers seven bachelor’s degrees across five areas of study, five master’s degrees, and three doctoral degrees in addition to a joint M.B.A./M.E. program.

The School of Music is large enough to offer comprehensive degree programs leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education, performance, and academic areas of music, as well as doctoral programs in church music, yet small enough to devote individual attention to each student.