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The online application for admission to the graduate program is found on the Baylor Graduate School’s website. The number of admissions each year is limited by the availability of faculty to provide individualized supervision of each student’s program of study and financial resources of the university.
The Religion Department’s Graduate Admissions Committee chaired by the department’s Director of Graduate Studies carefully reviews all applications. Among many factors considered by the committee are scope and quality of foundational work, grade-point averages, GRE scores (optional), foreign language competency, career goals, and letters of reference. Reference letters should come from professors who have a thorough knowledge of the applicant’s academic accomplishments. Applications must have all materials submitted by December 15, 2022. The committee begins selecting applicants for interviews soon after that date. Applications cannot be considered until all requested materials are on file. Applicants who have taken the GRE should anticipate a period of at least four weeks from the date of the examination until receipt of scores by the University. Please note that GRE scores are valid only for five years.
The first step in the admissions process is to submit an application. This involves completing and submitting all required materials to the Graduate School by the application deadline. For questions regarding admissions, please contact the Academic and Student Support Associate for the Graduate Studies Program. If you are unsure of which concentration you should apply for (particularly deciding between Historical Studies and Theological Studies), please contact the Graduate Studies Office Academic and Student Support Associate
Applicants for the 2023-2024 academic year must submit an application and all additional required materials by December 15, 2022. It is imperative that all application materials are submitted by the application deadline. Applicants are encouraged to read "Tips for Applying" here before beginning the application process.
Please note that applicants who meet the following prerequisites are not guaranteed admission. Prerequisites include but are not limited to the following list.
Admission to the Ph.D. program in Religion requires an M.A. or its equivalent (30 semester hours of accredited graduate work in Religion at the degree level of M.A., B.D., M.Div., etc.). Please note, a B.D. is in reference to European systems where B.D. represents a post-university degree.
Applicants in Old Testament or New Testament studies must have completed a minimum of twelve (12) semester hours of one biblical language (Greek or Hebrew) and six (6) semester hours in the other, with a grade of B or above in the last semester of each language. Applicants who intend to concentrate in the Old Testament area will benefit from having completed a minimum of twelve (12) semester hours of Hebrew and six (6) semester hours of Greek. Those whose area of concentration will be New Testament will benefit from having completed twelve (12) semester hours of Greek and six (6) semester hours of Hebrew. For information on modern foreign language requirements, click here.
The following checklist includes items required for a complete application:
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