1. What is a Global Mission Leadership Specialization?
Through the Global Mission Leadership specialization, students will be responsible for a research project related to a social injustice in the country where they intend to serve. The student will have the opportunity to research systemic issues regarding a social injustice, global best practices regarding community change, and create an evidence-informed plan of intervention.
2. Do I have to take the GRE?
No. The GRE is not a required prerequisite for participation in this initiative.
3. Do I have to take the TOEFL and/or the IELTS to apply?
Yes, if you are from a non-English speaking country. A minimum required score for the TOEFL is 550 on the paper-based, 213 on the computer-based, or 80 on the new Internet-based test. This test needs to have been taken within the last two years. Our catalogue is now online, and further information can be found under the Graduate Program, Admissions. We also accept the IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5.
4. Do I have to have a bachelor's degree in social work to be accepted into the program?
Having a social work degree or background is not required to enter this initiative. However, the following course prerequisites are needed: 3 hours of biology, 6 hours of communication or language skills, 6 hours of social and behavioral science, 9 hours of humanities and/or history, and 3 hours of statistics. More information about these prerequisite courses can be found on the MSW application.
5. To be a GML Student, do I need to apply to the Baylor School of Social Work?
You need to apply and be accepted to the MSW program before the final review of your Global Mission Leadership Application can occur. Applications to the MSW program and the GML initiative are due by November 15th.
6. What are the expectations for GML students?
GML students will be responsible for a research project related to a social injustice in the country where they intend to serve. The student will have the opportunity to research systemic issues regarding a social injustice occurring in the nation to which he/she plans to relocate or return, research global best practices regarding community change, and create an evidence-informed plan of intervention. GML students will complete an Advanced Internship in the country where they intend to serve. Additionally, GML students will fulfill a two year commitment to implement their graduate knowledge in the country where they intend to serve.
7. How long is the MSW degree program with the GML specialization?
This specialized degree is two years in length.
8. What is Waco, Texas like?
Waco's population is about 150,000 (including surrounding suburbs), which makes it a good sized town that has many restaurants, stores and things to do. But it is not so big that traffic is a problem. The weather is usually mild from October to June, but is VERY hot in the summer and very cold in the winter (but there is rarely snow). The cost of living is low and the people are friendly. Baylor University is beautiful with a vast array of things to do on campus! The School of Social Work is located a few miles off campus with a University bus that shuttles students between the main campus and the School of Social Work.