1. Do I have to take the GRE?
No. The GRE is not a required prerequisite for participation in this initiative.
2. What is a Global Mission Leadership Concentration?
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.
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 and 3 hours of statistics. If you have not completed these, you can take an online exam with a passing score for each subject for $50 to meet this requirement instead. You may take this exam up to two times and it must be completed prior to New Student Orientation.
5. To be a GML Student, do I need to apply to the Baylor School of Social Work?
The GML application will be sent to you as a form in an email upon completion of the Baylor MSW application which opens in September 2018. There are several additional pieces necessary to complete for the GML application. The admissions processes are separate for the GML Scholarship Program and the MSW Program, so you will receive communication from both offices. You must be accepted into the MSW Program in order to be accepted into the GML Scholarship Program. However, it is possible to be accepted into the MSW Program and not the GML Scholarship Program. Both applications must be completed by Feb 1, 2019 in order to be considered.
6. What are the expectations for GML students?
GML scholarship recipients will attend an orientation in Waco in late July/early August of 2019 before the start of the MSW program. They will then spend their foundation MSW year attending in-person classes and an in-person internship in Waco from August of 2019 until May of 2020. GML scholarship recipients will make their own housing arrangements and manage their own finances, with the support of the GML staff as needed. Upon completion of their foundation year, GML students will move to a location in their home region where their internship placement is assigned. Starting in May 2020, GML students will fulfill an advanced internship in their home region and begin virtual classes. Additionally, GML students will fulfill a two-year commitment to implement their graduate knowledge in the country where they intend to serve upon graduation.
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.