International Requirements

The Garland School of Social Work 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.

International applicants are citizens or permanent residents of a country to which they intend to return other than the United States must submit a completed application which includes:

    • Online GoGarland Application
    • $45 Application Fee
    • GSSW Financial Aid Form
    • CSS International Profile
    • Letters of recommendation: At least one of your three letters of recommendation must be from an academic professor who has direct knowledge of your academic work.
    • Transcripts: Yearly or semester records from each college or university attended that indicate the number of lecture and/or laboratory hours per week, per course, and the grade received in each course.
    • Diplomas/Proof of Degree/Academic Certificates: will be required for each degree you have received. The documents will include the title and date of the degree conferred.
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement under the following circumstances:
      • You have a conferred degree from an institution in the United States
      • Your degree was issued from an institution where the medium of instruction is English

    Prerequisite Requirements

    Students pursuing the MSW degree are also required to obtain a baccalaureate degree which includes coursework that demonstrates a strong liberal arts background including:

      • Human Biology (3 semester hours) OR by passing the GSSW human biology exam
      • Statistics (3 semester hours) OR by taking the online GSSW statistics course and passing the exam

    Note: Students admitted to the MSW program are expected to complete all prerequisite requirements prior to their New Student Orientation.

    For more information regarding prerequisites or information about the GSSW exams, contact the School of Social Work via email at

    For a list of specific requirements needed, go to Required Documents Needed By Country

    Our admissions coordinators are proficient in reviewing academic records from different educational systems from around the world. However, if 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)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 to:

    Garland School of Social Work
    Graduate Admissions
    One Bear Place, #97320
    Waco, Texas 76798-7320

    OR via email at