International Requirements

The Garland School of Social Work requires 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 should come from an academic professor who has direct knowledge of your academic work.
    • Transcripts from all college level institutions that were attended. Transcripts should include a 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 is required for each degree you have received. The documents will include the title and date of the degree conferred..
    • International applicants must demonstrate English-language proficiency by submitting either the TOEFL or IELTS scores to Baylor using Institution Code: 6032
    • Minimum score required for English Language Proficiency are:
    • TOEFL minimum score: Paper: 550; Computer: 213; Internet: 80
    • IELTS minimum score: 6.5
    • Exceptions for the English language requirement include:
    • You have a conferred degree from an accredited U.S. institution.
    • You are a citizen of a country in which English is the primary official language.
    • You received a degree in a country in which English is the primary official language.
    • You received your degree from an international government-recognized/accredited school where all courses were taught in 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 credits, or the equivalent)
    • Statistics (3 semester credits, or the equivalent)

Note: an application file may be reviewed for an admission decision with one or both prerequisite courses missing however, if admitted, new admits woudl be required to have successfully completed all missing prerequisite courses prior to the first day of New Student Orientation.

For information regarding options for completing missing prerequisite course/s, or to inquire about a course taken, or preapproval of a course you wish to take, please contact the our offices via email at

If you are an international applicant or if you attended a foreign university, please follow the guidelines for foreign transcripts, located on the Graduate School website.

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

For additional information and specific helps on understanding the many processes, regulations, and timelines for international students, please visit Center for Global Engagement.