Are you interested in our Master of Architecture program? Then it’s time to apply!

Please review dates and deadlines, admission requirements, course equivalency process, transcript preparation instructions, and then complete our online application.

Application Deadline and Fees

Your application and materials are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on the following dates:

  • to start classes in Fall 2022 – February 18, 2022
    • Confirmation Deadline: April 15, 2022
    • For priority consideration, complete applications must be received by February 18, 2022. After February 18, please contact the department regarding program availability. Applications will be considered until August 7, 2022, or until all available program spaces have been filled.

International applicants must adhere to the requirements and deadlines outlined by International Admissions.

Applications are $60 per program. You can pay your application fee (nonrefundable) with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. Or you may pay online with an electronic check from a U.S. bank. (Note: electronic checks must be cleared prior to your application being complete. This process may take up to 10 days.)

Application Fee Waivers

Your application fee may be waived if you meet one of the criteria outlined below.

Do not pay the application fee if you are a:

  • McNair Scholar;
  • Ball State student currently enrolled in classes or alumni;
  • current Ball State employee (full-time and benefits-eligible);
  • veteran or active-duty military;
  • guest student seeking credits to transfer to another institution;
  • prospective student who attended a Ball State graduate program information session.

If you are in one of the categories above, make sure to select the fee waiver option when completing your online application. When selecting "I attended an informational session" option in the fee waiver section of the application, please provide the information session title and date you attended.

Before You Apply: Recommended Next Steps

Before you begin your application, we recommend you learn more about Ball State, review our admission process and requirements, and gather your required materials.

Step 1: Get to Know Ball State

Learn about Ball State, our Graduate School, and your program of interest.

Step 2: Review Our Admission Process

Some admission requirements differ between types of applicants. Be sure to follow the process that aligns with your current situation. Otherwise, proceed to the next step.

If you are an international student – someone who has or plans to acquire a visa to study in the U.S. – our International Admissions staff will help you through the admissions process and your unique requirements.

Get started.

If you are a Permanent Resident of the U.S., refugee, asylee, DACA, or undocumented status holder, follow the admission requirements for domestic applicants.  If you have a pending U.S. Permanent Resident application, you must apply as an international applicant

If you were previously enrolled at Ball State but have not taken classes for more than a year—or if you received a "Re-Admit" error when attempting to register for classes—you need to select the “Re-enroll (previous Ball State graduate students only)” option under “Academic Intent” in your application.

Do not choose the Re-enroll Applicant Type if you are any of the following:

  • a first-time applicant to a Ball State graduate program;
  • applying for a new or different program or certificate than one in which you are already enrolled; OR
  • previously applied for a program but never attended any classes.

Step 3: Verify Your Admission Requirements

Make sure you meet the following requirements to apply to your program:

  • You must have a bachelor's degree or higher from an institution recognized by a regional accrediting association.
  • You must have earned a minimum of a 2.75 GPA from the undergraduate degree-granting institution or hold a conferred graduate degree.

Step 4: Gather Your Application Materials

In addition to your application, you will be requested to upload the following materials to your application portal:

  • Resume or CV
  • Portfolio (5GB max)
    • Include previous design work in university courses and studios and/or professional practice. If teamwork is shown, you must clearly indicate your role. Artistic work and hands-on building work may also be included. 
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • You must provide email addresses for two references, who will be notified electronically to complete a recommendation letter on your behalf as part of the application process.
  • Statement of Purpose or letter of intent
    • Address the following in 500-1,000 words:
      • what are your interests and ambitions for your graduate studies?;
      • how do your previous design and work experiences connect with these goals?;
      • consider how you might provide additional information to describe your portfolio further.
      • please note: this statement will also be evaluated as a writing sample.
  • Transcripts from your highest earned degree. What is this?

Step 5: Review Department-specific Information

PROBATIONARY ADMISSIONS

Probationary admission to this program is available if you do not meet the requirements outlined above. Additional admissions materials may be requested including letters of recommendation, a narrative account of your professional and academic experiences, and portfolio updates demonstrating professional and academic experiences. Please connect with your graduate advisor to discuss probationary admission requirements.

Ready to Apply?

Applying to Ball State is easy, safe, and is a completely online process. You’ll need to complete the online application for graduate admission and then upload any required application materials to your applicant portal.

You will receive an email message after you submit your application with instructions on how to access your applicant portal. The portal will provide further instructions on how to upload your required application materials and submit your full application for review. You will also be able to check your application status and confirm your enrollment via the Decision Reply Form from the portal.

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Questions?

We recognize that your graduate education is an important investment for your future. If you have any questions, please reach out to Graduate Admissions for assistance. We are here to help!