Applicants for our master in fine arts (MFA) degree in art must first be accepted to Ball State’s Graduate School and then be formally admitted by the School of Art. After you have been admitted to Ball State’s Graduate School then you may apply to the School of Art.

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How to Apply

After you have completed your application to Ball State’s Graduate School, follow the application instructions for the appropriate degree you desire in the School of Art. See how to apply for an MFA below.

Apply to the Graduate School

Complete the Application

You will need to determine if your program is delivered online or on campus. Please contact your program director to determine your delivery mode.

If you will be an online student and you live outside Indiana, this information regarding State Regulatory Authorizations might apply to you.

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You can pay your application fees (nonrefundable) with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. Or you may pay online with an electronic check from a U.S. bank.

  • applications for degree and nondegree programs: $60 per program
  • applications for certificates and licensures: $20 per certificate or licensure

Reduced rates for additional applications: Each additional degree application costs $20 and certificate $10. Please remember you must use the username and password from your initial application to receive the discounted rate for multiple applications.


The Graduate School must receive all of your application materials no later than one week before the beginning of the academic term you wish to start.

However, your desired program might have different deadlines. Check with the program director for those dates.

Submit Your Transcripts

Ball State must receive your official transcript before the university can process your application. Request transcripts from all colleges and universities you attended (this includes dual credit courses earned while in high school). You do not need to submit Ball State transcripts. 

The university or college that issued your degree must send an official copy of your transcript directly to Ball State. You can often request your transcripts through an institution’s website. Also, official transcripts must include a college seal, date, and appropriate signature. All transcripts become Ball State property.

Transcripts may be submitted by:

  • Mail – Send official copies to the Graduate School, Ball State University, 2000 W. University Ave., West Quad 100, Muncie, IN 47306.
  • Electronic – Official electronic transcripts may be submitted by an institution directly to

After Applying to the Graduate School

Graduate admissions is a shared process at Ball State. When the Graduate School has determined you’ve met minimum admission criteria, your application will be made available to the department for review. 

Programs often require additional application materials. Check with the program director about additional requirements. Keep in mind that an admission decision will not be made until all required materials have been received.

You must apply by March 31 (or first business day after) to be considered for our master’s program. This is a rolling deadline. Applicants that apply after this day may still be considered. 

Assistantship Deadline

If you are interested in an assistantship, your application must be completed by Friday, January 11, 2019 (or the first business day after). Learn more about assistantships.

Admission Criteria

  • be accepted to Ball State’s Graduate School
  • hold a bachelor's degree in art from an accredited college or university
  • have an undergraduate GPA of at least a 2.75 on a 4.0 scale or a 3.0 GPA in the last two years of study

Application Materials

  • letter expressing goals in pursuing the degree (If you are a new applicant and wish to be considered for an assistantship, be sure to indicate this on the Graduate School application and in your letter to the School of Art. Decisions about assistantships will generally be made in March and announced in April.)
  • digital portfolio of artwork (links to websites are acceptable)
  • current resume
  • supportive material such as research and publications (if applicable) 

Send this information to
School of Art
3401 N. Tillotson Ave.
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306


Email our graduate advisor.

Sequence of Study

The School of Art offers our MFA with an emphasis on Animation or Glass. You can complete the program in six semesters, which requires 60 credit hours of coursework. Learn more about the programs.