Are you interested in our master of arts or master of science in chemistry program? Then it’s time to apply!

Please review our admission requirements, dates and deadlines, and instructions. Then complete our online application.

Dates and Deadlines

Exclamation IconApplication and materials are due on the specified dates by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

Submit your application by the following dates, depending on which semester you plan to start:

  • Fall – two weeks before the semester starts
  • Spring – two weeks before the semester starts

Before You Begin...

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.

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If you are a current, admitted Ball State student 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 the 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
  • previously applied for a program but never attended any classes

1. Review admission requirements and prepare materials.


We will consider either of the following degree options:

  • a bachelor of science (BS) or a bachelor of arts (BA) in chemistry and have at least one year of calculus-based physical chemistry
  • a substantial chemistry background, but have an undergraduate degree in another discipline such as biology, medical technology, pre-medicine, or pre-dentistry—you may have to take additional coursework in chemistry

Course Requirements

Complete at least American Chemical Society (ACS)-certified bachelor’s work or work beyond the bachelor’s. You may have one or more of the core course requirements waived (please speak with your advisor about this option).

We strongly recommend that applicants have taken two semesters of calculus as this will be essential for the graduate courses.


You must have earned a minimum of a 2.75 GPA from the undergraduate degree-granting institution.


Our program does not require you to take the GRE.


You will need to upload the following documents when you apply:

  • two letters of recommendation – when you fill out the online application, you will be asked if you would like to have the reference letters handled electronically. Choose the electronic way to avoid delays. You will need to list the names and email addresses of the two people who will write the letters on your behalf. They will then receive email instructions from Ball State on how to submit the letters.
  • resume or CV – along with summarizing your experience, a resume or CV also gives you a chance to explain and put into context any unusual career moves, gaps in employment, or other reasons you would be a good fit for our program.
  • statement of purpose

2. Prepare your transcripts.

Ball State must receive transcripts for all applicants. Please review our instructions before you apply. (You do not need to submit Ball State transcripts in order to apply.)

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3. Apply.

Complete our online application.


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.

Fee Waivers

You do not have to 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, 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 these categories, make sure to select the fee waiver option in the application.  When selecting "I attended an information session" option in the fee waiver section of the application, list the information session title and date. 

After You Apply

Log in to your application status portal below to submit additional materials, check your application status, and confirm your enrollment.

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If you need additional assistance, please feel free to email our graduate admissions staff, who are here to help you through this process.

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