You will need to follow a two-part process in order to apply to our master’s in information and communication sciences. You will need be accepted into both Ball State’s Graduate School as well as directly into the program.

How to Apply

Apply to Graduate School

Apply to Graduate School

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.

Apply Now


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 two weeks 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. 

CICS also requires a one to two page goal statement. This can include career goals and how you think a Master’s degree in Information and Communication Sciences can help you achieve them. Keep in mind that an admission decision will not be made until all required materials have been received.

Apply to the Program

You need to submit a one- to two-page statement of your background and goals to CICS in order to be considered for admission.

There is no separate application form for admission to CICS. The Graduate School will forward your application to CICS.

How to Submit Materials

By email

View Email

By Mail

Center for Information and Communication Sciences
BC 221
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

How Long It Takes for Admission

CICS usually makes admission decisions on a monthly basis once we have received all materials. You can find out about your CICS admission status by calling Amy Clevenger.