If you’re interested in one of our master’s degree programs, you will need to follow a two-part application process. You will need to meet admissions criteria and apply to the Graduate School as well as your program of interest itself.

Apply to 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 two weeks prior to 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.

Special Announcement: To best serve prospective graduate students and those needing courses for licensure, certification, professional development, etc., Ball State University has adjusted the application deadline for the Summer II 2019 semester (June 17 - July 19) for non-degree study. Applications for Summer II 2019 semester for non-degree study will be accepted through June 10, 2019.

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 Admissions, Ball State University, 2000 W. University Ave., Lucina Hall, Muncie, IN 47306.
  • Electronic – Official electronic transcripts may be submitted by an institution directly to bsutrans@bsu.edu.

If you have earned a degree from a non-US institution, you must select one of the following evaluation agencies to get your transcripts and degree(s) evaluated:
(this includes any earned certificates, diplomas, or degrees)

Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE):


World Education Services (WES)

  • Check country-specific requirements:
  • Make sure to create an account: www.wes.org
  • Make sure to choose ICAP Course By Course report
  • Choose Ball State University as a recipient so we can get an electronic copy of your report

If you have studied at a non-US institution, from which you have not earned a degree, you must submit a scanned copy of the official transcript to Ball State University's International Admissions office with an official translation.

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.

Probationary Admission

If your undergraduate work doesn’t meet the Graduate School’s standard of a 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale, it’s still possible to be admitted on a probationary basis if the department supports your petition.

To qualify for probationary admission, you must have:

  • at least a 2.5 overall undergraduate GPA
  • scored at the 35th percentile or higher on both the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE

Once admitted, you will have to earn at least a B in each course in a nine-credit program of study as determined by the director of graduate studies. That will allow you to move from probationary admission to full admission status.

For admission to the department’s graduate program, you’ll need to submit the following:

  • departmental application
  • report of your GRE scores
  • one-to-two-page letter of introduction, intent, and goals
  • sample of your academic or professional writing
  • three letters of reference

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How to Submit Materials

Have your GRE scores sent directly to Ball State’s Graduate School. The Graduate School will contact your references and provide instructions.
You can send your departmental application, letter of introduction, and writing through either regular mail or as email attachments to the director of graduate studies.

By Mail

Department of Communication Studies
Attn. Kathy Denker
Ball State University
2000 W. University Ave.
Muncie, IN 47306

By Email

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