Are you interested in our specialist in education degree in school superintendency? Then it’s time to apply.

Admission to our graduate program means you need to meet the criteria of and apply to both Ball State’s Graduate School and the program itself.

Grad 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.



Applicants are expected to have a GPA of 3.2 or higher on all previously completed graduate work.

How to Apply

Submit Materials

To apply for admission to the specialist degree program:

    1. Make sure you meet the EdS admission requirements of the Ball State Graduate School.
    2. Apply online.
    3. Provide one copy of all college/university official transcripts.
    4. Have your Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores forwarded to the Graduate School.

Also upload the following to your online application:
A. Resume/Vita/CV = Upload a current resume or vita that highlights educational, leadership, and community involvement
B. Statement of Purpose/Intent = Platform Statement of educational philosophy and beliefs about leadership (no more than 600 words). You may tweak such a document from previous coursework, if appropriate.
C. Writing Sample = Academic paper from a previous class which reflects your best research writing, including citations and APA 6th formatting
Once the department is notified of your application, you will receive instructions for submitting the names of 5 references


We will review and evaluate all of your materials after we receive them. Following this evaluation, we may invite you to campus for a personal interview.

For More Information

Dr. Kendra Lowery
Doctoral Program Director
Department of Educational Leadership
Teachers College Room 928D
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306-0590
Phone: 765-285-8618
FAX: 765-285-2166