Dates and Deadlines
Application and materials are due on the specified dates by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.
Submit your application by the following dates, depending on when you plan to start your courses:
- Fall – July 10
- Spring – November 1
Receipt of applications for admission and required materials after the deadline does not guarantee review.
wishing to apply for a graduate assistantship
in the Department of
English must complete their applications by January 15 to guarantee
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.
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.
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.
Non-native speakers of English must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores of at least 79 for master’s degree programs and 81 for doctoral programs.
You will upload the following materials when you complete the online application.
Detail your academic and intellectual biography and your purpose in seeking a graduate degree at Ball State University.
Preferably, provide a paper written for a class. The writing sample should exemplify your best work.
The writing sample can be a revised class paper or a section from an undergraduate or master’s thesis. It should reflect your ability to write well, analyze, and engage with scholarly debates and research.
If you do not have a sample of academic work, write a new paper on a subject related to the previous or proposed field of study.
MA in Creative Writing applicants should submit a creative writing sample in either fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, or some combination of genres (8-15 pp double-spaced; poetry can be single-spaced, of course).
Page Length Requirements
- all master’s programs: 8–15 pp double-spaced for all MA applicants
- English PhD in Literature: 15-20 pp double-spaced
- PhD in Rhetoric and Composition: 15-25 pp double-spaced
Applicants to our program need to submit three letters of recommendation. You may upload these to your online application.
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.)
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.
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 informational 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.
Check Application Status
If you need additional assistance, please feel free to email our graduate admissions staff, who are here to help you through this process.
Frequently Asked Questions
We notify applicants about admission decisions as quickly as possible. Those taking advantage of rolling admission can reasonably expect to get news within 4-6 weeks after the application is complete; similarly, those applying by the January 15 deadline can expect to get a decision mid- to late March.
For all programs, departmental approval for admission is based upon evaluation of our application materials.
No incomplete files are considered. You are responsible for ensuring that your admission file is complete.
Apply early—transcripts and test scores take weeks, often months, to arrive.
To check on the status of your application, you may log into our online portal.
The English Department does not offer conditional admission to any applicants.
No. Applications are reviewed by discipline-specific faculty committees and the director of graduate studies does not serve on these individual committees.
Please contact us if you have any questions.