Are you interested in our Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Linguistics program? Then it’s time to apply!

Please review our admission requirements, deadlines, and instructions below to prepare for your application.

Application Deadline and Fees

Your application and materials are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on the following dates:

  •   to start classes in Spring 2023 – November 1, 2022
    • Confirmation Deadline: December 14, 2022
  • to start classes in Fall 2023 – July 1, 2023.
    • For priority consideration, complete applications must be received by February 1, 2023. After February 1, please contact the department regarding program availability before beginning the application process. Applicants who are offered admission must accept by July 31st.
    • After July 1st, please contact the department regarding program availability prior to beginning your application. Applicants who are offered admission must accept by July 31st.

Graduate Assistantships

The English Department offers teaching and research assistantships to master’s and doctoral candidates on a competitive basis.

If you are a new applicant and wish to be considered for an assistantship, be sure to check the appropriate box on the Graduate School application.

To guarantee consideration for a GA position, applications must be completed by February 1. Decisions about assistantships are generally made in March and announced in April. 

International applicants must adhere to the requirements and deadlines outlined by International Admissions.

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. (Note: electronic checks must be cleared prior to your application being complete. This process may take up to 10 days.)

Application Fee Waivers

Your application fee may be waived if you meet one of the criteria outlined below.

Do not 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 and 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 the categories above, make sure to select the fee waiver option when completing your online application. When selecting "I attended an informational session" option in the fee waiver section of the application, please provide the information session title and date you attended.

Before You Apply: Recommended Next Steps

Before you begin your application, we recommend you learn more about Ball State, review our admission process and requirements, and gather your required materials.

Step 1: Get to Know Ball State

Learn about Ball State, our Graduate School, and your program of interest.

Step 2: Review Our Admission Process

Some admission requirements differ between types of applicants. Be sure to follow the process that aligns with your current situation.

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 Permanent Resident of the U.S., refugee, asylee, DACA, or undocumented status holder, follow the admission requirements for domestic applicants.  If you have a pending U.S. Permanent Resident application, you must apply as an international applicant

If you were previously enrolled at Ball State 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 your 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; OR
  • previously applied for a program but never attended any classes.
Applying to Spring 2023 or Fall 2023

The following requirements are for applicants applying to Spring 2023 or Fall 2023.

Step 3: Verify Your Admission Requirements

Make sure you meet the following requirements to apply to your program:

  • You must have a bachelor's degree or higher from an institution recognized by a regional accrediting association.
  • You must have earned a minimum of a 2.75 GPA from the undergraduate degree-granting institution.

Step 4: Gather Your Application Materials

In addition to your application, you will be requested to upload the following materials to your application portal: 

  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose: Provide a written statement of 750-1000 words detailing your academic and intellectual biography and your purpose in seeking a graduate degree at Ball State University.
  • Writing Sample: Provide an 8-15 page, double-spaced writing sample that meets the following:
    • 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.
  • Your university/college transcripts showing highest earned degree. 

Step 5: Review Department-specific Information

In addition to your online application and the materials above, the English department requires the following:

Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions about Applying to Graduate School

Read our blog for more information on how to write a statement of purpose, how to request letters of recommendation, and how to draft the best writing sample. We also discuss general guidance to assist you in applying to our graduate programs.

English Proficiency

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 or another of the required scores accepted by International Admissions.


Probationary admission to this program is available if you do not meet the admission requirements outlined above. Please connect with your graduate advisor to discuss probationary admission requirements.

Ready to Apply?

Applying to Ball State is easy, safe, and is a completely online process. You’ll need to complete the online application for graduate admission and then upload any required application materials to your applicant portal.

You will receive an email message after you submit your application with instructions on how to access your applicant portal. The portal will provide further instructions on how to upload your required application materials and submit your full application for review. You will also be able to check your application status and confirm your enrollment via the Decision Reply Form from the portal.

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We recognize that your graduate education is an important investment for your future. If you have any questions, please reach out to Graduate Admissions for assistance. We are here to help!