Are you interested in our master’s or doctoral programs?

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

How to Apply

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.

Application Deadlines

Master's Programs

  • Fall admission: July 7
  • Spring admission: November 11

Doctoral Programs

Fall admission: January 15

Graduate Assistants

If you are applying for a graduate assistantship, apply to the program by January 15 to receive full consideration.

Materials to Submit

Prepare and submit these materials directly to the Department of English:

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 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: 10-20 pp double-spaced
  • Rhetoric and Composition and Applied Linguistics: 15-25 pp double-spaced

How to Submit Materials

You can submit these documents via email or via the post.

By Email

If you would prefer to send these documents via email, please attach PDF or Word copies to an email to our department.

Email Us

By Postal Mail

You can also send hard copies of these documents to the following address:

English Department Graduate Programs Office
Robert Bell Room 297
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

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.

Status Updates

While we cannot routinely contact you about missing items, you may check on the status of your file by:

  • visiting the English graduate office (Robert Bell Building, room 2115)
  • emailing Megumi Hamada
  • calling us at 765-285-8415

International applicants should contact the Rinker Center for International Programs at 765-285-5422 or by email.

No. The Department of English requires non-native speakers of English to submit program-appropriate TOEFL scores:

  • for master’s applicants: minimum 79 PBT or equivalent
  • for doctoral applicants: minimum 81 PBT or equivalent

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.