Are you interested in our PhD in Environmental Sciences program? Then it’s time to apply!
Please review our admission requirements, dates and deadlines, and instructions. Then complete our online application.
Space is limited, and not all applicants who meet minimum admission requirements may be accepted.
Dates and Deadlines
We admit students each semester, so you may submit an application at any time.
All application materials—including completed application forms, official transcripts, recommendations, and test scores—must be submitted by the following times:
- U.S. students – at least four weeks before the end of the semester prior to the semester in which you want to begin study
- international students – at least eight weeks before the end of the semester prior to the semester in which you want to begin study
(For example, U.S. students who want to begin in the Fall Semester must apply four weeks before the end of the Summer Semester.)
View our Academic Calendar.
Individual departments award most graduate and teaching assistantships to begin in the Fall Semester. For best consideration for assistantships, all application materials should be submitted by February 1 for the following academic year; January 1 if you are an international student. Learn more.
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 a bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by a regional accrediting association.
You must have earned a minimum of a 3.0 GPA from the undergraduate degree-granting institution.
Our program does not require you to take the GRE and does not evaluate GRE scores as part of the admissions process.
In order to be admitted to the environmental science program, you must contact appropriate affiliated faculty and discuss your research interests. The faculty member must then agree to support you as a faculty and research mentor.
After identifying a faculty mentor, you must work with this person to complete the PhD Applicant Processing Form (PDF).
You will need to upload the three letters of recommendation 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 fees (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
- previous Ball State student (enrolled after high school)
- current Ball State employee (full-time, benefits-eligible)
- veteran or active-duty military
- guest student seeking credits to transfer to another institution
If you are in one of these categories, make sure to select the fee waiver option in the application.
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.