Apply to the Graduate School

Before applying, you must meet the Graduate School Requirements for Doctoral Programs.

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Do You Live Outside the U.S.?

Please note that international applicants must also be evaluated by the Rinker Center for International Programs before acceptance by the graduate school. Learn more.

How to Apply

If you meet the Graduate School requirements, then it’s time to apply.

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.

Along with meeting the criteria for the Graduate School, you will need the following before you begin the application process:

  • faculty mentorship — 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.
  • three letters of recommendation

How to Apply

We admit students each semester, so you may submit an application at any time. Space is limited, and not all applicants who meet minimum admission requirements may be accepted.


International Student Deadlines

Because of the lengthy process required to process all materials, international students should submit all of their application materials at least one full semester prior to the start of the semester they plan to begin Ball State studies. Students may apply through the Rinker Center for International Programs. Learn more.

In all cases, all application materials—including completed application forms, official transcripts, recommendations, and test scores—must be submitted at least four weeks before the end of the semester prior to the semester in which you want to begin study. (For example, students who want to begin in the Fall Semester must apply four weeks before the end of the Summer Semester.)

Materials to Submit

Submit the following materials to Teresa Case, secretary for the PhD in environmental sciences. These materials are in addition to those required during the Graduate School application process.

  • PhD Applicant Processing Form
  • three letters of recommendation


Teresa Case
Department of Chemistry
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306


Graduate Assistantships

Individual departments award most 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.

For additional information, contact your sponsoring home department:

Are you interested in our doctoral program? Then it’s time to apply!

You will need to follow a two-step process:

  • Step 1: Meet the requirements of and apply to the Ball State University Graduate School
  • Step 2: Apply to the program itself.