Are you interested in our master’s or graduate certificate programs? Then it’s time to apply.

For acceptance into our graduate program, you need to meet the admissions criteria and apply to both The Graduate School at Ball State University and the specific master’s program as well.

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.

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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.

  • applications for degree and nondegree programs: $60 per program
  • applications for certificates and licensures: $20 per certificate or licensure

Reduced rates for additional applications: Each additional degree application costs $20 and certificate $10. Please remember you must use the username and password from your initial application to receive the discounted rate for multiple applications.


The Graduate School must receive all of your application materials no later than two weeks prior to the beginning of the academic term you wish to start.

However, your desired program might have different deadlines. Check with the program director for those dates. 

Submit 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.)

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If you have earned a degree from a non-US institution, you must select one of the following evaluation agencies to get your transcripts and degree(s) evaluated:
(this includes any earned certificates, diplomas, or degrees)

Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE):


World Education Services (WES)

  • Check country-specific requirements:
  • Make sure to create an account:
  • Make sure to choose ICAP Course By Course report
  • Choose Ball State University as a recipient so we can get an electronic copy of your report

If you have studied at a non-US institution, from which you have not earned a degree, you must submit a scanned copy of the official transcript to Ball State University's International Admissions office with an official translation.

After Applying to the Graduate School

Graduate admissions is a shared process at Ball State. When the Graduate School has determined you’ve met minimum admission criteria, your application will be made available to the department for review. 

Programs often require additional application materials. Check with the program director about additional requirements. Keep in mind that an admission decision will not be made until all required materials have been received.

How to Apply

Along with your application to the Graduate School, please prepare and submit the materials listed below directly to the Graduate Program Director, Department of Geography at the following address:

Jason Yang, Graduate Program Director
Department of Geography
Cooper Life Sciences Building (CL) 425
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Required Materials

Write 500 to 750 words detailing your academic and personal background and your purpose in seeking a graduate degree at Ball State University.

Please include information on your professional goals and general research interests.

Please have your recommenders directly send their letters to the graduate program director at the postal address or email address listed above.

Through an electronic link, references may also be submitted directly through the Graduate School’s online application.

Ideally, two references should be prepared to discuss your academic ability and an additional reference should attest to your character and/or professionalism.

Note your:

  • educational background (including undergraduate GPA)
  • work experience
  • honors and special accomplishments
  • any professional skill sets


Apply by March 15

If you wish to be considered for an assistantship, complete your application by March 15 for admittance in the following academic year.

Assistantships are on a competitive basis and include nine-month tuition coverage and a stipend.

If you are a new applicant and wish to be considered for an assistantship, be sure to indicate this on the Graduate School application and in your statement of interest letter. There is no separate assistantship application for new applicants.

Decisions about assistantships are generally made in late March.

Students are encouraged to apply for a fall semester start, but applications will also be considered for spring admittance. We do not admit students for a summer start.

For those not necessarily seeking departmental assistantship support, applications are due six weeks before the start of the semester (i.e., July 15 for the fall semester and November 15 for spring).

Departmental assistantship support is not likely for applicants after the March 15 deadline (for the following fall semester admission) or for spring admissions.

Applicants are encouraged to seek potential assistantship or funding opportunities through other academic and university divisions.

Frequently Asked Questions

We notify applicants about admission decisions as quickly as possible.

For those not seeking an assistantship, students can reasonably expect to get news within four to six weeks after the application is complete, but decision times may vary, especially during the summer months.

Candidates applying by the March 15 assistantship deadline can expect to get a decision in late March.

For all programs, departmental approval for admission is based upon an evaluation of these criteria.

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.

While we cannot routinely contact you about missing items, you may contact the Graduate Program Director to check the status of your file.

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

Officially, no.

We have students coming from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds where geography or atmospheric science was not their major or minor (e.g., science education, natural resources, telecommunications, geology, anthropology, to name a few).

However, students seeking coursework in applied atmospheric science are strongly encouraged to have two semesters of calculus, two semesters of calculus-based physics, and one introductory meteorology course in order to take full advantage of our atmospheric science course offerings.

Those considering an applied GIScience specialization would benefit from an introductory GIS or map reading course prior to entering the program.

Along with your application to the Graduate School, you should send a statement of interest letter to the graduate program director for the Department of Geography. Please detail your academic and intellectual biography and purpose in seeking a graduate certificate.

Unlike the master’s program, the certificate program does not have any additional admission requirements beyond the Graduate School’s.

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