We offer more than 145 graduate programs. Have you found a degree or certificate you want to pursue?

If so, then it's time to apply.

Follow these basic steps:

  • Before you apply - Meet minimum requirements.
  • Step 1 - Apply to the Graduate School.
  • Step 2 - Apply to the specific academic program.
  • After you apply - Learn what you need to do after acceptance.

You will need to provide all of your transcripts as part of this process.

Before You Apply

In addition to admission standards of the Graduate School, departments may have their own admission requirements or a separate application. Find information about admission requirements.

If you will be an online student, this information regarding State Regulatory Authorizations might apply to you.

You are an international student if:

  • you need a visa to study at Ball State
  • you already have a visa and you are in the United States

If one of those apply to you, Ball State’s Rinker Center for International Programs will facilitate your application process. The Rinker Center is equipped to evaluate international credentials and to assist you with special circumstances that might arise.

Attention: In addition to International Admission requirements, departments may have their own admission requirements or require a separate application. Departments may also require additional materials, e.g. recommendation letters, to be submitted directly to the department. Find instructions from their admission requirements.

Nondegree seeking students need to apply to the Ball State Graduate School using the same process as any other applicant. However, nondegree seeking students need to be aware of several very important provisions described in the Graduate Catalog.

Does this apply to you?  Please read on to find out.

Ball State University has two categories of nondegree admission:

Nondegree (Licensure)

Licensure clearance is granted to students working toward any of the following:

  •   Professional grade teaching (post-master’s),
  •   School services personnel and school administration and supervisory certificates,
  •   And endorsements added through completion of graduate credit.

Nondegree (Nonlicensure)

Ball State University recognizes the need of many persons to pursue educational programs that may be related to their employment or that will otherwise enrich their lives. For these reasons, students with baccalaureate or advanced degrees who do not have further degree objectives but desire personal and professional enrichment may be admitted to graduate study as nondegree students.

Admission and Financial Aid

Specific provisions and admission criteria for nondegree students are described in the current Graduate Catalog.

Please visit the Graduate Catalog page, open the current catalog PDF file and search for the term, "nondegree".

PLEASE NOTE: Nondegree students are typically not eligible for financial aid. Check with the Financial Aid and Scholarships office to verify eligibility 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-Admit/Reactivate" option under "Applicant Type" in the CollegeNet application.

There will be a $10.00 fee assessed when you apply to reactivate your record.

DO NOT CHOOSE the Re-Admit/Reactivate Applicant Type IF:

  • you are a first time applicant to graduate school at Ball State, or
  • you are applying to be admitted into a new/different program or certificate than that in which you are already enrolled, or
  • you have previously applied for a program but never attended any classes. 

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.

Special Announcement: To best serve prospective graduate students and those needing courses for licensure, certification, professional development, etc., Ball State University has adjusted the application deadline for the Summer II 2019 semester (June 17 - July 19) for non-degree study. Applications for Summer II 2019 semester for non-degree study will be accepted through June 10, 2019.

Submit Your Transcripts

Ball State must receive your official transcript before the university can process your application. Request transcripts from all colleges and universities you attended (this includes dual credit courses earned while in high school). You do not need to submit Ball State transcripts. 

The university or college that issued your degree must send an official copy of your transcript directly to Ball State. You can often request your transcripts through an institution’s website. Also, official transcripts must include a college seal, date, and appropriate signature. All transcripts become Ball State property.

Transcripts may be submitted by:

  • Mail – Send official copies to Admissions, Ball State University, 2000 W. University Ave., Lucina Hall, Muncie, IN 47306.
  • Electronic – Official electronic transcripts may be submitted by an institution directly to bsutrans@bsu.edu.

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: www.wes.org
  • 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.

Apply to the Academic Program

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

Academic departments have additional admission requirements, which do not appear on the Graduate School’s web pages.

Many programs accept applications only for fall admission but some offer spring or summer admission. Check individual programs' websites for spring or summer application deadlines and additional requirements for admission.

An admission decision will not be made until all required materials have been received.

At Ball State, we are committed to making your transition to graduate school as easy as possible.

If you have any questions regarding your transition to Graduate School, please contact Stephanie Wilson, graduate school recruiter.

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