To help new students transition to graduate student life at Ball State, the Graduate School hosts several orientation resources to supplement your academic department’s orientation.

Our orientation program is comprehensive—it is not mandatory but highly recommended. We created the Graduate School Orientation to provide information just when you need it. We also have resources, intended for both our online and on-campus students, with helpful information prior to starting your academic journey.


For All New On-Campus, Online, and International Graduate Students

As soon as you receive your Ball State username and password, you can log into our Online Orientation for Graduate Students.

You will be able to track your progress as you work your way through the orientation modules, such as how to register for courses or find your advisor. It’s full of information that you can always revisit when you need it—24/7.

The orientation is mobile friendly and will give you the information you need to start your classes with confidence.

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Virtual Orientation

The Graduate School held our Fall 2020 Orientation for new Graduate Students on Wednesday, August 19th and Thursday, August 20th, 2020 via Zoom. 

Orientation included remarks by Dean Adam Beach, Associate Dean Stephanie Simon-Dack, and Faculty Fellow Robin Phelps-Ward. It also included breakout sessions hosted by the Graduate Student Wellness Initiative (GSWI).  

Click here to watch a video of the welcoming remarks for the 2020-2021 academic year and use the passcode: 1^our$WE

Fall 2020 Welcoming Remarks

International Students

The University’s International Student Services office offers a separate, mandatory orientation for international students.

International students are also invited to participate in the Pre-arrival orientation and attend the orientation reception and resource fair.

Learn more about orientation for international students.


Skills Building Workshops for New Students

The Graduate School and the Graduate Student Wellness Initiative (GSWI) will be holding three extended orientation sessions during August and September. You can register for these upcoming sessions here

You’re here for a reason: cultivating equity & community in graduate school

This session was led by Robin Phelps-Ward, Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Faculty Fellow of Inclusive Excellence for the Graduate School. Through this session, students are now able to:

  1. Describe their own social identities and how such identities influence their experience in the larger University community
  2. Reflect on their social identities in relation to the cycles of socialization and oppression
  3. Apply their knowledge of identity and oppression as a mechanism for disrupting microaggressions and discrimination
  4. Relate their learning to current and future graduate school experiences

Set yourself up for success: managing conflict with peers and supervisors

This session was led by Mary Moore, Associate Lecturer of Communication Studies. Session goals included:

  1. Learning to embrace conflict as productive and necessary
  2. Learning your default conflict style
  3. Learning approaches and strategies for resolving conflict with other graduate students and faculty supervisors
  4. Learning strategies to de-escalate for positive outcomes

Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Research Ethics and Navigating the IRB as a Graduate Student

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This session will be co-led by Thomas Holtgraves, Professor of Psychological Science, and Se Na Lim, Human Research Protection Program Manager. Session goals will include:

  1. Learn to identify and navigate appropriate research ethics as a graduate student researcher
  2. Understand the expectations around academic and research honesty
  3. Overview the Internal Review Board guidelines and expectations for submitting your research project for review