Are you interested in our Master of Arts in History? Then it’s time to apply. Admission to our graduate program means you need to meet the criteria and apply to both Ball State’s Graduate School and the program itself.

Grad School

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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 one week before 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 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 the Graduate School, Ball State University, 2000 W. University Ave., West Quad 100, Muncie, IN 47306.
  • Electronic – Official electronic transcripts may be submitted by an institution directly to

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.

Admission Criteria

Applicants normally need at least:

  • a 3.0-grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale
  • 18 credits (or the equivalent) in history courses

We also want you to submit a writing sample to us after you are accepted to the Graduate School.

Graduate Assistantship Criteria

To qualify for a graduate assistantship in our department, you must take the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and ordinarily also have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. Learn more.

How to Apply

After you have been accepted to the Graduate School, you will need to apply separately to the Department of History.

You will need to submit:

  • a resume or curriculum vitae
  • two letters of recommendation
  • original copies of your undergraduate transcripts
  • a writing sample
  • a 300-to-500 word statement discussing your academic and professional goals and interests

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If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.