Dates and Deadlines
Application and materials are due on the specified dates by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.
You may begin this program at the start of the Fall Semester.
To do so, the deadline to apply is two weeks before the start of the semester.
Before You Begin...
If you are an international student – someone who has or plans to acquire a visa to study in the U.S. – our International Admissions staff will help you through the admissions process and your unique 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-enroll (previous Ball State graduate students only)” option under “Academic Intent” in the application.
Do not choose the Re-enroll Applicant Type if you are any of the following:
- a first-time applicant to a Ball State graduate program
- applying for a new or different program or certificate than one in which you are already enrolled
- previously applied for a program but never attended any classes
1. Review admission requirements and prepare materials.
You must have earned a minimum of a 2.75 GPA from the undergraduate degree-granting institution.
Our program does not require you to take the GRE.
- a current resume or curriculum vitae
- a 1,000-word statement of purpose that indicates the specific area of concentration you want to pursue, the reasons for undertaking graduate study in this department, and the relationship of such study to your long-term personal and professional goals and interests
- either an academic or professional writing sample(s) that best illustrates your ability to write and to think critically and logically, and is no less than 2,500 words and no more than 5,000 in total
- a creative or design portfolio
2. Prepare 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.)
Complete our online application.
After You Apply
Log in to your application status portal below to submit additional materials, check your application status, and confirm your enrollment.
Check Application Status
If you need additional assistance, please feel free to email our graduate admissions staff, who are here to help you through this process.