It doesn’t matter if you have a business background—you’re welcome in the Miller College of Business graduate programs.

We recommend you start early in order to complete the steps to apply to the Ball State MBA or graduate certificate programs outlined below.


You must be fully admitted and receive a letter of acceptance from both the Ball State Graduate School and the Miller College of Business before registering in MBA courses.

Our five-step checklist will help you understand the admission requirements and process:

We consider:

  • your previous academic record
  • scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)
  • potential leadership qualities

The two primary criteria are your cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) and GMAT or GRE scores.

Minimum Scores


The minimum acceptable scores for the GMAT are:

  • 450 total
  • 20 verbal
  • 20 quantitative scores
  • 3.0 analytical writing assessment

Receiving the minimum GMAT scores does not guarantee admission to the program. You should strive to achieve a good balance of verbal and quantitative scores. Recently, students admitted to our program had an average composite GMAT score of 550, with a range from 450 to 750. The average analytical writing assessment score for admitted students has been 4.0, with a range from 3.0 to 6.0. 


The minimum scores for the GRE are:

  • 149 on the quantitative section
  • 149 on the verbal section

Earning minimum scores do not guarantee admission into the program. Recently admitted students scored a 151 on the quantitative section and a 151 on the verbal section.


The minimum GPA requirement is 2.75 in your undergraduate program.

Meeting this requirement does not guarantee admission. Recently, the students beginning our program had an average GPA of 3.21, with a range from 2.75 to 4.0.

The Miller College of Business will accept scores that are current (within the last five years) toward application.

The code number for Ball State is 1051.

The GMAT or GRE is waived for any prospective student who has the following degrees from an accredited college or university:

  • JD
  • PhD
  • PharmD
  • MD

Not sure which test is best for you?

Review the following websites to learn more and find testing locations near you. If you still have questions, contact us.

Portray your work and educational history in a professional style. List employment in reverse chronological order, and include:

  • your title
  • dates of employment
  • an indication of whether each listing was a part-time or full-time job

Also, list your educational records in reverse chronological order and indicate dates of attendance and the degrees you obtained.

Include any other information you would normally put on your resume. You'll be able to copy and paste this resume as you fill out the MBA application in next step.

Provide four professional letters of recommendation. Those letters should be forwarded to the Miller College of Business.

No Prior Work Experience?

Some MBA programs require you to have been working in a business-related position for a year or more. With Ball State, you can start on your graduate education right away. Plus, our business essentials certificate can help you understand business fundamentals if your undergraduate degree was not in business.

Send either official or unofficial copies of your undergraduate transcript(s) to Ball State. If you are accepted for graduate study at Ball State, your transcripts will be forwarded to the MBA office in the Miller College of Business.

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Ball State makes it simple to fit a graduate-level certificate in business studies into your professional life. Even applying is simple.

If accepted, you will receive a letter of acceptance from both the Ball State Graduate School and the Miller College of Business before you can register in graduate business courses.

Apply and meet the requirements of the Ball State Graduate School.

As part of this process, you will send official copies of your undergraduate transcripts to Ball State. These same transcripts will be forwarded to the Miller College of Business if you are accepted for graduate study at Ball State

Please note that you do not need to take the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Examination) for one of our certificate programs.

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