Are you interested in our Master of Business Administration program? Then it’s time to apply!
Please review our admission requirements, dates and deadlines, and instructions. Then complete our online application.
Dates and Deadlines
Application and materials are due on the specified dates by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.
Submit your application by the following dates, depending on which semester you plan to start:
- Fall – two weeks before the semester starts
- Spring – two weeks before the semester starts
- Summer – two weeks before the semester starts
Before You Begin...
Ball State is authorized to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, certain states have regulations regarding licensing programs in nursing and education.
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.
- 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.
Review the information below for further details on these requirements and additional admission standards.
You must have a bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by a regional accrediting association.
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.
GMAT or GRE
You will need to take either the GMAT or GRE to be considered for admission to our MBA program.
We will accept scores that are current (within the last five years) toward application.
The code number for Ball State is 1051.
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.
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 GMAT or GRE may be waived for applicants who meet one or more of the following:
- earned a terminal degree
- completed a graduate certificate in the Miller College of Business with a 3.2 GPA or above
- earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from the Miller College of Business with a 3.2 GPA or above
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 the next step.
Professional letters of recommendation, typically provided by an employer, teacher, colleague, or another individual who can recommend your work or academic performance, are required for admission. Letters can highlight skills, achievements, work experience, work ethic, and other related areas of your professional background.
Your application will require three (3) letters of recommendation and should be uploaded by the recommender to your online application by the appropriate deadline.
Refer to your application for further instructions.
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.
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.
Applications are $60 per program.
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.
You do not have to pay the application fee if you are a:
- McNair Scholar
- previous Ball State student (enrolled after high school)
- current Ball State employee (full-time, benefits-eligible)
- veteran or active-duty military
- guest student seeking credits to transfer to another institution
If you are in one of these categories, make sure to select the fee waiver option in the 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.