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

Exclamation IconApplication and materials are due on the specified dates by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

All of your application materials need to be received two weeks prior to the start of the semester you wish to begin. Our semester start dates can be found in Ball State’s academic calendar.

An application and all required materials must be received by the application deadline. Receipt of applications for admission and required materials after the deadline does not guarantee review. International applicants must adhere to the requirements and deadlines outlined by International Admissions.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.


Take the GMAT or GRE from home

Due to health and safety concerns during COVID-19, you may be eligible to complete a test at home. Refer to the links below for more information.

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.

Minimum Scores

The minimum acceptable scores for the GMAT are:

  • 450 total
  • 20 verbal
  • 20 quantitative scores

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 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.

Exam Waivers

The GMAT or GRE may be waived for applicants who meet one or more of the following:

  • earned a doctoral or other terminal degree
  • earned a master’s degree from a university accredited by a regional accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
  • completed a graduate certificate in the Miller College of Business with a 3.2 GPA or above
  • earned an undergraduate degree from an AACSB accredited college of business with a 3.2 GPA or above
  • earned an undergraduate degree from Ball State University with a 3.2 GPA or above

Additional Materials

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 two (2) 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.)

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3. Apply.

Complete our online application.


Applications are $60 per program.

You can pay your application fee (nonrefundable) with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. Or you may pay online with an electronic check from a U.S. bank.

Fee Waivers

You do not have to pay the application fee if you are a:

  • McNair Scholar
  • Ball State student currently enrolled in classes or alumni
  • current Ball State employee (full-time, benefits-eligible)
  • veteran or active-duty military
  • guest student seeking credits to transfer to another institution
  • prospective student who attended a Ball State graduate program information session

If you are in one of these categories, make sure to select the fee waiver option in the application.  When selecting "I attended an information session" option in the fee waiver section of the application, list the information session title and date. 

After You Apply

Log in to your application status portal below to submit additional materials, check your application status, and confirm your enrollment.

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If you need additional assistance, please feel free to email our graduate admissions staff, who are here to help you through this process.

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