Are you interested in our Master of Business Administration program? Then it’s time to apply!
Please review our admission requirements, deadlines, and instructions below to prepare for your application.
Application Deadline and Fees
Your application and materials are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on the following dates:
- To start classes in Fall 2022 – August 7, 2022
- To start classes in Spring 2023 – December 26, 2022
- To start classes in Summer 2023 – April 30, 2023
International applicants must adhere to the requirements and deadlines outlined by International Admissions.
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. (Note: electronic checks must be cleared prior to your application being complete. This process may take up to 10 days.)
Application Fee Waivers
Your application fee may be waived if you meet one of the criteria outlined below.
Do not 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 and 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 the categories above, make sure to select the fee waiver option when completing your online application. When selecting "I attended an informational session" option in the fee waiver section of the application, please provide the information session title and date you attended.
Before You Apply: Recommended Next Steps
Before you begin your application, we recommend you learn more about Ball State, review our admission process and requirements, and gather your required materials.
Step 1: Get to Know Ball State
Learn about Ball State, our Graduate School, and your program of interest.
Step 2: Review Our Admission Process
Some admission requirements differ between types of applicants. Be sure to follow the process that aligns with your current situation. Otherwise, proceed to the next step.
Ball State is authorized to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, certain states have regulations and/or additional requirements regarding licensing programs in behavior analysis, 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 Permanent Resident of the U.S., refugee, asylee, or DACA status holder, follow the admission requirements for domestic applicants
. If you have a pending U.S. Permanent Resident application, you must apply as an international applicant
If you were previously enrolled at Ball State 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 your 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; OR
- previously applied for a program but never attended any classes.
Applying to Fall 2022, Spring 2023, or Summer 2023
The following requirements are for applicants applying to Fall 2022, Spring 2023, or Summer 2023.
Step 3: Verify Your Admission Requirements
Make sure you meet the following requirements to apply to your program:
- You must have a bachelor's degree or higher from an institution recognized by a regional accrediting association.
- You must have earned a minimum of a 2.75 GPA from the undergraduate degree-granting institution or hold a conferred graduate degree.
Step 4: Gather Your Application Materials
In addition to your application, you will be requested to upload the following materials to your application portal:
- Resume or CV
- Portray your work and educational history in a professional style. List employment in reverse chronological order, and include your title, dates of employment, and an indication of whether each listing was a part-time or full-time job.
- 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.
- Two letters of recommendation
- 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.
- GMAT or GRE scores
- You will need to take either the GMAT or GRE to be considered for admission to our MBA program.
- The code number for Ball State is 1051. We will accept scores that are current (within the last five years) toward application.
- The GMAT or GRE may be waived for applicants who meet the eligibility criteria listed in Step 5.
- Supplemental form
- You will need to complete the supplemental form as part of your online application. You can access supplemental form(s) within your Applicant Status Portal.
- Transcripts showing your complete academic record. You may submit unofficial transcripts at the time of application. Official transcripts will be requested at the time of admission. Please review our transcript instructions before applying.
Step 5: Department-specific Information
GMAT 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.
GRE MINIMUM SCORES
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:
Summer 2022 and Fall 2022
- 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.
Beginning Spring 2023
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE GMAT OR GRE?
Review the following websites to learn more and find testing locations near you. If you still have questions, contact us.
Ready to Apply?
Applying to Ball State is easy, safe, and is a completely online process. You’ll need to complete the online application for graduate admission and then upload any required application materials to your applicant portal.
You will receive an email message after you submit your application with instructions on how to access your applicant portal. The portal will provide further instructions on how to upload your required application materials and submit your full application for review. You will also be able to check your application status and confirm your enrollment via the Decision Reply Form from the portal.
Log In to Your Applicant Portal
We recognize that your graduate education is an important investment for your future. If you have any questions, please reach out to Graduate Admissions for assistance. We are here to help!