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 Spring 2023 – December 26, 2022
  • To start classes in Summer 2023 – April 30, 2023
  • To start classes in Fall 2023 – Apply by 11:59 p.m. the Sunday, two weeks prior to the start of the term. Start of term dates can be found on our Academic Calendar
    • Please note that beginning Fall 2023, MBA will ONLY be offered 100% online. Email us at if you have questions about our program or this change in delivery method.

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.

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.

Learn more.

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.

Get started.

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 Spring 2023, Summer 2023, FALL 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.
  • Your university/college transcripts showing highest earned degree
    • 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


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.


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


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.

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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!