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GRE/GMAT Requirements

There are not GRE or GMAT waivers for work experience. A complete list of qualifications for GRE and GMAT waivers can be found on the graduate admissions website and below. A few qualifications include having:

  • Earned a master’s degree, or higher, from an accredited university;
  • Completed a graduate certificate in the Miller College of Business with a 3.0 GPA or above
  • Earned an undergraduate degree from an AACSB accredited college of business with a 3.0 GPA or above
You may submit unofficial transcripts at the time of application. Official transcripts will be requested at the time of admission.

Unofficial transcripts show your college credits and degrees earned but are not official because they are provided by you. Often, you may download these documents from the student portal of the institution(s) you have attended.

Official transcripts are verified documents issued by a higher education institution that confirm your academic progress, degrees, and attendance by the granting institution. These documents are sent directly by the issuing institution to Ball State electronically or by mail. Official transcripts must bear that institution's seal, the date, and an appropriate signature.

You can review more information about transcript instructions if you have any more questions.

Official transcripts are transcripts that are sent directly to Ball State University’s Graduate Admissions Office from the issuing institution. You can have the issuing institution send transcripts electronically to or by mail in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution (college/university). Direct your institution to send official transcripts to:

Ball State University
Graduate Admissions
Lucina Hall
2000 W. University Ave.
Muncie, IN 47306

You do not need to submit Ball State transcripts. You can review more information about transcript instructions if you have any more questions.

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.

Tuition, Costs, and Financial Aid

If you reside in Indiana, courses cost $451 per credit hour. If you are an out-of-state student, courses cost $676 per credit hour. 

Additional fees will apply as an online student. You can also use Ball State’s free cost calculator to help you estimate the costs.

  • Online Fees:
    • Technology Fee
    • Program Fee
    • Online Course Fee

Program and Course Work

Yes. Ball State’s MBA offers you the flexibility to take courses all online.
All foundation and elective courses are offered asynchronously. The MBA core courses are offered synchronously, one night a week at either 6 or 8 p.m. Eastern.
Fall and Spring semester courses are 16-weeks long. Summer semester courses are 10-weeks long. We estimate six to nine hours of course work per course, per week.
Most students finish the program in two years if you take two classes a semester, including summer. However, we have students who finish in a year and some who take longer. It is based on your preference.

Foundation Courses

Depending on your academic background, you may need to take up to three foundational business courses to prepare you for Ball State’s MBA. After you apply, your transcript will be reviewed, and you will be notified which foundation course you may need.

  • BUSA 601 Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance
  • BUSA 602 Fundamentals of Economics and Statistics
  • BUSA 603 Fundamentals of Management, Marketing, and Operations Management 

Each course takes 16 weeks to complete if taken in the Fall and Spring semesters, or 10 weeks if taken in the Summer semester.


Yes, all classes taken in a business graduate certificate can be used towards the MBA, as long as all course work is completed within six years. Certificate course work is the same course work you will take in the MBA program.

Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships

Yes, you must be on campus to be a graduate assistant. Graduate Assistants work 20 hours a week in their department on campus.
No, graduate assistantships are for students enrolled in graduate degrees.