Are you interested in our online master of science (MS) in nursing program? Then it’s time to apply!

Please review our admission requirements, dates and deadlines, and instructions. Then complete our online application.

State Authorizations

For students in the Master’s Nursing Program, all nursing course (clinical and didactic) must be completed in a state where the Ball State University School of Nursing is authorized to offer its programs. Students who move permanently to a state where the program is not authorized will be unable to progress in the program.

Before you apply, review the state authorizations website to determine if your state currently allows you to enroll in our program.

Application Deadline and Fees

Your application and materials are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on the following priority deadlines:

  • To start classes in Spring 2023 – August 4, 2022
  • To start classes in Summer 2023 – March 4, 2023 (educator and administrator concentration applicants only)
  • To start classes in Fall 2023 – February 15, 2023

Please note: complete applications received after the priority deadline for each term will only be considered if space is still available.

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.

Prior to starting the application process, all prospective students need to review the School of Nursing Information Packet for the semester/year they intend to apply to the program. Each packet contains information related to the cost of the program, clinicals, time commitments, on campus requirement, sample plans of study, and list of supplemental application materials required by the School of Nursing.

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 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.

The following requirements are for applicants applying to Spring 2023, Summer 2023, or Fall 2023.

Step 3: Verify Your Admission Requirements

Make sure you meet the following requirements to apply to your program:

  • Reside in and complete all clinical hours in a state where the School of Nursing is authorized to offer its programs. If admitted, the same requirements apply.
  • Be a graduate of a NLN CNEA - NLNAC, ACEN, NLN CNEA, CCNE accredited bachelor’s program in nursing
    • RN-MS Option applicants must hold an associate degree in nursing from a NLNAC, ACEN, or NLN CNEA accredited program and a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field.
    • Applicants in process of completing an undergraduate degree may apply to the program, but must be able to provide proof of successful completion of their nursing degree (via official transcripts) prior to the first day of their desired term of admission.
    • Graduates of programs that only offer pass/fail grades may not be competitive applicants.
  • Have a minimum overall 3.0 undergraduate GPA on a 4.0 scale
    • Applicants who do not have an overall 3.0 undergraduate GPA on a 4.0 scale, but who have a minimum 3.0 GPA for each nursing degree earned (associate, baccalaureate, RN-BS completion) will be considered for admission.
    • Nurse Educator and Nurse Administrator applicants with an overall undergraduate GPA between 2.8 and 2.99 can apply and will be considered for admission on a probationary/conditional status.
    • A probationary/conditional admission is not available for Family Nurse Practitioner applicants.
  • Hold an active, unencumbered RN license in state of practice
    • Applicants who do not hold an RN license at the time of application, due to being in process of completing an undergraduate nursing degree, may apply but must be able to show proof of an active, unencumbered RN license in their state of practice prior to the first day of their desired term of admission.
  • GRE is not required.

Step 4: Gather Your Application Materials

In addition to your application, you will be requested to upload the following materials to your application portal:

  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Supplemental application 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 complete academic record. What is this?

Submit all required documents by the application deadline, including an application, transcripts, and all supplemental materials required by the School of Nursing. Please refer to the Information Packet for a list of the supplemental materials required by the School of Nursing.

Step 5: Review Department Specific Information

  • Admission into the program is competitive.
  • Applications are only good for one semester.
  • Submitting an application does not guarantee admission into the program.
  • Meeting or exceeding the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.
  • The Master’s Nursing Program is only offered online. We do not offer an on-campus option.
  • Campus visits may be required when enrolled in certain NP clinical courses.
  • Admitted students must successfully complete all required health clearance requirements, including a background check, drug screen, and other requirements for clinical practice.
  • Admitted students are required to attend a one-day, on-campus orientation. Please refer to the Information Packet for the orientation date that corresponds with your desired term of admission.
  • Applicants who are or will be recent graduates are able to apply without any experience as an RN; however if admitted into the program, the student may be required to show proof of having worked a minimum of 500 hours as an RN prior to starting any clinical courses. The same requirements apply to applicants who are RNs, but who at the time of application are not working as a RN.
  • While official transcripts are not required to apply to the Master's Nursing Program, students admitted into the program are required to provide official proof showing successful completion of all nursing degrees held (associate, baccalaureate, RN-BS concentration), via an official transcript(s), prior to starting the program. This is in addition to any official transcript required by Graduate Admissions.

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


If you need additional assistance with the application process, email our graduate admissions staff. Or, if you have additional questions about the program, contact the graduate advisor for the School of Nursing.