If you want to enroll in the master of science (MS) in nursing, you will need to be admitted by both the Ball State University Graduate School and the program itself.

Please review the information for both the Graduate School and the program’s processes before you begin your application.

State Authorizations

Prior to applying, you need to read the information on our state authorizations website. Regulations regarding state authorizations for distance programs might impact whether you can enroll in our program. Information on this site is updated as situations within states change.

In addition, all of your clinicals must be completed in a state where the Ball State School of Nursing is authorized to offer its programs. View our map to determine whether your state is authorized.

Once in the program, if you move to a state where Ball State or the School of Nursing is not authorized, you will need to complete your clinicals in an authorized state in order to complete the program.

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Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Admission Criteria

  1. Meet the Graduate School admission requirements
  2. Have graduated from a bachelor’s program in nursing accredited by either the:
    •     National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), now referred to as the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
    •     Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
    •     (Applicants applying to the RN to MS option must have an associate degree in nursing from an NLNAC/ACEN-accredited program, plus a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field.)
  3. Have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Have a grade of C or better in at least two quarter or semester credits in an undergraduate research course.
  5. Have an unencumbered license as a registered nurse in state of practice.
  6. Attend a one-day, on-campus orientation if admitted.

The School of Nursing does not admit students on a probationary status. Applicants with an overall undergraduate GPA below a 3.0 will not be considered for admission.

Applicants are not required to take the GRE.

Application Cycle and Deadlines

The School of Nursing accepts applications twice each year for start dates in the Spring (January) and Fall (August) semesters.

Spring Semester Deadlines

  • Family Nurse Practitioner – Aug. 9
  • Nurse Educator – Sept. 9
  • Nurse Administrator – Sept. 9

Fall Semester Deadlines

  • Family Nurse Practitioner – Feb. 9
  • Nurse Educator – March 9
  • Nurse Administrator – March 9

How to Apply

Prior to starting the application process applicants need to download and read the Information Packet and Application Packet. The packets are specific to those applying to the Master’s Nursing Program.

The Information Packet contains information related to program options, time commitment, tuition information, on-campus requirements, clinicals, competitiveness of the program, sample plans of study, etc.

The Application Packet contains step-by-step instructions on how to apply to the program, including the supplemental materials required by the School of Nursing.

After you have downloaded and read both packets you can then start to gather the required application items and begin filling out the application once it is open.


  • All application materials are submitted through the Graduate School application portal.
  • Applications are only good for one semester.
  • Submitting an application does not guarantee admission in to our program.
  • The Master’s Nursing Program is only offered online and we do not offer an on-campus option.

Download Information Packet (PDF) Download Application Packet (PDF)