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.
All students must reside in and complete all clinical hours in a state where the Ball State University School of Nursing is authorized to offer its programs. Students moving to a state where the master’s nursing program is not authorized will be unable to progress in the program.
Prior to applying, all prospective students need to visit the state authorizations website to determine if their state currently allows them to enroll at Ball State University for the master’s nursing program. The website and its links are updated on an as needed basis, so please check regularly for updates.
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
- Applicants must 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.
- Graduate of a NLNAC/ACEN or CCNE accredited bachelor's program in nursing.
- RN-MS Option applicants must hold an associate degree in nursing from a NLNAC/ACEN accredited program and a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field.
- Applicants in process of completing an undergraduate nursing 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.
- Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA on a 4.0 scale
- 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, encumbered RN license in their state of practice prior to the first day of their desired term of admission.
- Clinical Practice: 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.
- If admitted, will need to meet all required health clearance requirements, criminal background check, and other requirements for clinical practice by the deadline set by the School of Nursing.
- If admitted, are required to attend a one-day, on-campus orientation as part of their offer of admission.
- The GRE is not required for application.
- Admission into the program is competitive.
- Competitive applicants will hold a 3.0 GPA or higher in all of their nursing programs.
- Graduates of programs that only offer pass/fail grades are not considered to be competitive applicants.
- The School of Nursing does not admit students on a probationary status.
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 Deadline
Fall Semester Deadline
How to Apply
How to Apply
Prior to starting the application process applicants need to download and read the Information Packet below. The packet is specific to those applying to the Master’s Nursing Program and contains information about the application process and required supplemental materials, as well additional information about the program, including sample plans of study.
Download Information Packet (PDF)
As you begin the application process please be aware:
- 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.
Complete Your Application
Once you have all of your materials prepared, please complete the online application to the Ball State Graduate School.