You will first want to check if you meet the admission requirements for the Ball State Graduate School. Then you may apply.

No GRE is required.

Application Deadlines

Both the special education and ABA master's degree programs have three application deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: July 10
  • Spring Semester: December 7
  • Summer Semester: April 15

Summer semester courses are available.

Transfer Credits

You may transfer up to 9 graduate credits to the special education master’s degree. You must have earned at least a B and have been taken those courses within the past 6 years from an accredited college or university. Contact special education advisor Beth Hawke if you have questions about course equivalency.

Application

Admission to Ball State is selective, and we carefully evaluate all application on an individual basis. Applying for admission is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application.

Note: We do not require letters of recommendation or any separate application materials for the master’s in special education or the master's in ABA.

The process to apply to our program will be slightly different depending on which term you plan to start your courses.

Students from Other States

Ball State is authorized to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, certain states have regulations regarding licensing programs in nursing and education. Learn more about state authorizations for non-Indiana students.

International Applicants

If the degree is offered only in an online format, U.S. policies will not allow you to come to the U.S. and take only online courses. However, you may be able to study online from your home country. 

International Students Studying Online Only

If you’re an international student, in addition to meeting the requirements above, you will first need to meet the admission requirements for international graduate students. For information about the international admission process, contact International Admissions.

If you are receiving sponsorship from your government for your studies, please confirm with your sponsor that you are permitted to enroll in online education courses. It is your responsibility to determine if you can enroll in online courses per your sponsor (if applicable), and the laws and policies of your nation and the United States.

International Students Studying on Campus 

You can only study on campus if the degree has either an on-campus or blended option. Online only degrees cannot be taken on campus. If you’re an international student and wish to study on our main campus in Muncie, Indiana, you will first need to meet the admission requirements for international graduate students. For information about the international admission process, contact the International Admissions

Admission deadlines for international students are earlier. 

Please review the admission deadlines from International Admissions so that there is plenty of time to review your application before enrollment deadlines.