Are you interested in our master's in music education program? Then it’s time to apply!

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

Application Deadline and Fees

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

  • To start classes in Spring 2023 - November 15, 2022
  • To start classes in Summer 2023 – April 1, 2023
    • Confirmation deadline – April 30, 2023
  • To start classes in Fall 2023 – July 1, 2023
    • After March 15th, please contact the department regarding program availability prior to beginning your application. Applicants who are offered admission must accept by August 1st.

International applicants must adhere to the requirements and deadlines outlined by International Admissions.

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.

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 are an international student – someone who has or plans to acquire a visa to study in the U.S. – our International Admissions staff will help you through the admissions process and your unique requirements.

Get started.

If you are a Permanent Resident of the U.S., refugee, asylee, or DACA status holder, follow the admission requirements for domestic applicants.  If you have a pending U.S. Permanent Resident application, you must apply as an international applicant

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.

Step 3: Verify Your Admission Requirements

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

  • You must have a bachelor's degree or higher from an institution recognized by a regional accrediting association.
  • You must have earned a minimum of a 2.75 GPA from the undergraduate degree-granting institution or hold a conferred graduate degree.
  • Complete the supplemental application form.
  • GRE is not required.

If you cannot meet the requirements, you may be considered for admission under probationary status. Applicants who wish to be considered for probationary admission should contact the Graduate Programs of the School of Music and consult the Graduate Handbook available from the School of Music website. Additional information about probationary admissions can be found in the Graduate School catalog.

Step 4: Gather Your Application Materials

For admission to this program, the School of Music requires the following:

  • You must submit a portfolio of your work.
  • You must undergo an interview with the School of Music.
  • You must receive acceptable scores on the placement tests for:
    • Music Theory
    • Music History

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

  • Upload a professional resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Statement of purpose or letter of intent.
  • Complete the supplemental form as part of your online application. You can access supplemental form(s) within your Applicant Status Portal.
  • Portfolio of writing samples:
    • Submit 1-2 of your best academic/professional writing samples. Common examples are undergraduate music education philosophy papers, music history papers, and undergraduate thesis papers. Or, you may choose to submit a formal document related to your present music education position (e.g., grant applications, curriculum proposals, etc.).
    • Submit a Professional Essay addressing your motivation for pursuing graduate study: Why have you decided to pursue graduate study in music education? Who influenced you the most with respect to your philosophy and approach to music education?
  • Share contact information for two peers to write letters of recommendation. An email will be sent to the recommenders to submit their letters directly to the application.
  • Transcript from your highest degree earned. What is this?

Fall 2023 applicants, please upload the following materials to your application portal:

  • Supplemental 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. On the supplemental form, you will be asked to provide more information about your music interest and academic/career goals.
  • Letter of Intent: Introduce yourself, your interests, and motivations; summarize your undergraduate career; discuss your recent and current activities; and elaborate on your academic interests.
  • Portfolio:
    • Submit 1-2 of your best academic/professional writing samples. Common examples are undergraduate music education philosophy papers, music history papers, and undergraduate thesis papers. Or, you may choose to submit a formal document related to your present music education position (e.g., grant applications, curriculum proposals, etc.).
    • Submit a Professional Essay addressing your motivation for pursuing graduate study: Why have you decided to pursue graduate study in music education? Who influenced you the most with respect to your philosophy and approach to music education?
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • Your university/college transcripts showing highest earned degree. 

Step 5: Review Department Specific Information

Probationary Admission

If you cannot meet the requirements, you may be considered for admission under probationary status. Applicants who wish to be considered for probationary admission should contact the Graduate Programs of the School of Music and consult the Graduate Handbook available from the School of Music website. Additional information about probationary admissions can be found in the Graduate School catalog.

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.

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Questions?

We recognize that your graduate education is an important investment for your future. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ball State Online for assistance. We are here to help!