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.

Important!

Applicants for the Master of Music in Music Education program must have at least two years of K-12 music teaching experience.

Dates and Deadlines

Exclamation IconApplication and materials are due on the specified dates by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

Submit your application by the following dates, depending on which semester you plan to start:

  • Fall – July 1
  • Spring – Nov 15
  • Summer – May 3


Before You Begin...

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.

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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.

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If you are a current, admitted Ball State student 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 the 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
  • previously applied for a program but never attended any classes

Application Process

The steps below outline the application process. You'll review the required materials for admission, prepare your transcripts, and then complete the online application. Contact us any time with questions.

1. Review admission requirements and prepare materials

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School and must also be approved by School of Music faculty.

Degree

You must have a bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by a regional accrediting association.

GPA

You must have earned a minimum of a 2.75 GPA from the undergraduate degree-granting institution.

GRE

Our program does not require you to take the GRE.

Application Materials

  • Professional resume or CV
  • 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?
  • Contact information for 3 peers to write letters of recommendation. An email will be sent to the recommenders to submit their letters directly to the application.

2. Prepare your transcripts.

Ball State must receive transcripts for all applicants. Please review our instructions before you apply. (You do not need to submit Ball State transcripts in order to apply.)

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3. Apply.

Complete our online application. 

Fees

Applications are $60 per program.

You can pay your application fees (nonrefundable) with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. Or you may pay online with an electronic check from a U.S. bank.

Fee Waivers

You do not have to pay the application fee if you are a:

  • McNair Scholar
  • previous Ball State student (enrolled after high school)
  • current Ball State employee (full-time, benefits-eligible)
  • veteran or active-duty military
  • guest student seeking credits to transfer to another institution

If you are in one of these categories, make sure to select the fee waiver option in the application.

After You Apply

Log in to your application status portal below to submit additional materials, check your application status, and confirm your enrollment.

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Questions?

If you need additional assistance, please feel free to email our graduate admissions staff, who are here to help you through this process.

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