Individual departments award most assistantships to begin in the fall semester. For best consideration for assistantships, all application materials should be submitted by February 1 for the following academic year; January 1 if you are an international student. Check with the individual major department for its deadline.

If you are not interested in an assistantship:

In all cases, all application materials, including completed application forms, official transcripts, recommendations, and test scores must be submitted at least four weeks prior to the end of the semester prior to the semester in which you wish to begin study.

Because of the lengthy process required to process all materials, international students should submit all of their application materials at least one full semester prior to the start of the semester they plan to begin Ball State studies.  We admit students for every semester, so you may submit an application at any time. Space is limited, and not all applicants who meet minimum admission requirements may be accepted. In most cases, the Admission Committee will request an interview with the applicant.

International Students

Each year, Ball State hosts international students and scholars from more than 80 countries. International students interested in graduate study at Ball State should contact the Rinker Center for International Programs for information and application forms.

Unless an international applicant holds a degree from a college or university where English is the first language of instruction, results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), taken no more than 18 months prior to the date of admission, are required.

U.S. Students

Admission to the program is a two-tier process. All of the materials below must be submitted. Some materials are submitted to the Ball State University Graduate School, and some are submitted to the major department directly.

Materials to Submit to the Graduate School

  1. Application form for admission to the Ball State Graduate School.
  2. Application fee.
  3. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores, for both the general test and the subject test for your intended science major, no more than 5 years old.
  4. One official copy of transcripts from all previous college work. Transcripts must be sent to both the Graduate School. Contact the advisor in the individual department to which you are applying for the mailing address.

    Department of Biology
    Department of Chemistry
    Department of Computer Science
    Department of Geology
    Department of Natural Resources and Management
    Department of Physics
    Department of Nutrition and Health Science

Materials to Submit to the Major Department

An application for the science or science education doctoral program includes:

  • Submit the online form.
  • Official copy of transcripts from all previous college work. Transcripts must be sent to both the Graduate School and to the major departmental doctoral program.
  • Three to five letters of recommendation that address your potential as a teacher and a scholar. Recommendations should be relevant to the degree program--science or science education--for which admission is sought. At least two of the references should address your potential for academic success in a doctoral program, and at least two other references should address your potential success as a science educator or postsecondary teacher of science. Note: One person may address one or both of these areas.