Have you decided you’re ready to branch out, delve into your passions, and become more marketable within your field with a graduate degree or certificate from Ball State University?

If so, then it’s time to apply. Please make sure to review each of the steps below, prepare your materials, and apply online.

Before You Begin... 

If you are a currently admitted Ball State undergraduate student with at least 75 credit hours and a 3.25 cumulative GPA, you may be eligible for the Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP).

AMP allows you to begin your graduate studies while still an undergraduate student! Start your graduate classes while completing your undergraduate degree where your courses double-count toward your bachelor’s and master’s degrees, saving time and money as you pursue your master's degree at Ball State.

Learn more about the Accelerated Master's Program

How to Apply for AMP

To apply for AMP, complete the Graduate School application for admission by following the requirements listed for your program of interest. You will need to select “Yes” when answering: “Are you a current Ball State University undergraduate student applying to the Accelerated Master's Program?” This will ensure your application is considered for AMP admission.

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

Nondegree-seeking students need to apply to Ball State using the same process as any other applicant. However, nondegree-seeking students need to be aware of several very important provisions described in the Graduate Catalog.

Types of Nondegree-Seeking Students

Ball State University has two categories of nondegree admission.


Licensure clearance is granted to students working toward any of the following:

  •   professional-grade teaching (post-master’s)
  •   school services personnel and school administration and supervisory certificates
  •  endorsements added through completion of graduate credit


Ball State University recognizes the need for people to pursue educational programs that may be related to their employment or that will otherwise enrich their lives. For these reasons, students with baccalaureate or advanced degrees who do not have further degree objectives but desire personal and professional enrichment may be admitted to graduate study as nondegree students.

Admission and Financial Aid

Specific provisions and admission criteria for nondegree-seeking students are described in the current Graduate Catalog.

To learn more, visit the Graduate Catalog.

PLEASE NOTE: Nondegree students are typically not eligible for financial aid. Check with the Financial Aid and Scholarships office to verify eligibility requirements.

1. Review admission requirements and prepare materials.

Everyone applying to a Ball State graduate program will complete the same  application; however, many of our programs have additional admission standards or required materials. Please make sure to review these requirements before you apply.

View Requirements

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.


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.

Fee Waivers

You do not have to 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, 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 these categories, make sure to select the fee waiver option in the application.  When selecting "I attended an information session" option in the fee waiver section of the application, list the information session title and date. 

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Apply for Financial Aid

To be considered for financial aid at Ball State, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning October 1.

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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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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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