The Ball State Graduate School has admission requirements for all applicants, which vary depending on the type of degree you plan to pursue. Also, please note that many programs have additional requirements or materials that you might need to provide with your application.

Dates and Deadlines

Application deadlines vary per program.  Select your program below to learn more.  If you are an international student, application deadlines and dates may differ.  Learn more at International Admissions Graduate Application Requirements and Procedures.

Requirements by Program Type

See our general admission requirements below for each of our graduate degree types. Then, select your program of interest to see additional, specific requirements you'll need to meet in order to apply.

Master’s Degree Programs

Master's Degree Programs

Our master's degree programs require you to meet at least the following criteria; however, many programs have additional requirements or admission standards. Please check with your specific program of interest for these details.

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

Not all programs require a GRE, but if yours does, Ball State's Institution Code is 1051. GRE scores are only valid for five years from their date of administration.

Program Requirements

Select your program of interest to see additional requirements (if any) you'll need to meet in order to apply.

Graduate Certificate Programs

Our graduate certificate programs require you to meet at least the following criteria; however, many programs have additional requirements or admission standards. Please check with your specific program of interest for these details.

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.

Program Requirements

Select your program of interest to see additional requirements (if any) you'll need to meet in order to apply. 

Doctoral Degree Programs

Our doctoral degree programs require you to meet at least the following criteria; however, many programs have additional requirements or admission standards. Please check with your specific program of interest for these details.

Degree

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

Some doctoral programs (but not all) require a master's degree from an institution recognized by a regional accrediting association.

GPA

  • bachelor's degree – You must have earned a minimum of a 3.0 GPA from the undergraduate degree-granting institution.
  • master's degree (when required) – You must have earned a minimum of a 3.2 GPA from the master's degree-granting institution.

GRE

Not all programs require a GRE, but if yours does, Ball State's Institution Code is 1051. GRE scores are only valid for five years from their date of administration.

Program Requirements

Select your program of interest to see additional requirements (if any) you'll need to meet in order to apply.

Specialist Degree Programs

Our specialist degree programs require you to meet at least the following criteria; however, many programs have additional requirements or admission standards. Please check with your specific program of interest for these details.

Degree

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

GPA

You must have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 on a scale of 4.0 from the master's degree-granting institution.

Program Requirements

Select your program of interest to see additional requirements (if any) you'll need to meet in order to apply.

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.

To be admitted to graduate study as a nondegree student, a student must meet the following criteria.

Degree

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

GPA

There is no minimum GPA for nondegree study.

Permission from the Department

You must receive permission from the department offering the course(s) you wish to take.

Please note: Nondegree students are typically not eligible for financial aid. Check with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to verify eligibility requirements.

Our licensure programs require you to meet at least the following criteria; however, many programs have additional requirements or admission standards. Please check with your specific licensure of interest for these details.

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.

Please Note: Licensure applicants are classified as nondegree students. Nondegree students are typically not eligible for financial aid. Check with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to verify eligibility requirements.

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 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

To be eligible for re-enrollment, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Have been previously enrolled in a master’s, doctoral, specialist, certificate, or licensure program at Ball State University
  • Be within the time allowed for completion
    • Master’s and specialist degree – 6 years
    • Doctoral degree – 7 years
    • Certificate program – 5 years
    • Licensure program – varies by program
  • Be in good academic standing at the institution
  • Be in good financial standing at the institution
  • Receive department approval