Graduate Architecture

MArch Application Checklist


Admission Qualifications

  • Completion of a BS/BA in architecture in an accredited program, or a BS/BA in a field other than architecture
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum total GRE (Graduate Record Examination) in the 153 range for verbal and 144 range for quantitative; however, not meeting either of these ranges will not automatically eliminate you from admission consideration.
  • Acceptance by the Graduate School (U.S. applicants) or the Rinker Center for International Programs (international applicants)

Admission Process

U.S. applicants must apply to Ball State University via the Graduate School.

  • Online application and application fee
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 grade scale)
  • Original transcripts (sent from the institution)

All materials above, as well as questions relating to the above materials, should be addressed to: Graduate School (WQ 100), Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306

International applicants must apply to Ball State University via the Rinker Center for International Programs.

  • Complete the International Student Application
  • Submit the application fee
  • Submit official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score (Ball State’s code is 1051), unless government sponsored. Also, students with academic degrees from native English speaking countries (Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom) do not have to submit TOEFL scores. Students who have attended school for academic study for a period of one or more years are exempt on a case-by-case basis.  Students must submit official transcripts showing proof of attendance and satisfactory academic progress during their study.
  • Submit official transcripts and diploma from your undergraduate degree
  • Provide official one year financial support documents
  • Photocopy of passport

All materials above, as well as questions relating to the above materials, should be addressed to: Rinker Center for International Programs (SC 102), Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306 USA.

Departmental Admission Materials

Application materials below, as well as questions relating to the below materials, should be addressed to Julie Kratzner.

Items 1-6 must be sent electronically in PDF format to Julie Kratzner

  1. Resume or CV
  2. Statement of purpose: Why do you want to come to Ball State University to earn a master of architecture degree and enter the profession of architecture?
  3. Writing sample from an academic course. Example of your best work. No specific length or subject.
  4. GRE (Graduate Records Examination) score. The institution code is 1051. The department code is 4401. You may scan and e-mail your GRE score to Julie Kratzner.
  5. Three signed letters of recommendation. Recommenders must sign their letter, scan, and e-mail it to Julie Kratzner.
  6. Recommendation form and waiver  (PDF). Please complete and scan.
  7. Portfolio: for those who have an undergraduate degree in architecture include previous design work in university courses and studios and/or professional practice. If teamwork is shown, you must clearly indicate what your role was. Artistic work and hands-on building work may also be included. For those who do not have an undergraduate degree in architecture we are looking for creative aptitude and artistic skills. Examples that demonstrate artistic and creative abilities no matter how old the work might be. 

Please mail a hard copy of the portfolio to:

MArch Graduate Admissions
Department of Architecture (AB 402)
College of Architecture and Planning
Ball State University
Muncie, IN  47306

 The departmental deadline to receive all application materials is February 15, 5 p.m.