We admit students each 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.
You must arrange for a mentorship with a faculty member in the home department (biology, chemistry, or geological sciences).
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. The initial student assistantships in this program will come from specific faculty in each department.
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 want 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.
Each year, Ball State hosts international students and scholars from more than 60 countries. International students interested in graduate study at Ball State should contact the Rinker Center for International Programs for information and application forms.
Unless you hold 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.
All of the materials below must be submitted. Some materials are submitted to the Ball State University Graduate School, and some are submitted directly to the home department.
Materials to Submit to the Ball State Graduate School
Materials to Submit to the Home Department
An application for the environmental sciences doctoral program includes:
- the program's online application form
- Hold an earned baccalaureate degree or equivalent from a college or university accredited by its regional accrediting association with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) or at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Applicants interested in the biology and geology concentration must hold an earned master's degree or equivalent with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
- Acknowledged arrangement for doctoral environmental sciences research with a mentoring faculty member in a home department (biology, chemistry, or geological sciences)
Additionally, three letters of recommendation should be sent to the program director: Kemuel Badger, Interim Chair of Environmental Sciences, Department of Biology, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306.
For additional information, contact the sponsoring home department.