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Apply to the Graduate School

Step 1

Minimum Requirements

You must meet certain requirements to qualify for the Graduate School. Learn more.

1. Complete the Application

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You will need to determine if your program is delivered online or on-campus. Please contact your program director to determine your delivery mode. 

If you will be an online student and you live outside Indiana, this information regarding State Regulatory Authorizations might apply to you.

Fees

You can pay your application fees (nonrefundable) with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. Or you may pay online with an electronic check from a U.S. bank.

  • applications for degree and non-degree programs: $60 per program
  • applications for certificates and licensures: $20 per certificate or licensure

Reduced rates for additional applications:  If you submitted an initial application after May 15, 2014, each additional degree application costs $20 and certificate $10.

Deadlines

The Graduate School must receive all of your application materials no later than one week before the beginning of the academic term you wish to start.

However, your desired program might have different deadlines. Check with the program director for those dates.

Submit Your Transcripts

Ball State must receive your official transcript before the university can process your application. Request transcripts from all colleges and universities you attended. You do not need to submit Ball State transcripts. 

Applications and Transcripts

Check your status.

The university or college that issued your degree must send an official copy of your transcript directly to Ball State. You can often request your transcripts through an institution’s website. Also, official transcripts must include a college seal, date, and appropriate signature. All transcripts become Ball State property.

Transcripts may be submitted by:

  • Mail – Send official copies to the Graduate School, Ball State University, 2000 W. University Ave., West Quad 100, Muncie, IN 47306.
  • Electronic – Official electronic transcripts may be submitted by an institution directly to bsutrans@bsu.edu.

After Applying to the Graduate School

Graduate admissions is a shared process at Ball State. When the Graduate School has determined you’ve met minimum admission criteria, your application will be made available to the department for review. 

Programs often require additional application materials. Check with the program director about additional requirements. Keep in mind that an admission decision will not be made until all required materials have been received.

Step 2: Applying to the Academic Program

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