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Minimum Admission Requirements

Admission standards are established for each doctoral degree program at Ball State University by your academic unit.

You will be admitted to graduate study toward a doctoral degree when you have met the following minimum criteria and been recommended for admission by the academic unit responsible for your degree program.

All doctoral applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:

  1. Hold an earned baccalaureate or equivalent degree with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 from a college or university accredited by its regional accrediting association. A student with a baccalaureate degree not considered the equivalent to that of Ball State may be admitted under conditions to be determined by the department concerned and the dean of the Graduate School. Credentials from international colleges, universities, and their equivalents outside the U.S. are evaluated by the Center for International Programs (CIP) and the Graduate School.
  2. Some programs may require an earned master's degree or equivalent for consideration for doctoral study. In such cases, applicants must have a cumulative GPA on the master's degree of at least 3.2 on a scale of 4.0. Please see admission requirements for specific majors.
  3. Have previous institutions attended submit one copy of an official transcript of all previous college work, showing graduation from accredited institutions of higher learning with degrees awarded.
  4. Achieve acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test or other approved graduate admissions tests for nonnative speakers of English. GRE scores older than five years normally are not acceptable.  The GRE Institution Code for Ball State University is 1051. 
  5. Meet any additional admissions standards established by the academic unit responsible for each doctoral degree program.
  6. Be recommended for admission by the academic unit responsible for the degree program.

The fulfillment of the minimum Graduate School admission standards listed above does not guarantee admission to a specific degree program.

Students may register for graduate courses leading to the doctoral degree only upon departmental recommendation for admission.

After official admission to a doctoral program, you have two years in which to begin courses approved by the doctoral program director or your committee. If you have not taken courses in an approved program during this two-year period, you will be dropped from the program. However, you may reapply for admission.

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