Step 2

2. Apply and meet the admission requirements of the Department of Journalism.

Applying to Journalism

Admission requirements for MA in Emerging Media Design and Design Program

In addition to the general admission requirements, applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Department of Journalism’s emerging media design program requirements:

  • A current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • A cumulative baccalaureate grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • A 1000-word statement of purpose that indicates the specific area of concentration the applicant wants to pursue, the reasons for undertaking graduate study in this department, and the relationship of such study to the applicant’s long-term personal and professional goals and interests.
  • Either an academic or professional writing sample(s) that best illustrates the applicant’s ability to write and to think critically and logically, and is no less than 2,500 words and no more than 5,000 in total.
  • A creative or design portfolio.

International Applicants

International applicants are required to submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International Language Testing Systems (IELTS). International applicants must achieve a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, a 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL, or a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS. In addition, the TOEFL and IELTS scores will be further analyzed for writing skills assessment.

Conditional Admissions

Applicants who do not meet minimum departmental and program GPA, GRE and/or TOEFL or IELTS score requirements but who provide an otherwise meritorious application may be considered for conditional admission. The department will request supplemental evidence of preparedness for graduate study when considering conditional admission. Conditional admission will require the student to earn a minimum of B (3.0) in each of his/her first three graduate courses in the Department of Journalism. Failure to do so may result in the dismissal of the student from the program.

Admission requirements for MA in Journalism

In addition to the general admission requirements, applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Department of Journalism’s journalism program requirements:

  • A current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • A 1000-word statement of purpose that indicates the specific area of concentration the applicant wants to pursue, the reasons for undertaking graduate study in this department, and the relationship of such study to the applicant’s long-term personal and professional goals and interests.
  • Either an academic or professional writing sample(s) that best illustrates the applicant’s ability to write and to think critically and logically, and is no less than 2,500 words and no more than 5,000 in total.

International Applicants

International applicants are required to submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International Language Testing Systems (IELTS). International applicants must achieve a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, a 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL, or a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS. In addition, the TOEFL and IELTS scores will be further analyzed for writing skills assessment.

Conditional Admissions

Applicants who do not meet minimum departmental and program GPA, GRE and/or TOEFL or IELTS score requirements but who provide an otherwise meritorious application may be considered for conditional admission. The department will request supplemental evidence of preparedness for graduate study when considering conditional admission. Conditional admission will require the student to earn a minimum of B (3.0) in each of his/her first three graduate courses in the Department of Journalism. Failure to do so may result in the dismissal of the student from the program.

Admission requirements for MA in Public Relations

In addition to the department’s admission requirements, applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Department of Journalism’s Public Relations program requirements:

  • A current resume or curriculum vitae.A cumulative baccalaureate grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test results (a minimum score of 150 on the verbal section). The GRE may be waived in some circumstances, such as an undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0 scale and at least 5 years of professional experience.
  • A 500-word statement of purpose that explains 1) personal information such as professional experience, academic achievements, and volunteer efforts; 2) your motivation and academic interests in graduate journalism degree; 3) why you think Ball State University’s program best suits your needs. The statement should also specify if the student is most interested in completing the program online, on campus, or by a mix of online and on-campus courses.
  • Either an academic or professional writing sample(s) that best illustrates the applicant’s ability to think critically and write clearly. The sample(s) should be 1,500 to 2,000 words in total.

International Applicants

International applicants are required to submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International Language Testing Systems (IELTS). International applicants must achieve a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, a 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL, or a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS. In addition, the TOEFL and IELTS scores will be further analyzed for writing skills assessment.

Conditional Admissions

Applicants who do not meet minimum departmental and program GPA, GRE and/or TOEFL or IELTS score requirements but who provide an otherwise meritorious application may be considered for conditional admission. The department will request supplemental evidence of preparedness for graduate study when considering conditional admission. Conditional admission will require the student to earn a minimum of B (3.0) in each of his/her first three graduate courses in the Department of Journalism. Failure to do so may result in the dismissal of the student from the program.

Application Deadlines

We recommend that you have all of your required materials (including official transcripts) to Ball State within four weeks before the start of the semester you wish to begin. Our semester start dates are below.

  • Fall: Third Monday in August
  • Spring: First Monday in January (unless Jan. 1 falls on a Monday, then it is the second Monday)
  • Summer: Second Monday in May

Step 1: Apply to Graduate School