Doctoral Admissions


All applicants for the Doctor of Arts degree must demonstrate both an aptitude for and an interest in teaching, as well as superior achievement in music performance, composition, or research.  The applicant must have a master's degree from a regionally accredited school. The cumulative grade point average on the master's degree may be not less than 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.

All Doctor of Arts applicants should visit the School of Music for an interview with faculty from the proposed primary area of study (usually scheduled on the same day as the audition/testing); applicants outside the U.S. might be interviewed by a Ball State faculty member traveling in the student’s home area or by means of a video link or conference call. Applicants usually must be interviewed prior to admission to the program and prior to the awarding of a doctoral assistantship. Applicants should call or email the graduate secretary, Kathryn McPherson ( or 765-285-5502) to discuss possible dates for the interview, audition, and testing.


If the proposed area of primary emphasis is music education, the applicant must have had at least three years of successful K-12 teaching experience.  Applicants should consult the music education area’s information online or contact the area coordinator.  Those interested in a secondary emphasis in music education must have had at least two years of successful K-12 teaching experience.

Applicants in the voice area who have not taken graduate-level courses in vocal pedagogy and diction prior to their enrollment at Ball State will be required to meet requirements in those areas as outlined in the program for the Ball State MM in Performance (voice).  Similarly, applicants must meet the same college-level language study as required for master’s students.  See the Master’s Degrees information in this Handbook for more information.

Application Procedures

For new and prospective graduate students, please refer to the Graduate Music Handbook 2016-2017.

More Information

For questions and complete information on program requirements please consult:

School of Music
Hargreaves Music Building (MU) 203
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-5400
Fax: 765-285-5401
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