Doctoral Application Materials

Prospective doctoral students in music must apply to and meet the admission requirements of Ball State University's Graduate School and School of Music. To apply for admission, you must submit the following:

To the Graduate School
Send the following materials to the Graduate School, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306:

  • Application for Graduate Admission. The application requests only the names of references. Letters of professional reference should be mailed to the School of Music
  • Application fee.
  • One official transcript from all previously attended schools. Applicants must request the registrar of these schools to send official transcripts directly to Ball State; personal copies or photocopies of transcripts are not accepted by the Graduate School.
  • A brief autobiographical statement and a description of your professional goals and career objectives.
  • Results from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test; the subject test in music is not required. Visit the ETS GRE Web site to have test scores sent to the Graduate School or to register to take the computer-based or paper-based test at a local test site. Applicants may also check with a nearby college or university to obtain GRE information guides and to schedule the test. With the computer-based test, scores can be reported more quickly.

Non-U.S. residents must apply for admission through Ball State's Center for International Programs

To the School of Music
Send the following materials to the Coordinator, Graduate Programs in Music, School of Music, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306:

  • A letter that indicates:
    • your proposed primary and secondary areas of study in the doctoral program
    • your educational and work experiences and career objectives
    • your suitability for a doctoral assistantship (if the award is requested) and any additional skills that may be of value to the School of Music in teaching, performance, research, and administration
    • A copy of your resume.
    • Graduate Award Application (download and print).
    • Doctor of Arts in Music Information Form (PDF) (download and print).
    • A minimum of three letters of professional reference.
      Tapes and/or scores, if your proposed major is theory/composition. Research projects, course papers (or master's thesis), publications, reviews, etc., if your proposed major is music education or music history and musicology.
    • Before an assistantship is awarded, scores from the graduate placement tests in theory and history must be on file.

    More Information
    To receive a full set of application materials contact Dr. Linda Pohly, Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Music. For 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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