Admissions Criteria
To be admitted to the master of arts in special education program and the master of arts in applied behavior analysis (ABA) program, you must meet the following requirements of the Ball State Graduate School:

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or university that is accredited by its regional accrediting association.
  2. Have ONE of the following:
    1. An undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (all undergraduate coursework, including work completed prior to the baccalaureate degree, is used to calculate the GPA).
    2. A cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the latter half of your bachelor’s degree program
  3. Students who do not meet the conditions listed above may be eligible for probationary admission, provided that they have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 and have attained a score on a nationally normed admissions exam that is satisfactory to the admitting academic program and the graduate dean. Students admitted on a probationary status must earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 in 9 semester hours of graduate work approved in advance by the chairperson of the major department and the graduate dean. Upon the successful completion of these requirements, a student admitted under probationary status will be eligible to assume regular graduate student status.

How to Apply 
Fill out the online application from the Ball State Graduate School. NOTE: We do not require letters of recommendation or any separate application materials for the master’s in special education or the master's in ABA.

Application Deadlines 
Both the special education and ABA master's degree programs have three application deadlines:

  • April 15 for summer semester
  • July 10 for fall semester
  • November 15 for spring semester 

Summer semester courses are available. All special education and autism and ABA courses are offered every semester, offering you tremendous flexibility in scheduling courses around your busy life.

Transfer Credits
You may transfer up to 9 graduate credit hours. Since the programs require a specific set of courses, transfer credits will only be accepted from other programs that have approved courses from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). Contact ABA advisor Bonnie Krupa if you have questions about course equivalency.

State Regulatory Authorizations
If you reside in a state other than Indiana, this information may apply to you in regards to being admitted to Ball State.

International Students
These academic programs are offered only in an online format. If you are receiving sponsorship from your government for your studies, please confirm with your sponsor that you are permitted to enroll in online education courses. It is your responsibility to determine if you can enroll in online courses per your sponsor and U.S. laws and policies. 

If you’re an international student, in addition to the admission requirements listed above, you will need to meet the admission requirements for international graduate students. For information about the international admission process, contact the Rinker Center for International Programs.