Admission Requirements and How to Apply

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Your first step in taking program courses is to apply and meet the admission requirements of the Ball State Graduate School

You must select an educational objective on the admission application. Below are three common types that may apply to you:

  • Guest: Students may apply for this status if they do not plan on using the course for a licensure or a degree program. Approval for enrollment as a guest student is generally given for one academic semester (two summer sessions count as one semester). To be considered for an additional semester, students must reapply as a guest student. No application fee is required for clearance as a Guest Student. Official transcripts conferring your baccalaureate degree may be required depending on the type of guest student status that you select. Learn more guest student admission.

  • Degree Seeking: Official transcripts from all institutions attended beyond high school are required. Also, an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. Learn more about master's admissions.

  • Licensure Status: Often teachers who need to complete one or two courses to renew their teaching license select the nondegree licensure status. Licensure clearance is granted to students working toward any of the following: professional grade teaching (post-master's), school services personnel and school administration and supervisory certificates, and endorsements added through completion of graduate credit.  You are required to supply the Graduate School with official transcripts verifying the baccalaureate degree (an unofficial degree transcript is acceptable for one registration period only; you must request the Registrar at your baccalaureate institution to send official transcripts before a second registration is allowed). The Office of Teacher Education Services, however, may require transcripts from other institutions attended as deemed necessary for added licensure. You must have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the latter half of the baccalaureate to be enrolled. If your cumulative undergraduate grade point average is below 2.5, you may be allowed to enroll in a nine-hour probationary plan of study consisting of undergraduate courses only. Probationary students must earn at least a 3.0 in the nine undergraduate hours to be considered for approval to take graduate courses.

If you have questions about licensing requirements, contact Office of Teacher Education Services at 1-800-382-8540 or contact Judy Miller, licensing director. Contact the Graduate School for additional information about the application process.

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