Admission Requirements and How to Apply

Admissions Criteria
To be admitted to the master of arts in special education, 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:
    • An undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
    • 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 
    • An acceptable score (45th percentile) on the Graduate Records Examination (GRE)

If you do not have the required GPA or GRE score, you may be admitted on probationary status. In this circumstance, you will be required to earn a minimum 3.0 grade-point average in 9 semester hours of graduate work approved by the chairperson. NOTE: The GRE is not required when you have an acceptable GPA per A or B above.

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

Application Deadlines 
The special education master's degree program has three application deadlines:

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

You may also begin the program mid-semester by enrolling in an 8-week course beginning the second half of the semester. Summer semester courses are available. Courses are offered frequently, offering you tremendous flexibility in scheduling courses around your busy life.

Transfer Credits
You may transfer up to 9 graduate credit hours to the special education master’s degree. Since this program requires a specific set of courses, transfer credits will only be accepted from other programs that have approved courses from the Ball State Department of Special Education. Contact program 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
Depending on what focus area you choose in the master’s in special education, you will be taking all online classes or a blend of online and main-campus courses. Courses within the severe/intense and deaf education options are offered only on the main campus. 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.

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