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Admission to Ball State is competitive, so apply early to pursue a master's, doctorate, or specialist degree; obtain a graduate certificate or licensure; or take graduate courses. Application procedures vary depending on your needs.

Application to the Ball State University Graduate School is a three-part process.

  1. You must complete the online application process linked below to apply to the Graduate School.
  2. You must submit official transcripts from all previously attended institutions to the Graduate School.  Learn more about submitting transcripts.
  3. Additionally, you must check with the department of your desired academic program to determine if they have their own supplemental criteria, admission procedures, materials, requirements and deadlines.  You can also obtain information on assistantship opportunities from the department.  Please note that the GRE Institution Code for Ball State University is 1051.

Not sure what program to pursue?

Review our resources on selecting a program or attend an information session.

An important first question: Are you an international applicant?

Any applicant who requires a visa to study at Ball State or any applicant already on a visa and in the United States is considered an international applicant.

If this applies to you, the Ball State Rinker Center for International Programs will be the office that handles your application process from the very beginning. The Rinker Center is specially equipped to evaluate international credentials and to assist you with the special circumstances that will arise in the course of your application process.

Please visit the International Admissions page now to begin your application process.

Online Application

Delivery Method:

Determine if you would like to pursue your desired program on-campus or on-line as you will need to know this during the application process.  Here is a listing of programs that have on-line or distance education options.

If you will be an online student and you reside in a state other than Indiana, this information regarding State Regulatory Authorizations may apply to you.

Application Fees:

Certificate and Licensure Applications: $20 per submission

Program and Non-Degree Applications: $60 per program (each program requires a separate application)

Payment options: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or pay online with Electronic Check (U.S banks only).


All application materials must be received by the Graduate School no later than 1 week before the beginning of the target academic term.

Please note that academic programs may have different deadlines for material submission. Check with your desired academic program.

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Please keep in mind the term for which you are applying.  If you apply for the incorrect term, you will be required to reapply and must pay the application fee again.

International Applicants: Apply through the Rinker Center for International Programs

Reenrolling Graduate Students
If you previously attended Ball State as a graduate student but have not been enrolled during the past year (consecutive fall and spring semesters), contact the Graduate School.

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