international admissions

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You should apply for admission as an international student if you are not a United States citizen or a Permanent Resident of the U.S. If you are a permanent resident or citizen of the U.S. but have a foreign transcript, please apply directly through the Ball State Graduate School.

Graduate applications go through three levels of review: they are first reviewed by the International Admissions office. If minimum requirements are met, the application is forwarded to the Graduate School for review. If the application meets all Graduate School requirements, it will be forwarded to the academic department for your program for a final admission decision.

At Ball State, we have two tiers of admission criteria for international students who wish to pursue a graduate degree:

  1. minimum standards for the International Admissions and the Graduate School
  2. criteria specific to the degree program set by the academic department

Please note: Meeting the minimum requirements for International Admissions does not guarantee admission into your degree program.

Dates and Deadlines - International Admissions must receive all of your application materials by these dates for consideration for a specific term

  • Fall Term - application materials due by June 19th
  • Spring Term - application materials due by November 17th
  • Summer Term - application materials due by February 16th

Make sure to review all the steps below to apply, which depends on what type of student you are: traditional graduate, exchange, or online.

Please read each description carefully to ensure you apply correctly and have the best chances of being admitted to Ball State.

You should apply as an international graduate student if:

  • You have completed or will complete your undergraduate degree before the semester you apply for starts.
  • You wish to earn a graduate degree (master's, doctoral, specialist, or certificate).
  • Some doctoral programs do not require a Master's degree. Refer to this list for further information.

 






Graduate

You should apply as an international graduate student if:

  • you have completed or will complete your undergraduate degree before the semester you apply to start
  • you wish to earn a graduate degree (master’s, doctoral, specialist, or certificate)

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International Admissions Minimum Requirements

  • You must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a U.S. 4.0 scale (some programs require higher GPAs).
  • You must pay a nonrefundable application fee of $60.
  • If you have earned a degree from a non-US institution, you must select one of the following evaluation agencies to get your transcripts and degree(s) evaluated:
    (please note that you are required to have all transcripts, degrees, and/or diplomas evaluated from all institutions where you have studied in the past)

          Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE):

  • Check country-specific requirements: https://ece.org/Page/Individuals
  • Make sure to create an account: www.ece.org
  • Make sure to choose the Course By Course report
  • Choose Ball State University as a recipient so we can get an electronic copy of your report

         OR

          World Education Services (WES)

  • Check country-specific requirements: https://www.wes.org/required/
  • Make sure to create an account: www.wes.org
  • Make sure to choose ICAP Course By Course report
  • Choose Ball State University as a recipient so we can get an electronic copy of your report
  • If you have studied at an institution in the US, an official transcript must be sent directly from the institution to Ball State University's International Admissions office.
  • Ball State University requires all international graduate applicants to demonstrate English proficiency by submitting a TOEFL, Pearson's PTE, or IELTS score unless eligible for a waiver.

Required Scores for English Proficiency

  • TOEFL 79
  • IELTS 6.5 bands
  • Pearson's PTE 53

If your TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores are below the minimum requirements, we will automatically consider you for conditional admission if your program allows. Not all Ball State graduate programs allow conditional admission for students who need to improve their English-language skills. Programs that do not allow conditional admission require one of the following:

  • a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 79
  • an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5
  • a Pearson's Academic PTE score of 53
  • 24 academic credit-bearing hours from a U.S. school
  • a degree from one of the countries on the TOEFL and IELTS waiver list

You can submit all necessary documentation by:

  • E-mail to: intadmit@bsu.edu
  • Mail to:
    International Admissions and Recruitment Office
    Carmichael Hall, Room 201 - Ball State University
    Muncie, IN 47306

Special Note to Graduate Applicants from India

If you have earned a 3-year Bachelor's Degree from India, please note the following:

  • 3-year Indian Bachelor's degrees are accepted in the case that they are equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor's degree.
  • Number of minimum credits completed should be 120 or more.
  • This can be determined through submitting a WES (ICAP course-by-course) evaluation report or an ECE (course-by-course) evaluation report.

After Step 1

  • You will receive an email explaining how to activate your Ball State account (if you do not have an existing account).
  • You will receive an email explaining important documentation that will need to be submitted in order to complete your application.

Attention: In addition to minimum requirements for International Admissions, departments may have their own admission requirements, such as a GRE, GMAT or require a separate application.  Departments may also require additional materials, e.g. a statement of purpose or recommendation letters, to be submitted directly to the department. Find instructions from your department of interest’s admission requirements.

 

You can submit all necessary documentation by:

  • email to: intadmit@bsu.edu
  • Mail to:
    International Admissions and Recruitment Office
    Carmichael Hall, Room 201 - Ball State University
    Muncie, IN 47306
  • or submit these documents to the department directly.

After Step 2

  • Please check in directly with the academic department for your program regarding any outstanding department requirements.
  • Graduate applications go through three levels of review: they are first reviewed by the International Admissions office. If all requirements are met, the application is forwarded on to the Graduate School for review. If the application meets all Graduate School requirements, it will be forwarded to the academic department for your program for a final admission decision.
  • Once your application is complete and a final decision has been made, you will receive an email confirming your admission or denial to Ball State.

You must submit the following documentation after you have been admitted to Ball State, and we suggest that you submit the materials as soon as possible.

Passport Photocopy — You must provide a copy of the main passport page for you and any dependents (including your spouse) you plan to bring with you to Ball State.

Financial Documentation — You must document your ability to pay for your living expenses and university fees through one of the following:

  • personal funding
  • private sponsorship (family and friends)
  • Ball State sponsorship

Ball State cannot create visa-enabling documents for international students (I-20 or DS-2019) until we have received these items.

You can submit all necessary documentation by:

  • email
  • fax to 765-285-3710

After Step 3

  • You will receive an email confirming that your documents were received and that your file is being reviewed.
  • If any other documentation is required based on your situation, you will be contacted.
  • You will receive your visa-enabling documentation (I-20 or DS-2019) by postal mail (DHL or FedEx) upon admission to Ball State University.

Step 1.

Visit the eShipGlobal website. 

 

Step 2.

Register/create an account. You will need:

 

  • Email Address (activation and shipping information will be sent here)
  • Mailing Address
  • Phone Number

 

Step 3.

Activate your account. Once you have created your account, you will receive a notification in your email that prompts you to activate your account. In order to use this service, you will need complete activation. 

 

Step 4.

Create the shipping label. After activating your account:

 

  1. Select "Send documents to your University"
  2. Select "Indiana" from the map of the United States
  3. Select "Ball State University"
  4. Select "International Admissions"
  5. Enter in your (sender) information and continue.
  6. Select "Ship/Quote" and choose your carrier.
  7. Select your payment method. Pay close attention to the information submitted. Any errors or incorrect information will result in a delay in the mailing of your documents

 

Step 5.

Receive your confirmation email from eShip Global. This email will contain all the information relating to your shipment. This confirmation email will be used to track your documents (within 24-48 hours after the package has been sent).

 

Be sure to follow all directions as given by http://study.eshipglobal.com

If you have any additional questions or concerns about how to use this service, please email support@eshipglobal.com

 

Exchange

Ball State has established exchange partnerships with universities around the world.

Consider applying as a graduate exchange-program student if you:

  • plan to take graduate courses or seek a graduate degree
  • find that your home university has an exchange partnership with Ball State, such as International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP)

Graduate students from Ball State wishing to participate in an exchange program need clearance from their department before applying.

We partner with nearly 20 other universities, plus you have other options. See the programs.

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International Admission Minimum Requirements

  • You must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a U.S. 4.0 scale (some programs require higher GPAs and doctoral programs require a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2).
  • If you have earned a degree from a non-US institution, you must select one of the following evaluation agencies to get your transcripts and degree(s) evaluated:
    (please note that you are required to have all transcripts, degrees, and/or diplomas evaluated from all institutions where you have studied in the past)

          Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE):  

  • Check country-specific requirements: https://ece.org/Page/Individuals
  • Make sure to create an account: www.ece.org
  • Make sure to choose the Course By Course report
  • Choose Ball State University as a recipient so we can get an electronic copy of your report

OR

World Education Services (WES)

  • Check country-specific requirements: https://www.wes.org/required/
  • Make sure to create an account: www.wes.org
  • Make sure to choose ICAP Course by Course report
  • Choose Ball State University so we can get an electronic copy of your report
  • Ball State University requires all international graduate applicants to demonstrate English proficiency by submitting a TOEFL, Pearson's PTE, or IELTS score unless eligible for a waiver.

Required Scores for English Proficiency

  • TOEFL 79
  • IELTS 6.5 bands
  • Pearson's PTE 53

If your TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores are below the minimum requirements, we will automatically consider you for conditional admission if your program allows. Not all Ball State graduate programs allow conditional admission for students who need to improve their English-language skills. Programs that do not allow conditional admission require one of the following:

  • a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 79
  • an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5
  • a Pearson's Academic PTE score of 53
  • 24 credit hours from a U.S. school
  • a World Education Services (WES) evaluation report
  • a degree from one of the countries on the TOEFL and IELTS waiver list

Application fees are waived for all inbound exchange students. If you have already completed an application for your home institution, then you do not have to complete the online application.

You can submit all necessary documentation by:

  • E-mail to: intadmit@bsu.edu
  • Mail to:
    International Admissions and Recruitment Office
    Carmichael Hall, Room 201 - Ball State University
    Muncie, IN 47306

Attention: In addition to minimum requirements for International Admissions, departments may have their own admission requirements such as a GRE, GMAT or require a separate application. Departments may also require additional materials (e.g. a statement of purpose or recommendation letters) to be submitted directly to the department. Find instructions from your department of interest's admission requirements.

You can submit all necessary documentation by:

  • E-mail to: intadmit@bsu.edu
  • Mail to:
    International Admissions and Recruitment Office
    Carmichael Hall, Room 201 - Ball State University
    Muncie, IN 47306
  • or submit these documents to the department directly

After Step 2

  • Please check in directly with the academic department for your program regarding any outstanding department requirements.
  • Graduate applications go through three levels of review: they are first reviewed by the International Admissions office. If all requirements are met, the application is forwarded on to the Graduate School for review. If the application meets all Graduate School requirements, it will be forwarded to the academic department for your program for a final admission decision.
  • Once your application is complete and a final admission decision has been made, you will receive an email confirming your admission or denial to Ball State.

 

You must submit the following documentation after you have been admitted to Ball State, and we suggest that you submit the materials as soon as possible.

Passport Photocopy — You must provide a copy of the main passport page for you and any dependents (including your spouse) you plan to bring with you to Ball State.

Financial Documentation — You must document your ability to pay for your living expenses and university fees through one of the following:

  • personal funding
  • private sponsorship (family and friends)
  • Ball State sponsorship

Financial documents are valid for only six months from the date of issue. Applicants are allowed to have a maximum of three sponsors for their education.

Note: If your exchange consortium (for example, ISEP) is sponsoring your studies, then we do not require financial documentation.

Third party release form – You will receive this document as an email attachment. Please fill it out and include any advisors, such as your home institution coordinators, whom you might wish us to release information to concerning your application.

Ball State cannot create visa-enabling documents for international students (I-20 or DS-2019) until we have received these items.

You can submit all necessary documentation by:

  • email
  • fax to 765-285-3710

After Step 3

  • You will receive an email confirming that we received your documents and are reviewing your file.
  • You will receive your visa-enabling documentation (I-20 or DS-2019) by express mail courier after Ball State confirms your admission.

Online

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You should apply as a graduate online distance education program if:

  • you have completed or will complete your undergraduate degree before the semester you apply to start
  • you plan to take courses online only while residing outside of the United States
  • you wish to earn a master’s, doctorate, or specialist degree or certificate

Minimum Requirements

Online graduate programs have the same minimum requirements as on-campus graduate programs.

English Proficiency Requirement

Conditional admission is not permitted for online degrees.

You must demonstrate English proficiency through one of the following options:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • International English Language Test System (IELTS)
  • 24 credit hours from a U.S. school
  • a degree from one of the countries on the TOEFL and IELTS waiver list (hyperlink: Page ID a.2).

Authorization

If you are currently in the United States and want to be a distance learning student, you must obtain authorization based upon your visa status.

Contact International Student Services and your current visa sponsor to obtain permission.