You’re making a great decision by choosing the Ball State Graduate School. We want to provide you with opportunities to grow, become a leader, acquire specialized industry knowledge, and reap the rewards of investing in yourself.
Below are some events and resources we offer to help students improve their professional skills.

  • The Office of Learning and Development provides helpful soft skills, time management, and other courses for free.
  • Lynda.com online training courses can teach you the professional and educational skills you will need to succeed in the classroom as well as the workplace.
  • The Career Center can answer questions about your professional future. Please feel free to reach out via email or phone at 765-285-1522. The office is in Lucina Hall, Room 220.
  • Our orientation program is created by current graduate students.

Graduate School Success Events

Graduate Students and Extended Projects: 
A Roundtable Discussion

Most graduate students take on an extended, writing intensive research or creative project, such as a thesis or dissertation, at some point in their studies. Those who have done so know that these projects can be tremendously rewarding--as well as tedious, frustrating, and isolating at some points during the process. On April 13th 2017 the Graduate School and the Writing Center partnered to present a one-hour interactive roundtable event, featuring Ball State graduate students from various disciplines who were currently engaged in extended projects. The students discussed their experiences, the issues they've encountered and successfully handled, and offered suggestions for other grad students. If you're gearing up for an extended project of your own, or you're in the midst of one and need some encouragement, you can watch a recording of this roundtable discussion.

Find Grants and Publish Your Research: 
Grad Students' Stories of Success and Advice

On October 27th 2016 current and prospective graduate students attended a Q&A-style event about funding and publishing research. The event featured a multidisciplinary panel of graduate students with active research agendas as well as a representative from Sponsored Projects Administration who discussed how graduate students can fund their research. Watch this Webinar.

Graduate Student Meet and Greet

This event is offered in the fall and spring semesters. This is a chance to meet and network with fellow graduate students, faculty and administrators both within and outside of your program.

Register for the Spring 2018 Meet and Greet scheduled for February 6, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Music Lounge of the Ball State Student Center.

Writing Workshop

Our writing workshop helps graduate students improve their academic writing. This one-hour, interactive seminar answers the following questions:

  • What is a viable topic, and where can I find one?
  • What does it mean to write within a particular academic discipline?
  • What are some strategies for keeping my writing agenda on track?

Led by Deborah Mix, assistant chair of programs in the Department of English, and Jacqueline Grutsch McKinney, director of the Writing Center, this webinar is also available to watch online.

Job Prospects – Academia vs. Corporate Opportunities

Job Prospects — Academia vs. Corporate Opportunities features Brandon Bute, associate director of the Career Center, discussing opportunities beyond graduate school.

Watch the webinar.