Have you decided you’re ready to branch out, delve into your passions, and become more marketable within your field with a graduate degree or certificate from Ball State University?

If so, then it’s time to apply. Please make sure to review each of the steps below, prepare your materials, and apply online.

Before You Begin...

Ball State is authorized to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, certain states have regulations regarding licensing programs in nursing and education.

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If you are an international student – someone who has or plans to acquire a visa to study in the U.S. – our International Admissions staff will help you through the admissions process and your unique requirements.

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If you are a current, admitted Ball State student but have not taken classes for more than a year or if you received a "Re-Admit" error when attempting to register for classes, you need to select the:

Re-enroll (previous Ball State graduate students only)” option under “Academic Intent” in the application.

Do not choose the Re-enroll Applicant Type if you are any of the following:

  • a first-time applicant to a Ball State graduate program
  • applying for a new or different program or certificate than one in which you are already enrolled
  • previously applied for a program but never attended any classes

Nondegree-seeking students need to apply to Ball State using the same process as any other applicant. However, nondegree-seeking students need to be aware of several very important provisions described in the Graduate Catalog.

Types of Nondegree-Seeking Students

Ball State University has two categories of nondegree admission.

Nondegree (Licensure)

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
  •  endorsements added through completion of graduate credit

Nondegree (Nonlicensure)

Ball State University recognizes the need for people to pursue educational programs that may be related to their employment or that will otherwise enrich their lives. For these reasons, students with baccalaureate or advanced degrees who do not have further degree objectives but desire personal and professional enrichment may be admitted to graduate study as nondegree students.

Admission and Financial Aid

Specific provisions and admission criteria for nondegree-seeking students are described in the current Graduate Catalog.

Please visit the Graduate Catalog page, open the current catalog PDF file and search for the term, "nondegree".

PLEASE NOTE: Nondegree students are typically not eligible for financial aid. Check with the Financial Aid and Scholarships office to verify eligibility requirements.

1. Review admission requirements and prepare materials.

Everyone applying to a Ball State graduate program will complete the same  application; however, many of our programs have additional admission standards or required materials. Please make sure to review these requirements before you apply.

View Requirements

2. Prepare your transcripts.

Ball State must receive transcripts for all applicants. Please review our instructions before you apply. (You do not need to submit Ball State transcripts in order to apply.)

Read Instructions

3. Apply.

Complete our online application. 


Applications are $60 per program.

You can pay your application fees (nonrefundable) with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. Or you may pay online with an electronic check from a U.S. bank.

Fee Waivers

You do not have to pay the application fee if you are a:

  • McNair Scholar
  • previous Ball State student (enrolled after high school)
  • current Ball State employee (full-time, benefits-eligible)
  • veteran or active-duty military
  • guest student seeking credits to transfer to another institution

If you are in one of these categories, make sure to select the fee waiver option in the application.

After You Apply

Log in to your application status portal below to submit additional materials, check your application status, and confirm your enrollment.

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If you need additional assistance, please feel free to email our graduate admissions staff, who are here to help you through this process.

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