2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Admission as a Licensure Only Student

Admission can be granted to students working toward any of the following:

License renewal or addition (post-bachelor’s)
School services personnel and school administration

Licensure students must meet the following admission criteria:

A baccalaureate degree from Ball State University or an equivalent degree from a regionally accredited institution recognized by Ball State University is a prerequisite for admission to graduate study for a licensure program. An applicant with a baccalaureate degree not considered the equivalent of that of Ball State University may be considered for probationary admission.
Have an undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale on credit hours earned from the degree-granting institution.
Meet departmental or program admission requirements.
Departments may recommend to the graduate dean that students with a latter half undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 be granted regular admission to their program.
Students with 9 credits or more of graduate coursework with a GPA of 3.0 or students with a conferred graduate degree may be granted regular admission to their program.

Licensures are classified as a non-degree program; please check with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to see if your program is aide eligible.  Specific licensure programs may have higher GPA requirements than the Graduate School minimums.   An applicant who meets minimum Graduate School admissions standards is not guaranteed admission to a specific non-degree program. A prospective student should contact the department and Office of Teacher Education Services and Clinical Practice, or consult the academic department’s website and/or handbook for specific program requirements. Licensure students who later apply to a degree program must complete the regular admission procedure, must meet all entrance requirements of that program, and must have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA in their nondegree coursework after completing 9 credits. Credits must have been completed within the six-year time limit allowed for completion of a master’s degree. 


At the time of application, students must submit unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended. Students who are recommended for admission by their program will be admitted conditionally by the graduate dean and allowed to enroll in courses for one term.  The student must submit an official transcript from the highest earned degree within the first semester of enrollment to continue in the program.  

Students who are admitted conditionally with unofficial transcripts will have a hold placed on their transcript release and on course registration for the following term until the required final official transcript is received and reviewed for eligibility. A student will not be officially admitted until the required final official transcript is received.

Students wishing to transfer graduate credit from another college or university also need to submit an official transcript from that institution.

An official transcript is one that has been received directly from the issuing institution, either by mail or electronically. It must bear that institution’s seal, the date, and an appropriate signature. Transcripts received that do not meet these requirements will not be considered official and will be rejected for any permanent use. All transcripts become the property of Ball State University.  Applicants who are currently attending, or who have previously attended, Ball State University are not required to provide a Ball State transcript.  Applicants who have earned credits and degrees from institutions outside the United States may have different transcript submission procedures, as well as earlier deadlines, and they should contact International Admissions for specific information and requirements.  

Other Documents

If the program(s) you are applying to require letters of recommendation, a resume or CV, a personal statement, or other documents, these can be submitted or requested through our online application process. A prospective student should contact the department or consult the department’s website and/or handbook for specific program requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure all deadlines and requirements are met.

Satisfactory Grade Point Average (GPA)

At any time after completion of 9 credits of graduate study, students must have and maintain at least a 3.0 graduate GPA.