2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Statement on Demonstrated Proficiency in English

Proficiency in the use of the English language is expected of all students who graduate with advanced degrees from Ball State University. Proficiency depends not so much on the ability to pass examinations—although the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or GRE may be required—as it does on the habitual use of acceptable English in spoken or written work. Each department will judge the qualifications of its advanced students in the use of English. Reports, examinations, and speech may be used in evaluating students’ proficiency. Students found deficient in English will be offered an opportunity to remedy the deficiency and will be encouraged to seek the assistance the university provides for this purpose.