Are you interested in  our Master of Arts in English’s Creative Writing Concentration, English Studies Concentration, Literature Concentration, or Rhetoric and Composition Concentration? Then it’s time to apply!

Please review our admission requirements, dates and deadlines, and instructions. Then complete our online application.

Dates and Deadlines

Exclamation IconApplication and materials are due on the specified dates by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

Submit your application by the following dates, depending on when you plan to start your courses:

  • Fall – July 10
  • Spring – November 1
Receipt of applications for admission and required materials after the deadline does not guarantee review.

Applicants wishing to apply for a graduate assistantship in the Department of English must complete their applications by January 15 to guarantee consideration. 

Before You Begin...

If you are a currently admitted Ball State undergraduate student with at least 75 credit hours and a 3.25 cumulative GPA, you may be eligible for the Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP).

AMP allows you to begin your graduate studies while still an undergraduate student! Start your graduate classes while completing your undergraduate degree where your courses double-count toward your bachelor’s and master’s degrees, saving time and money as you pursue your master's degree at Ball State.

As an AMP student, you will remain in undergraduate status and pay undergraduate tuition until you have fulfilled all requirements for your bachelor’s degree. Once a graduate student (upon graduation with your bachelor’s degree), your tuition and fees will be calculated as a graduate student and you will become eligible to apply for graduate assistantships. You will also be required to meet the GPA requirements for graduate study, which can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Ball State is accepting AMP applications for the following programs:

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Emerging Media Design and Development
  • Master of Arts in English
  • Master of Arts in Mathematics*
  • Master of Arts in Political Science
  • Master of Arts in Psychological Science
  • Master of Arts in Public Relations
  • Master of Arts in Sociology
  • Master of Arts in Statistics*
  • Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Linguistics
  • Master of Arts/Science in Biology
  • Master of Arts/Science in Sport Administration
  • Master of Science in Athletic Training
  • Master of Science in Educational Psychology
  • Master of Science in Quantitative Psychology

* although a master of science for this program is offered, only the master of arts is accepting AMP applications at this time.

How to Apply for AMP

To apply for AMP, complete the Graduate School application for admission by following the requirements listed for your program of interest. You will need to select “Yes” when answering: “Are you a current Ball State University undergraduate student applying to the Accelerated Master's Program?” This will ensure your application is considered for AMP admission.

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

1. Review admission requirements and prepare materials.


You must have a bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by a regional accrediting association.


You must have earned a minimum of a 2.75 GPA from the undergraduate degree-granting institution.


Our program does not require you to take the GRE.


Non-native speakers of English must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores of at least 79 for master’s degree programs and 81 for doctoral programs.


You will upload the following materials when you complete the online application.

Detail your academic and intellectual biography and your purpose in seeking a graduate degree at Ball State University.

Preferably, provide a paper written for a class. The writing sample should exemplify your best work.

The writing sample can be a revised class paper or a section from an undergraduate or master’s thesis. It should reflect your ability to write well, analyze, and engage with scholarly debates and research.

If you do not have a sample of academic work, write a new paper on a subject related to the previous or proposed field of study.

MA in Creative Writing applicants should submit a creative writing sample in either fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, or some combination of genres (8-15 pp double-spaced; poetry can be single-spaced, of course).

Page Length Requirements

  • all master’s programs: 8–15 pp double-spaced for all MA applicants
  • English PhD in Literature: 15-20 pp double-spaced
  • PhD in Rhetoric and Composition: 15-25 pp double-spaced

Applicants to our program need to submit three letters of recommendation. You may upload these to your online application.

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.)

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3. Apply.

Complete our online application.


Applications are $60 per program.

You can pay your application fee (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
  • Ball State student currently enrolled in classes or alumni
  • current Ball State employee (full-time, benefits-eligible)
  • veteran or active-duty military
  • guest student seeking credits to transfer to another institution
  • prospective student who attended a Ball State graduate program information session

If you are in one of these categories, make sure to select the fee waiver option in the application.  When selecting "I attended an informational session" option in the fee waiver section of the application, list the information session title and date. 

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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Frequently Asked Questions

We notify applicants about admission decisions as quickly as possible. Those taking advantage of rolling admission can reasonably expect to get news within 4-6 weeks after the application is complete; similarly, those applying by the January 15 deadline can expect to get a decision mid- to late March.

For all programs, departmental approval for admission is based upon evaluation of our application materials.

No incomplete files are considered. You are responsible for ensuring that your admission file is complete.

Apply early—transcripts and test scores take weeks, often months, to arrive.

Status Updates

To check on the status of your application, you may log into our online portal.

The English Department does not offer conditional admission to any applicants.

No. Applications are reviewed by discipline-specific faculty committees and the director of graduate studies does not serve on these individual committees.

Please contact us if you have any questions.