Congratulations! You’ve made it… Well, almost.

As you near the end of your graduate studies, you may be wondering about the final steps necessary to receive your degree or certificate.

Graduation is not automatic. You need to apply to graduate in order for Ball State to confer your degree to you. The application is not just for participating in the ceremony.

You must submit an application for each degree and certificate objective.


The deadline to apply to graduate at the end of a given semester is listed on the Graduate School's Critical Dates and Deadlines page.

Applications must be received by 5 p.m (Eastern time) on the indicated deadline date.

Consider applying several days in advance of this deadline so you have ample time to review the degree program and certificate information on the application for accuracy.

We do not accept late applications.


All graduate students must be actively registered as Ball State students during their final/graduating term.

If you are not registered for classes during the semester in which you apply to graduate (excluding summer term) and you have completed all other requirements, you should enroll in:

  • MAST 600 - Master’s Candidate if you are a master’s or specialist degree candidate
  • DISS 799 - Doctoral Dissertation if you are a doctoral student

You should speak with your department directly about registration in MAST 600 or DISS 799 if you choose one of these options.


Apply to Graduate

Eligible students must complete an application to graduate.

To do so:

  1. Log into myBSU.
  2. Select “Self-Service Banner.”
  3. Select the “Student” tab.
  4. Select “Student Records.”
  5. Select “Apply to Graduate.”
  6. Complete the application.

Apply to Graduate

If you have any additional degrees or certificate objectives, complete the application again for each.

You may review your application and confirm you have submitted all necessary applications before the deadline by returning to Self-Service Banner and looking under “View Graduation Applications.”


A $25 application fee for graduation is required for all students applying for graduation or completion of a certificate program.

If you reapply for graduation or completion, you will be charged a $25 application-processing fee for the new term.

The fee is assessed per degree (i.e. master of arts, master of science) and certificate objective (i.e. certificate in applied behavior analysis, etc.) and per application processed.

Additional Information

If your program information is listed incorrectly (for example, an MA rather than MS), please contact Peggy Dessing to update your information as soon as possible and before the posted application deadline.

If you do not see one of your certificate or degree programs listed as a selection on the application for graduation, please contact Graduate Admissions as soon as possible to confirm your admission into that program.

If you are additionally working toward completion of licensure, this is separate from graduation and processed differently than completion of a degree. (However, many licensures require the completion of a degree program, so make sure you have met all the same requirements explained above.)

When you are nearing completion of your licensure program, be sure to contact the Office of Teacher Education Services for more information on how to receive your license or license renewal.

After you’ve applied to graduate, you will still need to ensure you complete all the necessary coursework, exams, and any other program requirements.

These details should all be outlined in your degree plan.


For any questions about your course of study or program requirements, work with your program advisor.

The Commencement Ceremony is only for students completing a degree program. If you are applying for certificate completion only, you will not participate in the ceremony. (You still must complete an application for graduation.)

If you plan to participate in the ceremony, you will need to order your academic regalia, such as a cap, gown, and tassel.

Try to buy all of your materials early in case you need to return or exchange anything.

Graduation attire can be purchased through the Ball State Bookstore.

Learn more.