Our program’s distinctive blend of academic training and hands-on research enables you to explore human development throughout a broad range of personal, vocational, and interpersonal contexts. With the guidance of our expert faculty, you will have the opportunity to prepare for careers in both academic and applied settings, from vocational and marriage counseling to health psychology and correctional consultation.

Our program is accredited by the American Psychological Association, thus ensuring that the training provided at Ball State meets a nationally recognized standard. 

Collaboration and Outreach

Although you will develop an individualized program of study that meet your professional goals, our program encourages collaborative work with peers, faculty members, and community partners.

Our Counseling Practicum Clinic is one of many opportunities for you to achieve practical experience as you complete master’s and doctoral degree requirements. Under the supervision of licensed psychologists and counselors, graduate students provide affordable services to about 600 clients each year from Muncie and the surrounding area.

Doctoral internships in a variety of settings—from hospitals and schools to military and correctional facilities—are also available to those eager to gain real-world experience.

Facilities and Technology

Ball State’s 100-percent wireless campus, with its state-of-the-art computer labs and research facilities, ensures that you are exposed to the latest technologies in an optimum learning environment. Our program’s facilities include 10 practicum rooms, an observation corridor, and two group observation rooms—all linked to a secure computer system that digitally records each counseling session. Supervisors are able to view live or previously conducted counseling sessions to provide you with tailored feedback and assessment.

Goals and Assessment

Our doctoral program is committed to the scientist-professional model for training, which incorporates actionable goals and a curriculum designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to reach desired outcomes.

Assessment procedures are in Training Goals and Assessment Procedures (PDF), a publication that outlines the summative evaluation points used to assess goals and outcomes. The assessment plan, intended to provide meaningful information to both students and program faculty, includes accompanying rubrics used to measure competent performance.


Our program is a tight-knit group of educators, students, and alumni—all dedicated to helping individuals develop personal and social resources and adaptive tendencies. Current students participate in a range of academic and social programs to deepen their connection with the field and each other. Although our alumni are working throughout the globe in a variety of personal, vocational, and interpersonal contexts, they keep in touch with their faculty and friends at Ball State.

Student Diversity and Multicultural Courses

Our program is committed to the training and professional representation of students from diverse cultural and ethnic communities. As a reflection of this commitment, we have established a Multicultural Programming Committee (MPC), which consists of interested faculty and graduate students. MPC meets regularly to review issues relevant to providing a multicultural perspective in the training of all students in the program.


Learn more about the field of counseling psychology as well as our program statistics, including anticipated graduation and employment opportunities after your studies. Apply now!