Are you interested in our Master of Arts in Counseling program? Then it’s time to apply!

Please review our admission requirements, deadlines, and instructions below to prepare for your application.

Application Deadline and Fees

Your application and materials are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on the following dates:

  • to start classes in Summer 2022 – March 1, 2022 (Clinical Mental Health concentration) 
  • to start classes in Fall 2022 – March 1, 2022 (all concentrations)
    • For priority consideration, complete applications must be received by March 1, 2022. After March 1, please contact the department regarding program availability. Applications will be considered until June 1, 2022, or until all available program spaces have been filled.

The confirmation deadline for applicants to the Clinical Mental Health concentration is April 15, 2022.

International applicants must adhere to the requirements and deadlines outlined by International Admissions.

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. (Note: electronic checks must be cleared prior to your application being complete. This process may take up to 10 days.)

Application Fee Waivers

Your application fee may be waived if you meet one of the criteria outlined below.

Do not 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 and 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 the categories above, make sure to select the fee waiver option when completing your online application. When selecting "I attended an informational session" option in the fee waiver section of the application, please provide the information session title and date you attended.

Before You Apply: Recommended Next Steps

Before you begin your application, we recommend you learn more about Ball State, review our admission process and requirements, and gather your required materials.

Step 1: Get to Know Ball State

Learn about Ball State, our Graduate School, and your program of interest.

Step 2: Review Our Admission Process

Some admission requirements differ between types of applicants. Be sure to follow the process that aligns with your current situation. Otherwise, proceed to the next step.

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 Permanent Resident of the U.S., refugee, asylee, DACA, or undocumented status holder, follow the admission requirements for domestic applicants.  If you have a pending U.S. Permanent Resident application, you must apply as an international applicant

If you were previously enrolled at Ball State 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 your 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; OR
  • previously applied for a program but never attended any classes.

Step 3: Verify Your Admission Requirements

Make sure you meet the following requirements to apply to your program:

  • You must have a bachelor's degree or higher 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. Preference is given to applicants with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Step 4: Gather Your Application Materials

In addition to your application, you will be requested to upload the following materials to your application portal:

  • Resume or CV
    • Please include your educational history; research experience; professional presentations to regional, state, or national conferences; employment or volunteer activities; and any honors and awards.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Supplemental form
    • You will need to complete the supplemental form as part of your online application. You can access supplemental form(s) within your Applicant Status Portal.


The concentration you wish to apply for will determine what transcripts are required with your application.

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Transcripts from your highest earned degree. What is this?
  • Rehabilitation Counseling: Transcripts showing complete academic record. What is this?

Step 5: Review Department-specific Information

In addition to your online application and the materials above, the Counseling Psychology, Social Psychology, and Counseling department requires the following:


You will need to have completed at least 15 semester hours or 24 quarter hours of undergraduate psychology courses (educational, social, counseling, or general psychology). Describe the courses you are submitting to satisfy the coursework admission requirement. If you are uncertain about the acceptability of a course, contact the program director.

Format each course as:

  • Title and Course Number
  • School
  • Date Completed
  • Grade


Answer the following two questions.

  • Professional Goals: What are your professional goals after completing the graduate program? Describe your position as you anticipate it in ten years?
  • Why are you applying to Ball State University? What specifically makes our program appealing to you?


Answer the following essay prompts:

  • Multicultural Experiences and Interests: Please describe your life experiences, professional experiences, research experiences and interests in diversity. (1 page)
  • Self-Assessment: Please write an autobiographical summary. What values, philosophies, and attitudes describe you? What qualities define your character? Describe significant events that you believe influence your personal development. Note any special activities or organizations in which you have been involved. Consider what makes your desired profession relevant to you. What assets do you possess that will contribute to your success as a professional? (1 page)

For Rehabilitation Applicants only: Please describe your interests with working with people with disabilities.


Probationary admission to this program is available if you do not meet the admission requirements outlined above. Please connect with your graduate advisor to discuss probationary admission requirements.

Ready to Apply?

Applying to Ball State is easy, safe, and is a completely online process. You’ll need to complete the online application for graduate admission and then upload any required application materials to your applicant portal.

You will receive an email message after you submit your application with instructions on how to access your applicant portal. The portal will provide further instructions on how to upload your required application materials and submit your full application for review. You will also be able to check your application status and confirm your enrollment via the Decision Reply Form from the portal.

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We recognize that your graduate education is an important investment for your future. If you have any questions, please reach out to Graduate Admissions for assistance. We are here to help!