Are you interested in one of our master of arts in counseling program? Then it’s time to apply!
Please review our admission requirements, dates and deadlines, and instructions. Then complete our online application.
Dates and Deadlines
Application and materials are due on the specified dates by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.
You may start taking courses for this degree in the Fall semester.
To be considered for admission, apply by one of the following dates:
- priority deadline – March 1 (Fall or Summer start)
- final deadline – June 1(Fall start only)
If you plan to apply for the June 1 deadline, you must contact the department before applying to ensure there are still spaces available.
International applicants are strongly encouraged to begin submitting materials well before the application deadline. The Department must have all application materials, including unofficial transcripts, WES and/or TOEFL scores as relevant, in order to conduct an initial application review soon after the application deadline. Given it often takes 6 weeks or more to transfer scores, we recommend International applicants begin score transfer requests no later than December 15 or earlier. If your application is incomplete as of the application deadline, we will be unable to consider your application.
Please note that applying to the MA in Counseling program is a two-step process
- First, please submit your application and reference names to the Graduate School Online Application. After submitting your application, your application portal will open within 24-48 hours
- Second, submit your supplemental department materials in the portal by the deadline.
- As such, you will need to submit your initial application no later than 3-4 days before the deadlines in order for your portal to become available to submit additional materials by the deadline.
- Please note that the receipt of applications for admission and required materials after the deadline, does not guarantee review.
Before You Begin...
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.
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 earned a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in the required psychology courses.
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). You will also list courses that demonstrate your verbal and quantitative skills.
We strongly recommend you have experiences including:
- counseling or volunteering
- research (i.e. publications, honor’s thesis, professional presentations, or research assistantship)
After submitting your application, the application portal will open with 24-48 hours. The following supplemental materials will need to be uploaded to the portal at this time.
- educational history
- research experience
- professional presentations to regional, state, or national conferences
- employment or volunteer activities
- honors and awards
You will need to provide three letters of recommendation from professional or academic colleagues.
As part of your application, you will be asked to respond to the following prompts.
Describe the courses you are submitting to satisfy the course work admission requirement. If you are uncertain about the acceptability of a course, contact the program director.
Format each course as:
- Title and Course Number
- Date Completed
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.
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.)
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.
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.
Check Application Status
If you need additional assistance, please feel free to email our graduate admissions staff, who are here to help you through this process.