Are you interested in our PhD in Counseling Psychology 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

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

Students begin the Counseling Psychology PhD program at the start of the Fall semester. An application and all required materials must be received by the deadline listed below. Receipt of applications for admission and required materials after the deadline does not guarantee review. International applicants must adhere to the requirements and deadlines outlined here.

Domestic Applicants: Submit your completed application on or before December 1. We encourage you to submit your application materials several weeks before the December 1 deadline to allow time for processing of the application. 

International Applicants: International applicants are strongly encouraged to begin submitting all by October 15. The Department must have all application materials, including unofficial transcripts, WES, GRE, 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 October 15 or earlier. If your application is incomplete as of the application deadline of December 1, we will be unable to consider your application.

 

ALL APPLICANTS: Please note that applying to the Counseling Psychology 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 November 27th in order for your portal to become available to submit additional materials by December 1.
  • 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.

Get started.

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

The doctoral program in counseling psychology has a selective admissions policy. No more than 8 master's-level and two bachelor's-level students are accepted into the program each year. The department prefers candidates who have strong backgrounds in psychology and work experience related to counseling psychology.

Candidates may hold a bachelor's or master's degree.

1. Review admission requirements and prepare materials.

Applicants with a Bachelor's Degree

Applicants with only a bachelor’s degree will first pursue a master’s degree in counseling in the program and will be officially admitted into the doctoral program upon successful completion of the master’s degree. Until this time, they will be conditionally admitted into a doctoral program.

Degree

Candidates may hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree. A major in psychology is preferred for the bachelor’s-level applicants, but not required.

GRE  *The GRE will be waived for the Fall 2021 admission due to COVID

 

GPA

Undergraduate overall GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale

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).

Experience

We strongly recommend you have experiences including:

  • Counseling or volunteering in the helping fields
  • Research (i.e. publications, honor’s thesis, professional presentations, or research assistantship)

Materials

After submitting your application, your application portal will open within 24-48 hours. The following Supplemental materials will need to be uploaded in the portal at this time. 

Include:

  • educational history
  • research experience
  • professional presentations to regional, sate, 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.

Prerequisite Coursework

Describe the courses you've taken to satisfy the prerequisite coursework for Counseling or Counseling Psychology admission requirements. If you are uncertain about the acceptability of a course, contact the program director. (list 15 credit hours or 24 credit quarter hours)

Format each course as:

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

Experiential Training Experience

Describe hands-on, applied training you have had related to the field of counseling / psychology / mental health (broadly defined).

Workshops/Nondegree Training

Describe workshops you’ve attended or non-degree training that complement your skills in counseling / psychology / mental health (broadly defined)

Volunteer Experience in Psychology or Related Field

Describe volunteer experiences in counseling / psychology / mental health or related fields.

Autobiography

Limited to two pages. This can also be considered a personal statement. This is where you may share anything about yourself that you would like us to know.

Short Responses

  • What are your research interests and experiences?
  • What are your clinical interests and experiences?
  • What are your diversity or multicultural interests and experiences?
  • What are your social justice interests and experiences?
  • Describe your career goals.
  • Why Ball State? What specifically has drawn you to the doctoral program in counseling psychology at Ball State University? What could you acquire from our doctoral program that you could not acquire elsewhere?

Faculty Interests

  • First Choice
  • Second Choice
  • Third Choice

Faculty Research Interest

Choose name of faculty that you would like to work with.

The following are the minimum requirements for students who have earned a master’s degree.

Degree

Earned a master’s degree from an accredited institution with a major in counseling, counseling and guidance, psychology, educational or school psychology, clinical psychology, social work, or a related subject.

GRE *The GRE will be waived for the Fall 2021 admission due to COVID

 

GPA

Master’s overall GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale

Courses

Completed four graduate courses in counseling or counseling psychology, including theories, techniques, and practicum. If theories and techniques are taken as one class, then practicum and two other classes in counseling or counseling psychology are required in addition to the theories/techniques class. The practicum experience must include direct counseling/therapy service provision.

Experience

We strongly recommend you have experiences including:

  • Counseling or volunteering
  • Research (i.e. publications, honor’s thesis, professional presentations, or research assistantship)

Materials

After submitting your application, your application portal will open within 24-48 hours. The following supplemental materials will need to be uploaded in the portal at this time.

Include:

  • educational history
  • research experience
  • professional presentations to regional, sate, 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.

Prerequisite Coursework

Describe the courses you've taken to satisfy the prerequisite coursework for Counseling / Counseling Psychology admission requirements. If you are uncertain about the acceptability of a course, contact the program director.

Please list the following types of courses:

  • Theories of Counseling
  • Techniques of Counseling
  • Practicum in Counseling
  • Other graduate level courses in counseling or counseling psychology

Format each course as:

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

Experiential Training Experience

Describe hands-on, applied training you have had related to the field of counseling / psychology / mental health (broadly defined).

Workshops/Nondegree Training

Describe workshops you’ve attended or non-degree training that complement your skills in counseling / psychology / mental health (broadly defined)

Volunteer Experience in Psychology or Related Field

Describe volunteer experiences in counseling / psychology / mental health or related fields.

Autobiography

Limited to two pages. This can also be considered a personal statement. This is where you may share anything about yourself that you would like us to know.

Short Responses

  • What are your research interests and experiences?
  • What are your clinical interests and experiences?
  • What are your diversity or multicultural interests and experiences?
  • What are your social justice interests and experiences?
  • Describe your career goals.
  • Why Ball State? What specifically has drawn you to the doctoral program in counseling psychology at Ball State University? What could you acquire from our doctoral program that you could not acquire elsewhere?

Faculty Interests

  • First Choice
  • Second Choice
  • Third Choice

Faculty Research Interest

Choose name of faculty that you would like to work with.

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.)

Read Instructions

3. Apply.

Complete our online application.

Fees

Applications are $60 per program.

You can pay your application fees (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
  • previous Ball State student (enrolled after high school)
  • current Ball State employee (full-time, benefits-eligible)
  • veteran or active-duty military
  • guest student seeking credits to transfer to another institution

If you are in one of these categories, make sure to select the fee waiver option in the application.

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

Questions?

If you need additional assistance, please feel free to email our graduate admissions staff, who are here to help you through this process.

Contact Us