Are you interested in our PhD in Counseling Psychology? Then it’s time to apply. Admission to our graduate program means you need to meet the criteria and apply to both Ball State’s Graduate School and the program itself.

General Admission Criteria

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To learn more about this program and its requirements pleases download our supplemental booklet.

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The doctoral program in counseling psychology has a selective admissions policy. No more than 10 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.

A major in psychology is preferred for bachelor's-level applicants, but not required.

Master's-level applicants must have majored in counseling, counseling and guidance, psychology, educational or school psychology, clinical psychology, social work, or a related subject.

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 the doctoral program.

Admission Criteria

The following are the minimum requirements for individuals applying to the doctoral program with only a bachelor's degree:

  • undergraduate overall GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
  • submitted GRE scores for review.
  • completion of at least 15 semester hours, or 24 quarter hours, in undergraduate psychology classes with a GPA of 3.2 in such courses (psychology majors are preferred, but not required)
  • three letters of recommendation
  • counseling or volunteer experience
  • research experience (e.g., publications, honor's thesis, professional presentations, research assistant experience)
  • interest and/or experience in multicultural issues
  • match interests with faculty in our department

The following are the minimum requirements for students who have earned a master's 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
  • master's overall GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
  • 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.
  • submitted GRE scores for review.
  • counseling or volunteer experience
  • research experience (e.g., publications, honor's thesis, professional presentations,research assistant experience)
  • interest and/or experience in multicultural issues
  • match interests with faculty in our department
  • three letters of recommendation

How to Apply

The following doctoral application materials will be on the Graduate School online application.  The Graduate School Application will open on August 26, 2019 for the Fall 2020 semester.  Click below on the Graduate School Admissions Information to begin the application process.

Doctoral Supplemental Application Materials (PDF)

Graduate School Admissions Information

Application Deadline

Submit your completed application packet on or before December 1.

We encourage you to submit your application materials to the Graduate School several weeks before the December 1 deadline to allow time for processing of the application.  If you are an International Applicant, please submit your application by October 1st to be considered for the December 1st deadline.