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

You may begin taking courses for this program at the start of the Fall Semester.

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 are strongly encouraged to begin submitting materials well before the application deadline. 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, we will be unable to consider your application.

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.

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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.

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
  • after submitting your application, you will be sent a link to your application portal within 24 hours of submission. The following items should be uploaded to the portal:
    • CV/Resume
    • 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.

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
  • after submitting your application, you will be sent a link to your application portal within 24 hours of submission. The following items should be uploaded to the portal:
    • CV/Resume
    • 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.

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.

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Questions?

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

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