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.

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You will need to determine if your program is delivered online or on campus. Please contact your program director to determine your delivery mode.

If you will be an online student and you live outside Indiana, this information regarding State Regulatory Authorizations might apply to you.

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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.

  • applications for degree and nondegree programs: $60 per program
  • applications for certificates and licensures: $20 per certificate or licensure

Reduced rates for additional applications: Each additional degree application costs $20 and certificate $10. Please remember you must use the username and password from your initial application to receive the discounted rate for multiple applications.


The Graduate School must receive all of your application materials no later than one week before the beginning of the academic term you wish to start.

However, your desired program might have different deadlines. Check with the program director for those dates.

Submit Your Transcripts

Ball State must receive your official transcript before the university can process your application. Request transcripts from all colleges and universities you attended (this includes dual credit courses earned while in high school). You do not need to submit Ball State transcripts. 

The university or college that issued your degree must send an official copy of your transcript directly to Ball State. You can often request your transcripts through an institution’s website. Also, official transcripts must include a college seal, date, and appropriate signature. All transcripts become Ball State property.

Transcripts may be submitted by:

  • Mail – Send official copies to the Graduate School, Ball State University, 2000 W. University Ave., West Quad 100, Muncie, IN 47306.
  • Electronic – Official electronic transcripts may be submitted by an institution directly to

After Applying to the Graduate School

Graduate admissions is a shared process at Ball State. When the Graduate School has determined you’ve met minimum admission criteria, your application will be made available to the department for review. 

Programs often require additional application materials. Check with the program director about additional requirements. Keep in mind that an admission decision will not be made until all required materials have been received.

General Admission Criteria

Program Booklet

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
  • combined GRE (verbal and quantitative) of at least 302 (new scoring) or 1100 (old scoring)
  • 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
  • completion of 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 and techniques class
  • combined GRE (verbal and quantitative) of at least 298 (new scoring) or 1000 (old scoring); at our discretion, the department may admit one applicant per year with GRE scores below 298 (new scoring) or 1000 (old scoring), assuming the applicant is outstanding in other areas and is competitive with others in the applicant pool
  • three letters of recommendation

How to Apply

Upload the following doctoral supplemental application materials to the Graduate School online application.

Doctoral Supplemental Application Materials (PDF)

Graduate School Admissions Information

Application Deadline

Submit your completed application packet on or before Dec. 1.

We encourage you to submit your application materials to the Graduate School several weeks before the Dec. 1 deadline to allow time for processing of the application.