Do you need help paying for your graduate work in the Department of Counseling Psychology, Social Psychology, and Counseling? Are you interested in working closely with faculty while gaining hands-on experience in your field? Our department is committed to providing practical opportunities for both professional and personal growth through our graduate assistantships.

Assistantships are available for master’s degree students and for all doctoral students. Historically, doctoral students in the department have also been funded for a third year.

Compensation and Benefits

Full-time master's and doctoral assistants receive:

  • a tuition waiver
  • a yearly stipend
  • remission of the contingent portion of the general fee
  • remission of the graduate course fee
  • an out-of-state fee waiver (if applicable)

Assistants are required to pay dedicated fees.

For the 2017-18 academic year (Fall and Spring Semesters), our doctoral assistants were paid $10,834. Our master's assistants were paid $7,275. The pay for master's students in other campus offices can vary.

McNair Scholars

We are proud to offer additional benefits for previous McNair Scholars.  The Graduate School has funds to support about 10 graduate assistant positions for these students.  The award is for one year and can be renewed for one additional year.  McNair Scholars can also receive an application fee waiver by providing certification from their local McNair program director.  Please mention your McNair Scholar status in your application.

 Responsibilities and Expectations

First-year doctoral students are required to take an assistantship, but an exception can be made for one student if necessary. (Only one entering student per year will be allowed this option.)

Any doctoral student may choose to decline the assistantship for the second and third year, if desired.

Students in the department engage in four different types of assistantships including:

  • research with faculty members (usually your committee chair)
  • practicum supervision
  • professional duties in the departmental clinic (intake assessment, interviews, telephone screening, office support, etc.)
  • teaching undergraduate classes or assistant teaching of pre-practicum master's course

Master's assistants in the department typically provide support to the Graduate Admissions Coordinator and the master's program directors. The assistant may also be assigned to research duties with a faculty member. Many master's students hold assistantships in other departments on campus, including Bracken Library, the Rinker Center for International Programs, the Learning Center, and the Fisher Institute of Health and Well-Being.

Graduate students also receive excellent financial support from Ball State to present papers at professional conferences.

How to Apply

Open positions are listed on Ball State’s Cardinal Career Link. You should apply directly to the unit offering the assistantship. Contact the unit if you have questions about their application requirements.

Deadlines for assistantship applications vary by academic unit, but most are awarded during spring semester. It is a good idea to indicate your interest early in the application process.

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