Are you interested in our Master’s Degree in School Counseling 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 in our program begin courses in the Fall Semester.

There are two deadlines to apply:

  • priority deadline – March 1
  • final deadline – June 15

We recommend that you submit all of your application materials at least two weeks before the deadline.

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.


You must have a bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by a regional accrediting association.


You must have earned a minimum of a 2.75 GPA from the undergraduate degree-granting institution.


The GRE is optional in order to be considered for admission to our program.

Results must be from an exam taken within the last five years.

Official results should be sent directly to Ball State University. Use the code for BSU (R1051).


You will need to upload the following materials to your online application:

  • three letters of recommendation – We strongly urge you to follow up with your references to remind them of the deadline.
  • statement of purpose: Please write an autobiographical statement that includes the following:
    a. pertinent childhood, academic, and vocational experiences (250 words);
    b. multicultural experiences and interests (250 words);
    c. reason for wanting to enter school counseling (250 words); and
    d. personal philosophy statement (250 words).
    Please limit the autobiographical statement to no more than 1000 words.
  • GRE scores (optional)

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.)

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3. Apply.

Complete our online application.


Applications are $60 per program.

You can pay your application fee (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
  • Ball State student currently enrolled in classes or alumni
  • current Ball State employee (full-time, benefits-eligible)
  • veteran or active-duty military
  • guest student seeking credits to transfer to another institution
  • prospective student who attended a Ball State graduate program information session

If you are in one of these categories, make sure to select the fee waiver option in the application.  When selecting "I attended an information session" option in the fee waiver section of the application, list the information session title and date. 

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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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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