Are you interested in our MA in School Counseling Program? 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.

How to Apply

Admission to the select MA programs in school counseling is a two-step process consisting of a preliminary screening by the Graduate School and a final review by the School Counseling Core Committee in the Department of Educational Psychology. There are two deadlines for Fall admission: March 1 and June 15. Please note that March 1st is the priority deadline. It is recommended that materials be submitted through the application portal at least 2 weeks ahead of the deadline.

Graduate School Application Portal: Within the applications portal, indicate program selection of School Counseling (MA) as your program. Select the next term available for submission (only Fall admissions). If you are currently enrolled as a graduate student at Ball State University, you must still submit an application to this program through the portal.

Application materials include the following:

  • Official Transcripts: Include transcripts from every institution attended, including transcripts from schools in which courses were transferred to another institution. If you are currently attending Ball State University or have attended in the past, the graduate school will obtain transcripts that are already on file for you.
  • Optional: Results Of The General Graduate Record Examination General Test (Gre): 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).
  • Three Letters Of Recommendation: We strongly urge you to follow up with your references to remind them of the deadline.

    Graduate School Application Portal

School Counseling Program Supplemental Application

Review and complete the supplemental application for the school counseling program. This can be uploaded to the graduate school application portal. The supplemental application includes:

  • Program application cover
  • Professional goals & self-assessment statement

International Applicants

If you are not a United States citizen, your application must be evaluated and approved by Ball State’s Rinker Center for International Programs. The center prefers to receive applications at least 1 month prior to the program deadline. The priority deadline for materials to be reviewed by the Rinker Center for International Programs is February 1 for the March 1 School Counseling Program deadline. Additionally, May 15 is the summer deadline for the June 15 School Counseling program deadline.

The Office of International Admissions will receive the application materials from the same admissions portal hosted on the Graduate School’s admissions page. A separate application to the International Programs office is not required. Learn more.