Are you interested in our PhD in educational 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

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.

The deadline to apply is February 15.

Before You Begin...

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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 PhD in Educational Psychology is a competitive program. We review applications once a year in the spring. In our reviews will consider the following criteria to assist in our selection.

Please review our admission requirements below. You will upload any materials to your online application. You will receive an email message after you submit your application with instructions on how to access the applicant portal. The applicant portal will provide further instructions on how to upload your required materials and submit your application for review.
You must have a bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by a regional accrediting association.
You must have earned a minimum of a 3.0 GPA from the undergraduate degree-granting institution.
GRE scores are highly desirable but are not required. Students may choose to submit GRE scores as a supplemental material if they believe they will support their application. Submission of GRE scores may be particularly helpful if you have little research experience but want to demonstrate analytic ability.
You will need to provide a current curriculum vitae detailing your professional and educational history, among other qualifications.
Three Letters of Recommendation: You will be asked to submit names and email addresses for three references. We will send them instructions on what information they need to provide for your application.

Both professional and personal references will be accepted, however at least two of your designated references should be able to speak to your academic ability and research experience.
Submit a professional statement that addresses the following topics. Please make sure your statement is well written, edited and approximately 500-1000 words.

Program Fit

Why are you interested in our PhD in Educational Psychology? Why Educational Psychology and why Ball State in particular? Why is this program a good fit for you?

Career Goals

What do you hope to do with your PhD? What are your career aspirations?

Research Experience

Describe research projects you have worked on. In addition, briefly describe the skills you acquired through your research experience.

Research Interests

What are your current research interests and how would a PhD in educational psychology help you to pursue these interests? Please discuss possible research questions and populations of interest.

Student-Faculty Research Match

Identify and rank between one and three professors from the BSU Educational Psychology faculty with whom you would like to conduct research.
Briefly, indicate why you ranked the professor(s) the way you did.

(Although your responses will not commit you to a faculty member or topic, the educational psychology core committee will use the information you provide to evaluate your fit with the program. You may contact these faculty directly if you want to find out more about their research and if they would be willing to accept students.

Additional Qualifications

Please describe any additional qualifications that may not be obvious from your transcripts or other materials that you believe would be beneficial to your application to our program.
You are required to submit a sample of your academic writing. This sample can be of any length but should showcase your ability as an academic writer. Examples could include an undergraduate or masters level research paper, chapter(s) of a senior or masters thesis, or published manuscript on which you are the first author.

This should be an academic writing piece and not a creative writing or opinion piece.

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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