Are you interested in our PhD in School 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
You may begin taking courses for our program at the start of the Fall Semester.
To be considered for admission, apply by December 1 (or November 1 for international applicants). We recommend you submit all your application materials at least two weeks before the deadline.
Before You Begin...
Ball State is authorized to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, certain states have regulations regarding licensing programs in nursing and education.
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.
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 3.0 GPA from the undergraduate degree-granting institution.
Our program requires you to take the GRE. Ball State's Institution Code is 1051. GRE scores are only valid for five years from their date of administration.
You will need to upload the following materials to your online application.
- GRE scores – Results must be from an exam taken within the last five years. Average scores on the GRE tend to be approximately the 50th percentile, but there is no specific minimum performance set. Official results should be sent directly to Ball State University. Use the code for Ball State (R1051).
- letter of intent/professional goals and self-assessment statement – Include an autobiography with pertinent childhood, academic, and vocational experiences; the reason for wanting to enter school psychology; and a personal philosophy statement. Applicants should also outline their previous diversity-related experiences. Suggested word limit: 1,000.
- three references who will submit letters of recommendation – We strongly urge you to follow up with your references to remind them of the deadline.
- Curriculum Vitate or Resume
- writing sample(s) (optional, but encouraged) – Examples include class papers submitted, undergraduate thesis or research project; any topic is acceptable (psychology-related is encouraged).
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.)
Complete our online application.
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
You do not have to pay the application fee if you are a:
- McNair Scholar
- previous Ball State student (enrolled after high school)
- current Ball State employee (full-time, benefits-eligible)
- veteran or active-duty military
If you are in one of these categories, make sure to select the fee waiver option in the application.
After You Apply
Log in to your application status portal below to submit additional materials, check your application status, and confirm your enrollment.
Check Application Status
If you need additional assistance, please feel free to email our graduate admissions staff, who are here to help you through this process.