Apply to the Program

Admission to this program involves a preliminary screening by the Graduate School and a final review by the Department.

The application deadline for all materials received is December 1 for U.S. students (November 1 for International applicants). It is recommended that materials be submitted through the application portal at least two weeks ahead of the deadline.

Note: $60 application fee* (updated fall 2017)
*Note: McNair Scholars may waive the application fee 

U.S. Applicants

Within the applications portal, indicate program selection of School Psychology (PhD) 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.

Materials to Include

  • 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.
  • Results of the general Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE) – Results must 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: An autobiography including pertinent childhood, academic, and vocational experiences, reason for wanting to enter school psychology, and a personal philosophy statement should be included. Applicants should also outline their previous diversity-related experiences. Suggested word limit: 1000 words
  • Three references who will submit letters of recommendation – We strongly urge you to follow up with your references to remind them of the deadline.
  • CV 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).

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Rinker Center's Deadline: November 1

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 by Nov. 1 so that there is plenty of time to review your application prior to the departmental deadline of Dec. 1.

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.

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