The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program is a two-year program designed to prepare students to be competitive candidates for psychology doctoral programs and to enhance students’ research skills by offering them a wide range of research experience from assisting faculty researchers to completing their own independent research projects. The program consists of a rigorous combination of classroom and research experiences.
The program provides limited clinical training and does not lead to licensure to practice at the master’s level.
This program’s mission is to prepare students for doctoral study. If you are interested in obtaining licensure to work as a master's level therapist, the Master of Arts in Counseling (Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track) would be a better fit for you.
Our Program is competitive. Each fall, we accept approximately 10 - 12 students for the master of arts in clinical psychology.
We receive more qualified applicants than we can accept, so we consider the following criteria to assist in our selection:
- Professional statements, goals, and a curriculum vitae showing that our program would be a good fit
- Positive letters of recommendation providing evidence that you have the skills and characteristics to succeed
- A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework. Please see the table below for typical GPAs of successful applicants
- An acceptable GRE score: We do not use absolute cutoffs for GRE scores, but see below for typical scores of successful applicants
- Undergraduate courses in psychology that include experimental design, research methodology, and statistics are required, but we will consider applicants who were not undergraduate psychology majors. If admitted, non-majors may need to take extra courses to prepare for required courses.
For full consideration our priority application deadline is February 1st. The graduate school will continue to accept applications after this date, but we may not be able to consider you for admission or a Graduate Assistantship in the department if your application is submitted after this date.
All accepted students will begin their studies in August.
What It’s Like to Pursue a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology at Ball State
We accept 10 to 12 students each year, resulting in small class sizes and many opportunities for students to collaborate with faculty on research projects. You will receive the one-on-one attention needed to excel academically.
As a student, you may have access to a graduate assistantship
, which covers most of your tuition and fees and provides a stipend. This helps alleviate the burden of graduate school expenses and student debt, allowing you to focus more fully on developing your career.
This program consists of 32 credits of required graduate-level clinical psychology courses, plus 12 elective credits. While a variety of electives are available in areas such as cognition, personality, advanced statistics, counseling, and development, we can assist in emphasizing electives that will allow you to complete an optional concentration in one of three areas: Assessment, Clinical/Counseling, or Cultural Diversity.
- Required Courses: 32 credits
- Electives: 12 credits
A few of the classes you will take include:
- PSYS 632 Abnormal Psychology
- PSYS 640 Foundations in Psychological Assessment
- PSYS 652 Psychotherapy
- PSYS 680 Research Methods in Psychology
- PSYS 681 Applied Research Methods
- EDPS 642 Analysis of Variance
For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, please see our Graduate Catalog.
What Can You Do with a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology?
You can utilize this degree for further study or a career as a:
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Paying for Your Education
A graduate assistantship is an excellent opportunity to gain meaningful professional experience while helping cover the costs of your degree. Learn more.
Ready to Apply?
Are you interested in pursuing this degree? Then you will need to meet our admissions criteria and apply.
If you would like to learn more about this program or about Ball State Graduate School in general, please complete our online form to request more information. Or if you’d like to speak with someone in our department directly by phone or email, please contact us.