Cognitive and Social Processes

The Master of Arts in Psychology Science is a two-year program designed to prepare students for doctoral programs or employment in research and/or academic-related settings by delving deeper into core psychological domains:


And by providing extensive training in Research Methods and Statistics.


The Department of Psychological Science’s mission is to provide graduate level training to prepare students for doctoral programs or employment in research and/or academic-related settings. The Clinical Psychology program is designed to provide training consistent with a clinical science model, whereas the Psychological Science program is designed to provide students with a broad foundational knowledge of core psychological science domains. Both programs emphasize graduate level training in research methods and statistics, while also allowing students to customize their education to specific professional goals. The programs also emphasize the development of: a) critical thinking skills; b) oral and written communication competency; c) diversity competency; e) professional ethics; and f) practical experience.

What Makes Us Unique?

We offer a wide range of courses, research experiences, and:

  • a customizable path to your degree
  • professional development opportunities
  • enough flexibility for students to double Master's in either quantitative psychology or counseling or complete a certificate in an area of interest
  • GRE Test scores not required

What It's Like to Pursue a Master of Arts in Psychological Science at Ball State

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.

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.

Our graduate faculty welcomes the opportunity to conduct research with students and we recommend that all students get involved in research projects. Often, our graduate assistants are assigned to work on faculty research projects.

  • Nilou LuekeSelf-Criticism & Goal-directed Behavior (including reward and punishment processing); Developmental Experiences & Self-Criticism
  • Anjolii Diaz
    Developmental Psychology; Emotions & Cognitive Processes; EEG; Sleep; Academic & Social Competence
  • Alexandria Johnson
    Assessment and measurement of externalizing psychopathology; Etiology and biological correlates of externalizing psychopathology; Treatment and intervention for externalizing psychopathology
  • Thomas Holtgraves
    Psychology of Language & Communication; Gambling; Personality & Information Processing
  • Katie M. Lawson
    Work-family conflict and balance; Gendered career development (e.g., women in Computer Science)
  • Tayla Lee
    Psychological Assessment; Externalizing Psychopathology; Co-occurring Disorders
  • Linh Littleford
    Microaggressions; Source; Effects; Teaching & Diversity; Privilege & Inequality; Diversity & Ethnic Minority Issues
  • Adam Lueke
    Information Processing. Goals; Mindfulness; Social Attitudes; Interpersonal Dynamics; Religiosity
  • Andrew Luttrell
    Social Psychology; Moral Attitudes; Public Opinion; Attitudes & Persuasion
  • Daniele Nardi
    Cognitive Psychology; Navigation; Spatial Cognition; Way-finding & Reorientation
  • Kristin Ritchey
    Cognitive Psychology; Reading Comprehension; Teaching & Learning in Higher Education
  • Stephanie Simon-Dack
    Interhemispheric Transfer Beta Frequency Activity & Inhibition; Early Sensory Perception
  • Michael Tagler
    Attitudes & Persuasion; Sleep; Infidelity Sex Differences; Theory of Planned Behavior

Admission Requirements

  • Professional statements, goals, and a curriculum vitae showing that our program would be a good fit
  • Professional statements must address the following:
    • program fit & career goals
    • research and applied experience
    • diversity experience and interests
    • research interests & student-faculty research match
    • any additional qualifications
  • 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 bachelor degree granting institution.
  • The GRE is NOT required.
  • 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.

Application Deadline

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.

Program Requirements

This program consists of 30 credits of required graduate-level psychological science courses, plus 6 elective credits.  Our curriculum provides enough flexibility to double Master's in quantitative psychology or receive a certificate in an area of interest.


Total: 36

  • Required Courses: 30 credits
  • Electives:  6 credits


A few of the classes you will take include:

  • PSYS 680 Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSYS 681 Applied Research Methods
  • PSYS 616 Perception and Cognition
  • PSYS 697 Diversity Issues in Psychological Research
  • PSYS 613 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYS 623 Theories of Personality
  • PSYS 668 Physiological Psychology

For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, please see our Graduate Catalog.
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Accelerated Master's Programs (AMP)

Our Accelerated Master's Programs (AMP) in Psychology and Clinical Psychology allows you to begin your graduate studies at Ball State while still an undergraduate student saving time and money as you pursue an advanced education in your field of interest.


What Can You Do with a Master of Arts in Psychological Science?

Our program prepares students for doctoral studies or employment after graduation.  Example jobs include: 

Successful Alumni

Learn more about the jobs of program alumni and how the MA in psychological science helped to prepare them for these jobs.

View Alumni Profiles

Recent graduates have also been accepted into a variety of doctoral programs.  Examples include:

  • Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience PhD (e.g., Wayne State University)
  • Cognitive Psychology PhD (e.g., University of New Hampshire)
  • Communication Studies PhD (e.g., Ohio University)
  • Counseling Psychology PhD (e.g., Howard University)
  • Educational Psychology PhD (e.g., Ball State University)
  • Experimental Psychology PhD (e.g., Texas Tech University, Florida International University)
  • Human Development PhD
  • I/O, Marketing, Human Factors PhD (e.g., Wright State University)
  • Neuroscience PhD (e.g., University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee)
  • Kinesiology PhD with an emphasis in Exercise Psychology (e.g., Iowa State University)
  • Social-Cognitive Psychology PhD (e.g., University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
  • Social Psychology PhD (e.g., Miami University)

Paying for Your Education

Department Graduate Assistantships

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.

More Information

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.

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