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 four core psychological domains:

  • Cognition
  • Developmental
  • Personality/Social
  • Biological

And by providing extensive training in Research Methods and Statistics.

What Makes Us Unique?

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

  • a customizable path to your degree
  • small class sizes
  • financial support via assistantships
  • professional development opportunities

Admission Requirements

Our Program is competitive.  Each fall, we accept approximately 10 - 12 students for the master of arts in psychological science.  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
  • Professional statements must address the following:
    • program fit
    • career goals
    • research and applied experience
    • diversity experience and interests
    • student-faculty research match
    • research interests
    • 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
  • GRE General Test scores.  We do not consider scores on the GRE Psychology subject test.  We do not have minimum GRE scores to be considered for admission
  • 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.

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.
As a student in this program, you will have the option of enhancing your content knowledge in an area of interest by completing a program certificate.

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 Lueke
    Self-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
    Developmental Psychology; Work, Family & Gender Studies
  • 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
  • Guy Mittleman
    Brain Neuropathology. Autism Spectrum; SIDS; Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy
  • 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

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

Our program prepares students for doctoral studies or employment as

  • Data analyst/Manager
  • Project manager/coordinator
  • Market researcher
  • Instructor at a community college

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.