Are you interested in our Master of Arts in Clinical 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
For full consideration, our priority application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, February 1.
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 if your application is submitted after this date.
Before You Begin...
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.
Our program is competitive. Each Fall, we accept approximately 10 to 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.
Please review our admission requirements below. You will upload any materials to your online application.
You must have a bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by a regional accrediting association.
Undergraduate courses in psychology that include experimental design and methodology and statistics are also required.
We consider applicants who were not undergraduate psychology majors. If admitted, non-majors may need to take extra courses to prepare for required courses.
Applicants need a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework.
Average GPAs for Admitted Students
- Overall GPA: 3.31
- Last Two Years GPA: 3.63
- Psych GPA: 3.44
- Overall GPA: 3.63
- Last Two Years GPA: 3.78
- Psych GPA: 3.74
Our program requires an acceptable GRE score. We do not use absolute cutoffs for scores, but see below for typical scores of successful applicants.
Ball State's Institution Code is 1051.
GRE scores are only valid for five years from their date of administration.
Average GRE Scores for Admitted Students
- GRE-V: 154
- GRE-Q: 145
- GRE-Writing: 3.8
- GRE-V: 152.2
- GRE-Q: 148.38
- GRE-Writing: 4.19
You will need to provide a current resume or curriculum vitae detailing your professional and educational history, among other qualifications.
You will need to have three letters of recommendation submitted to provide evidence that you have the skills and characteristics to succeed.
After you complete your application, we will email requests to the writers to provide their letters.
Submit a professional statement that addresses the following topics.
Why are you interested in our clinical psychology master’s program? And why would this program be a good fit for you?
What do you plan to do immediately after the completion of your master's degree, and what are your long-term career goals?
Describes research projects you have worked on and indicate whether each study was an independent research project, a senior thesis, a faculty project that you assisted with, etc. In addition, briefly describe the skills you acquired through your work.
Diversity Experience and Interests
Describe how your experiences and/or interests would contribute to fostering diversity in our MA program. What opportunities have you had working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings?
Describe how you would function and communicate effectively and respectfully when interacting with people whose cultural beliefs, behaviors, and backgrounds differ from your own.
Student-Faculty Research Match
Identify and rank between one and three professors with whom you would like to conduct research.
Briefly, indicate why you ranked the professor(s) the way you did.
Although your responses will not commit you to a specific lab or topic, the graduate admissions committee will use the information you provide to evaluate your fit with the program. To verify that faculty members are currently accepting graduate student in their labs, check their websites or contact them directly.
What research topic(s) might you like to pursue a thesis or independent research project in our master's program?
Please discuss possible research questions and populations of interest.
Please describe any additional qualifications that may not be obvious from your transcripts or other materials that you believe would be beneficial to your application to our program.
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.
The application for Fall 2021 will be open in early September 2020.
Applications are $60 per program.
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.
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
- guest student seeking credits to transfer to another institution
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.