Are you interested in our Master of Arts in Psychological Science program? Then it’s time to apply!

Please review our admission requirements, deadlines, and instructions below to prepare for your application.

Application Deadline and Fees

Your application and materials are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on the following dates:

  • to start classes in Fall 2023 – February 1, 2023
    • After February 1st, please contact the department regarding program availability prior to beginning your application. Applicants who are offered admission must accept by April 15th. 

International applicants must adhere to the requirements and deadlines outlined by International Admissions.

Applications are $60 per program. You can pay your application fee (nonrefundable) with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. Or you may pay online with an electronic check from a U.S. bank. (Note: electronic checks must be cleared prior to your application being complete. This process may take up to 10 days.)

Application Fee Waivers

Your application fee may be waived if you meet one of the criteria outlined below.

Do not pay the application fee if you are a:

  • McNair Scholar;
  • Ball State student currently enrolled in classes or alumni;
  • current Ball State employee (full-time and benefits-eligible);
  • veteran or active-duty military;
  • guest student seeking credits to transfer to another institution;
  • prospective student who attended a Ball State graduate program information session.

If you are in one of the categories above, make sure to select the fee waiver option when completing your online application. When selecting "I attended an informational session" option in the fee waiver section of the application, please provide the information session title and date you attended.

Before You Apply: Recommended Next Steps

Before you begin your application, we recommend you learn more about Ball State, review our admission process and requirements, and gather your required materials.

Step 1: Get to Know Ball State

Learn about Ball State, our Graduate School, and your program of interest.

Step 2: Review Our Admission Process

Some admission requirements differ between types of applicants. Be sure to follow the process that aligns with your current situation.

If you are a currently admitted Ball State undergraduate student with at least 75 credit hours and a 3.25 cumulative GPA, you may be eligible for the Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP).

AMP allows you to begin your graduate studies while still an undergraduate student! Start your graduate classes while completing your undergraduate degree where your courses double-count toward your bachelor’s and master’s degrees, saving time and money as you pursue your master's degree at Ball State.

Learn more about the Accelerated Master's Program

How to Apply for AMP

To apply for AMP, complete the Graduate School application for admission by following the requirements listed for your program of interest. You will need to select “Yes” when answering: “Are you a current Ball State University undergraduate student applying to the Accelerated Master's Program?” This will ensure your application is considered for AMP admission.

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.

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If you were previously enrolled at Ball State 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 your 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; OR
  • previously applied for a program but never attended any classes.

Step 3: Verify Your Admission Requirements

Make sure you meet the following requirements to apply to your program:

  • You must have a bachelor's degree or higher from an institution recognized by a regional accrediting association.
  • You must have earned a minimum of a 2.75 GPA from the undergraduate degree-granting institution.

Step 4: Gather Your Application Materials

In addition to your application, you will be requested to upload the following materials to your application portal:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
    • Please remember to state any research, teaching, or applied experiences. 
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • You will need to have two letters of recommendation that provide evidence that you have the skills and characteristics to succeed in Graduate School. Writers will be notified of your request via email during the application process.
  • Statement of purpose
    • Submit a professional statement that addresses the following topics:
      • What are your goals and how will our program serve them?
      • Describe your research experiences or other relevant experiences and the skills acquired.
      • How would you contribute to our program's commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion?
      • Indicate professor(s) you would be interested in working with. Please make sure to contact faulty beforehand to discuss if they are currently accepting graduate students. You may reach our faculty by email or phone. Click here to meet our faculty.
      • Discuss possible research questions and populations of interest.
      • You may also communicate any additional information you'd like us to know that is otherwise not communicated elsewhere in your application materials. 
  • Supplemental form
    • You will need to complete the supplemental form as part of your online application. This supplemental form will ask you to identify and rank between one and three professors with whom you would like to conduct research. Please also 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. You can access supplemental form(s) within your Applicant Status Portal.
  • Transcripts from your highest earned degree. What is this?

Step 5: Review Department-specific Information

In addition to your online application and the materials above, the Psychological Science department requires the following:

Prerequisite Coursework

Undergraduate courses in psychology that include experimental design and methodology and statistics are required. We do, however, consider applicants who were not undergraduate psychology majors. If admitted, non-majors may need to take extra courses to prepare for required courses.

Ready to Apply?

Applying to Ball State is easy, safe, and is a completely online process. You’ll need to complete the online application for graduate admission and then upload any required application materials to your applicant portal.

You will receive an email message after you submit your application with instructions on how to access your applicant portal. The portal will provide further instructions on how to upload your required application materials and submit your full application for review. You will also be able to check your application status and confirm your enrollment via the Decision Reply Form from the portal.

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We recognize that your graduate education is an important investment for your future. If you have any questions, please reach out to Graduate Admissions for assistance. We are here to help!