Master's Degrees

Mission

Our primary mission for both programs is to prepare students for doctoral study by offering quality instruction in the science of psychology and opportunities to conduct psychological research. Our faculty members have a variety of research interests and routinely collaborate with students.  Click here to learn more about our students’ experiences and accomplishments and to view resources and opportunities available to our students. 

Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology  

Our master's in clinical psychology 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 and students are strongly encouraged to complete a thesis or independent research project. Students have the option of enhancing their content knowledge in autism, cultural diversity, applied behavior analysis, or neuropsychological assessment by completing a program certificate in one of these areas.  

Master of Arts in Cognitive and Social Processes  

Our master's in cognitive and social processes is a two-year program designed to provide extensive training in cognitive psychology, social psychology, research methods, and statistics. Its primary purpose is to prepare students for doctoral programs in Cognitive Psychology, Social Psychology, or a related area (e.g., I/O, quantitative, personality, psychology and law). However, the program will also prepare students to work in research settings, business, or industry. Students have the option of enhancing their content knowledge in institutional assessment or cultural diversity by completing program certificate in one of these areas.  

Why Study at Ball State?

  • Since 2006, 73% of our clinical graduates and 92% of our cognitive/social graduates who applied to doctoral programs were admitted. In 2015, 80% of our clinical graduates and 80% of our cognitive/social graduates received offers to doctoral programs. Our students also find positions in institutional research, as professional research associates in neuroscience laboratories, and as admissions officers.
  • Our program is designed 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. Research experience is an important factor in admission decisions to doctoral programs (APA, 2014, Figure 6; Bonifazi et al., 1997).  
  • Our students have the opportunity to conduct research with clinical, counseling, experimental, social, developmental, cognitive, and/or industrial/organizational psychologists. Our faculty members have a wide range of research expertise, making it possible for them to mentor students with diverse interests.  
  • Typically, more than 90% of our students who wanted an assistantship have been able to obtain one (more than 50% through the Department of Psychological Science).  
  • Professional Development Colloquium (includes doctoral application preparation, thesis support, and faculty and students speaking about their research)  
  • Small class sizes

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