Ph.D. Program in Counseling Psychology

Accredited by the American Psychological Association, the counseling psychology doctoral program at Ball State trains psychologists capable of working in a variety of settings. The program prepares scientist-professionals who demonstrate a strong integration of theory, research, and intervention strategies. This emphasis is reflected in our faculty's expertise in behavioral medicine, family psychology, gifted and talented populations, and multicultural counseling among other areas.

The doctoral program has a selective admission policy and accepts 10 students per year into the program. In addition to students who have completed master's degrees, students with bachelor's degrees who meet certain requirements are now eligible to apply for admission to the doctoral program. We are proud to support a diverse student population, including international students.

Each doctoral student is guaranteed an assistantship and full tuition waiver in the first year (the student is responsible for dedicated fees).  Assistantships are typically available for three years, and some summer assistantships are also available. 

Additionally, doctoral students receive substantial financial support from Ball State to carry out research and present papers at professional conferences.

Three of our students were honored with the prestigious Ball State University Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation of the Year Award and one student received an APA Minority Fellowship.

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

  • Time to Completion
  • Internships
  • Attrition
  • Licensure
  • Program Costs

Inquiries about the accreditation status of our Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program can be made to the American Psychological Association's Commission on Accreditation (CoA):

American Psychological Association
Office of Program Consultation & Accreditation

750 First Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20002-4242
Phone: 202-336-5979
Fax: 202-336-5978
Email: apaaccred@apa.org  

The American Psychological Association for Graduate Students (APAGS) is the site to find membership information, listing of scholarships and awards, and access to the APAGS listserv. The Student Affiliates of Seventeen (SAS) is the site for student members of Division 17, the Society of Counseling Psychology in APA. Here you will find membership information, upcoming events, resources, and listserv access.

Doctoral Program Application and Forms 

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