How to Apply

On this page you can get an application packet, and you can find out what the admission requirements are and what materials you need to submit when applying to one of our graduate programs.

Graduate Application Packets

Below are the application materials for each graduate program. Each PDF packet includes an application form, recommendation form, and complete instructions on how to fill out the forms and where to send them.  Please read the rest of this page before downloading your packet.

Master of Arts in Cognitive and Social Processes Application (PDF) 
Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Application (PDF)

How to Apply

U.S. citizens: To be considered for admission, you must submit an application to two places:

1. The Department of Psychological Science. Download the appropriate application packet above, print out and complete the application forms, and mail them to the department. Complete instructions and directions for mailing are included within the packet.

and

2. Ball State University's Graduate School. You can complete the Graduate School's application online. You will be required to submit an application fee. On the application form, please indicate carefully that you are applying to either the Clinical Psychology program or the Cognitive and Social Processes program in the Department of Psychological Science; there are other programs at Ball State with similar names. You must be admitted to the Graduate School to be eligible for admission to either of the department's programs; however, acceptance to the Graduate School does not guarantee admission to the department.

International students: To be considered for admission, you must submit an application to two places:

1. The Department of Psychological Science. Download the appropriate application packet above, print out and complete the application forms, and mail them to the department. Complete instructions and mailing information are included within the packet.

and

2. Ball State University's Rinker Center for International Programs. The International Programs Web site will guide you through its application process. On their forms, please indicate carefully that you are applying to either the Clinical Psychology program or the Cognitive and Social Processes program in the Department of Psychological Science; there are other programs at Ball State with similar names.

What information must you submit when applying to the Department of Psychological Science?

  • A completed Department of Psychological Science application form (there are different forms for the Clinical Psychology and the Cognitive and Social Processes program).
  • Three recommendations written by professors or supervisors who can comment on your qualifications for graduate study in psychology.
  • A personal statement that discusses your skills, experiences, interests, and reasons for applying to the program. The application packet includes complete instructions for writing the statement.
  • A resume or vita outlining your education, honors and awards, research experience, work or internship experience that is related to psychology, and other psychology-related experience.
  • An official report sent by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) of your Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (the psychology subject test is not required or considered).  Ball State's institution code is 1051.  For Clinical Psychology, the department code is 2001; for Cognitive and Social Processes, the code is 2002.

Send these materials (except the official GRE report, which is sent by ETS) in one packet to: 

Kerri Pickel, PhD
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Psychological Science
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
USA

Questions? Contact Dr. Kerri Pickel at kpickel@bsu.edu

Application deadline

To be considered for fall semester, we must receive your departmental application by the previous March 1. Late applications will be reviewed only if openings are available after all applications received by March 1 have been processed.

Graduate Program Admission Criteria

Our programs are competitive, and we accept a maximum of only 8 Clinical students and 8 Cognitive and Social Processes students each fall. We receive more qualified applicants than we can accept, so we consider the following criteria to assist in our selection:

  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale: The Ball State Graduate School sets this requirement, and we rarely waive it. Please see the table below for typical GPAs of successful applicants.
  • Undergraduate statistics and research methods courses are strongly preferred, 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.
  • Positive letters of recommendation providing evidence that you have the skills and characteristics to succeed.
  • An acceptable GRE score: We do not use absolute cutoffs for GRE scores, but see below for typical scores of successful applicants.
  • A personal statement and vita showing that our program would be a good fit for you and that you have the skills to succeed.

Below are data for recent applicants who were admitted to our programs. For "Conference Presentation," the table shows the percentage of applicants who presented research at a student or professional conference. Note: Meeting or exceeding the levels of performance shown below does not guarantee admission.

Clinical Students                Mean  SD 
Overall GPA  3.57  .38 
GRE-V  156 8.3 
GRE-Q  149 4.6 
GRE-Analytic Writing  4.75 .46 
Conference Presentation 40%   
Cognitive/Social Students Mean  SD 
Overall GPA  3.70  .37
GRE-V  156 5.9 
GRE-Q  151 3.05 
GRE-Analytic Writing  4.30 .76 
Conference Presentation  40%