Master's Degree (MA) in Educational Psychology

What courses will I take?

Classes with the educational psychology program include a wide variety of topics important to the study of human learning. You will take 30 graduate credit hours approved by the program director. There are 18 required credit hours in learning, human development, and research and statistics as well as a minimum of 12 credit hours from your chosen specialized area or courses appropriate to your professional needs. 

Electives hours can be completed by pursuing a certificate in any number of areas of study including: gifted and talented education, human development and learning, neuropsychology, applied behavior analysis, autism, response to intervention.

Learn more about the required classes.

What are the admission requirements?

Don’t have a bachelor’s degree in psychology? You still may be eligible to pursue a graduate degree in educational psychology. By demonstrating a strong interest in educational psychology and meeting the criteria below, you can be considered for admission to the master’s program.

You must have:

  • a bachelor’s degree from an institution that is accredited by its regional accrediting association. Review transcript submitting guidelines before applying.
  • either a cumulative baccalaureate grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale or a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the latter half of your baccalaureate.

How do I apply?

Ours is a two part application process. You will need to apply to both the Graduate School and to the Department of Educational Psychology. Applications are accepted using a rolling admissions process.

It is important to submit your application at least four weeks before the start of the semester. This gives us ample time to review and approve your application which will then allow you to begin classes at the start of the new semester. This means submitting your application by approximately July 15 for fall semester, December 1 for spring semester, and April 1 for summer semester.

We suggest you submit materials to the Graduate School and the department concurrently. The department must receive notification from the Graduate School that your application meets their standards for admission before your departmental file can be evaluated. It can takes the Graduate School up to four weeks to process a completed application, so it is imperative that you submit your materials to the Graduate School in plenty of time. Here are the application steps:

All department application materials can be found in the department application packet (PDF).

What are the costs? Is there assistantship funding and financial aid?

A master’s degree from Ball State is not only a great way to advance your career goals, it is quite affordable as well.  There are also many sources of financial assistantships, and the university provides a limited number of graduate assistantships to qualified students.

Learn more about costs, financial aid, and graduate assistantships through our assistantships and financial support page.


For additional information email us.
Linda Jones, Graduate Admissions Specialist
Jerrell Cassady, Program Director
Phone: 765-285-8500


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Department of Educational Psychology
Teachers College (TC), Room 505
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

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