What courses will I take?

Your courses will cover a wide range of topics including learning, human development, statistics, measurement and research methods. You will be required to take 90 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate for this doctoral program. If you have already earned your master’s degree, you will need to complete at least 60 hours of program coursework at Ball State University. A total of 56 credit hours in the core program is require with an additional 9 credit hours earned in directed electives; 10 hours for dissertation research; and 15 hours in specialty areas of study such as gifted studies, statistics, and human development. 

What are the admission requirements?

In order to qualify for the educational psychology doctoral 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 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or a master's degree GPA of at least 3.2 on a scale of 4.0. A student with a baccalaureate degree not considered the equivalent to that of Ball State may be admitted under conditions to be determined by the department concerned and the dean of the Graduate School. Credentials from international colleges, universities, and their equivalents outside the U.S. are evaluated by the Center for International Programs (CIP) and the Graduate School.
  • satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). GRE scores older than five years normally are not acceptable. Scores are reviewed in conjunction with other application materials. Average scores for students are 70th percentile in verbal, 60th percentile in math, and 50th percentile in writing.

How do I apply?

So you are ready to apply for our program. Here’s what you need to know: Because the department must receive notification of acceptance from the Graduate School before your departmental file can be evaluated, we suggest that you submit materials to The Graduate School and the department concurrently.  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 (no later than February 1). 

The application deadline is February 15. Here are the application steps:

All department application materials can be found in the department application packet.


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