Time to Completion

Time to Completion for Students Entering the Program with a Bachelor's Degree

Outcome

Year in which degrees were conferred

2006-
2007

2007-
2008

2008-
2009

2009-
2010

2010-
2011

2011-
2012

2012-
2013

Total

Total number of students with
doctoral degree conferred on transcript

4 7 6 4 5 10 3 39

Mean number of years
to complete the program

4.75 5.71 4.33 6.25 5.6 6.4 8.33 5.57

Median number of years
to complete the program

4.5 4.5 3 5 5 5.5 9 5

Time to Degree Ranges

N

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N

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N

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N

%

N

%

N

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N

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N

%

Students in less than 5 years

2 50 4 57 4 67 2 50 2 40 3 30 0 0 17 44

Students in 5 years

1 25 1 14 0 0 0 0 2 40 2 20 0 0 6 15

Students in 6 years

0 0 0 0 0 0 1 25 0 0 1 10 0 0 2 5

Students in 7 years

1 25 0 0 1 17 0 0 0 0 1 10 1 33 4 10

Students in more than 7 years

0 0 2 29 1 17 1 25 1 20 3 30 2 67 10 26

Students who hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution other than Ball State may apply up to 42 of their semester hours to the PhD program; however, they must complete at least two of their four academic training years at Ball State. Prior to enrolling in classes, students are assigned an advisor who will review prior graduate coursework and develop a preliminary plan of study. Once the preliminary plan has been developed, it is submitted to the Director for additional review and approval. During this process, students provide course syllabi for all courses they would like transferred to Ball State and/or to meet program requirements for faculty review. The review is typically conducted by the advisor and the faculty member who has expertise in the content area (e.g., cognitive assessment, human development, statistics). Prior course work must cover the breadth of scientific psychology and the current body of knowledge specific to each content area for it to satisfy program requirements. The transferred credits must meet stipulations that include, but are not limited to, a minimum student GPA of 3.0 on all graduate work at other institutions; a minimum grade of B (B- does not transfer) on courses considered for transfer; and completion of hours within the seven years allowed for completion of advanced degrees at Ball State.

Students admitted without an undergraduate or master’s degree in psychology may be required to take additional undergraduate level courses in psychology or statistics prior to taking the more advanced courses required in the PhD program.