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?

The application deadline is February 15. 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).

Here are the application steps. There are two levels of application that occur for this program. First, you must be accepted into the Ball State University Graduate School. Once you have cleared their initial review, your materials will be released for the Departmental review.

All application materials are now submitted through the Graduate School online application. To start your application, be sure you are ready with the following:

  • Send official transcripts from any institution other than Ball State where you have taken college-level course work. Review transcript submitting guidelines before applying.
  • GRE scores from within the last 5 years. You should send these directly to Ball State University Graduate School using the code (R1051).
  • Personal Statement. Include a statement that describes your career goals. Identify educational, research, and professional experiences as well as any additional qualities or interests that would be helpful for our evaluation of you application. Generally a 500 word statement outlining your interest in this program is sufficient.
  • The contact information for 3 references. We strongly urge all applicants to follow up with their references to ensure that all information is submitted by the deadline.

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