Certified by the Public Relations Society of America

When Ball State's master's degree in public relations received certification in education for public relations (CEPR) from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), it became the first and only graduate program in the nation to receive this prestigious recognition.

Click to watch Seth Conley's endorsement of the M.A., Public Relations program. Alumnus Seth Conley is proud to endorse the MA in public relations program at Ball State University. Learn more by watching this video.

Certification was based on a close review of our curriculum, faculty, and students and an evaluation of our resources, objectives, professional affiliations, university support, and commitment to diversity.  It means you can be confident the education we provide is aligned with the needs of the public relations profession. 

“Responses from the evaluation committee were overwhelmingly positive,” says Dick Shoemaker, public relations sequence coordinator. “This is the direct result of the hard work and dedication our faculty and students commit toward pursuing academic excellence. We are very proud of this honor.”

The largest professional organization serving the field of public relations, PRSA is a community of more than 21,000 public relations and communication professionals worldwide.

One of Top 10 Up-and-Coming Graduate PR Programs

When our master’s degree in public relations was named one of the Top 10 Up-and-Coming Graduate Programs by the Commission on Public Relations Education, the program joined the company with PR and communications graduate programs from Columbia, Georgetown, George Washington, and Johns Hopkins universities and the University of Southern California.

"All Top 10 share the same goal—graduating students who are educated to take their place as strategic thinkers and doers in the expanding public relations profession and associated fields," writes Don Bates, New York University PR instructor, at CommPRO.biz. "A master’s degree from one of these programs more than likely will provide a big leg up on the competition.

"For certain they’ve topped the profession’s buzz meter as the most popular choices among people who want to get into the field quickly, and people in the field who want to get on the fast track to top management."