Innovation in teaching combined with a practical approach that lets you immediately improve what you do as an educator is what you can expect from Ball State University’s master of arts in business education.

Our online degree is designed especially for business and marketing educators at the middle school, high school, and post-secondary levels who are seeking an advanced credential or further professional opportunities.

Advantages of a Ball State master's degree in business education include:

  • Competitively-priced tuition
  • Relevant, flexible courses
  • Specialized tracks
  • No GRE scores required
  • Only a 2.75 minimum undergraduate GPA
  • Can be completed in as little as one year
  • Requires no thesis
  • Courses are offered year round
  • Asynchronous course design
  • Transfer in up to nine hours of approved credit

Course Requirements

Our master of arts degree for business and marketing education educators offers nine tracks you can follow, whether you are currently teaching business and marketing related subjects at the high school level or at the community college level, or working as a business consultant or trainer.

 Follow this track if you work—or plan to work—with adults in community education programs.

  • BED 592 Managing Work-Based Learning Programs (3 credits)
  • BED 593 Philosophy, Organization, and Administration of CTE (3 credits)
  • BED 616 Research Methods (3 credits)
  • BED 620 Improvement of Instruction with Technology (3 credits)
  • BED 622 Instructional Materials and Strategies for Improvement of Instruction (3 credits)
  • BED 625 Problems and Issues (3 credits)

Four courses (12 credits) selected from the list below:

  • EDAC 631 Adult and Community Education (3 credits)
  • EDAC 634 The Adult as a Learner (3 credits)
  • EDAC 635 Strategies for Teaching Adults (3 credits)
  • EDAC 648 The Community Educator (3 credits)
  • EDAC 655 Continuing Education for Professionals (3 credits)
  • EDAC 681 Managing Community Education (3 credits)

Business and marketing education teachers who are looking toward advanced study at the doctoral level in business education or career and technical education should consider this track.

  • BED 592 Managing Work-Based Learning Programs (3 credits)
  • BED 593 Philosophy, Organization, and Administration of CTE (3 credits)
  • BED 616 Research Methods (3 credits)
  • BED 620 Improvement of Instruction with Technology (3 credits)
  • BED 622 Instructional Materials and Strategies for Improvement of Instruction (3 credits)
  • BED 625 Problems and Issues (3 credits)
  • CTE 560 Occupational Safety and Health (3 credits)

Consult with an advisor to choose electives (9 credits) based on your career objectives.

If you are a current or aspiring community college instructor with a bachelor’s in business, follow this track to meet community college requirements. As a college educator, you can teach dual credit classes at your local high school.

  • BED 592 Managing Work-Based Learning Programs (3 credits)
  • BED 593 Philosophy, Organization, and Administration of CTE (3 credits)
  • BED 616 Research Methods (3 credits)
  • BED 620 Improvement of Instruction with Technology (3 credits)
  • BED 622 Instructional Materials and Strategies for Improvement of Instruction (3 credits)
  • BED 625 Problems and Issues (3 credits)

Six graduate business content courses (18 credits) selected with program advisor approval.

Consider this track if you are a middle school or secondary education educator and you’d like the challenge of curriculum and instruction improvement.

  • BED 592 Managing Work-Based Learning Programs (3 credits)
  • BED 593 Philosophy, Organization, and Administration of CTE (3 credits)
  • BED 616 Research Methods (3 credits)
  • BED 620 Improvement of Instruction with Technology (3 credits)
  • BED 622 Instructional Materials and Strategies for Improvement of Instruction (3 credits)
  • BED 625 Problems and Issues (3 credits)
  • CTE 550 Student Organizations in Education (3 credits)
  • CTE 560 Occupational Safety and Health (3 credits)

Two courses (6 credits) selected from the list below:

  • EDCU 601 Principles and Procedures of Curriculum Development (3 credits)
  • EDCU 620 The Secondary School Curriculum (3 credits)
  • EDCU 630 The Junior High and Middle School Curriculum (3 credits)
  • EDCU 640 The Alternative School Curricula (3 credits)
  • EDCU 673 Curriculum Evaluation (3 credits)
  • EDCU 675 Evaluation of Educational Personnel to Strengthen Curriculum (3 credits)

If you have credits to transfer but they don’t fit into one of our specific tracks, consider working with an advisor to build your own track based on your career goals.

  •  BED 592 Managing Work-Based Learning Programs (3 credits)
  • BED 593 Philosophy, Organization, and Administration of CTE (3 credits)
  • BED 616 Research Methods (3 credits)
  • BED 620 Improvement of Instruction with Technology (3 credits)
  • BED 622 Instructional Materials and Strategies for Improvement of Instruction (3 credits)
  • BED 625 Problems and Issues (3 credits)

Consult with an advisor to choose electives (12 credits) based on your career objectives.

If you are a licensed middle or high school business teacher without a master’s degree or a bachelor’s in business or related field, update your credentials. As a high school educator, you can teach dual credit classes at your high school.

  • BED 592 Managing Work-Based Learning Programs (3 credits)
  • BED 593 Philosophy, Organization, and Administration of CTE (3 credits)
  • BED 616 Research Methods (3 credits)
  • BED 620 Improvement of Instruction with Technology (3 credits)
  • BED 622 Instructional Materials and Strategies for Improvement of Instruction (3 credits)
  • BED 625 Problems and Issues (3 credits)

Six graduate business content courses (18 credits) selected with program advisor approval.

This is a track that provides you with enhanced technical skills and, quite possibly, a technology leadership role at your school.

  • BED 592 Managing Work-Based Learning Programs (3 credits)
  • BED 593 Philosophy, Organization, and Administration of CTE (3 credits)
  • BED 616 Research Methods (3 credits)
  • BED 620 Improvement of Instruction with Technology (3 credits)
  • BED 622 Instructional Materials and Strategies for Improvement of Instruction (3 credits)
  • BED 625 Problems and Issues (3 credits)

Four courses (12 credits) selected from the list below:

  • EDTE 650 Curricular Integration of Learning Technology (3 credits)
  • EDTE 652 Multimedia Web Design and Development for Education (3 credits)
  • EDTE 660 Instructional Design and Technology (3 credits)
  • EDTE 665 Visual and Digital Literacies (3 credits)
  • EDTE 670 Technology Policy and Pedagogy (3 credits)
  • EDTE 685 Information Systems for Instruction and Assessment (3 credits)

Take this track if a customized advanced degree will meet your professional needs and give you a broad overview of the role of today’s teacher.

  • BED 592 Managing Work-Based Learning Programs (3 credits)
  • BED 593 Philosophy, Organization, and Administration of CTE (3 credits)
  • BED 616 Research Methods (3 credits)
  • BED 620 Improvement of Instruction with Technology (3 credits)
  • BED 622 Instructional Materials and Strategies for Improvement of Instruction (3 credits)
  • BED 625 Problems and Issues (3 credits)
  • CTE 550 Student Organizations in Education  (3 credits)
  • CTE 560 Occupational Safety and Health  (3 credits)
  • CTE 569 Organization and Coordination of Career and Technical Education  (3 credits)

One course (3 credits) selected from the list below:

  • EDPS 520 Introduction to the Gifted and Talented Student (3 credits)
  • EDPS 646 Tests and Measurements (3 credits)
  • EDRD 620 Content Area Reading (3 credits)
  • EDST 671 Evaluation of Educational Programs (3 credits)
  • SPCE 600 Education of Exceptional Children (3 credits)

If your passion is special needs students, this track will give you the expertise to teach business skills to a special audience.

  • BED 592 Managing Work-Based Learning Programs (3 credits)
  • BED 593 Philosophy, Organization, and Administration of CTE (3 credits)
  • BED 616 Research Methods (3 credits)
  • BED 620 Improvement of Instruction with Technology (3 credits)
  • BED 622 Instructional Materials and Strategies for Improvement of Instruction (3 credits)
  • BED 625 Problems and Issues (3 credits) 
  • SPCE 600 Education of Exceptional Children (3 credits)
  • SPCE 686 Introduction: Mild Interventions (3 credits)

Two courses selected (6 credits) from the list below:

  • SPCE 606 Response to Intervention: Seminar (3 credits)
  • SPCE 607 Response to Intervention: Tracking Student Progress (3 credits)
  • SPCE 680 Introduction to Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 credits)

Request an Appointment with Our Advisor

Allen Truell, PhD, Professor of Business Education and Information Systems
Miller College of Business


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