This master’s program requires at least 30 credits of graduate course work. You must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; take at least two courses from adult education; and take at least one course from four of the following eight categories of study:

  1. Adult education, program evaluation, and staff development
  2. Business and related areas
  3. Communications
  4. Computer science and educational technology
  5. Educational administration and supervision
  6. Health science, gerontology, and wellness
  7. Political science
  8. Psychology
  9. Other concentrations approved by the student’s advisor

Adult Education, Program Evaluation, & Staff Development (Course descriptions for these classes are available here)

  • *EDAC 629 Psychology of Adult Adjustment (3 credits)
  • *EDAC 631 Adult and Community Education (3 credits)
  • EDAC 632 Organizing Adult and Community Education (3 credits)
  • *EDAC 634 The Adult as a Learner (3 credits)
  • *EDAC 635 Strategies for Teaching Adults (3 credits)
  • EDAC 638 Program Planning for Adults (3 credits)
  • EDAC 644 Collaborative Learning in AHCE (3 credits)
  • *EDAC 646 Working with Volunteer Community Agencies (3 credits)
  • *EDAC 648 The Community Educator (3 credits)
  • *EDAC 655 Continuing Education for Professionals (3 credits)
  • *EDAC 681 Managing Community Education (3 credits)
  • EDAC 698 Seminar in Adult and Community Education (3 credits)
  • EDST 650 Intro to Qualitative Research (3 credits)
  • EDST 655 Intro to Mixed Methods Research (3 credits)
  • #*EDST 671 Evaluation of Educational Programs (3 credits)
  • EDST 675 Evaluation of Ed. Personnel To Strengthen Curriculum (3 credits)
  • #*EDST 697 The Grant Process and Research (3 credits)

*Courses offered online
#Course(s) available to fulfill the research requirement

Business and Related Areas

Please note: No more than 15 credits may be taken from Ball State’s Miller College of Business. In order to obtain the business essentials certificate apply with the Ball State Graduate School at point of admissions and take 12 credits from the following courses:

  • ACC 501 Financial Accounting (3 credits)
  • ECON 509 Survey of Economics (3 credits)
  • FIN 500 Corporation Finance (3 credits)
  • ISOM 551 Operations Management (3 credits)
  • MGT 500 Managing Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
  • MKG 505 Survey of Marketing (3 credits)

Computer Science and Educational Technology

  • CS500 Fundamentals of Computing (3 credits)
  • CS514 Introduction to Programming 1 (3 credits)
  • CS 536 Database Design (3 credits)
  • EDTE 520 Technology and Teaching Practice (3 credits)
  • EDTE 552 Multimedia Web Design and Development for Education (3 credits)
  • EDTE 675 Distance Education and Distributed Learning Technology (3 credits)
  • TEDU 510 Technology: Use and Assessment (3 credits)

Communications

  • *PR 660 Public Relations: Theories & Applications (3 credits)
  • PR 665 Public Relations Campaign (3 credits)
  • COMM 635 Interpersonal Communications (3 credits)
  • COMM 640 Interpersonal Communications in Contexts (3 credits)
  • COMM 651 Organizational Communication: Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Processes (3 credits)

*Courses offered online

Educational Administration and Supervision

  • EDAD 600 Introduction to Educational Leadership (3 credits)
  • EDAD 630 Human Resources Development (3 credits)
  • EDAD 640 The Educational Administration and Public Relations (3 credits)
  • EDAD 684 Educational Finance and Ethics (3 credits)
  • EDAD 686 School Law (3 credits)
  • EDAD 692 Residential Leadership Series (3 credits)

Health Science, Gerontology, and Wellness

  • GERO 535  Aging in Communities (3 credits)
  • GERO 540  Women and Aging (3 credits)
  • GERO 605  Aging Well: A Systems Approach (3 credits)
  • GERO 630  Health, Wellness, and Aging (3 credits)
  • GERO 635: Adaptations in Later Life (3 credits)
  • WELN 625 Community Collaboration & Service Learning in Wellness Mgmt (3 credits)
  • WELN 635  Wellness Coaching (3 credits)
  • WELN 650  Foundations of Wellness (3 credits)
  • HSC 562  Health Promotion in the Worksite (3 credits)
  • HSC 569  Health and Aging (3 credits)
  • HSC 581  Stress Management Internet (3 credits)
  • HSC 585  Community Health Methods (3 credits)
  • HSC 595 Teaching and Learning in Health Education (3 credits)

Political Science

  • POLS 537 Government and Politics in Indiana Fishers (3 credits)
  • POLS 555 Administrative Law (3 credits)
  • POLS 561 Community Planning and Its Administration Fishers (3 credits)
  • POLS 565 Labor-Management Relations in Government (3 credits)
  • POLS 572 Political Campaigns (3 credits)
  • POLS 615 Western Political Theories Fishers (3 credits)
  • POLS 632 The American Presidency (3 credits)
  • POLS 633 American Judicial System Fishers (3 credits)
  • POLS 642 Problems in Public Policy (3 credits)
  • POLS 648 Policy Analysis (3 credits)
  • POLS 650 Public Administration (3 credits)
  • POLS 651 Administrative Organization and Management (3 credits)
  • POLS 652 Personnel Administration in Government (3 credits)
  • POLS 653 Public Financial Administration (3 credits)

Psychology

  • CPSY 610 Career Theories and Realities (3 credits)
  • CPSY 631 Personality (3 credits)
  • *EDPS 603 Human Development Internet (3 credits)
  • *EDPS 611 Development of Creative Thinking (3 credits)
  • *EDPS 629 Adult Development (3 credits)
  • #*EDPS 640 Methodology of Educational and Psychological Research (3 credits)
  • #*EDPS 641 Statistical Methods in Educational & Psychological Research (3 credits)
  • PSYS 573 Industrial Psychology (3 credits) (not available if you have already taken an undergraduate industrial psychology course)
  • SOPS 610 Social Psychology (3 credits)
  • SOPS 660 Contemporary Social Psychology (3 credits)

#Course(s) available to fulfill the research requirement
*Courses offered online

Complement Your Skills
We encourage you to choose one additional course from adult education, management, communication studies, political science, and psychology to complement your skills and competencies and to sharpen your public service and non-profit organizational focus.

In order to meet research requirements, students often elect from the following:

  • EDPS 640 Methodology of Educational and Psychological Research (3 credits)
  • EDST 697 The Grant Process and Research (3 credits)
  • EDST 660 Ethnographic Research in Education (3 credits)
  • POLS 625 Research Methods in Political Science (3 credits)

You may also complete an optional internship for 3–6 credits. (See graduate catalog under “Internship.”)

Research Requirements

Choose one research course from the list below:

  • EDAC 697 The Grant Process and Research (3 credits)
  • EDST 671 Evaluation of Educational Programs (3 credits)
  • EDST 650 Introduction to Qualitative Research (3 credits)
  • EDST 655 Introduction to Mixed Methods Research (3 credits)
  • EDPSY 640 Methodology of Educational and Psychology Research (3 credits)
  • EDPSY 641 Statistical Methods in Educational and Psychology Research (3 credits)
  • EDST 660 Ethnographic Research in Education (3 credits)
  • THES 698 Thesis (6 credits)

In order to meet your research course requirements, you may also want to elect one of the following courses on campus, online or in the Greater Indianapolis area. The research requirement cannot be a transfer course from another higher education institution.

  • *EDPS 640 Methods of Educational and Psychological Research (3 credits)
  • EDPS 641 Statistical Methods in Educ. and Psych. Research (3 credits)
  • EDST 650 Introduction to Qualitative Research (3 credits)
  • EDST 655 Introduction to Mixed Methods Research (3 credits)
  • EDST 660 Ethnographic Research in Education (3 credits)
  • *EDST 671 Evaluation of Educational Programs(3 credits)
  • *EDST 697 The Grant Process and Research(3 credits)

*Courses offered online

Students may elect a 2- or 3-credit internship with a business or not-for-profit firm under the graduate course heading:

EDAC 699 Internship in Adult and Community Education. This field experience or internship is under joint supervision of the university (supervisor) and an experienced practitioner in an approved business or non-profit agency setting. Permission of the program director and/or department chairperson is required. 6 credits may be earned.