This master’s program requires at least 30 hours 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 credit hours)
  • EDAC 631 Adult and Community Education* (3 credit hours)
  • EDAC 632 Organizing Adult and Community Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDAC 634 The Adult as a Learner* (3 credit hours)
  • EDAC 635 Strategies for Teaching Adults*(3 credit hours)
  • EDAC 638 Program Planning for Adults (3 credit hours)
  • EDAC 644 Collaborative Learning in AHCE (3 credit hours)
  • EDAC 646 Working with Volunteer Community Agencies* (3 credit hours)
  • EDAC 648 The Community Educator* (3 credit hours)
  • EDAC 655 Continuing Education for Professionals* (3 credit hours)
  • EDAC 681 Managing Community Education* (3 credit hours)
  • EDAC 698 Seminar in Adult and Community Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDST 650 Intro to Qualitative Research (3 credit hours)
  • EDST 655 Intro to Mixed Methods Research (3 credit hours)
  • #EDST 671 Evaluation of Educational Programs*(3 credit hours)
  • EDST 675 Evaluation of Ed. Personnel To Strengthen Curriculum (3 credit hours)
  • #EDST 697 The Grant Process and Research*(3 credit hours)

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

Business and Related Areas

Please note: No more than 15 hours 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 credit hours)
  • ECON 509 Survey of Economics (3 credit hours)
  • FIN 500 Corporation Finance (3 credit hours)
  • ISOM 551 Operations Management (3 credit hours)
  • MGT 500 Managing Organizational Behavior (3 credit hours)
  • MKG 505 Survey of Marketing (3 credit hours)

Computer Science and Educational Technology

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

Communications

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

*Courses offered online

Educational Administration and Supervision

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

Health Science, Gerontology, and Wellness

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

Political Science

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

Psychology

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

#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
  • EDST 697 The Grant Process and Research
  • EDST 660 Ethnographic Research in Education
  • POLS 625 Research Methods in Political Science

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

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

*Courses offered online

Students may elect a 2- or 3-credit-hour 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 hours of credit may be earned.