An interdisciplinary and intercollegiate degree, the executive development program prepares graduates to provide educational services in a variety of social, industrial, health and human services, military, and governmental settings. A broad range of courses related to management and public agency administration are offered to prepare students to function in an executive, managerial, or supervisory capacity within government or not-for-profit agencies. The curriculum is not intended to prepare candidates for specific occupations. The master¹s degree program can also be used as a cognate or minor in preparation for entry into the doctorate in Adult, Higher and Community Education. The executive development for public service degree program courses are offered on campus in Muncie, online, and in the Indianapolis area through Ball State's Online and Distance Education.
Online Information Session
Register for an online information session about our Master's in Executive Development for Public Service, held on Campus, greater Indianapolis area, Fort Wayne, or online. To view a past virtual information session, click on ACE and EXEC Dev M.A. Degree Pgms Virtual Info Session.
Admission to the Program
The applicant must be admitted to the Graduate School. Students must hold an earned bachelor¹s degree from an accredited higher education institution and meet one of the following criteria:
*A minor may be earned by successfully completing three additional courses or 9 hours. You must contact the other department and the graduate school for permission.
Master's Degree in Executive Development for Public Service Course Requirements
The M.A. degree program requires at least 30 hours of graduate course work. Students must maintain grade point averages of at least 3.0 on 4.0 scale. Students must take at least 2 courses from Adult Education and may take one course from four of the following eight categories of study:
It is highly recommended students choose one additional course from adult education, management, communication, political science or psychology courses to complement their skills and competencies and to sharpen their public service and non-profit organizational focus.
Students also must take a research course. And also are able to complete an internship for 3-6 credits if they wish.
Courses for the Executive Development master¹s degree program may be selected from the following offerings:
Adult Education, Program Evaluation, & Staff Development
#Indicates course(s) available to fulfill the research requirement.
Business and Related Areas
Note: (No more than 15 hours may be taken from the College of Business) In order to obtain the Business Certificate, apply with the Grad school at point of admissions and take 12 credits of the following courses.
Click here to take the Business Essentials Certificate.
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