Grad Student

Enhance your understanding and skills in the strategic field of public relations with our master of arts degree. It’s certified by the Public Relations Society of America which highlights the quality of our curriculum, resources, facilities and university support of our program. Also, we have expanded our course offerings to include the highly demanded field of media analytics, which measures the success of digital communications and helps you to become a data-driven storyteller.

Program Benefits

professor iconOur faculty has worked in public relations, journalism, advertising, and marketing. They can connect you with internships and jobs in their industries.

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You can earn your degree either on campus, online, or through a blend of both—whatever best fits your needs.

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You will always have easy access to your professors and classmates through our social media channel such as Slack and Facebook.

Program Requirements

Our program’s design will let you finish your degree in five semesters, taking just two or three classes per semester.

You can start the program in the fall, spring, or summer.




A few of the courses you will take include:

  • PR605 Business Fundamentals and Entrepreneurship in PR
  • PR664 PR Evaluation Techniques
  • PR662 Case Studies of Global, Digital and Ethical PR practice
  • JOUR651 Social Media Analytics

Not Quite Ready for a Master's Degree?

If you’re thinking about graduate school but haven’t quite settled on our master’s program, then our certificates are a great way to get started. You can earn a certificate (either online or a blend on online and on campus) then later apply those credits toward a master’s. We offer two options for public relations students: corporate communications and education communications.

Course Delivery Options

If you complete your degree on campus, you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities, including the DepartComent of Journalism's new Holden Strategic Communications Center, Integrated Media Lab, and Unified Media Lab.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in student media and client service organizations, including:

You may also be able to work as a graduate assistant, which provides a tuition waiver, an opportunity for an academic-year stipend, and excellent experience working with departmental faculty and staff.

A majority of our students earn their MA in public relations degree completely online. You will receive the same high-quality instruction from the same distinguished faculty as on-campus students. Plus, Ball State’s online programs are consistently nationally ranked and recognized.

As an online student, you can take classes through an asynchronous format, meaning you can interact when convenient for class participation. Most of our online students are working professionals who enroll in an average of two courses each semester. Many find that they advance within their workplace or land new jobs even as they are completing their master’s degrees with Ball State.

If you are a graduate assistant or live within commuting distance of our main campus in Muncie, Indiana, the blended method gives you the best of the online and on-campus worlds.

You can take some classes online and some classes on the beautiful Ball State campus. You will enjoy the convenience of online instruction combined with face-to-face interaction with faculty and students. 

Paying for Your Education

Department Graduate Assistantships

If you life in the Muncie area, a graduate assistantship is an excellent opportunity to gain meaningful professional experience while helping cover the costs of your degree. Learn more.

Ready to Apply?

Are you interested in our master’s in public relations? Then it’s time to apply. You will need to follow a two-part process in which you’re admitted to both Ball State’s Graduate School and the program itself. If you have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and five ore more years of professional experience, you're eligible for a GRE waiver.

Get Started


Want to learn more about the program or not finding what you’re looking for? Then request more information or contact program coordinator YoungAh Lee.