Educational Studies

Master of Arts in Adult and Community Education

This program provides students with enhanced concepts and competencies in designing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs for adults in a variety of public and private educational settings. The program provides students with an understanding of how educational, social, political, and economic systems interface within communities. The program seeks to develop individuals who are committed to fostering learning as a lifelong process and in creating learning organizations and societies.

The program further offers career preparation for corporate training, instructional design, staff development, program evaluation and community education development. The master¹s degree program can also be used as preparation for entry into the doctorate in Adult, Higher and Community Education. 

Courses are offered on campus in Muncie, online, and in the Indianapolis area through Ball State's Online and Distance Education. This is not an online degree program. Depending upon course selection, this degree may be possible to complete all courses online.

Students from Other States

If you live in a state other than Indiana, this information regarding state regulatory authorizations for distance programs might impact whether you can take courses from Ball State. 

Information Sessions

Register for an online information session about our Master's in Adult and Community Education, 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


33rd National Research to Practice (R2P) Conference in Adult and Higher Education will be held in collaboration with Ball State University’s 2nd Annual Adult, Higher, & Community Education Research Conference, Friday, September 19, 2014 and Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Ball State University Student Center, Muncie, Indiana.
Theme: “Innovation in Scholarship and Practice of Teaching and Learning”
If you are interested in joining the local host planning committee or volunteering in any capacity, please contact:

Dr. Ruby Cain: or (765) 285-9126

General Degree Requirements

The M.A. degree requires completion of at least 30 hours of graduate coursework. A minimum of 18 hours must be completed in the major, supplemented by a research course and electives from the major or related subjects. If students choose electives from the major, they are encouraged to design an area of concentration (9 credit hours) in either adult or community education. Students must maintain grade-point averages of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Programs of study are individually designed. 

Admission to the Program

Applicants for the M.A. in the Adult and Community education must complete the university Application for Graduate Admission form and provide transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. To be admitted to graduate study toward a master's degree, a student must meet the following minimum criteria: 

Hold an earned bachelor's degree from a college or university that is accredited by its regional accrediting association. 

Have one of the following:

  1. an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the latter half of the baccalaureate.
  3. a 3.0 average in 9 semester hours of graduate work approved by the chairperson of the major department and approved in advance by the graduate dean, and a score on the Graduate Record Examination of 900 on the Quantitative and Verbal sections or 1350 with the analytical section added.

Click on: Online Graduate Application Checklist

Tuition Costs

Whether you are studying online or our main-campus, per-credit-hour tuition rates are the same. But, studying on campus means you will pay additional fees for student services, health, recreation, and (potentially) housing.

Main-campus tuition costs

Online tuition costs

Degree Options

*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.

Plan of Study

Master of Arts in Adult and Community Education

(minimum of 30 credit hours)

Course Requirements (18 hours)

  EDAC 631-Adult and Community Education (Online option)
 3 hrs 
  EDAC 632-Organizing Adult and Community Education Program  3 hrs 
  EDAC 634-The Adult as a Learner (Online option)
 3 hrs 
  EDAC 635-Strategies for Teaching of Adults (Online option)
 3 hrs 
  EDAC 638-Program Planning in Community and Adult Education  3 hrs 
  EDAC 648-The Community Educator (Online only)
 3 hrs 

Research Requirement:

In addition, in order to meet their research course requirements, students often elect one of the following courses on campus, online or in the Indianapolis area. The research requirement cannot be a transfer course from another higher education institution.

   EDPS 640-Methodology of Educational and Psychological Research (Online option)
3 hrs 
   EDST 660-Ethnographic Research in Education  3 hrs  
   EDST 671-Evaluation of Educational Programs (Online option)
 3 hrs  
   EDAC 697-The Grant Process and Research (Online only)
 3 hrs  
   EDST 650 Introduction to Qualitative Research
 3 hrs
   EDST 655 Introduction to Mixed Methods Research
 3 hrs
   EDPS 641 Statistical Methods in Educ. and Psych. Research
 3 hrs 

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.

Elective Courses:

In addition, the student must complete 9 additional credit hours in adult and community education or from any other related field.

Adult Education Courses:

  EDAC 629-Psychology of Adult Adjustment (Online only)
 3 hrs  
  EDAC 655-Continuing Education For Professionals (Online only)
 3 hrs   
  EDAC 699-Internship in Adult and Community Education 2-6 hrs  

Community Education Courses:

  EDAC 644-Collaborative Learning in AHCE
3 hrs 
  EDAC 646-Recruiting, Training, Supervising Volunteers (Online option)  3 hrs  
  EDAC 681-Managing Community Education  3 hrs 

Additional Courses:

The student may choose additional graduate courses in adult and community education or from any other related field.

Meeting Times:
Classes meet in the evenings, weekends (Five full Saturdays over the semester), online, or in a blended format. The majority of our students are working practitioners. These class times provide ultimate flexibility for the working student.

Admission Materials Contact:
Graduate School
Ball State University
2000 West University Ave
Muncie, IN 47306
Phone: 765-285-1286

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For additional information about Graduate Programs in Adult & Community Education Department of Educational Studies, contact: Dr. Ruby Cain