Ball State University

Division of Online and Distance Education

Public Relations


2000 W. University Avenue

Muncie, IN 47306

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. - Public Relations

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

Ball State University’s master of arts in public relations was the first and only graduate PR program certified in the nation by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the largest professional organization serving the field of public relations. The program recently was named to the Top 10 “Up and Coming Graduate Programs” by the Commission on Public Relations Education. An award-winning program, the master’s in public relations has a distinguished history dating back more than 40 years. Although the entire degree is available online, students can pursue it on campus or through a blend of both online and on campus. Studying theoretical and applied communications, students focus on theory, planning, writing, and management skills. Mentoring students are faculty who are distinguished scholars and talented practitioners with years of experience in public relations, journalism, advertising, and marketing. Courses include Studies in Journalism and Communication Research Methods, Public Relations Management, Public Relations Case Studies, Public Relations Campaigns, and Public Relations Evaluation Techniques. The public relations program is housed in Ball State’s Department of Journalism, which is part of Ball State’s College of Communication, Information, and Media, one of the nation’s 10 largest colleges of communication.


Certification in Education for Public Relations (CEPR) from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 33-36

Classification: Doctoral Granting

Loans Offered: Loans may be available. Applicants can learn more by contacting staff in the Ball State Financial Aid Office. You are encouraged to complete the Federal Application for Free Financial Aid. School FASFA Code: 178600

Locale: Midsize City

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