M.A. On Campus Online Blended

Emerging Media Design and Development

Ball State University

12 months
21222 USD/year
21222 USD/year
7758 USD/year
Tuition fee
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A master’s degree in Emerging Media Design and Development from Ball State University will catapult you into a world of cross-platform, interdisciplinary work. You’ll learn how to plan, develop, deploy and test communication designs and storytelling across digital platforms. 


You’ll graduate from Ball State University as a highly-trained professional in the high-demand fields of strategic communication, user-centered design, user experience research, transmedia storytelling, design thinking, public relations, advertising, healthcare, corporate business, education and more.


You’ll engage audiences in two-way storytelling and create multimedia stories built for strategic communication, work with real-world clients to develop compelling content and deploy emerging technology to support storytelling and design. We offer our classes in the evening to accommodate our students' personal and professional schedules. The program offers both full-time and part-time options on campus, as well as a part-time, low-residency program that is ideal for working professionals.

Low-residency Emerging Media Design and Development students attend a once-per-semester workshop at the Center for Academic Innovation at Launch Fishers (in Fishers, Indiana), and the remainder of the coursework is completed online. Our award-winning faculty are agile and adaptive, embracing a fast-changing media landscape that pushes innovation and entrepreneurial learning.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Usability and Evaluation Research Methods
  • Theories and Frameworks in Human-Computer Interaction
  • Emerging Media and Design Thinking
  • Nonlinear and Interactive Storytelling
  • Transmedia Storytelling and Publishing
  • Interactive Media Design and Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 SCH



On Campus, Blended, Online

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A cumulative baccalaureate grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. 
  • A 1000-word statement of purpose that indicates the specific area of concentration the applicant wants to pursue, the reasons for undertaking graduate study in this department, and the relationship of such study to the applicant’s long-term personal and professional goals and interests. 
  • Either an academic or professional writing sample(s) that best illustrates the applicant’s ability to write and to think critically and logically, and is no less than 2,500 words and no more than 5,000 in total. 
  • A creative or design portfolio.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21222 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21222 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    21222 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21222 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    7758 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7758 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Muncie

876 - 1417 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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