M.A. Online Blended

Executive Development and Public Service

Ball State University

12 months
20898 USD/year
20898 USD/year
7632 USD/year
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Are you an executive, manager, or supervisor for a government, not-for-profit, or for-profit organization? Are you looking for a master’s degree that will boost your leadership and administration skills? The Executive Development and Public Service program of Ball State University is the answer to these questions.


During the Executive Development and Public Service program of Ball State University you have the opportunity—depending on your career goals—to put your degree emphasis on business, communication, gerontology, political science, psychology, healthcare, higher education, or other disciplines. 

This degree could take you to settings such as in industry, government, military, and health and human services.

Depending on the courses you take, the program can be taken all online or as a blend of online and live, on-site courses. Some of our classes are offered on our main campus in Muncie, Indiana, or in the Greater Indianapolis area.

Why a Master’s Degree in Executive Development

What makes Ball State’s master’s in executive development different from so many other programs?

  • This master’s degree has a proven track record with a more than 50-year history for people pursuing a number of career opportunities.
  • Designed specifically for adults, you can opt for evening and Saturday classes.
  • You can choose from face-to-face courses, online courses, or a blend of both.
  • Face-to-face courses are offered evenings (Monday through Thursday) and five full-day Saturdays.
  • It’s one of Ball State’s most customizable and interdisciplinary programs. You can design the program around your career goals, working one on one with an academic advisor.
  • The master’s degree program can also be used as preparation for entry into the doctorate in adult, higher and community education as a cognate or minor.
  • You can graduate within two years since it’s a 30-credits program.
  • The program’s flexibility makes it a favorite among active military, veterans, healthcare, and government employees.
  • Program has strong degree of racial and ethnic diversity.
  • Ideal if you are looking for professional development, a promotion, or career change.
  • It’s the only executive development for public service program in the state of Indiana that provides the option of taking face-to-face courses.
  • As a practitioner degree, this program prepares you to apply your expertise effectively in a variety of specialized settings, rather than specializing in one discipline.

If you’re wondering how you might fit into the program, learn more about the students who will be your classmates

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Psychology of Adult Adjustment
  • Financial Accounting
  • Public Relations: Theories & Applications
  • Database Design
  • Educational Leadership
  • Aging in Communities

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

National students deadlines:

  • Fall – July 1
  • Spring – November 1
  • Summer – May 3


30 alternative credits


Blended, Online

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must have a bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by a regional accrediting association.
  • You must have earned a minimum of a 2.75 GPA from the undergraduate degree-granting institution.
  • Our program does not require you to take the GRE.
  • Ball State must receive transcripts for all applicants.
  • Complete our online application.
  • Applications are $60 per program.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20898 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 20898 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    20898 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20898 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    7632 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 7632 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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