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Public Relations

Ball State University

30 months
20898 USD/year
20898 USD/year
7632 USD/year
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Enhance your understanding and skills in the strategic field of public relations with the Public Relations program of Ball State University. 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. Our Master’s in Public Relations does not require you to take the GRE.


Certified and Innovative

Our curriculum is built for new and experienced professionals from all fields, especially those seeking to diversify their communication and business experiences. The Public Relations program of Ball State University is also great for students interested in careers as public affairs or media relations managers, business leaders, communication or event coordinators, media or market research analysts, public relations directors, or professors.

Also, we have expanded our course offerings to include the highly sought-after skills employers are looking for, as reported by Burning Glass Technologies. Stay competitive in your career with the following skills for success:

  • Strategic communication development
  • Market research
  • Competitive communication analysis
  • Social media and digital analytics 
  • Digital marketing communication
  • Project planning and development

Program Benefits

Practitioner Professors

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

Flexible Delivery

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

Constant Communication

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Public Relations Campaigns

  • Business Fundamentals and Entrepreneurship in Public Relations

  • Case Studies of Global, Digital and Ethical Public Relations Practice

  • Public Relations Evaluation Techniques

  • Journalism and Mass Communication Research Methods

  • Studies in Journalism and Communication Theory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 30 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

National students can apply with two weeks before the start of the semester.


30 alternative credits



On Campus, 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.
  • A cumulative baccalaureate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Ball State must receive transcripts for all applicants.
  • Complete our online application.
  • Applications are $60 per program.
  • Our program does not require you to take the GRE.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • 500-word statement of purpose that explains personal information such as professional experience, academic achievements, and volunteer efforts, your motivation and academic interests in a graduate public relations degree, why you think Ball State University’s program best suits your needs and if you are most interested in completing the program online, on campus, or by a mix of online and on-campus courses.
  • Academic or professional writing sample(s). The sample(s) should be 1,500 to 2,000 words in total.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20898 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 20898 USD per year during 30 months.
  • National

    20898 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20898 USD per year during 30 months.
  • In-State

    7632 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7632 USD per year during 30 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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