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Public Relations

Ball State University

18 months
21222 USD/year
21222 USD/year
7758 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Public Relations master’s degree from Ball State University prepares you for either the professional media environment, career advancement or a path toward doctoral study. 


The Public Relations master’s degree from Ball State University curriculum is built for new and experienced professionals from all fields, especially those seeking to diversify their communication and business experiences. 

The skills you will gain are the same highly sought-after skills employers area looking for in job candidates: social media analytics, entrepreneurship, evaluation techniques, reputation management and more. The public relations master’s program 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.


Our award-winning faculty are agile and adaptive, embracing a fast-changing media landscape that pushes innovation and entrepreneurial learning. In addition to the individual attention you receive from faculty, you also get focused, one-on-one advising sessions each semester to ensure you're hitting your goals. curriculum incorporates empathy and self-awareness to help you recognize bias and stay grounded in ethics throughout your career. It prepares you to be a critical thinker and collaborator, a leader with digital proficiency, and an agile communications professional.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Studies in Journalism and Communication Theory
  • Social Media Analytics and Engagement
  • 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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus, Blended, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must have a bachelor's degree or higher from an institution recognized by a regional accrediting association.
  • Resume or CV
  • Letter of intent
  • Writing sample
  • provide an academic or professional writing sample(s) that best illustrates your ability to think critically and write clearly; the sample(s) should be 1,500 to 2,000 words in total
  • Transcripts showing your complete academic record. You may submit unofficial transcripts at the time of application. Official transcripts will be requested at the time of admission. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21222 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21222 USD per year during 18 months.
  • National

    21222 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21222 USD per year during 18 months.
  • In-State

    7758 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7758 USD per year during 18 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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