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Public Relations, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #1133 (BCR) Muncie, IN, United States| Online
Ball State has the nation's first and only graduate program in public relations certified by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
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Overview

What does that mean for you? Whether you're a new graduate or a midcareer professional, you want to be successful.

As a student in our award-winning program, you'll master strategic communications and planning and management skills to prepare you for a career as a public relations executive or consultant. With our accomplished faculty, strong professional industry contacts, and a distinguished alumni network, we will position you for success.

You will study a challenging curriculum from faculty who have distinguished backgrounds in public relations, journalism, advertising, and marketing.

The master’s degree in public relations requires a minimum of 33 credit hours, including a 3-hour capstone project. The thesis option requires 36 credit hours, including a 6-hour thesis.

In addition to the 33-36-credit hour public relations program, you may choose 12-credit hour specializations in a variety of subject areas, including:

  • business
  • communication studies
  • public affairs
  • sport communication

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • business

  • communication studies

  • public affairs

  • sport communication

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    Part-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Blended, Online

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • a bachelor’s degree from an institution that is accredited by its regional accrediting association. Review transcript submitting guidelines before applying.
  • either a cumulative baccalaureate grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale or a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the latter half of your baccalaureate
  • to meet departmental admissions criteria

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20332 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20332 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    7380 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7380 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Muncie

  • 876 - 1420 USD/month
    Living Costs

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

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