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Great companies need great communicators, and Ball State’s graduate degree in organizational and professional communication and development will equip you to become one. This demanding and varied coursework will help you advance your professional career, move into a teaching role at a college or university, or prepare you for further studies in a doctoral program.

Degree Requirements

You’ll take 12 credit hours of general communications core courses, 12 credits specific to your master’s in organizational and professional communication and development, nine hours of electives, and three hours of credits in a paid professional internship. As the culmination of your degree, you can either prepare and defend a thesis or complete a written and oral comprehensive examination.



Classes You Will Take

A few of the classes you will take include:

  • Introduction to Communication Studies
  • Quantitative Research in Communication
  • Communication Training in Organizations
  • Issues in Communication Consulting

For a complete list of all classes, their descriptions, and additional program requirements, please consult our Graduate Catalog.

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What Can You Do with a Master’s Degree in Professional Communication and Development?

Our alumni have obtained positions in:

  • communication training
  • sales
  • marketing
  • consultants
  • human resources
  • development specialists
  • recruiters
  • and a variety of other communication oriented organizational careers

Paying for Your Education

Department Graduate Assistantships

Work directly with our expert faculty and gain hands-on experience while helping cover the costs of your education. Find a graduate assistantship.

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Review our admission requirements, dates and deadlines, and instructions. Then complete our online application.

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