If you are a principal, superintendent, coach, teacher, or other school administrator, you may have never taken a course in public relations.

An online, on-campus, or blended public relations graduate certificate in education communications will enhance your public relations skills, and our five-course certificate program can be completed in less than half the time of a traditional master’s degree.

If you enjoy these newfound skills, you may want to extend your studies a little further to earn a master's degree in public relations.

Program Requirements




You may take courses in any order.

9 Credits

All of these courses are taught by faculty in Ball State's Department of Journalism:

  • Seminar in Public Relations Foundations (3 credits)
  • Public Relations Case Studies (3 credits)
  • Public Relations Campaigns (3 credits)

6 or More Credits

You may choose two courses from any of the following offered through Ball State's Teachers College:

  • Introduction to Educational Leadership (3 credits)
  • Educational Decision Making (3 credits)
  • The Educational Administrator and Public Relations (3 credits)
  • Issues in Higher Education (3 credits)
  • School Law (3 credits)
  • Educational Finance and Ethics (3 credits)

For course numbers and descriptions, please consult our Graduate Catalog.

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Take the Next Step

Are you interested in our program? Then it’s time to apply!

You do not need to take the GRE to be considered for admission.

You may begin taking courses for this program in the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters. The deadline to apply is two weeks before the start of the term.