The Department of Applied Business Studies offers a range of programs in specialized areas. As a student, you're given the knowledge and skills to work side-by-side with top-tier professionals, learning through hands-on instruction and experience. With options in residential property management, apparel design, fashion merchandising, and more—our programs are structured to give you the tools needed to jump straight into the professional world or to explore further education.

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Apparel Design Major

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

A bachelor’s degree in apparel design prepares you for a wide range of careers in the fashion industry. Your training will consist of learning the foundations of outstanding clothing design and the fundamentals of business in this industry. Learn more.

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Fashion Merchandising Major

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Our bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising prepares you for the exciting, fast-paced world of fashion merchandising. As a student, you will grasp the theory and practice behind the fashion industry and graduate well-equipped for a rewarding career. Learn more.

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Hospitality and Food Management Major

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Ball State’s hospitality and food management program is a fun and fast-paced roadmap to upper-level management positions in the hospitality industry. Learn more.

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Residential Property Management Major

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Looking for career opportunities nationwide and to make yourself attractive to employers before you even graduate? Our bachelor’s degree in residential property management could put you on the path to managing multimillion-dollar apartment communities and other residential properties across the U.S. Learn more.

Minor in Food Management

If you’re interested in opening or managing a restaurant, running a catering business, or succeeding in any food-centric career, round out your studies with a minor in food management. Learn more.

Minor in Fashion

A minor in fashion will let you explore your passion for the fashion industry while pursuing a major in another department or school. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about fashion forecasting, visual merchandising, fashion promotion, and much more. Learn more.

Minor in Hospitality Management

If you’re dreaming of working in any facet of the hospitality industry, a hospitality management minor is right up your alley. Our program will provide you with an overview of careers in the hospitality industry, including lodging, event, meeting, and convention management. Learn more.

Minor in Residential Property Management

Add a minor in Residential Property Management (RPM) to any major to create greater focus and specialization. Our coursework in housing, maintenance, marketing and leasing, customer service, and more will give you the knowledge foundation you need to work in the apartment industry. Learn more.

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Certificate in Apartment Management

One of the only all-online apartment management credentials in the U.S., Ball State’s certificate in apartment management will put you on the path to a lucrative, in-demand career in one of the fastest-growing industries in the nation. Learn more.