Accelerated Master's Program

The Accelerated Master’s Programs in Emerging Media Design and Development and in Public Relations offer students the opportunity to begin working on their master’s degree while they complete their bachelor’s degree.

The AMP gives students the chance to earn an advanced, two-year MA degree with only one year of graduate tuition. Students completing the AMP will be better positioned by the rigorous graduate-level curriculum and hands-on learning opportunities to move on to further advanced study or to the job market.

Students enrolled in this innovative program can count three (MA Emerging Media Design and Development) or three (MA Public Relations) graduate courses toward both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Once AMP students complete their bachelor’s degree, they go on to earn the MA degree with just one additional year of coursework.


Accelerated Master's Programs in the School of Journalism and Strategic Communication

Students completing the AMP in Emerging Media Design and Development or Public Relations have the opportunity to complete select graduate courses toward the completion of their bachelor's degree and master's degree. The following course options are available for AMP students.

Emerging Media Design and Development (EMDD)

Students may take 12 credit hours in EMDD prior to completing their bachelor’s degree, 9 credit hours of which may count toward both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees. AMP students may choose from the following courses:

  1. EMDD 600 – Usability and evaluation research methods
  2. EMDD 610 – Theories and frameworks in human-computer interaction
  3. EMDD 620 – Emerging media and design thinking
  4. EMDD 630 – EMDD seminar
  5. EMDD 640 – Transmedia storytelling and publishing
  6. EMDD 650 – Interactive media design and development

Public Relations

Students enrolled in the PR AMP program may take the following courses in the first year as an AMP student. Then, they will be advised through the remaining 15 credit hours the same as other students in the PRMA program.

Fall Semester (6 credits)

  • JOUR 601: Studies in Journalism and Communication Theory
  • PR 605: Business Fundamentals and Entrepreneurship in PR

Spring Semester (3 credits)

  • JOUR 651: Social Media Analytics

Summer semester (6 credits)

  • Students will take two elective courses from EMDD, JOUR, PR, or BUSA programs as full-time graduate students in the summer after graduating.

Ready to Apply?

To apply for either of these AMP options, students must have earned a minimum of 75 credit hours (at least 30 must be earned at Ball State) with an overall GPA of 3.25. Applicants must complete the Graduate School’s application.