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What will I learn?

The information problem effective storytelling across the wide range of ever-changing communication platforms is one of the greatest challenges in today’s emerging media environment. With Ball State’s master of arts in emerging media design and development, you’ll learn how to plan, develop, deploy, and test communication designs and storytelling across digital platforms. You’ll graduate as a highly-trained professional in the high-demand fields of journalism, public relations, advertising, healthcare, corporate business, education, and more. This degree is also an excellent prerequisite for doctoral studies.

What You Will Learn

By the time you complete your master's degree, you will know how to:

  • engage audiences in two-way storytelling
  • create multimedia stories built for strategic communication
  • work with real-world clients to develop compelling stories and content
  • deploy emerging technology to support storytelling and design

Options for Completing the Program

We offer our classes in the evening to accommodate our students' personal and professional schedules.

The program typically takes two years to complete, which you may do in one of three ways, depending on how many classes you'd like to take at a time:

  • full-time: three classes each in the fall and spring semesters for two years, offered on Ball State's campus
  • part-time: two classes each in the fall, spring, and summer semesters for two years, offered on Ball State's campus
  • low-residency: for working professionals, you'll attend a once-per-semester workshop at the Center for Academic Innovation at Launch Fishers; the remainder of the coursework can be completed online

Program Requirements

Our master's degree in EMDD emphasizes a hands-on approach through two labs in the Department of Journalism Creative Projects and Applied Research where you’ll research and develop real-world solutions in strategic communication design and digital storytelling for corporations, nonprofits, state agencies, and other partners. You'll earn half the credits for this degree through standard classwork while you'll earn the other half through project work for clients.


A few of the classes you will take include:

  • Usability and Evaluation Research Methods
  • Visual Communication and Design Thinking
  • Transmedia Storytelling
  • Theories and Frameworks in Human-Computer Interaction
  • Nonlinear Storytelling

Which department am I in?

College of Communication, Information, and Media

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$21,222.00 per year
USD $646 per credit
Start date

10 January 2022


College of Communication, Information, and Media

David Letterman Communication and Media Building,



47306, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

An applicant with a baccalaureate degree not considered the equivalent of that of Ball State University may be considered for probationary admission to a master’s program. An undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale on credit hours earned from the degree granting institution.

For international students

You must have a bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by a regional accrediting association.

You must have earned a minimum of a 2.75 GPA from the undergraduate degree-granting institution.

Required Scores to demonstrate English Proficiency: TOEFL iBT 79; IELTS 6.5 Band; Pearson's PTE 53

You may begin this program at the start of the Fall Semester.

To do so, the deadline to apply is two weeks before the start of the semester.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.