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What will I learn?

Our innovative master of science degree in information and communication sciences is a career catalyst for developing technology leaders at every level. The center’s program will prepare you to manage and lead companies and organizations to succeed and prosper in the information economy.

Retention success: More than 90 percent of our students attain their master’s degree in our rigorous yet supportive environment.

Job placement success: Our placement rate for professional jobs is also over 90 percent, every year.

Through our program, you will:

  • Complete a full 38-credit master’s degree in 11 months straight. It’s not an “executive” degree, it’s a true graduate degree from a leading technological university. (Longer part-time plans are possible as well.)
  • Actively learn in an intensive, hands-on environment of interactive classrooms, well-equipped labs, industry-sponsored projects, and professional social learning opportunities.
  • Connect as a professional into our network of 1,800 alumni and the Center’s alliance of supporting companies and organizations.

Degree Requirements

Our program builds on a foundation of 26 core credits in information and communication technologies; research methodologies; human and leadership communication; business; public policy and communication law.

We add 12 credits of advanced courses matching your interests and passions to industry needs and requirements. We offer specialized technology courses, and capstone graduate seminars with distinguished faculty.

Program Features

Immersive Learning

Immersive learning is Ball State University’s approach to student-driven projects, lasting outcomes, and community partnerships.

Social Learning

The Student Social Learning Program is our well-developed strategy to grow our graduate students into more knowledgeable professionals who function well in business social settings at the leadership level. We hold more than a dozen events each year that provide social enrichment and the chance to further develop your networking and interpersonal skills.

Cloud Computing

CICS First Amazon Web Services Partner

The Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS) is honored to announce two firsts. CICS is the first institution nationally to have two-faculty members certified as AWS Cloud Practioners, professor Steve Jones and program associate director Kirsten Smith.

Which department am I in?

College of Communication, Information, and Media

Study options

Full Time (38 credit hours)

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

Submit your application by the following dates, depending on which semester you plan to start:

Fall – two weeks before the start of the semester
Spring – two weeks before the start of the semester
Summer – two weeks before the start of the semester

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