Why Ball State

We want to empower our students with quality educational choices, and we know that a degree, whether online or on campus, is a huge commitment of time, money, and effort.

Ball State Online offers all the advantages of a Ball State degree – highly trained faculty, quality courses, and more – but it’s delivered on your schedule and at an affordable price. Our award-winning programs offer our students both quality and value.

Same Faculty

Online, main campus, or blended — the only difference is the delivery. Although Ball State Online learning brings the classroom to you, it comes with the same faculty who teach in our main campus programs.

facultyYou may have heard that some universities use graduate students to teach many classes. That’s not the Ball State way. We give you the advantage of learning from faculty who are leaders in their disciplines and nationally recognized for their work.

Since online classes are taught by the same professors who teach on our main campus in Muncie, Indiana, you can expect instruction from scholars who are committed to both research and teaching. They are master teachers with lots of experience derived from the real world.

Because of Ball State’s commitment to innovative educational delivery, our faculty have been pioneers in the online classroom. At Ball State, professors receive the resources and support to create engaging online classes and programs that earn national recognition.

Quality Matters

Quality Matters – or what we refer to as QM – is part of our “secret sauce” in assuring that our online courses promote learning engagement. Ball State uses the rigorous, research-supported standards of the Quality Matters program to provide you with skills and tools you need to be a successful learner.

Ball State is recognized by the QM Academic Advisory Council for its implementation plan. And we are the first university in the nation to earn QM’s Learner Support Program Certification, which “recognizes programs that provide all the critical student and academic services needed for learner success and use learner feedback to continuously improve those services.”

Personal Approach

Don’t be surprised about the ways your professor personalizes the online classroom for you and your classmates. Ball State instructors are passionate about teaching and mentoring online students.

Typically, your professor will respond to your messages within 24-48 hours. While much may be done through email, you may also have the opportunity to talk on the phone, Skype, or participate in larger discussion groups with the professor and your peers. You will appreciate their robust, hands-on style.

If you show genuine interest from the beginning of class, your professor will have more opportunity to mentor you as you share questions and your curiosities about the subject matter.

Trained Faculty Benefit You

Exciting classrooms make for exciting classroom experiences for you. Ball State faculty make their course work engaging, relevant, and memorable with the help of instructional designers. These technology specialists are your team behind the faculty team that you will have. Instructional designers are collaborators who work with faculty members to help them strategize and develop best-practice methods — based on research in producing desired learning outcomes – for delivering course content to you.

To energize their classrooms, faculty take certificate courses on sound practices for preparing to teach online, building course community, and other skills to help with their online teaching presence. Ball State faculty, who teach online, often tell us that the training they get to teach online also enhances their on-site methods of teaching.

A degree from one of Ball State’s Online programs is the same degree received by students who study on the main campus.


Whether it’s earned online, on campus, or a blend of both, it’s still a Ball State degree with its legacy of entrepreneurial learning, community engagement, and technology and innovation.

You'll graduate with a respected degree from a major university.

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Same Content with an Updated Delivery

Online courses are the same challenging courses that are taught by the same faculty on our main campus. Instead of face-to-face lectures, you will communicate or learn through email, discussion boards, videos, file sharing, wikis, blogs, web page posting, and other channels. All these tools add to the flexibility that online study offers. You will be learning and completing assignments at times most convenient to you.

A Century of Quality

Established in 1918 to meet Indiana’s need for more and better teachers, Ball State today is classified as a research university of high research activity (RU/H) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. All told, we have about 190 undergraduate majors and more than 145 graduate programs. We have more than 100 online undergraduate and graduate degrees, certificates, and licenses.

Today, Ball State’s entrepreneurial spirit continues to shine through numerous expansions and additions of degree offerings, technological resources, immersive learning opportunities, state-of-the-art facilities, and forward-thinking faculty who are always preparing for the next trends. These investments are preparing bright students to take advantage of current and emerging job opportunities, meet society’s most pressing needs, and serve the communities in which they will live and work.

Interactive Courses

The lonely glow of a laptop in the wee hours is not an accurate representation of online education at Ball State. In fact, we are just the opposite: ours is a vibrant community of collaborative, highly engaged students and proficient faculty.

You’ll communicate with your professor and your classmates on a weekly basis for assignments, readings, discussions, and other activities. Group projects are common, thanks to communications technology, and give you the opportunity to network with classmates who become part of your essential network of professional colleagues.

It’s certainly true that Ball State University’s main campus programs have earned a multitude of national rankings and recognitions, and that same commitment to quality and best practices carries over into our online programs.


U.S. News & World Report 2021 Best Online Programs

Ball State has earned top rankings from U.S. News & World Report each of the nine years the publication has ranked online programs. Ball State Online programs recognized are:

U.S. News rankings take into account such factors as faculty credentials, student engagement (which includes retention and graduation rates), class size, peer reputation, and the quality of the university’s student services and technology.

2021 Best Online Programs for Veterans

U.S. News & World Report also recognizes the university as a leader in reducing the cost of education for veterans through online programs. Highly ranked programs have strong traditional academic foundations based on student-instructor access, graduation rates and instructor credentials.

Military Friendly

Military Friendly School

Ball State Online has been named Military Friendly every year since 2009—a designation given to less than 15 percent of more than 4,000 colleges nationwide and is based on input from veterans and surveys of participating institutions.

Learner Support Program Certification

Quality Matters Program

Ball State is the first higher education institution in the country to earn Learner Support Program Certification for its online programs. The honor is given by Quality Matters (QM), a leading quality assurance organization for online education. It recognizes online programs that provide all the critical student and academic services needed for learner success and use learner feedback to continuously improve those services.

Online Education Award

Online Learning Consortium logo

Ball State University won the 2014 Excellence in Institution-wide Online Education Award from the Online Learning Consortium (formerly the Sloan Consortium). The award was given for embracing online education as a key strategic element of our mission, leading to outstanding online academic programs of quality, scale, and breadth.

Strategic Innovation in Online Education

UPCEA: Leaders in Professional Continuing and Online Education

Ball State received a 2014 Strategic Innovation in Online Education Award for meeting strategic and innovative goals for online education. This award is the highest distinction given by UPCEA, an association of leaders in online education.

Specific Online Programs

Ball State Teachers College

Our nationally renowned teachers college is in the top 25 in the nation for number of nationally recognized educator preparation programs it offers. We have a large number of all-online graduate educator programs including elementary education, special education, educational psychology, education administration, applied behavior analysis, and more.

Association for Behavior Analysis International

Verified Course Sequences Program

Our course sequence for the undergraduate and graduate programs in applied behavior analysis have been verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

NLN - Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

National League for Nursing Center of Excellence

Ball State’s School of Nursing is designated a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence, an honor bestowed to only a handful of programs in the nation.

Public Relations Society of America

Public Relations Society of America logo

Ball State has the nation's first graduate program in public relations certified by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

HLC AccreditedBall State has this highest form of accreditation: continuing institutional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. We have been accredited since 1925.

Learn more about our institution-wide accreditation and the process.

In addition, many of our academic programs have their own accreditations:

Business: AACSB Accredited

AACSB Accredited

Ball State's Miller College of Business is among less than 5 percent of the world's business schools accredited by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, considered the gold standard in business school accreditation. The college offers its MBA, bachelor’s degree in business administration, and bachelor's in logistics and supply chain management all online.

Education: CAEP Accredited


Ball State’s Teachers College is accredited by the Council for the Association of Educator Preparation (CAEP), a specialized accrediting body for teacher preparation that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Teachers Colleges offers more than 30 all-online programs.

Nursing: CCNE Accredited


Ball State's School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an autonomous accrediting agency contributing to the improvement of the public's health. We offer online undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing.

Public Relations and Journalism: AEJMC Accredited


Ball State’s Department of Journalism, which houses online graduate programs in public relations and journalism, is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC), the agency responsible for the evaluation of professional journalism and mass communications programs in U.S. colleges and universities.

HLC Accredited

A Great Education in Both Quality and Value

As you consider starting or finishing a degree program, we understand the commitment of money, time, and effort you will be expending on this next milestone in your career path.

We also think you have come to the right place if you are seeking that crucial combination of quality and value. Our costs are competitive. Plus, we are an academically rigorous university with an entrepreneurial approach to learning. You will come away ready for your next life and career challenges.

Student Satisfaction Survey

Each year, we survey our students and ask for feedback about their online course experiences. Recent results show that more than 85% of respondents would recommend their program to a colleague or friend. Read for yourself what our students are saying about their experiences with Ball State Online.

View survey results (PDF)

While it is true that you will be earning the same degree online as you do on our main campus, we also understand that online delivery requires faculty who understand its unique benefits and potential.

That is where Ball State’s dedication to entrepreneurial learning starts to kick in. Our professors dive right into new technologies and approaches to learning that will benefit you.

Plus, there is built-in quality assurance for all of our online classes. Each goes through a peer-review process designed to meet national, best-practice standards. Many of our departments up this game even more with additional quality checks related to specific disciplines. For instance, our School of Nursing was recognized by Quality Matters for its implementation plan that ensures the online components of its courses promote learner engagement and provide students with all the tools and information they need to be successful learners.

To make sure we are hitting our marks, we use analytics and student feedback to measure the effectiveness of our courses and student services. We use this data as part of our continuous cycle of improvement for students.

Other universities that claim to be best buys in online education often have tuition rates significantly higher than what we do at Ball State. We encourage you to compare our rates and fees with others.

And then, after you look at costs, consider the value you are getting for your total investment of time, effort, and money:

  • faculty with strong credentials who have been trained in online learning methods and who will be personally guiding you
  • a university recognized for its prowess and innovation in online learning
  • a flexible learning environment that allows you to study at times and places convenient to you
  • practical experiences that you can apply immediately in your current job – giving you an instant edge and payoff
  • a wide array of student services geared toward online, working adults

Are you carrying credits from another college or university – even if they were earned several years ago?

More than 90 percent of our online bachelor’s degree seekers transfer some or all of their credits from a previous institution. Learn more about transferring undergraduate credits.

Many of our graduate programs will allow you to transfer up to 9 credits from another accredited institution. If you wish to investigate whether the graduate credit you have already earned will transfer, speak with your program’s academic advisor. Every graduate program is different and may or may not accept it.

Meet Our Students

Learn from their experience! Current students and alumni follow their unique journeys, but they all have one thing in common: Ball State Online offered them opportunities to pursue their passion and further their careers.