Miller Business Honors Program

Incoming freshmen for 2017-2018: Apply now through March 1, 2017 at 4 p.m. Eastern time.

Launched fall semester 2008, the Miller Business Honors Program was developed through the generous estate gift of alumnus Wally Miller, benefactor and namesake of our college.

The Miller Business Honors Program is a four-year, cohort-based program that provides a specialized curriculum and developmental programming focused on academic, professional, networking, and social growth. This selective program accepts up to 24 high-achieving and motivated freshmen (including Miller Scholarship winners) each year.

Awarded the National Academic Advising Association’s 2012 Outstanding Institutional Advising Program Certificate of Merit.

Click to watch a video about the Miller Business Honors Program  Watch a video about the Miller Business Honors Program experience. 

View the official brochure for the Miller Business Honors Program (PDF).


  • Recognition—Acknowledgment of academic excellence on the official university transcript and at the college-level May Commencement ceremony 
  • Acceleration—Direct admission to Miller College and early entrance to upper-division, major-specific courses 
  • Dedicated faculty—Professors who are genuinely concerned about students’ success and well-being 
  • Professional development—Preparation for internships, full-time employment, and graduate school 
  • Network development—Opportunity to connect and bond with successful peers, corporate partners, and academic leaders 
  • Support—Encouragement of devoted staff comprised of academic and professional staff dedicated to collaborating with high-achieving business students
  • Accounting majors can earn master's degrees tuition free with financial support during the master’s program provided by a graduate assistantship. 


The specialized curriculum allows you to take classes with other students like yourself in a small and enriched environment. The courses are filled with more discussion, more real-world cases, and more hands-on learning.

Developmental Programming

Developmental programming has provided the following experiences:

  • Professional development—Etiquette dinner, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing
  • Academic development—Personalized academic advising, film discussions, graduate school preparation, and introduction to national and international post-graduate scholarships
  • Networking—Personal interactions with corporate executives, advisory board members, and top alumni such as Angela Ahrendts, CEO of Burberry
  • Specialized offerings—Optional study abroad group tour, senior experience, and company visits to such places as the headquarters of Corbett Accel Healthcare, Formula Boats, and Build-A-Bear
  • Social interactions—Student-developed activities like wallyball and laser tag

Requirements of the Miller Business Honors Program

  • Maintain a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA
  • Complete the specialized curriculum 
  • Actively participate in all developmental programming, such as those listed above

Peer Group

The small environment of this program provides a supportive group of peers, along with personal attention from dedicated faculty and staff. Learn about our current students through their online profiles and stay up-to-date on program news through our Facebook page

Eligibility and Application Process

Overall, we are looking for not only high academic-achieving students, but also motivated students who are interested in a challenging opportunity with personal attention. Miller Business Honors Program students exemplify strong academic drive, professionalism, motivation, leadership, and ethical and moral character. For greater insight into what we look for in applicants, check out the characteristics of current Miller Business Honors Program students.

To be considered for the Miller Business Honors Program, you must be admitted to Ball State University and have indicated a major in business. Miller Business Honors Program applications are due March 1 at 4 p.m. Apply now!

The university's Honors College at Ball State requires a separate application process. The Miller College of Business promotes student participation in both the university's Honors College and the Miller Business Honors Program.

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