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 and distance education programs.
U.S. News & World Report
2017 Best Online Programs: Ball State has earned top rankings from U.S. News & World Report each of the six years the publication has ranked online programs. Current rankings include:
- 12th – MBA
- 13th – graduate nursing
- 16th – graduate education (and 4th for veterans)
- 36th – bachelor's degrees (and 23rd for veterans)
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.
Learner Support Program Certification
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.
Top 10 Military Friendly
Ball State Online was named No. 8 among universities offering all-online programs by Victory Media. This was the first year of the numerical ranking. We have been named Military Friendly every year since 2009—a designation given to less than 15 percent of more than 8,800 schools nationwide and is based on input from veterans and surveys of participating institutions.
Online Education Award
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
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.
Behavior Analyst Certification Board
Our course sequence for the master’s in applied behavior analysis has been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board Inc., which means it meets the course work requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination.
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
Ball State has the nation's first and only
graduate program in public relations certified by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).