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Online and Distance Education: National Rankings and Recognitions

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 programs.

In fact, many of the following rankings relate to both our online and main-campus offerings.

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  • Winner of the 2014 Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education Award from the Online Learning Consortium (formerly the Sloan Consortium).
  • Awarded the 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.
  • Is top-ranked for best online bachelor's degree programs by U.S. News & World Report. 
  • Earned four rankings, including three in the top 10, from U.S. News & World Report in its list of Best Online Programs for Veterans
  • Named a Military Friendly School for the past five years―placing us in the top 20 percent of all schools nationwide. Our main campus and Miller College of Business have also received this honor.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


  • Ball State's Miller College of Business is among only 15 percent of business schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)—considered the gold standard in business school accreditation.
  • In U.S. News & World Report's  2015 Top Online Programs rankings, our online MBA was ranked 16th.
  • U.S. News ranked our online graduate business programs No. 6 for “Best Online Programs for Veterans.”
  • Ball State’s MBA is ranked 8th among online, AACSB-accredited MBA programs by the consumer advocacy group


  • Ball State graduate educator-preparation programs placed 8th in the nation in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report's ranking of best online graduate education programs and No. 2 for “Best Online Programs for Veterans.”
  • All Teachers College education programs are fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the North Central Association, and the Indiana Professional Standards Board. In addition, 23 programs have received national recognition through their respective professional associations.
  • Ball State Teachers College is in the top 25 in the nation for number of nationally recognized educator preparation programs it offers.
  • Our educational leadership programs were ranked 20th in the nation by Leadership Excellence magazine. The programs have been ranked since 2005.
  • In 2012, the consumer advocacy group awarded four of our online graduate master’s programs in education as “Best Buys.” The rankings recognize high-quality online degrees offered for educators and teachers at a cost that ranks well below the national average. Ball State programs ranked were: 
       —3rd, master's in special education
       —5th, master's in technology education
       —9th, master’s in educational administration and supervision
       —11th, master’s in career and technical education
       —19th, master’s in coaching education


  • Ball State graduate nursing programs placed 24th in the nation in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report's ranking of best online graduate education programs.
  • U.S. News ranked our online graduate nursing programs No. 4 for “Best Online Programs for Veterans.”
  • Ranked the nation's 10th "Best Buy" among online bachelor's degrees in nursing by the consumer advocacy group  

Public Relations

  • Our master’s degree in public relations is the only graduate program in the nation to receive Certification in Education for Public Relations (CEPR) by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
  • listed our master’s program in public relations as one of its top 10 “up-and-comers” in 2011.
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