Ball State University Graduate Program Reviews

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95%
of students recommend
(4.18 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 95 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC, + 4 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 9 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Small
  • Student Population: 21,196 (16,602 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 70% part-time, 30% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $8,904 in-state; $21,018 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2016

A major pro of this program was that it was 100% online. I was able to keep my full time job while going to school. One con about this, however, is that it is a little bit more difficult to keep in contact with professors and classmates. The work load was excellent for a Master degree. Not too much that it made it too difficult, but not too little to not be credible. I loved my experience at Ball State University.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2018

Ball State is affordable and the Master's of Nurse Practitioner is completely online. This helps with my goals because I work as a full time nurse at a hospital. A con specifically to this Master's program is trying to find preceptors for clinical. The Indianapolis area is becoming very saturated with students and not enough preceptors.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2018

I believe that Ball State provides great education for graduate students in the area of Adult and Community Education. The faculty are always approachable and the students are committed to learning and development of others.
3.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2017

My program is very affordable, flexible, and the professors are very accessible.
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Visual Communications
Graduation Year: 2018

My Graduate Program, the Master's of Fine Arts in Animation, has many advantages. First and foremost is the fact that it is an MFA and will allow me to teach my skills to others at the collegiate level. Coinciding with the advantages, come the disadvantages of this scholastic path. Mainly, this is program is extremely difficult. The program necessitates a certain amount of devotion in order to achieve the level of perfection that is expected out of you. However, that can be construed as an advantage as well. It requires my pushing myself to a level beyond what I had experienced in my undergraduate studies. I'm expecting the end result to have achieved deep understanding of the craft and increased abilities and knowledge beyond my current comprehension. Aside from that, another hurdle that I must clear, is that of being an non-traditional student. I'm a disabled Iraqi War veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. At times, it can be difficult to acquire relationships with the much younger students. I have been successful of making great friends, who understand my disabilities and have given me the sense of camaraderie that I had felt during my military service. This is a good program with many benefits, both social and scholastic, that I feel will allow me to successfully provide for my wife and children, all while doing something I love and enjoy. It is said that if you do something you love, you'll never work a day in your life.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2015

I feel my graduate program gives me the hands on knowledge and experience needed to enter a related field directly after graduation. The Environmental Management graduate program is fairly small, meaning access to peers and professors is very easy. The content within the program is very quite expansive, but can be narrowed if desired. If I could change anything about this program, I would like more classes dedicated to graduate students only. Many of the courses offered are blended courses with graduate students as well as undergraduates, graduate students have additional assignments and higher standards.
4.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2016

One advantage of the BSU online programs is the classes are all online, but there are practicums that allow you to go into the community and gain experience while also gaining credits. One disadvantage of BSU online programs is the communication level. If an email is sent to a professor, there is a waiting period until they respond. This can range from several hours to several days. There is not the typical opportunity to just go to a professor's office to speak to them.
4.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2014

Pros: good communication between facilty and student Challenging academically Cons: weren't able to help find preceptors
3.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2017

My graduate program is affordable and faculty and staff have treated me with complete respect.
4.08 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017

This online master's program is very flexible and meets the educational needs of a person working full time.
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