Ball State University Graduate Program Reviews

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(4.17 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 99 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: HLC, + 4 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB
  • Campus Setting: City: Small
  • Student Population: 21,998 (17,011 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 74% part-time, 26% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $9,216 in-state; $21,834 out-of-state
Source: NCES

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4.92 out of 5.0
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
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
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
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017

This online master's program is very flexible and meets the educational needs of a person working full time.
3.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: This school provides low cost tuition for a competitive degree. Cons: There are a lot of professors who do not seem to care much for their students. The city of Muncie is also not an ideal location.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Higher Education
Graduation Year: 2018

The faculty make this program exceptional. They bring a diverse range of expertise and provide high levels of support. I have found them to be both challenging and encouraging, pushing me to do my best and helping me to uncover new strengths and interests.
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2016

Going into the program, I wasn't exactly sure to expect from the workload. I am currently, and will continue to take, two courses each term (6 credit hours). This has been challenging, but not overwhelming at all. I take all of my courses online via the live stream of the lectures. It has been a great experience. In addition, the BSU MBA program has been receiving national recognition for its online MBA program. The cost was one of the best I found for online programs, so it is definitely worth the investment.
3.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Healthcare Management
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros: My graduate program dedicates to community development and has a lot of opportunities to work with community organizations and local companies. You can practice what you learn in the school outside of the school. Cons: Each department is likely to be exclusive so you rarely get a chance to collaborate with students in other areas.
3.83 out of 5.0
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2017

This program has a great value compared to the price for other similarly ranking MBA programs. It allows me the flexibility as a full-time working professional to pursue this degree, with a fully online option and choices between asynchronous and synchronous lectures. Unfortunately, being at a distant, I cannot partake as much in the networking and social activities as well as conferences and guest speakers. There are still a number of weekend events and online speakers that I get invited to, and the classes are set up to still provide interaction. Please disregard the scores I have given to transportation, surrounding area, campus safety, and the affordability of housing as they are not applicable to me in the online program. I filled them in so as not to detract from the overall average.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2011

My time at Ball State University, working towards my Master of Urban and Regional Planning, was a great experience. I was very fortunate to receive a large amount of financial assistance. The curriculum was challenging, but never overwhelming. Most professors were easily accessible and friendly. Their network may not be as strong as other colleges, and student life outside of campus is not as glamorous as other schools, but I would still go back to Ball State in a heartbeat!
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