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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3.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Sports Management
Graduation Year: 2014

I feel the pros of the program is that it is striving to become one of the top tier programs within the region.
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2017

I just finished my first class last spring, and I am very happy so far! My instructor (also my advisor) is wonderful, and I'm looking forward to taking advantage of all of the benefits of being a Ball State student. They do a great job of making distance students feel connected and providing the resources I need. Faculty/staff has been very responsive to my questions.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2014

The professors really care and there is a great network of facilities and students.
3.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2014

The program is well structured and designed. The professors are knowledgeable and come from real-world field experiences. A heavy focus on practice of concepts for proof of learning is the keystone. While there is still a lot of pressure placed on style journalism, talk of what comes next with the new media is definitely taking center stage. They have recently moved the entire program to an online format as well as in-class format. This new format focuses more heavily on the newly emerging media systems and digital communication, while the in-class system still has a throw-back feel with its look at sociological systems as they relate to journalism. The campus is nice, with wi-fi everywhere and a high level of tech throughout. Students are mostly friendly and staff are understanding and flexible within reason. The city of Muncie, in which the school resides, is a bit small, rural, and not diverse. This has led to the school being the largest entity in the community and the largest diverse population. Living areas around the school are mostly older and often un-cared for as they are rental properties and landlords don't care about students, just their money. Some areas within walking distance of the school are not safe, and there has been some spill over into the campus area.
4.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2014

I love the online format and real world experience I'm gaining in my courses.
3.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2014

Although I am new to the program, I began this program immediately after receiving my undergraduate degree in Special Education. The classes have been highly specialized with unique learning opportunities. Since the program I am in is completely online, I thought it might be challenging to really understand the coursework and therefore receive meaningful learning experiences. However, the university seems to have gone above and beyond to make you feel connected as a distant learner; they provided opportunities for learning and sharing with classmates in many different formats.
3.83 out of 5.0
Degree: ESL
Graduation Year: 2015

Ball State has a wonderful writing program, as well as an on-campus Intensive English Institute for international students. These two things really liven up the environment for students of TESOL and give us opportunities to practice what we are learning.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: School Psychology
Graduation Year: 2015

Here at Ball State I am able to pursue my career interests in a supportive environment, with professors that truly care about my professional development. Each class allows me to both learn about school psychological services as well as provides me with an opportunity to integrate my knowledge with real-world experiences in the surrounding community schools. Although I've only been here a year, I am absolutely certain that I could not have chosen a better school in which to pursue my Graduate education.
4.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2014

The pros definitely revolve around the quality of the distance education program. I live and work in the South Bend/ Mishawaka area, but have completed my coursework with little travel to the main campus.
3.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2012

Overall great program. Dedicated faculty members, amazing financial aid package, and a great academic experience.
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