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Ball State Online Earns U.S. News “Best Online Programs” Designation

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The U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 “Best Online Programs for Veterans” and “Best Online Programs” rankings were announced earlier this year. Many of Ball State University’s online degrees have consistently found their way onto the prestigious list since 2013 and this year was no exception.

2022 Best Online Programs

Degrees for Veterans

  • Master’s Degrees in Education – 15th  
  • Master’s of Business Administration – 22nd  

U.S. News recognizes Ball State as a leader in reducing the cost of education for veterans through online programs. Highly ranked programs have strong traditional academic foundations based on student-instructor access, graduation rates, and instructor credentials.

Bachelor’s Degrees 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business (Business Administration and Logistics and Supply Chain Management) – 17th
  • Bachelor’s in Applied Behavior Analysis – 21st 
  • Bachelor’s Degrees – 48th  

Ball State’s online bachelor’s degrees have remained in the top 50 since 2013. New to this 2022 list is the bachelor’s in applied behavior analysis (ABA) ranking.

Graduate Business Degrees

  • Master’s of Business Administration – 20th 

The master of business administration (MBA) category is one of the most competitive nationally. Ball State’s online MBA has received its ninth consecutive top-20 designation, which further establishes the program as a contender in the online MBA space, says Jason Webber, director of MBA and certificate programs.

“There are three things that make the Ball State MBA stand out: affordability, flexibility, and accreditation. We remain highly competitive when it comes to the total cost. Courses are available completely online with multiple offerings. We also remain accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and in the U.S. News top 20,” says Webber. 

Graduate Education Degrees

  • Master’s in Curriculum and Educational Technology – 5th 
  • Master’s in Educational Administration and Supervision – 7th 
  • Master’s in Special Education – 12th 
  • Master’s Degrees in Education – 28th  

Ball State has a long-standing reputation for exceptional educator preparation programs – having first been established as a teachers college – as well as a long history of national recognition for those programs. Ball State Teachers College is the largest preparer of educators and principals in Indiana, but it is also one of the largest schools of education in the nation. 

“We are very proud of all our programs in Teachers College, but certainly having nationally ranked online programs in all areas of educator preparation is a point of pride. Our graduate programs are rooted in practical experiences in the classroom, school, and community,” Teachers College faculty states. 

Graduate Information Technology Degrees

Last year, in its first year of eligibility, the master’s in information and communication science (ICS) debuted on the U.S. News “Best Online Programs” rankings in the top 25. This year, it broke into the top 20.

“This degree program will give anyone in any state access to diverse classmates from various industries, generations, levels of experience, and even geography. I don’t know of many master’s degrees that lead in industry credentials, established success, alumni engagement, and can be as affordable as we can,” says Anna Stumpf, online program coordinator for the master’s in ICS. 

Graduate Nursing Degrees

The University’s online master’s in nursing has remained a solid top-25 contender since 2014.

“This [ranking] builds on a tradition of excellence in Nursing at Ball State. We believe our program continues to earn recognition for its commitment to students by faculty who are excellent instructors and clinical experts. We keep class sizes low to afford personal attention by faculty to our online graduate students,” says Scott Rutledge, dean of the College of Health.

Interested in learning more? Visit bsu.edu/online/GIJobs for more information about Ball State Online, its programs, and rankings.