Ball State University, Division of Online and Distance Education

Category: Online Universities | State: Indiana

About Ball State University, Division of Online and Distance Education

Ball State University's online division offers more than 70 degrees and programs that can be taken all or nearly completely online. Courses are taught by the same faculty who teach on Ball State's main campus. Ball State has earned many national rankings and recognitions for the quality of its online offerings. Popular programs include undergraduate and graduate offerings in business, criminal justice, education, applied behavior analysis, and nursing. Tuition rates are competitive. Ball State is a state-supported university that serves about 20,000 students each year, of which nearly 5,000 are online.
2017 Military Friendly® STATUS: Military Friendly®

Military Friendly Ratings

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The ratings below reflect the extent to which each organization exceeds the benchmark standards for Military Friendly®.

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Why attend Ball State University, Division of Online and Distance Education

Ball State's online division offers a combination of quality online programs, while at the same time flexible delivery options that make it a perfect fit for active military or their families. Military members can some programs completely online or some courses online and finish up on campus. Ball State has earned top national rankings for its online programs for veterans specifically for its affordability, faculty credentials, student services, and reputation. It is certified for the GI Bill, and participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program and other programs which offer financial aid for veterans, spouses, or dependents.

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Top Degrees

plaeholder-teamBusiness Administration & Management, General

A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. Includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

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Criminal Justice/Police Science

A program that prepares individuals to perform the duties of police and public security officers, including patrol and investigative activities, traffic control, crowd control and public relations, witness interviewing, evidence collection and management, basic crime prevention methods, weapon and equipment operation and maintenance, report preparation and other routine law enforcement responsibilities.

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Criminalistics & Criminal Science

A program that focuses on the application of clinical and criminal laboratory science, investigative techniques, and criminology to the reconstruction of crimes and the analysis of physical evidence. Includes instruction in laboratory science, laboratory procedures, criminology and police science, evidentiary testing and analysis, computer applications, record-keeping, reconstruction techniques, evidence handling and storage, and applications to specific types of evidence and crimes.

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Educational/Instructional Technology

A program that focuses on integrating technology into educational curricula. Includes instruction in foundations of educational technology, computer applications, utilizing technology for assessment, multimedia instruction, web-based instruction, distance education, and designing and producing educational software and materials.

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Elementary Education

A program that prepares individuals to teach students in the elementary grades, which may include kindergarten through grade eight, depending on the school system or state regulations. Includes preparation to teach all elementary education subject matter.

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Mathematics Teacher Education

A program that prepares individuals to teach mathematics programs at various educational levels.

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Nursing Administration

A program that prepares registered nurses to manage Nursing personnel and services in hospitals and other health care delivery agencies. Includes instruction in principles of health care administration, resource and financial management, health care law and policy, medical personnel management, and managed care operations.

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Nursing Practice / Registered Nurse

A program that generally prepares individuals in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirmed, or other individuals or groups. Includes instruction in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, Referring patients to physicians and other health care specialists, and planning education for health maintenance.

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Operations Management & Supervision

A program that prepares individuals to manage and direct the physical and/or technical functions of a firm or organization, particularly those relating to development, production, and manufacturing. Includes instruction in principles of general management, manufacturing and production systems, plant management, equipment maintenance management, production control, industrial labor relations and skilled trades supervision, strategic manufacturing policy, systems analysis, productivity analysis and cost control, and materials planning.

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Psychology

A general program that focuses on the scientific study of individual and collective behavior, the physical and environmental bases of behavior, and the analysis and treatment of behavior problems and disorders. Includes instruction in the principles of the various subfields of psychology, research methods, and psychological assessment and testing methods.

Tuition $296 Per Credit
Fees $110 Per Semester
Books Supplies $300 Per Semester

  • Approved for Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Signed the VA's Principles of Excellence for serving veterans and service members
  • Utilize the Federal Financial Aid Shopping Sheet
  • Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA) Funding
  • DOD Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Tuition Assistance
  • Waives the admission application fee for military students and veterans
  • Awards college credit for passing scores on CLEP exam
  • Awards college credit for passing scores on DSST exam
  • Award college credit for military training and experience according to the ACE recommendation guidelines
  • Provide admissions events or special admissions information sessions customized for prospective students who are military service members
  • Mentoring/on-boarding programs for new military students or veterans
  • Compliant with Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 ("Choice Act")
  • Active duty or reserve military student returns without penalty after deployment
  • Offers evening programs
  • Offers weekend programs
  • Offers accelerated courses (i.e., 6-8 weeks course completion time)
  • Explicit commitment to serving the military and veteran community
  • Study skills workshops
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Career planning services
  • Transition Assistance
  • Accommodations for military students with disabilities
  • Full-time veteran counselors or advisors on staff
  • Veteran-to-veteran peer mentoring program
  • Online clubs or associations for military service members or veterans
  • Campus/social networking events planned specifically for veterans?
  • Specialized career guidance counseling or other programs to help military students identify careers to pursue
  • Industry-employer relationship programs available to active duty military students and veterans to assist with post-graduate employment outcomes