Ball State University

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Distinguishing Characteristics

Graduate program(s)
Adult and Community Education Elementary Education
Curriculum and Educational Technology Special Education
Secondary Education Educational Psychology (M.A.)
Applied Behavioral Analysis Executive Development for Public Service
Educational Administration and Supervision
Distinguishing characteristics of online program (as submitted by school)

BSU offers one of the widest arrays of online graduate education programs in the nation, including one of the largest-enrolled master’s programs in applied behavior analysis. The majority of online courses are taught by full-time, tenure-line faculty. Enrollments are limited so that student engagement with educational experts is increased. BSU offers competitive tuition rates and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

School type Public
Grad programs NCATE accredited Yes
Grad programs TEAC accredited No
Terms Courses are offered in 16 week, 8 week, 5 week, and 10 week formats.

Program Offerings

Advanced degree programs offered
Education Specialist Yes
Ph.D. N/A
Ed.D. Yes
Online master's in education degree programs 9
Concentrations offered
Curriculum and Instruction Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods
Educational Administration and Supervision Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas
Special Education and Teaching Educational Psychology
Categories of study offered to master's students
Teaching track Yes
Counseling/Psychology track N/A
Administration track Yes
Research/Policy track Yes

Course Offerings

Credit-granting courses 142


Instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 81 full-time; 52 part-time
Instructional faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree 91% full-time; 69% part-time
Tenured or tenure-track faculty 62
Average experience teaching online courses 3 years
Program fully finances faculty training Yes
Tech staff supporting faculty 48 full-time; 0 part-time

Class Size

Average class size 15
Maximum class size 30

Integration With Campus

Can earn degree entirely online Yes
Can earn degree entirely abroad Yes
Possible in-person attendance requirements
Orientations No
Group projects/simulations No
Exams No
Classes include campus-based students Yes
Collaboration among online and campus students No face-to-face students
Students enroll as online students Yes, but can take classes on campus without notification
Credits earned online equal earned on campus Yes
Faculty who teach online also teach on campus Majority
Same curricula for online and campus students All


One-year retention rates
One-year retention rates


Graduation rates
Graduation rates
Most frequent duration of time for new students to graduate 2.5 years
Program target time to graduate 2 years
Required time to earn degree 6 years

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