Ball State University

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Distinguishing Characteristics

Graduate program(s)
Name: Degree Type:
Adult NP masters
Family NP masters
Educator masters
Administrator masters
DNP doctorate
Distinguishing characteristics of online program (as submitted by school)

Ball State University was an early entrant into online graduate-level nursing education, offering its master’s degree online in 1999. The majority of courses are taught by full-time, tenure-line faculty. Enrollments are limited (20 and under), so that student engagement is increased. Ball State offers competitive tuition rates. Nursing students get specialized technical support. Ball State is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

School type Public
Online grad programs CCNE accredited Yes
Online grad programs NLNAC accredited No
Terms Semester

Program Offerings

Online master's in nursing degree programs 5
Concentrations offered
Nursing practitioner
Nursing administration/leadership
Nursing education
More specialized departments/concentrations offered
Adult/geriatric – primary
Family/primary care

Course Offerings

Credit-granting courses 34


Instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 16 full-time; 7 part-time
Instructional faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree 100% full-time; 100% part-time
Tenured or tenure-track faculty 11
Average experience teaching online courses 10 years
Program fully finances faculty training Yes
Tech staff supporting faculty 51 full-time; 0 part-time

Class Size

Average class size 17
Maximum class size 20

Integration With Campus

Can earn degree entirely online Yes
Can earn degree entirely abroad N/A
Possible in-person attendance requirements
Orientations No
Group projects/simulations No
Exams No
Classes include campus-based students N/A
Collaboration among online and campus students No face-to-face students
Students enroll as online students No
Credits earned online equal earned on-campus Yes
Faculty who teach online also teach on campus Minority
Same curricula for online and campus students None


One-year retention rates
One-year retention rates


Graduation rates
Graduation rates
Most frequent duration of time for new students to graduate 3.0 years
Program target time to graduate 3.5 years
Required time to earn degree 6 years

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