Program Admission

When you apply, your applicant portal will list all required transcripts that need to be submitted. You will need to submit transcripts from each college you’ve attended, including community college, as well as your high school transcripts, in some cases. If you have questions about which transcripts are required, your Student Success Specialist can help you with this.

We accept new applications up to two weeks before the beginning of the term you are applying for. The earlier you apply, the better course availability you will have.  See our academic calendar for upcoming semester start dates.

Costs and Financial Aid

You can review the online student tuition and fees calculator to assist you with estimating your cost per semester. In-state students attending part-time (1-11 credits) pay $336 per credit. Out-of-state students attending part-time, pay $561 per credit. Full-time students (12-18 credits) are assessed a flat rate, so it is best to use the cost calculator to estimate the cost per term.

There is a $25 per credit online course fee and a technology fee of either $100 or $150 depending on the number of credits you are taking in a term. Depending on the degree you are pursuing, there may be additional program-specific course fees. Your Student Success Specialist can answer any additional questions you have about fees.

Online programs are eligible for state and federal financial aid. To see what you qualify for, you will want to complete the FAFSA and have that information sent to Ball State. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will provide you with the financial aid package you qualify for.

Transferring Credit

You will have your transcripts sent to the Ball State Office of Admissions as a part of your admissions application. The Admissions team will review your transcripts and determine which credits are eligible for transfer.

In most cases, any course taken at a regionally accredited institution in which you earned a C or better should transfer to count towards your Ball State degree. Courses that are considered vocational or remedial will not transfer for credit. Our Student Success Specialists can answer any questions you have about transferring credits.
In most cases, your former Ball State credits will still count toward your degree; however, some programs have credit expiration policies. Your Student Success Specialist will let you know if your previous credits have expired.

Important Dates

You can consult the academic calendar on our website to view important semester dates, including the start dates for upcoming semesters.

You can begin courses during our Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters.

Programs and Services

How long it will take you to complete your program depends on a few factors, including if you have any transfer credits and how many courses you take per semester. Please reach out to your Student Success Specialist for a more personalized look at what completing your education at Ball State might look like.

Our online programs are offered completely online. Every course you need to complete your degree can be taken without ever coming to campus.

Ball State is authorized to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, certain states have regulations regarding programs leading to professional licensure.

Please consult our State Authorization map to see if the program you are interested in is authorized in your state.

Online courses at Ball State are asynchronous, meaning there are no required meeting times or login times. Instructors will set assignment due dates, but you may work on assignments when your schedule allows. This allows you the flexibility to balance your schoolwork with other responsibilities. Learn more about how online learning works.

Yes! You can work with the Office of Disability Services to submit your documentation, and they will provide recommendations for accommodations you are eligible to use in your courses.

We recommend talking with one of our Student Success Specialists to determine if one of our programs would be a good fit for you and your goals.

Ball State University, including both on-campus and online programs, is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Program Requirements 

You can start by speaking with one of our Student Success Specialists who advise our online programs. If you’d like to connect with the department, your Student Success Specialist can direct you.

Our website lists the requirements for each program, either on the program page or the academic catalog. View the list of fully online programs to explore the requirements for the program you are interested in.