Topics: Academic Programs, Online Education

January 14, 2020

Seven Ball State University online degree programs finished in the top 30 in their categories in national rankings released by U.S. News & World Report today. Two programs were in the top 5.

Since U.S. News & World Report started ranking online programs seven years ago, Ball State has always had degrees in the top 30. Those recognized in the 2020 “Best Online Programs” are:

The accolades didn’t stop there, though. 

The report also recognized the University as a leader in reducing the cost of education for veterans through online programs. In the report’s “Best Online Programs for Veterans” list, Ball State ranked:

In 1999, Ball State offered its first online degree, a master’s in nursing. The University has a 21-year tradition of excellence and innovation in online education, according to Dr. Trudi Weyermann, assistant provost for learning initiatives. 

Online courses at Ball State are developed and most often taught by faculty members who teach on the main campus. They work with an expert team of instructional consultants who understand best practices for online education. 

Ball State also provides specialized services for online students. Among these are attentive advisers and concierge services to help students effectively and efficiently navigate their online college experience.

“We are proud and humbled by this continued recognition from U.S. News & World Report,” Weyermann said. “Ball State takes very seriously our commitment to lifelong learning. Providing quality online offerings that are relevant in the workplace is a key way we can provide a service to adult learners within Indiana and beyond.”

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are compiled annually and take into account factors such as faculty credentials, student engagement (which includes retention and graduation rates), class size, peer reputation and the quality of the university’s student services and technology. Further details about the rankings and how they were determined are available at

For more information about Ball State’s online degree programs, visit