Long a pioneer in distance learning, the Miller College of Business at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana offers an MBA program that is “broad and extensive, providing several different paths to earning your degree.” The extraordinarily flexible (not to mention “very affordable”) school offers numerous delivery options that can accommodate almost any student’s situation, including full-time, part-time, on-campus, distance learning, and day or night classes (though classes are generally offered in the evenings), which “is very appealing to those who work full time or have to travel frequently.” “I didn't know where I would be living before starting the program, and did-n't want to start at a school only to have to not be able to attend anymore. Since most schools don't accept transfer MBA credit, I would have lost that time,” reasons a student. The greatest strengths of the school include “the professors and facilities”; professors have “extensive real world expertise” and “you can tell they LOVE what they do, which translates into excitement for the class, program and university.” These “very engaging” teachers even communicate this to distance learning students through Skype, email and whiteboard, using “their professional experience to help us learn.” “Everything is immersive,” and the course work is certainly challenging. “I have to work really hard to achieve good grades,” says one student. “Ball State provides immersive learning experiences to its students, [which] are difficult but necessary to understand the dynamic nature of the business world.”Uniquely, “there is a desire to get to know other distance learning students and collaborate in order to get more out of the taught materials.” “I feel as though I am a traditional student even though I am connecting via the internet,” says a student. The “cutting edge” technology and “access to the latest and greatest…software” truly makes for a “fantastic learning environment” that is “educating people of the future.” The ease with which students can sign up for classes and complete their degree “is amazing.” “Away with the old, go to Ball State, the way of the future universities!” says a student.
The Princeton Review