National publication names USD Online M.B.A. 'Best Value'

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Getting an M.B.A. at the Beacom School of Business at The University of South Dakota isn’t just convenient; it’s a degree that comes with real “value.” GetEducated.com, a consumer watchdog group that reviews and ranks online universities for cost, quality and credibility has ranked USD as one of the “Best Values Online M.B.A.” programs in the United States.

GetEducated.com’s recently released 2010 “Top Best Values in Online MBAs – AACSB-Accredited” features USD’s M.B.A. program at No. 6, ranking The U with online programs offered by Texas A&M University, Oklahoma State University, University of North Dakota and Southeast Missouri State’s Harrison College of Business. The Beacom School of Business remains the only business program in the state of South Dakota – and one of just a few in the region – to be accredited by the Association to Advance College Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the acknowledged leader in business accreditation standards.

According to Michael J. Keller, J.D., dean of the Beacom School of Business at USD, costs for out-of-state students enrolled full-time in USD’s online M.B.A. program, is $3,000 less than non-resident tuition for students enrolled in Southeast Missouri State University’s online MBA program, which ranked No. 1 in overall affordability by GetEducated.com. The average cost for an AACSB-accredited online M.B.A., as estimated by Geteducated.com, is around $33,000. Those cost rankings were based on a comprehensive, independent survey of 69 AACSB-accredited business schools that offer 133 M.B.A. degrees via distance education.

“Not only is USD’s online M.B.A. a real value to students because of its affordability, it’s also a high quality degree that is well regarded by the business and academic community,” explained Keller, who noted that USD’s cost of $11,352 is for both in-state and out-of-state students who pursue their M.B.A. online. “I am not aware of any AACSB accredited, online M.B.A. that is lower priced for South Dakotans or out-of-state students than USD’s Beacom School of Business.”

The online M.B.A. program was developed at USD for leaders of business, industry and government, and the program emphasizes decision making, problem solving, understanding the role of business in society and developing leadership ability and social responsibility.

“All M.B.A. courses are taught by the same faculty and consist of the same subject matter regardless of delivery mode, whether it’s online, on campus or classes offered at University Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.,” added Angeline Lavin, Ph.D., CFA, director of the M.B.A. and M.P.A. programs at USD. “The Beacom M.B.A. is an integrated business learning experience of the highest caliber.”

For more information about a USD Online M.B.A., please visit: www.usd.edu/continuing-and-distance-education/online-master-of-business-administration.cfm.  To see Geteducated.com’s complete list, go to www.geteducated.com/online-college-ratings-and-rankings/best-buy-lists/best-buy-online-masters-mba-aacsb.