The Princeton Review Ranks USD Beacom School of Business Online MBA 16th Among World's Top 25

VERMILLION, S.D. – The online MBA program at the University of South Dakota’s Beacom School of Business has been ranked No. 16 out of 80 business schools worldwide that were analyzed by The Princeton Review.

“The high ranking for our online MBA program continues to reflect the quality of learning experience and the value we offer at an affordable cost,” said Venky Venkatachalam, dean of the Beacom School of Business. “We have a cutting-edge curriculum. Our faculty are truly world-class, and they are also well-trained in online instruction. The result is that students get the best value.”

Princeton said its 2015 list of top 25 online masters of business administration programs is the first such ranking based on both surveys of administrators at the 80 schools and of about 2,000 students enrolled in those programs. Criteria focused on five areas: academics, selectivity, faculty, technical platforms and career outcomes.

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It’s the second recent top ranking for USD’s online MBA program. The QS Distance Online MBA last month listed the Beacom program among its top 25.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Michael Ewald
USD News