Princeton Review: USD Beacom School of Business No. 12 on Top 25 Online MBA Programs

Online MBA Princeton Award

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota has earned a No. 12 ranking on The Princeton Review's new list of the top 25 online MBA programs for 2017.

The list is the first ranking of online MBA programs based on both surveys of administrators at the schools and of students enrolled in the schools' online MBAs.

The Princeton Review chose the schools for the list based on 2016 surveys of 90 institutions offering online MBAs and of about 3,800 students and graduates in those programs. Data points were weighted in more than 60 unique fields to tally the final list. Criteria focused on five areas: academics, selectivity, faculty, technical platforms and career outcomes.

"We strongly recommend the Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota as an outstanding choice for anyone considering an online MBA," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior VP and publisher. "Its program is exceptionally strong both academically, and in the many ways it maximizes technology that enables students to interact with and learn from its superlative faculty and students all over the world."

Venky Venkatachalam, dean of the Beacom School of Business, said USD’s faculty and staff take pride in providing a rigorous and relevant MBA education that helps its graduates build amazing careers in the world economy.

“We are very proud of this latest ranking for our online MBA program. Increasing our ranking to No. 12 among top 25 online MBA programs by Princeton Review validates the high value proposition our MBA program offers -- highest-quality learning experience, opportunity to learn cutting-edge business knowledge from world-class faculty, at an affordable cost,” he said.


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.


Michael Ewald
USD News