USD Beacom School of Business Online Graduate Accounting Program Listed High on 2 Rankings

Two separate rankings named the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business Master of Professional Accountancy program among the nation's top programs. put USD at number 13 on its list of top 45 online graduate accounting programs for 2015-16. And ranked USD as the 22nd most affordable online accounting program.

“The University of South Dakota’s program caters to students who want to become CPA’s, and experienced faculty members can help you determine what the requirements are in your state," wrote, which noted the low cost of tuition as a factor for the ranking. cited the basis for its ranking as “accreditation, cost, and available information regarding prestige and student satisfaction.”

Venky Venkatachalam, dean of the Beacom School of Business, said USD's online graduate accounting program consistently receives high marks, including a recent ranking that listed it first in the nation for its exceptionally high certified public accountant pass rate. "These rankings reflect excellence in and dedication for high-quality teaching by our accounting faculty as well as the quality of our students who get hired by top firms in the nation," he said.

Employers actively recruit USD graduates, including the four largest accounting firms. The Master of Professional Accountancy program prepares students to sit for the CPA exam in most jurisdictions and can be completed in two calendar years, depending on the individual student’s undergraduate coursework.


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