Nov 22, 2013

USD online business, accounting degrees cited by for quality and affordability

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Online programs at the University of South Dakota are making the grade nationally when it comes to affordability and quality.

According to, which is a new, free online guide enabling students to compare all available U.S. online degrees on quality and affordability, USD offers the most affordable online Master of Professional Accountancy degree and ranks 14th most affordable for its online business degrees: bachelor’s, master’s degree or online certificate. The rankings are part of's Most Affordable U.S. Online College Rankings., part of the SR Education Group, gauges affordability and quality, and was created to make access to online college information more transparent.

“To be recognized for quality and affordability by is a tremendous honor for the Beacom School of Business and it says a lot about our outstanding online graduate programs,” stated Michael Keller, dean of the Beacom School of Business. “Not only is it affirmation that USD is a leader in online learning, our programming is affordable to students who seek a high-quality college education through the innovative use of technology.”

SR Education Group completed extensive research into the cost of attending different online colleges as criteria for the rankings. All programs considered for the rankings offer fully online programs, so that students located anywhere in the country can pursue their degrees. came away impressed with USD’s ability to continue to offer online degrees in accounting and business at a reasonable price, especially with the average price of college skyrocketing forcing many students to rely on student loans to fund their education. For more information about or to view the rankings please visit

About The University of South Dakota
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at

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Phillip Carter
The University of South Dakota
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