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Online graduate business degrees earn plaudits from US News

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota has one of the nation’s best online education degree programs for its graduate programs in business, according to U.S. News and World Report.

In “Top Online Education Programs 2012,” the University of South Dakota ranks among the top 100 institutions with business schools in the category of Faculty Credentials and Training for Graduate Programs – Business, and Student Services and Technology category of Graduate Programs – Business. “Best Online Education Degree Programs - Business” criteria are based on several key factors, including students and faculty who were engaged in online accessible courses applicable toward online accessible degrees. U.S. News and World Report surveyed more than 600 colleges and universities with business schools. Final rankings were determined from total scores collected from institutional survey responses.

“This is great recognition for the Beacom School of Business and our outstanding graduate degree programs that provide a convenient and reasonable delivery method for all of our online students,” said Michael J. Keller, dean of the Beacom School of Business. “USD’s online M.B.A. is a real value because of its affordability, and because it's also a high quality degree that is well regarded by the business and academic community.”

Drawing from its “Best Colleges” universe of regionally-accredited bachelor’s degree programs, U.S. News reached out to more than 1,700 institutions for its complete list of “Top Online Education Programs 2012.” Colleges and universities were asked if their institutions offered bachelor’s degree programs with course content at least 80 percent accessible to students online. Schools reporting “yes” were then requested to report in-depth statistical information that U.S. News used to compute the rankings and build profile pages in its searchable directory of online bachelor's degree programs. The rankings are available at


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 202 undergraduate and 78 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 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News