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USD online MSA receives Best Buy grade from consumer group

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Students looking for a quality online master’s degree in management or business administration with an affordable price should look no further than the University of South Dakota. According to, a consumer watchdog group that reviews and ranks online universities for cost, quality and credibility, USD has one of the “Best Buys” in the United States when it comes to online master’s degrees. recently released its 2012 “Top Ranked Best Buys” featuring USD’s Master in Science in Administration / Interdisciplinary Studies at No. 13 nationally, ranking with online offerings by Texas A&M University, Oklahoma State University, the University of West Virginia and Florida State University. The rankings were calculated by comparing publicly posted tuition and distance education fees at 56 regionally accredited and regional candidate universities in the United States that offer 94 master’s degrees through distance education in the career areas of management and administration.

According to, this is a ranking of the least expensive online master’s and colleges do not pay to be included. Western Carolina University’s Master of Project Management earned the No. 1 ranking on GetEducated’s Best Buy list. The “Top Ranked” list is available at

USD’s M.S.A program is a cross-disciplinary program that provides working professionals with a convenient and flexible opportunity to earn their master’s degree completely online. The curriculum focuses on the application of theory and developing an intellectual framework for analyzing and successfully addressing challenges associated with the administrative environment. For more information about the USD M.S.A. degree, visit


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, Knudson 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