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USD’s Online Master in Professional Accountancy degree gets high marks in rankings

VERMILLION, S.D. -- When it comes to an affordable online AACSB-accredited master’s degree in professional accountancy, it’s difficult to top the University of South Dakota., a consumer watchdog group that reviews and ranks online universities for cost, quality and credibility, ranked USD’s online degree No. 2 on its 2014 “Best Affordable Masters in Accounting Online” rankings.

USD’s M.P.A. degree earned a Best Buy and got “A” grades for affordability, student satisfaction and public perception as noted at The rankings were calculated by objectively comparing course tuition and online learning fees at 13 online AACSB-accredited business schools in the U.S. that offer 14 different online master’ degrees in accounting. USD, the only AACSB-accredited business school in South Dakota, is one of only two online M.P.A. programs to receive overall “A” grades from

“This is very nice recognition for the online masters of accounting programs at the Beacom School of Business,” said Angeline M. Lavin, Ph.D., CFA, professor of finance and director of the M.B.A. and M.P.A. programs at USD. “Our online graduate business programs combine value and quality with a convenient delivery method. “

USD began offering M.P.A. courses online in spring 2012, and the first group of M.P.A. students will graduate in August 2014. All M.P.A. courses are taught by the same credentialed faculty and include the same high quality subject matter regardless of delivery mode, whether online or on campus. For more information about a USD online M.P.A., visit: To see’s complete list, go to


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