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Online business programs at USD garner rankings by U.S. News

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Two online graduate programs at the University of South Dakota have earned top recognition from U.S. News & World Report.

The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program at the Beacom School of Business is ranked No. 41 nationally in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report Best Online M.B.A. Programs. According to the publication, M.B.A. programs are ranked separately from other online graduate business programs for the first time in 2015 with the list containing 196 online M.B.A. programs throughout the United States.

The Beacom School of Business’ Master of Professional Accountancy (M.P.A.) program is listed at No. 31 in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report rankings of Best Online Graduate Business Programs. The ranking includes graduate business programs of all types, excluding M.B.A., and contains 225 graduate business programs nationwide.

“This is a very nice honor for both of our online graduate programs,” said Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D. “It also validates, nationally, the reputation that our online M.P.A. and online M.B.A. not only offer great curriculum features but great value.”

The Beacom School of Business online M.B.A. and M.P.A. programs are accredited by AACSB International. The 2015 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Graduate Programs rankings are based on student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology. For more about the methodologies used to rank online programs, go to


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 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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