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USD Beacom School of Business Online Graduate Accounting Degree Ranked Best in US

The online Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) degree offered by the University of South Dakota's Beacom School of Business is ranked best nationally by OnlineU because of its affordability and the high proportion of graduates who pass the CPA exam.

OnlineU, a directory that ranks U.S. online colleges, put Beacom's MPA degree at No. 1 on its 2015 Top Online Accounting Degrees, which only includes schools that have a Certified Public Accountant exam pass rate of 50 percent or higher and are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB-International).

"With its exceptionally high CPA pass rate of 86.96 percent, the University of South Dakota is a great place to earn an online accounting degree. USD’s accounting programs are affordable, at less than $7,000 for tuition," OnlineU wrote in its summary of USD's program.

Kathryn Birkeland, MPA coordinator, said that while the Master of Professional Accountancy program has been online for a few years, the on-campus program has been offered since 1975. Online students take courses with the same top-tier faculty that has mentored successful graduates for decades. The online courses include a high-level of interaction with faculty and classmates.

The online program requires 30 credits of graduate work and can be completed in as little as two calendar years depending on a student's background coursework. Each student has a dedicated academic advisor to create a customized timeline for completion. The program can be used to meet the 150 credit hour and coursework requirements for students to be eligible to sit for CPA exam in most jurisdictions.

Details of USD's MPA degree.


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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Hanna DeLange
USD News