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USD Beacom School of Business Online MBA Rated One of World’s Top 25

VERMILLION, S.D. – The Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota has one of the world’s best online MBA programs, according to the QS Distance Online MBA ranking.

QS Distance Online Ranking looks at numerous MBA programs around the world and ranks only 25 of them. Selection focuses on 18 indicators including quality of students and faculty, diversity, completion rates, employability of students upon graduation, and the overall MBA experience. The methodology employed by QS Distance Online MBA Ranking put USD’s online MBA 23rd globally. USD’s program was one of 12 online programs from the United States to achieve global ranking by QS.

“Our online MBA consistently receives the highest rankings from rating agencies,” said Venky Venkatachalam, dean of the Beacom School of Business. “This global ranking truly reflects the high value our program delivers – high-quality learning experiences at a very affordable cost.”

The full QS Distance Online MBA Ranking 2015 can be viewed at


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