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New Degrees and Certificates Add to USD Offerings

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VERMILLION, S.D. -- Recent Board of Regents approval of two new majors in the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business add to its offerings in the growing areas of new business ventures creation and business analytics. Regents also approved several new certificate programs in other study areas at USD.

Starting this fall, USD’s business school will offer bachelor of business administration degrees in innovation & entrepreneurship and operational analytics. “Both degrees were created to address growing market demand and will have a huge impact on the state in economic development and workforce development,” said Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D., dean of the Beacom School of Business.

The regents also approved new certificate programs in laboratory science, museum and archives studies, reading interventionist and regulatory affairs. Certificate programs usually require fewer credit hours to complete than a minor. They are developed by packaging a small set of courses that allow students to develop expertise within a focused area of study, addressing identified market and workforce development needs.


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 84 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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News