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US News Ranks USD Online Degree Programs Among the Best

VERMILLION, S.D. -- US News & World Report again ranked University of South Dakota online graduate degree programs as some of the best nationally in its latest listing, which was released Tuesday.

USD’s Beacom School of Business tied for No. 41 out of 91 ranked universities in Best Online Graduate Business Programs (excluding MBAs). Beacom tied for 52nd out of 163 ranked schools in Best Online MBA Programs. And USD’s School of Education tied for 95th out of 188 ranked schools in Best Online Graduate Education Programs.

“Being ranked among the best in a crowded online MBA market is a great validation of the high quality of the MBA learning experience our world-class faculty provide and the positive feedback we continue to get from our students and alumni,” said Venky Venkatachalam, dean of the Beacom School of Business. “Our MPA (Masters in Professional Accountancy) is also consistently getting ranked very high by several agencies, which again shows the high quality of our graduate accounting program."


“We are excited to have been recognized as one of the best online programs in the nation. The faculty and staff put great effect into creating quality programs both on-line and on-campus, and this ranking reflects their hard work and attention to quality education” said Donald Easton-Brooks, dean of USD’s School of Education. 


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.


USD's School of Education is transformative in preparing students both inside and outside the classroom. Its research- and practitioner-based programs train future educators, counselors, leaders, fitness and sport-related professionals for successful careers. The school focuses on a comprehensive learning experience, lifelong learning and developing professionals grounded in best practice. The school’s divisions include counseling and psychology, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, kinesiology and sport management, and teacher residency and education.


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