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Beacom Grad Degrees Approved for WICHE Tuition Program

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota now offers non-residents the opportunity to earn select graduate degrees within the Beacom School of Business at resident tuition rates.

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has approved several graduate business degrees as part of the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). This approval and tuition reciprocity arrangement allows graduate degree seekers who are residents of the WICHE member states to enroll and pay resident tuition and potentially save thousands of dollars.

The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business programs that were approved include the Masters of Business Administration with Marketing, Business Analytics, or Operations and Supply Chain specialization, as well as the Masters of Professional Accountancy. Several USD School of Education programs were also approved.

"WICHE and its 16 member states and territories work collaboratively to expand educational access and excellence for all citizens of the West. By promoting innovation, cooperation, resource sharing, and sound public policy, WICHE strengthens higher education’s contributions to the region's social, economic, and civic life."


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