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Business School Announces New Graduate Certificate Programs

VERMILLION, S.D. – The Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota is pleased to announce that the South Dakota Board of Regents has approved three new graduate business certificates. Graduate certificates are a way to specialize and gain a credential that can help an individual remain current and add value to their employer.

Designed with working professionals in mind, each certificate includes three to four courses and is delivered entirely online. Individuals with an undergraduate degree can apply credits toward a master’s degree. Those with a master’s degree will earn an additional specialization.

The Business Analytics Certificate spans the full cycle of descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics to optimize business processes in manufacturing, customer relationship management, and supply chain management. Graduates will lead organizations to achieve operational efficiency, anticipate trends in the marketplace, and strengthen their competitive position.

The Operations and Supply Chain Management Certificate provides an in-depth study of network relationship integration, quality and process improvement methods, and project management. Operations and Supply Chain Management prepares graduates to apply the science of getting things done, to the practice of managing logistics, sourcing, quality, scheduling and production.

The Marketing Certificate includes the entire product development process from conception through rapid prototyping, forecasting demand, production and launch. It explores how to use data to identify high value and/or high-risk customers, products, and processes. Graduates can fill a variety of roles in helping a firm develop and market their products and services.

"As the flagship business school in the state, we are committed to providing opportunities to working professionals and senior executives to help their businesses achieve higher productivity and enhance their competitiveness. Graduate certificate programs are a way to recognize that knowledge continues to evolve,” said Venky Venkatachalam, dean of the Beacom School of Business.


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
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