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Online Programs at the Beacom School of Business Maintain Strong Rankings

VERMILLION, S.D. – Two online graduate programs at the Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota received distinctive rankings and recognition from U.S. News & World Report.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at the Beacom School of Business is ranked No. 65 nationally in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Online MBA Programs. According to the publication, 263 MBA programs throughout the United States were evaluated within this survey. This ranking places the Beacom School of Business in the top 25 percent of programs across the country.

The Beacom School of Business Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) program is listed at No. 40 in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings of Best Online Graduate Business Programs. The ranking includes graduate business programs of all types, excluding MBA, and evaluated 139 graduate business programs nationwide.

"This is a prestigious honor for both of our online graduate programs," said Venky Venkatachalam, dean of the Beacom School of Business. "We have consistently received high rankings by prestigious agencies such as U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Our high rankings truly reflect the quality of the learning experience we provide."

The 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Graduate Programs rankings are based on factors such as admissions selectivity, reputation for excellence among peer institutions and academic and career support services offered to students.

For more information about the rankings and the methodologies used to rank online programs, visit the U.S. News & World Report website.


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.