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Two USD Health Sciences Online Programs Nationally Recognized

VERMILLION, S.D. – Two University of South Dakota departments are recognized for offering programs that are among the nation’s most affordable higher education online degrees.

Online programs offered by the Department of Addiction Studies and the Department of Social Work are noted for providing students with quality educational opportunities at an affordable price.

The USD addiction studies program was the only substance abuse program in the country recognized for its online bachelor’s, master’s and certificate degrees.

The USD social work online master’s degree was recognized as being the 17th most affordable social work online degree in the nation.

The ratings were determined by SR Education Group and ONLINEU, and the evaluation process included comparing costs for the nation’s online educational opportunities.

Both programs are part of the USD School of Health Sciences, the only comprehensive health sciences school in South Dakota. Coursework for both departments is offered in traditional classroom settings, as well as through online options.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


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.