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USD Beacom School of Business Makes Graduate Education More Accessible

VERMILLION, S.D. – The Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota and the Graduate School announce a change in application requirements for the Master of Business Administration and Master of Professional Accountancy graduate degree programs. This change is designed to reduce barriers that accomplished professionals may encounter when applying for advanced business degrees.

Individuals with an earned doctoral degree (including medical professionals, attorneys, educators and others) are no longer required to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) as a condition of application. In addition, potential students who have achieved specific scores on other entrance exams, such as the GRE, LSAT, or MCAT may have the GMAT requirement waived. This waiver is also available for those with an undergraduate degree from an AACSB accredited Business School.

The goal of the Beacom School of Business is to make high quality graduate business degrees more accessible to working professionals. Flexible degree options can be completed online, in person, or a combination, making them ideal for busy professionals.

To learn about specific details and how to apply for the waiver, visit the waiver 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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News