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Beacom School of Business Named To The Princeton Review's Top 25 Online MBA Programs for 2018 – Three Years in a Row

PHoto of MBA students at luncheon reception. Beacom's online MBA program has been ranked in the top 25 by the Princeton Review for three straight years.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota has earned a No. 19 ranking on The Princeton Review's annual list of top 25 online MBA programs for 2018.

“We are so proud that the Beacom School of Business has achieved this prestigious distinction three years in a row and it places us in the company of the top business schools around the world.” stated Venky Venkatachalam, dean of the Beacom School of Business.  

Venkatachalam continued, “Our high quality faculty, rich history of e-learning, and program innovations allow us to meet the needs of working professionals around the globe. Consistent high rankings over three years and being listed along with top business schools in the nation demonstrate the high value proposition our MBA programs offer – highest quality of learning at an affordable cost.”

The list is The Princeton Review’s 3rd annual ranking of online MBA programs and is based on both surveys of administrators at the schools and of students enrolled in the schools' online MBA programs. The Beacom School of Business has appeared in the top 25 rankings for all three years.

The Princeton Review chose the schools for the list based on its surveys in 2016-2017 of more than 75 institutions offering online MBAs and of about 4,300 students enrolled in the online MBAs programs. Data points were weighted in more than 60 unique fields to tally the final list. Criteria focused on five areas: academics, selectivity, faculty, technical platforms, and career outcomes.

"We strongly recommend the Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota as an outstanding choice for anyone considering an online MBA," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review Editor-in-Chief. "Its program is exceptionally strong both academically and in the many ways it maximizes technology that enables students to interact with and learn from its superlative faculty and students all over the world."

View the Princeton Review's explanation of its methodology for its business school ranking lists.


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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