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USD's Beacom School of Business Online MBA on Top 25 List Five Years in a Row

Four Beacom School of Business students sitting together in a circle. They work together on a project. The USD Beacom School of Business's online MBA program is considered one of the nation's most outstanding, according to the Princeton Review's 2020 ranking of Top 25 Online MBA Programs.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business offers one of the nation’s most outstanding online MBA programs, according to the Princeton Review’s 2020 ranking of Top 25 Online MBA Programs. This recognition marks the fifth consecutive year of top rankings for the Beacom School of Business: #16 (2016), #12 (2017), #19 (2018), #19 (2019), #17 (2020).

Beacom’s online MBA program offers five specializations, which allow students to customize the program to fit their career goals. The flexible, affordable program also receives accolades for the rigorous curriculum, engaged faculty and career services available to online students. Unique features of the program include a one-week residency that allows students to connect with faculty, staff and peers; international immersion opportunities and a capstone project.

"Our position on this list, amidst the leading business schools in the country, is a testament to the high-quality, rigorous programs we offer," said Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D., dean of the Beacom School of Business. "We are proud to improve our ranking and maintain our position on this prestigious list. My sincere thanks and appreciation go to our faculty, staff, students, alumni and USD leadership for making this ranking possible."

The Princeton Review chose the 25 online MBA programs and tallied its ranking list based on data from the company's 2018–2019 surveys of administrators and students at more than 110 business schools offering online MBAs. The criteria focused on five core areas: academics, selectivity, faculty, technical platforms, and career outcomes.

"These consistent rankings are a testament to USD’s commitment to providing a high-quality, robust educational experience to our online students at the Beacom School of Business,” said USD President Sheila K. Gestring. "Not only are these programs offering a wide variety of students the ability to further their education, it is also actively benefitting the workforce across our state and nation."


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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