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University of South Dakota's Online Graduate Business Programs Continue to Gain National Recognition

Seal o the University of South Dakota Two programs in the Beacom School of Business at USD were ranked in the U.S. News & World Report list of the 2020 Best Online Programs.

VERMILLION, S.D. – U.S. News & World Report ranked two programs from the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business in its list of the 2020 Best Online Programs. Among the top programs in the nation, Beacom was ranked in the online Master of Business Administration (MBA) category and in the non-MBA online graduate business programs category.

“It is gratifying to see our graduate programs recognized among an elite group of schools across the nation,” said Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D., dean of the Beacom School of Business. “Our dedication to providing high-caliber programs is shown through our improved rank by U.S. News as well as five years on The Princeton Review’s top Online MBAs list.”

USD’s MBA program was ranked 69th out of 321 online MBA programs, rising four placements since 2019. In addition, the program was ranked #42 in Best Online Programs for Veterans for the program’s affordability, accessibility and reputation.

In the ranking for online graduate business programs (excluding MBA), the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) was ranked 55th out of 174 – an improvement over last year’s ranking. For the 2020 report, U.S. News ranked both online MBA and non-MBA programs based on five categories: engagement, expert opinion, faculty credentials and training, student excellence, student services and technologies.

“Beacom’s online MBA is designed to accommodate the schedules and demands of busy working professionals. Our students’ success is our top priority, and these rankings reinforce that notion,” said Jewel Shepherd, Ph.D., faculty coordinator for the online MBA program.

The online MBA and MPA programs at the USD Beacom School of Business are specially tailored to be delivered in an engaging, online format by the same high-caliber faculty who teach the on-campus programs. Students enjoy the high-quality, rigorous program one can expect from an AACSB accredited business school while also benefiting from a flexible and affordable program.

To learn more about the U.S. News methodology or to view the 2020 Best Online Program rankings, please visit the U.S. News 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