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USD Beacom School of Business Online MBA Ranked No. 16 by The Princeton Review

Top 20 Ranking Six Years in a Row

The Princeton Review Top 50 Online MBA Programs for 2021 Badge The USD Beacom School of Business was ranked No. 16 on The Princeton Review's list of top 50 online MBA programs for 2021.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota was ranked No. 16 on The Princeton Review’s list of top 50 online MBA programs for 2021. Increasing one spot from last year, the Beacom’s online MBA program has maintained top 20 rankings for six years in a row.

“Our rigorous curriculum and engaged faculty coupled with our affordable tuition and AACSB accreditation truly set our program apart,” said Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D., dean of the Beacom School of Business. “It is the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff, students and alumni that have earned us this recognition, year after year. We are proud to be ranked among some of the most well-known business programs in the world.”

Over the last decade, the Beacom School of Business has made a strategic investment in their online MBA program, Venkatachalam noted. The online MBA offers five unique specializations, which allow students to customize the program to fit their goals. In addition, online students have many opportunities to strengthen their connection with the school. The program includes a one-week, on-campus residency, that allows students to connect with their peers, faculty and staff. In addition, online MBA students are encouraged to participate in career and networking events, an international immersion program and a collaborative business consulting project which pairs graduate and undergraduate students with a faculty advisor and business client.

The Princeton Review chose the top 50 online MBA programs and tallied its ranking list based on data from the company's 2013–2020 surveys of administrators and students at more than 125 business schools offering online MBAs. The criteria focused on five core areas: academics, selectivity, faculty, technical platforms, and career outcomes.

“Congratulations to the Beacom School of Business for continually being recognized as a leading business school in the state and in the nation,” said USD President Sheila K. Gestring. “The Princeton Review ranking demonstrates USD’s commitment to providing students with accredited academic programs that are flexible and affordable.”


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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