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USD Beacom School of Business Online Graduate Business Programs Achieve Significant Improvement in Rankings from U.S. News & World Report

USD The USD Beacom School of Business online MBA and MPA programs ranked highly in the latest U.S. News & World Report.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business continues to receive national recognition for its online programs by U.S. News & World Report. The school jumped up in the rankings for the 2021 Best Online Programs in the online Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the non-MBA online business program categories. Beacom’s online Master of Business Administration (MBA) was ranked No. 51 and the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) was ranked No. 34 among non-MBA online graduate business programs.

USD’s MBA program was ranked No. 51 out of 295 online MBA programs, rising 18 placements since 2020. In the ranking for online graduate business programs (excluding MBA), the MPA program increased 21 spots to No. 34 out of 164 programs.

“Our online programs continue to climb in rankings from several prestigious organizations, placing us in the company of some of the best-known business programs in the nation,” said Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D., dean of the Beacom School of Business. “It is clear that our dedication to innovation and student success is making a positive impact on our programs overall.”

“As a career analyst, I did extensive research comparing different online MBA programs. When making my choice, USD had everything I was looking for including a marketing specialization, AACSB accreditation and the absolute best tuition,” said Kim Raines, online MBA student. “I was impressed with the MBA program from day one. I found the faculty at USD to be tremendously helpful, very knowledgeable and truly invested in student success. The curriculum was challenging, well-paced and relevant to my career. Furthermore, the Beacom School of Business offered numerous opportunities and programs for students to get involved. Therefore, even a remote student like myself could feel like part of the team. I found my experience at USD to be truly invaluable.”

U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on indicators such as student services and technology, faculty credentials, and student engagement, using data collected directly from each institution. Only degree-granting programs that are offered primarily online by regionally accredited institutions were considered, and the programs that score the highest are those applying educational best practices specific for distance learners.

“We are so pleased to have our online MBA and MPA ranked among the best in the nation,” said USD President Sheila K. Gestring. “Recognitions such as these are a testament to the commitment and hard work of our faculty and staff at the Beacom School of Business.”

To learn more about the U.S. News methodology or to view the 2021 Best Online Program rankings, please visit the U.S. News website.

Visit the Beacom School of Business webpage for more information about graduate programs in business.


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