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Graduate Degrees at USD Beacom School of Business Named to Top 10 Rankings

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VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business has been named in two separate top 10 rankings for affordable online degrees. chose USD’s Master of Professional Accountancy for its list of affordable online accounting master’s degree programs and USD's Master of Business Administration to its list of best value MBA programs.

USD achieved the MBA ranking through low-cost tuition and AACSB accreditation, while the MPA program was applauded for exceptional preparation for the CPA exam. remarked about USD’s “top-notch accreditation” and “accessible online degree option." These rankings focused on affordability, the convenience of online programs with similar benefits to on-campus programs as well as the valuable skills that the programs offer.

The new rankings are in addition to other recent rankings that have identified USD as a low-cost, high quality, AACSB-accredited graduate business school. Venky Venkatachalam, dean of the Beacom School of Business, said, “Beacom’s affordable, high-quality graduate business education continues to get recognition in the marketplace.”

Beacom’s MPA program prepares students to sit for the CPA exam in most jurisdictions and can be completed in two calendar years, depending on the individual student’s undergraduate coursework. Beacom’s MBA program provides students the choice of the general MBA, a business analytics specialization or a health services administration specialization. Online students at USD can expect the same quality faculty and high-level of interaction in online courses as in USD’s face-to-face programs in Vermillion or Sioux Falls.


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.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News