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.

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