, a consumer watchdog group that reviews and ranks online universities for cost, quality and credibility, says South Dakota ranks No. 3 among affordable online degrees for its Master in Science in Administrative Studies/Health Services Administration and Master in Science in Administrative Studies/Long-Term Care Administration. The average online university cost for a distance master’s in health care is $21,652, based on GetEducated’s online college reviews. Online students nationwide can expect to pay a low cost of about $12,134 for South Dakota’s distance degree, according to

“USD is competing aggressively and effectively against the private purveyors of online education who do not assure high quality by becoming highly accredited but do price their product higher than USD. We believe, and GetEducated agrees, that we have the better value offering,” explained Michael J. Keller, J.D., dean of the Beacom School of Business. “With upcoming health reform legislation it will be increasingly important for universities to deliver affordable, high quality, online, convenient, health care management education as the leaders of health organizations bring more business principles to bear in the effort to manage costs.” reviewed 34 graduate schools online offering 58 online health care administration degrees or online health care master’s degrees in hot career areas such as health law, health care management, emergency services, pharmacy studies, dietetics and nutrition, and clinical practice to compile the national Best Buy list of affordable online degrees. Choices range from affordable state universities to prestigious health care departments that offer distance degrees, such as Johns Hopkins University.

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