In an exam designed for business school M.B.A. students produced by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) of Princeton, N.J., 38 students from USD’s online M.B.A. program scored in the top 5 percent overall and in two of five Major Field Test categories tested by the ETS.

Students in the online M.B.A. program at The U took the exam during April and scored in the top 5 percent in Marketing and Management, and finished in the top 10 percent in the three additional categories, Finance, Managerial Accounting and Strategic Integration.

According to Angeline Lavin, Ph.D., CFA, director of the M.B.A. and M.P.A. programs at USD, the test is a measure of basic skills across all business disciplines asking questions every MBA student should know.

“We use this test as an assessment of how well we are teaching basic skills in several business disciplines as well as strategic integration, which graduate business students must understand to be an effective manager once they leave our program,” explained Lavin. “This is the first large sample of online M.B.A. students we have who have taken the ETS, and the results show that we are achieving our M.B.A. program learning goals consistently in both online as well as face-to-face courses. We are pleased to report that the on campus M.B.A. students scored in the top 5 percent when they took the ETS exam last summer, and the Sioux Falls Cohort M.B.A. students also achieved a top 5 percent score on the same exam last fall.”

Designed to assess student understanding in key areas as they finish their master’s degree in business administration, hundreds of colleges and universities administer this exam to their M.B.A. students in the United States. More information about the USD online M.B.A. program is available at

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