The list is the first ranking of online MBA programs based on both surveys of administrators at the schools and of students enrolled in the schools' online MBAs.

The Princeton Review chose the schools for the list based on 2016 surveys of 90 institutions offering online MBAs and of about 3,800 students and graduates in those programs. Data points were weighted in more than 60 unique fields to tally the final list. Criteria focused on five areas: academics, selectivity, faculty, technical platforms and career outcomes.

"We strongly recommend the Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota as an outstanding choice for anyone considering an online MBA," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior VP and publisher. "Its program is exceptionally strong both academically, and in the many ways it maximizes technology that enables students to interact with and learn from its superlative faculty and students all over the world."

Venky Venkatachalam, dean of the Beacom School of Business, said USD’s faculty and staff take pride in providing a rigorous and relevant MBA education that helps its graduates build amazing careers in the world economy.

“We are very proud of this latest ranking for our online MBA program. Increasing our ranking to No. 12 among top 25 online MBA programs by Princeton Review validates the high value proposition our MBA program offers -- highest-quality learning experience, opportunity to learn cutting-edge business knowledge from world-class faculty, at an affordable cost,” he said.

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