From the School

Advance your career with an online MBA through the Beacom School of Business. Choose a General MBA or from specializations in the Business Analytics or Health Services Administration.

Overview

Applicants
66
Acceptance Rate
91%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.21
Years Work Experience
7
Average Age
30

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
490 - 595
GPA
2.94 - 3.53

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Non-Academic


School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
No

Online
Yes

Faculty Information

Total Faculty
33

100
Full-time
27.3
Minority
24.2
Female


Students Say

The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business is "quite the hidden gem." It has "a great reputation, reasonable tuition cost, and an MBA program that [can] be taken completely online." It is a non-profit, "affordable, high ranking," "established and accredited program,"—"a traditional brick and mortar school" that can be easily accessed "mainly via online courses." Students note that the MBA program "is very strong," "highly flexible" and "works well for working professionals." "The low student to teacher ratio" is "very attractive" as is "the low cost of tuition." And the "small community atmosphere allows openness among fellow students." In addition, The University of South Dakota offers health services and business analytics specializations. For many, it is "the best value" for an AACSB accredited school with a "healthcare specialization and online program."

The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business—which offers an on-campus MBA, an online MBA, and a hybrid MBA—"has a good orientation program to help potential students familiarize themselves with the program," and makes it easy for undergraduates who were not business majors "to enter the program and complete prerequisites." "The MBA program managers are very knowledgeable and proactive in helping the students navigate the program," notes one student.

The program is known for "accessible," "quality professors" with "rigorous expectations." "The professors are well versed in the course subject matter and most have a vested interest in their students." They "strive to incorporate [the] newest practices," and have "excellent work-related experience." Students note that professors "do a great job of establishing communication with students" and ensuring "students understand that they will be accountable for the academic workload. There are no free handouts, but most professors are friendly and push students to achieve." One student notes that the "professors are a bit varied in their schedule availability, timeliness in grading and providing feedback, and effectiveness of their lectures." But also says that most of his "professors were very engaged in their courses, hosted live lessons, and gave meaningful homework and quizzes." For some, balancing course work and full-time jobs can be challenging, but the university provides weekly reviews for online MBAs to keep them on track. In addition, the administration makes it "very easy to enroll in classes and accommodate testing situations," and will go "the extra mile help get you through."

Overall, students call this program the "best bang for your buck," and say "the academic experience was outstanding." One student refers to the MBA program as "[t]he little engine that could." In other words, "a relatively small program [that] has a staff of professors and a group of students with tremendous work ethic." He goes on to say, "It was honestly a very difficult program but it shows in their national ranking." Another student says, "USD's MBA program is phenomenal. If you're looking for quality, flexibility, and affordability, then USD is the place to go."


Concentrations

Healthcare Administration
JD/MBA - Dual Degree
Marketing
Supply Chain Management

Specialized Masters

Accounting
Business Administration
Media/Entertainment Sports Management
Non-Profit Management/Public Administration

Certificate Programs

Analytics and Information Management
Marketing
Operations
Supply Chain Management

Center for Research

Entrepeneurship


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description
Resource and Environmental Economics: Resource and Environmental Economics surveys the allocation and conservation of natural resources from a perspective of optimal use and sustainability. Emphasis is placed on environmental economics including the problems of pollution, population, and economic growth. Methods for evaluating projects and programs are considered.

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
No

Description

School's environmental commitment 1:
Green Building & Planning LEED Silver Compliant physical plant

School's environmental commitment 2:
Green Product Purchasing for paper products & printing, cleaning & maintenance products, and electronic products as well as recycling

School's environmental commitment 3:
Faculty involved in the sustainability research, the sustainability program and sustainability efforts on campus. This includes unique student research opportunities in the NSF REU Sustainable RIVER project.

Career Overview

Average Starting Salary
$63,166
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
87%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
40%
Graduate Facilitated
30%
School Facilitiated
30%
Unknown

Source Of Internship Acceptances
71%
School Facilitiated
29%
Graduate Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

60%
Finance/Accounting
15%
General Management
15%
Other
10%
Marketing

Graduates Employed by Region

84%
Midwest
11%
West
5%
Northeast

Students Say

Professors and the administration alike are helpful in preparing resumes and helping students in their job search. Forty-one percent of students received job offers through school-facilitated activities. Over 50 percent of students who responded received a job offer by graduation, and an additional 44 percent received an offer within three months of graduating. Eighty-two percent of graduates accepted job offers in the Midwest. Notable alumni include John Thune, US Senator from South Dakota.

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Finance / Accounting 60% $60,000 $61,857 $45,000 $84,000
Other 15% $55,000 $55,000 $55,000 $55,000
General Management 15% $100,000 $100,000 $100,000 $100,000
Marketing / Sales 10% $47,500 $47,500 $35,000 $60,000

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Financial Services 45% $55,000 $61,333 $45,000 $84,000
Consumer Products 30% $60,000 $65,000 $35,000 $10,000
Other 15% $55,000 $55,000 $55,000 $55,000
Consulting 5%
Manufacturing 5% $65,000 $65,000 $65,000 $65,000

Prominent Alumni

John Thune
US Senator from South Dakota

Al Neuharth
Founder of USA Today

Tom Brokaw
American broadcaster

Tim Johnson
U.S. Senator

Pat O'Brien
Television presenter

Dates

Application Deadlines
Apr 1

Financial Aid Statistics


Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$6,266

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
30%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
9%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
30%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
8%

New Students Receiving Loans
30%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$10,385
Tuition (Out-State)
$19,967
Fees (In-State)
$3,447
Fees (Out-State)
$4,337

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$444
Tuition (Out-State)
$444

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$3,987
Academic Expenses
$600

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
275
Part Time
87%

In State
84.0%
Out of State
16.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
12

Demographics

19.00%
Minorities
16.00%
International

35% female
65% male

Campus Life

Students Say

The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business boasts an "ethnically diverse" student body, "from a variety of backgrounds" and "different countries." "Many are from the financial sector, though there are some students from operations and human resource fields." Students are described as "very inviting and friendly" and as "having mid-western hospitality." One student says, "They are the types of people you want to grab a drink with after work and [they] will do anything to help you out." In the program, students often "work very well in groups" and though competition is present, it is not "really a focus."

The campus is considered "very well-run" and "feels safe and full of activities." Most stu- dents in the online and hybrid MBAs are employed full-time, and though many students in the online MBA program aren't regularly on campus, their program experience is not diminished. Online or off, they find their colleagues "business-minded, willing to share personal experiences, family-oriented, eager to help others, [and] flexible for group proj- ects." "The school does well in accepting good students," notes one student. "Generally, classmates [are] engaged actively in class…. Some [are] busy with work life and family life, but they still manage time well to further their education at the school." This "creates a great collaborative learning environment."


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Rachel Geske
Academic Adviser and Recruiter

Address
414 E. Clark St.
Beacom Hall 108
Vermillion, SD 57069
United States

Phone
6053703922

Fax
605-677-5058

Email
57069


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