Best Online MBA Programs in South Dakota

South Dakota is home to 25 recognized colleges and universities. A number of these schools offer business programs at all degree levels. Two are accredited by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), while others have been accredited by respected agencies such as the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). One of the state’s AACSB accredited business schools made our list, along with several other accredited schools ranked Nationally by U.S. News & World Report. Let’s take a look at what these schools have to offer, along with a number of other leading options in neighboring states.  

University of South Dakota, Vermillion 

Beacom School of Business at University of South Dakota (USD) offers an Online MBA with five Specializations including General, Business Analytics, Health Services Administration, Marketing, and Operations and Supply Chain Management. The program, which ranked #52 Nationally by U.S. News & World Report, may be completed within two years, depending on Specialization and previous coursework. The Beacom Online MBA is AACSB accredited. 

Dakota State University, Madison 

The College of Business and Information Systems at Dakota State University (DSU) offers an MBA Program that may be completed entirely online. This 36 credit hour General Management Program includes 27 credit hours of core courses, six credit hours of electives, and a three-credit capstone course. Sample courses include Information Systems, Project and Change Management, Business Analysis for Managerial Decisions, Strategic Marketing, and Economics for Decision Making. Students who already have an undergraduate business degree usually complete this ACBSP accredited program within two years. Those who do not have a business degree can expect to graduate within three years. The DSU Online MBA ranked #126 Nationally by U.S. News & World Report (tied with University of Sioux Falls). 

University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls 

The University of Sioux Falls Vucurevich School of Business offers two MBA Tracks including a 21-month, Part-Time MBA with online (or evening) classes and a 12-month, Full-Time Blended MBA in Organizational Leadership with daytime and online classes. Students in both 36 credit hour programs can expect to take core courses such as Leadership & Ethical Management, Managerial Communications, Strategic Management, and Managing Organizational Dynamics. Students in the 12-month program will take classes two times per week, and 21-month students will take classes one time per week. 

The Vucurevich Online MBA is IACBE accredited and it ranked #126 Nationally by U.S. News & World Report (tied with Dakota State University). 

National American University, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Watertown, Ellsworth AFB 

The Harold D. Buckingham Graduate School at National American University (NAU) offers an Online MBA with an Emphasis in Accounting, Criminal Justice, HR Management, Healthcare Administration, Proprietary Higher Education, and International Management. Also on the menu, and offered through the Roueche Graduate Center of the Buckingham Graduate School, is an Executive MBA Leadership Program that takes just 18 months to complete. Per the school, this blended, online program is designed for “experienced managers who want to advance in their career to a higher more responsible leadership position.” Both the MBA and EMBA programs are IACBE accredited. 

As South Dakota only offers four schools with top Online MBA programs, students seeking a relatively local Online MBA option may want to consider the following ranked programs in the neighboring states of Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wyoming:



Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield

Upper Iowa University, Fayette



Capella University, Minneapolis

College of St. Scholastica, Duluth

Concordia University, Saint Paul

Crown College, St. Bonifacius

Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul

Minnesota State University, Moorhead

St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud

University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul

Walden University, Minneapolis



University of Montana, Missoula 



Bellevue University, Bellevue

Chadron State College, Chadron

Creighton University, Omaha

University of Nebraska, Lincoln


North Dakota 

University of North Dakota, Grand Forks

University of Mary, Bismarck



University of Wyoming, Laramie

North Dakota