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U.S. News and World report ranks 7 graduate programs

South Dakota State University had seven graduate school programs ranked following a survey of online programs by U.S. News & World Report. The media company only surveys programs housed in regionally accredited institutions whose programs are offered mostly or entirely online. South Dakota State University is one of more than 800 institutions with graduate schools surveyed by U.S. News on an annual basis.

SDSU was ranked:

  • No. 59 in Pharmacy (tie);
  • No. 80 in Rehabilitation Counseling (tie);
  • No. 86 in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice (tie);
  • No. 90 in Best Nursing Schools: Master's (tie);
  • No. 117 in Sociology;
  • No. 154-202 in Best Engineering Schools; and
  • No. 235 in Biological Sciences (tie).

Previously released, SDSU had the following rankings:

  • No. 144 in Top Public Schools (tie);
  • No. 195-206 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (At schools whose highest degree is a doctorate);
  • No. 284 in National Universities (tie);
  • No. 340 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (tie);
  • No. 74-97 in Best Online Master's in Engineering Programs;
  • No. 108 (tie) in Best Online Master's in Nursing Programs;
  • No. 162 (tie) in Best Online Master's in Education Programs; and
  • No. 211 (tie) in Best Online Bachelor's Programs.

U.S. News believes online learning is integral to all types of education, including higher education, and that consumers are hungry for information related to online degrees. In its 10th year of collecting data from distance education master's and bachelor's degree completion programs, U.S. News continues to expand the range and depth of its information.

To be rank-eligible, an online program must have been founded before the 2019-2020 academic year. In previous editions, only programs coming into inception (which for this edition would have been 2020-2021 academic year) were automatically categorized as unranked. This change was made to allow time for programs to produce graduates before being assessed. A program still qualifies as an online program if it has sporadic in-person attendance requirements such as orientation and testing.