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4 SDSU online degrees earn U.S. News & World Report ranking

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South Dakota State University had four online 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′s online programs are among more than 1,700 programs surveyed by U.S. News.

SDSU’s following programs were ranked:

“South Dakota State University is committed to providing access to higher education and offers high-quality, flexible online programs to meet your personal and professional needs as shown by the U.S. News rankings,” said Carey Kilmer, SDSU’s assistant director of Continuing and Distance Education. “Whether you are looking to finish an undergraduate degree or advance your education through a graduate program, SDSU provides a rich, interactive and rigorous online learning experience that will prepare you for your future.”

For the 2022 edition, U.S. News assessed an all-time high 1,728 online degree programs and ranked 1,646. The rankings measure overall academic quality and are across varying disciplines such as master's in business and nursing. For the second year, U.S. News ranked undergraduate programs specific to business degrees and psychology degrees. It also once again included specialty rankings in master's level disciplines of engineering, education, MBA and nursing, as well as producing the best programs for military veterans and active-duty service members ranking, which credits strong academic programs for enrolling veterans and making available ample financial benefits linked to federal programs.

Only predominantly online degree programs, from entry to completion, are included in the rankings. Degree programs being delivered temporarily online did not qualify. Some of these programs might not perform well on many of the ranking factors anyway, because the Best Online Programs rankings credit schools for long-term investments in designing and scaling their student services, technologies, curricula and instructor training toward distance learners.

As always, blended learning programs that combine regular mandatory courses in brick-and-mortar classrooms with online education at regular intervals are not included. Certificate programs and associate and doctoral degrees are also not included.