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414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069-2390

School Details

The University of South Dakota, first opening in the 1870s, is a public, four-year institution of higher education located in the city of Vermillion, South Dakota.

ABOUT

The University of South Dakota was founded as a result of the first Legislature of the Dakota Territory. In that meeting, the legislature established the University at Vermillion, which makes what is now the University of South Dakota the oldest institution of higher learning in the Dakotas. However, classes at this university would not be in session for another 20 years. The mission of the University of South Dakota is “The University of South Dakota offers undergraduate, graduate and professional programs within the South Dakota System of Higher Education. As the oldest university in the state, the University of South Dakota serves as the flagship and the only public liberal arts university in the state”.

The University of South Dakota is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has continuously earned that accreditation since 1913. In addition to overall accreditation, some programs at the university have earned independent accreditations from other organizations and agencies. This includes, but is not limited to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National Association of Schools of Arts and Design, the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, the Accrediting Council on Education and Journalism, and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

ACADEMICS

The colleges, schools, and divisions that make up the University of South Dakota are: College of Arts and Sciences, Beacom School of Business. School of Education, College of Fine Arts, School of Health Sciences, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, and the Graduate School. The School of Law was established in 1901, the School of Medicine in 1907, the Graduate School in 1927, the Continuing Education program in 1916, and the College of Fine Arts in 1931. The university offers 132 undergraduate programs and 66 graduate programs. The top fields of study are nursing, business, psychology, elementary teacher education, and biology.

DISTANCE AND ONLINE EDUCATION

The Beacom School of Business, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, the Graduate School, and the School of Health Sciences all offer degree and certificate programs in a completely online format. In addition, an individual can earn degrees and certificates through distance and off-campus programs in Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Pierre, and Sioux City, Iowa. 

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Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

All Programs

Art & Liberal Arts

Associate of Arts in General Studies Bachelor of General Studies Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Business

Bachelor of Business Administration Executive Master of Public Administration Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics Graduate Certificate in Marketing Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management Graduate Certificate in Operations & Supply Chain Management Master of Business Administration / Business Analytics Master of Business Administration / Finance Master of Business Administration / General Master of Business Administration / Marketing Master of Business Administration / Operations & Supply Chain Management Master of Professional Accountancy Master of Science in Administration / Criminal Justice Master of Science in Administration / Human Resource Management Master of Science in Administration / Interdisciplinary Studies Master of Science in Administration / Organizational Leadership

Criminal Justice, Safety & Law

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Master of Science in Administration / Criminal Justice

Education

Educational Specialist in Educational Administration & Leadership / Pre-K – 12 School Principal Educational Specialist in Educational Administration & Leadership / School District Superintendent Master of Arts in Educational Administration & Leadership / Adult & Higher Education Master of Arts in Educational Administration & Leadership / Pre-K-12 Principal Master of Science in Technology for Education & Training

Healthcare

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences Graduate Certificate in Long-Term Care Management Master of Arts in Kinesiology & Sport Science / Sport Management Master of Business Administration / Health Services Administration Master of Public Health Master of Science in Administration / Health Services Administration Master of Science in Administration / Long-Term Care Administration Undergraduate Certificate in Healthcare Analytics

Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Psychology & Human Services

Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies Graduate Certificate in Disaster Mental Health Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Counseling Certification Master of Arts in Addiction Studies Master of Social Work Undergraduate Certificate in Addiction Studies