Online Master’s Degrees2018-09-21T13:47:35+00:00

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Online Master’s Degree Programs

The University of South Dakota offers more than ten online master’s degree programs for adult professionals who want to pursue an advanced degree. USD’s online master’s degree programs are designed with the diverse learner in mind. No matter your learning style, auditory, visual, reading & writing or kinesthetic, our online programs offer qualities that appeal to all learners. That means even busy adult students will find the online graduate programs will effectively meet their learning needs. USD offers master’s degree programs in business, public health, educational leadership, social work, to name a few.


USD Online can help you reach the next level of your career with affordable, flexible online degree programs created to fit your life. We maintain nationally competitive tuition rates, providing you the knowledge and skills you need to grow your career while keeping your student loan debt as low as possible.

Military Discount

Veterans, family members and active service members can benefit from USD’s military-friendly discounted tuition program.  Flexible start times, transfer policies and 100% online degree programs make it easy to earn your degree when you’re ready.

Online Benefits

Our flexible online degrees allow you to complete weekly coursework when it’s convenient for you. Instead of committing hours or days to on-campus classes, you can log in to your class after putting the kids to bed or from your hotel room on a business trip. This allows you to work school into your existing schedule. Faculty office hours, chat rooms and other forms of communication help you stay connected.


Our accredited online programs offer the high-quality instruction you should expect. All of our classes are taught by professors and faculty who come from our on-campus programs. You’ll be learning from experts in their field with a vested interest in you becoming a proud graduate of the University of South Dakota and having a successful career.


Content in our online courses is taken directly from on-campus programs and adapted for the online format. Our online master’s degrees are designed to provide you practical skills and knowledge that you can apply immediately in your current role. Many of our programs feature specializations, elective coursework and practicums enabling you to customize your education and maximize the impact you have in your company or organization.

Online Master’s Degree Programs

Master of Business Administration

The flexibility of the MBA program is well-suited to working adults who would like to finish their degree while furthering their current career or pursuing a new one. Earn your AACSB International Accredited MBA with 5 specializations to choose from including business administration, business analytics, health services administration, marketing and operations & supply chain management.

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Master of Professional Accountancy

Specialized training in accounting and related financial fields for those students preparing for an exciting career in auditing, consulting or tax accounting. Students who complete the program may meet the 150-hour education requirement for the CPA Exam. Requirements for the CPA Exam vary by state.

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Master of Science Administration

Designed to help students gain practical skills needed to take on an administrative role in any public service organization. This online program is ideal for mid-career professionals who work in government agencies, nonprofit and social service organizations, as well as in the private sector.

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Executive Master of Public Administration

Designed specifically for working professionals committed to leading in nonprofit and public organizations. With a 100% online curriculum, our program will enhance your leadership skills, prepare you to participate in the public policy process and communicate with a diverse audience.

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Master of Arts in Addiction Studies

The Master of Arts in Addiction Studies from USD is 1 of 8 master’s level accredited programs in the nation. It’s online format is ideal for professionals already working in the field of addiction counseling or looking to advance their careers. Toward this goal, the program comes in two varieties: a standard track, and an advanced track. The advanced track is for certified or licensed addiction counselors and/or individuals who have successfully completed an addiction studies bachelor’s degree. Graduates will be eligible for the highest level of addiction/prevention credentialing in South Dakota.

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Master of Public Health

The Master of Public Health degree is the most recognized professional credential for practice and leadership in public health. This program addresses five areas of public health: biostatistics, epidemiology, health services administration, social & behavioral science, and environmental health.

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Master of Arts in Educational Administration

Prepares you for a leadership position in K-12 schools and university settings. This online graduate program is a combination of online courses and field experiences that draw upon available theory, research and real-world experiences.

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Master of Arts in Kinesiology and Sport Management

A 30 credit hour degree program designed to provide expertise in the business of sport. There is a growing demand for a master’s degree in sport management for coaches, athletic directors, licensed teachers and sport administrators within the state of South Dakota and across the nation.

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Master of Social Work

Everyday, social workers are working hands-on to face a variety of challenges in our communities. The online MSW from USD seeks to empower our students to take on a larger role overcoming these challenges and improving the lives of our citizens. Graduates are able to deliver clinical & therapeutic services, administrative & staff supervision, community development, organizational planning, and social policy analysis & advocating. Students who hold a baccalaureate degree in social work (e.g. BSW/BSSW) from a CSWE-accredited program may be eligible for an advanced standing designation.

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Master of Music

The Master of Music with a specialization in Music Education is designed specifically for music teachers working in K-12 education. You can focus your coursework on Instrumental Music Education or Vocal/Choral Music Education depending on your career path. The curriculum focuses on expanding your knowledge of music and music theory while growing your skills as an educator.

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The USD Advantage

  • HLC Accredited
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked Best Online program
  • Ranked Best Value by The Princeton Review
  • Career Opportunities
  • Ranked 14th Best in the nation by Affordable
  • Online classes taught by same professors as on campus
  • Best for Vets 2016 Military Friendly
  • Curriculum exceeds national standards
top 10 Military Friendly Schools 2018

The USD Advantage

HLC Accredited

U.S. News & World Report ranked Best Online program

Ranked Best Value by The Princeton Review

Career Opportunities

Ranked 14th Best in the nation by Affordable

Online classes taught by same professors as on campus

Best for Vets 2016 Military Friendly

Curriculum exceeds national standards

top 10 Military Friendly Schools 2018
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What our Students are Saying…

After a lot of research, I decided that the cost and flexibility of the Master of Science in Administration program at USD was a right fit for me. I am confident earning an advanced degree will create enhanced professional opportunities.

Laura Kelly, Pueblo, CO

As soon as I found this program at the University of South Dakota, I knew it was a perfect fit. I’ve been able to meet all of my coursework obligations while balancing a very busy work schedule and personal life. USD has allowed me to complete my college education while living in a rural community.

Merri Schneider, Director, O’Neill Education Center at Northeast Community College, O’Neill, NE

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