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 1,600 programs surveyed by U.S. News.
SDSU’s following programs were ranked:
- 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.
“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 where you are as shown by the U.S. News rankings,” said Carey Kilmer, SDSU’s assistant director in Continuing and Distance Education. “Whether you are looking to finish an undergraduate degree or advance your education in a graduate program, SDSU provides a rich, interactive and rigorous online learning experience that will prepare you for your future.”
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.