Business Schools in South Dakota
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South Dakota offers business students a choice of around 20 schools. Associate and bachelor’s degrees are the most plentiful, but master’s and a handful of doctoral programs are also available. Depending on your field of interest, you will likely be able to find a scholarship. For example, if you are studying in South Dakota and are pursuing retailing, you may be eligible for the South Dakota Retailers Association Jerry Wheeler Scholarship Program.

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Business Degree Programs in South Dakota

Listed below are all of the colleges and universities in South Dakota that offer business degree programs. If you want to narrow it down a bit more, you can browse our listings of specific types of business degree programs in South Dakota:

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Marketing degree programs in South Dakota >

State of South Dakota's Marketing Industry

South Dakota's main strengths lie in agriculture and in the finance and insurance industries. Though oil-rich North Dakota is currently running hotter, South Dakota's economy is still robust, manufacturing is reviving and jobless claims continue to fall, according to Chase's South Dakota Economic Outlook in 2012.

The marketing industry is small but active. Business-friendly tax policies have lured big names like Citibank NA, Wells Fargo & Co. and Great Western Bank to the Sunshine State. In fact, South Dakota holds 18% of the country's bank assets ($2.5 trillion in 2012), surpassing Ohio by a few million, according to the Sioux Falls Business Journal.

To add to this, Forbes magazine has consistently ranked Sioux Falls first on its list of "The Best Small Places for Business and Careers." With a population of only 824,000 or so, South Dakota is no Silicon Valley, but it's punching above its weight.

Job Prospects for South Dakota Marketing Graduates

The future looks bright for South Dakota marketing graduates. 2010-2020 data from the Department of Labor and Regulation suggest that employment for PR specialists will grow by 15.6% (225 jobs) and that opportunities for market research analysts will climb 25% (30 jobs). Management openings are also on the up.

If you prefer non-financial industries, South Dakota's top employers include the government, educational institutions and healthcare industries. In 2012, Sioux Valley Hospital and Avera McKennan Hospital employed over 9,700 workers in the Sioux Falls area alone, according to statistics from Patty Inglish, MS. You could also investigate ad agencies such as Lawrence & Schiller or Paulsen Marketing.

South Dakota marketers may earn less than their California counterparts but they also pay no personal income tax. In 2012, a Sioux Falls marketing manager earned an average hourly wage of $54.03, according to the Department of Labor and Regulation.

South Dakota Schools for Marketing

There are six accredited marketing schools in South Dakota, mostly in the east of the state. Here are two for comparison:

1. University of South Dakota (USD) (http://www.usd.edu/business/)

USD's Beacom School of Business offers a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in marketing, and an MBA (on-campus or online). It is one of only 5% of business schools worldwide to achieve accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

As part of its real-world focus, the school arranges internship opportunities and hands-on financial management experience. 87% of graduates have been placed in positions.

2. Dakota State University (DSU) (http://dsu.edu/academics/degrees-and-programs/biology-for-information-systems-bs)

Students at DSU's College of Business and Information Systems can pursue a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in marketing or an MBA in general management (there is no MBA with a marketing concentration).

Like USD, DSU arranges marketing internships and provides career opportunities. Programs come with a stamp of approval from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

Professional Marketing Organizations in South Dakota

In a tight-knit state like South Dakota, marketing organizations are small and friendly. Here are a few that provide regular social events and networking opportunities:

As of 2014, South Dakota’s business costs were 16 percent below the national average, allowing it to rank as the number one state in the nation in terms of cost of doing business, according to Forbes’s “Best States for Business” list. Just a year before that, CNBC listed South Dakota as the number one state for business, as well, considering factors such as:

  • Cost of Doing Business
  • Economy
  • Infrastructure
  • Workforce
  • Quality of Life
  • Business Friendliness
  • Technology & Innovation

This business-friendly culture attracts large corporations and burgeoning small businesses alike, making South Dakota a hub for multinational corporations and innovative, new start-ups.

Business schools in South Dakota offer bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees in established business concentrations, such as economics, management, and technology, as well as cutting-edge, highly specialized programs in business analytics, information systems, and banking security.

Business school students who earn specialized degrees in banking security often have their eyes set on jobs with some of the state’s leading banks, such as Citibank. Because of the state’s low business costs, Citibank moved its credit-card operations to Sioux Falls in the early 1980’s. As of 2014, Citibank employed 3,000 people in the state and held $2.5 trillion in bank assets, which officially made it South Dakota’s largest employer.

But large corporations don’t run the show in South Dakota. In fact, small businesses are vital to the state’s economy. In 2013, there were more than 82,000 small businesses, which represented 96.3 percent of all employers in the state.

In 2012, these small businesses created 7,761 new jobs and employed about 60 percent of the private-sector labor force, according to the Small Business Administration (SBA).

The fastest-growing companies in South Dakota in terms of revenue are small businesses. Between 2010 and 2013, these advertising and financial companies were among the fastest-growing, and had 25 and 71 employees, respectively:

  • Click Rain in Sioux Falls – 410% growth, $3.6 million revenue
  • Secure Banking Solutions in Madison – 80% growth, $4.6 million revenue

Although most South Dakota businesses are small, business professionals make some of the top salaries in the state, according to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Salaries for South Dakota’s Business Professionals

South Dakota’s top businesses—like Citibank, Sanford Health, and Tyson Foods—look to hire expert business professionals who have refined their skills through business school. Such in-demand expertise often merits a six-figure salary.  

In 2014, the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics published the average salary ranges (from median to 90th percentile) for South Dakota’s top business occupations, which included:

  • Chief Executives - $179,330 - $182,540
  • General and Operations Managers - $112,570 - $180,870
  • Financial Managers - $126,560 - $145,090
  • Marketing Managers - $107,130- $156,300
  • Sales Managers - $120,530 - $184,490

University of South Dakota

The Beacom School of Business' Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at the University of South Dakota puts an emphasis on analysis and critical thinking. This school offers several options for earning your MBA: the traditional, on-campus, full-time option, an online program and a hybrid approach that blends time on campus with online classes. The program begins with 18 hours of courses in foundation areas, which may be waived depending on your previous academic experience. The following 33 credit hours are devoted to advanced courses and that focus on general business or health services administration. Online or on campus, these programs follow the same curriculum, result in the same degree and are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

University of Sioux Falls

The MBA Program at the University of Sioux Falls gives you broad-based management skills, as well as the option to pursue one of four concentrations: healthcare, general management, marketing and entrepreneurial leadership. Designed for working professions, the curriculum emphasizes practical application, with classroom work forming a basis for hands-on learning. As a Christian school, ethics and personal faith are an important part of the experience. Classes are offered one evening a week so that you can balance work with your studies. The program is designed to be completed over a 27-month period.

Black Hills State University

The MBA at Black Hills State is in "applied management," meaning that students gain practical expertise that will improve their marketability and give them a better shot at success. The school has numerous ties within the local business community and is active in economic development projects in the region. These ties give you a ready network and the opportunity to apply classroom learning. The degree is designed for working professionals; classes are sequenced for part-time study and completion over two years. This generalist degree covers entrepreneurship, business law, finance and accounting, human resource management, information technology and small business marketing in a global arena.

Top MBA Programs in South Dakota


Full List of Schools

Augustana College (Sioux Falls, SD)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management, Nonprofit Management
Black Hills State University (Spearfish, SD)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, Marketing
(some programs offered online)
Colorado Technical University (Sioux Falls, SD)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Doctoral Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Human Resources Management, IT Management, Marketing, Real Estate
(some programs offered online)
Dakota State University (Madison, SD)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Entrepreneurship, IT Management, Marketing
Dakota Wesleyan University (Mitchell, SD)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Agribusiness, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources Management, Marketing, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management
Kilian Community College (Sioux Falls, SD)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting
Lake Area Technical Institute (Watertown, SD)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Agribusiness, Human Resources Management, Marketing
(some programs offered online)
Mitchell Technical Institute (Mitchell, SD)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting
(some programs offered online)
Mount Marty College (Yankton, SD)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Human Resources Management
National American University (Ellsworth AFB, SD / Rapid City, SD / Sioux Falls, SD)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, IT Management, International Business, Marketing
(some programs offered online)
Northern State University (Aberdeen, SD)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, International Business, Marketing, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management
Oglala Lakota College (Kyle, SD)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Agribusiness, Entrepreneurship, IT Management
Presentation College (Aberdeen, SD)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Music/Entertainment/Sports Management
Sinte Gleska University (Mission, SD)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Subjects Offered:
Administration
Sisseton Wahpeton College (Agency Village, SD)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Hospitality Management
South Dakota State University (Brookings, SD)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Agribusiness, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality Management, IT Management
Southeast Technical Institute (Sioux Falls, SD)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Marketing, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management
(some programs offered online)
University of Sioux Falls (Sioux Falls, SD)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration
University of South Dakota (Vermillion, SD)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Human Resources Management, Marketing
Western Dakota Tech (Rapid City, SD)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Marketing

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