Jun 19, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Health Services Management Division

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Master of Business Administration Program Coordinator: Jewel Shepherd, Ph.D.
Health Services Management Interim Chairperson: Mark Yockey, Ph.D.

Beacom School of Business
Master of Business Administration Program
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-658-6532 or 866-890-1MBA



Associate Professor:

Carole South-Winter, Ed.D., St. Cloud State University, Health Services Administration. 

Assistant Professor:

Jewel Shepherd, Ph.D., The Old Dominion University, Health Services Research. 


Matthew Heard, M.B.A., University of South Dakota, Health Services Administration.


 Long-Term Care Management   

Program Description

The 9-credit hour online graduate certificate in Long-Term Care Management coursework will strengthen understanding of aging issues as they pertain to the strategic management, financial management, and health care quality in long-term care organizations. Students will be better positioned to facilitate transformational changes and achieve higher levels of quality within their organizations. Courses are offered annually to assist students in accomplishing completion of the certificate during a 12-month timeframe.

The Beacom School of Business also offers a Master of Business Administration Health Services Administration  specialization.


  1. Completed Graduate Application form found at: https://www.usd.edu/graduate-school/apply-now and a non-refundable application fee of $35.
  2. Official transcript(s) verifying receipt of an undergraduate degree and previous graduate credit (in English or with translation) must accompany an application. Official transcripts of all academic work at the undergraduate and graduate levels are required for international students. The USD Graduate School and/or academic units retain the right to require credential evaluations from organizations, such as Educational Credential Evaluators/World Education Services (ECE/WES), for a student if such an evaluation is deemed necessary.
  3. Baccalaureate degree must be from an institution with institutional accreditation for that degree. A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.7 on conferred degree and/or graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, based on a 4.0 scale, on all graduate coursework is required for full admission. Each graduate program may admit students on provisional status per university policy.
  4. Applicants with degrees from countries other than the United States who have obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institutionally accredited American college or university or from an accredited institution in the following English-speaking contries: United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Canada (Excluding Quebec), Australia, and New Zealand are not required to submit an approved English proficiency exam score. For all other applicants, a minimum score of 79 on the Internet-Based TOEFL (iBT) or 550 on the Paper-Based TOEFL (PBT), a minimum IELTS Academic score of 6.0, or a minimum PTE score of 53 is required for graduate admission. 
  5. Applicants are required to submit a statement of purpose or goal statement.

Subject to faculty approval, those who do not meet all the criteria above may be admitted on a provisional basis.

Application Deadline

  • Three weeks before the start of the semester
    • Fall, Spring, and Summer starts


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