AACSB MBA Accreditation

A guide to AACSB International’s accreditation process

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) promotes quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services. It is a global, non-profit membership organization of educational institutions, businesses, and other entities devoted to the advancement of management education.

Eligibility procedures for AACSB accreditation

  1. A collegiate institution seeking AACSB accreditation must be a member of AACSB International.
  2. An institution seeking accreditation by AACSB must offer degree-granting programmes in business or management. When available, the institution should have appropriate governmental authorisation to grant degrees. Alternatively, documentation should be provided demonstrating authenticity of the degrees granted in business. AACSB International does not accredit institutions that solely award two-year post-secondary degrees (e.g. associate or foundation degrees).
  3. Degree programmes in business must be supported by continuing resources. A degree programme in business without sufficient continuing resources does not meet this requirement. AACSB Accreditation does not require any particular administrative structure or practices; however, the structure must be judged appropriate to sustain excellence and continuous improvement in management education within the context of a collegiate institution.
  4. All degree programmes in business offered by the institution at all locations will be reviewed simultaneously.
  5. Consistent with its mission and its cultural context, the institution must demonstrate diversity in its business programmes. As a condition of eligibility to pursue business and accounting accreditation (and for maintenance of accreditation) the school must first define and support the concept of diversity appropriate to its culture, historical traditions, and legal and regulatory environment.
  6. The institution or the business programmes of the institution must establish expectations for ethical behaviour by administrators, faculty and students. AACSB International believes that ethical behaviour is paramount to the delivery of quality business education. Schools are encouraged to develop codes of conduct to indicate the importance of proper behaviour for administrators, faculty and students in their professional and personal actions.
  7. At the time of initial accreditation, a majority of business graduates shall be from programmes that have produced graduates during at least two years. While the institution may offer some recently introduced degree programmes, sufficient programmes must have been in operation so that a majority of the graduates in the review year are from programmes that have been producing graduates during at least two consecutive years.

Scope of accreditation

The process of accreditation covers the following criteria:


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