Accounting Accreditation

Earning AACSB’s supplemental accounting accreditation signifies a business school’s commitment to strategic management, learner success, thought leadership, and societal impact.

AACSB Accounting Accreditation Standards

Development of the 2018 Accounting Accreditation Standards

An appointed Accounting Accreditation Task Force developed the current accounting standards, which were adopted by the AACSB Accounting Accreditation Council in April 2018. The six standards are organized into three categories: strategic management and innovation for accounting academic units, accounting learning, and teaching, and accounting academic and professional engagement and professional interactions.

The standards are built on the three themes of engagement, innovation, and impact. These themes are integrated to achieve continuous quality improvement. 

Since AACSB accounting accreditation is supplemental to AACSB’s business accreditation process, the standards for AACSB accounting accreditation build on the business standards and follow a similar structure to the business standards.

Therefore, the accounting accreditation report and documentation do not duplicate information included in the business accreditation report. The business accreditation report and documentation are the foundation on which the accounting accreditation report and documentation are added.

July 1, 2021 Update

AACSB harmonized the accounting standards with the 2020 business standards to ensure congruence between the two sets of standards. We have aligned terminology within the accounting standards with the business standards, updated references to business standard numbers/names, and replaced the eligibility criteria, which no longer exist in the 2020 business standards, with references to the 10 guiding principles."

Two versions of accounting standards will be in use during the remaining two years of the transition period for the 2020 business standards—one dated July 1, 2021, for schools being reviewed under the 2020 business accreditation standards, and the original version, dated April 23, 2018, for schools being reviewed under the 2013 business accreditation standards. View a summary of key updates to the  business accreditation standards and interpretive guidance.

Download the July 1, 2021 Accounting Accreditation Standards
Download the July 1, 2021 Accounting Accreditation Standards With Changes Tracked
Download the April 23, 2018, Original Accounting Accreditation Standards