Confirming Global Quality and Distinction in Business Education

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Tampa, Fla., USA (April 12, 2021)—AACSB International (AACSB) announces today that 36 business schools have extended their accreditation in business and 21 have extended their accreditation in both business and accounting.

For more than a century, AACSB accreditation has been synonymous with the highest standards in business education. Today, a total of 890 institutions across 58 countries and territories have earned AACSB accreditation in business. Furthermore, 189 institutions maintain supplemental AACSB accreditation for their accounting programs.

“AACSB congratulates each institution on their achievement,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB. “Every AACSB-accredited school has demonstrated a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curricula development, and student learning. The intense peer-review process exemplifies their commitment to quality business education.”

Achieving accreditation is a process of rigorous internal focus, engagement with an AACSB-assigned mentor, and peer-reviewed evaluation. During this multiyear path, schools focus on developing and implementing a plan to align with AACSB’s accreditation standards. These standards require excellence in areas relating to strategic management and innovation; student, faculty, and staff as active participants; learning and teaching; and academic and professional engagement.

To achieve accounting accreditation, an institution must first earn AACSB business accreditation. Then, in addition to developing and implementing a mission-driven plan to satisfy the business accreditation quality standards, accounting accreditation requires the satisfaction of a supplemental set of standards specific to the discipline and profession of accounting. Once accreditation is achieved, each institution participates in a five-year continuous improvement peer review to maintain high quality and extend its accreditation.

As ratified by the AACSB International board of directors, the following schools have extended or achieved their accreditation in business or accounting:

Schools Extending Their Business Accreditation

  • American University of Sharjah
  • Central Connecticut State University
  • College of Business and Economics, Qassim University
  • Emory University
  • ESADE
  • Frostburg State University
  • Grambling State University
  • HEC School of Management, Paris
  • Henley Business School, University of Reading
  • Indiana State University
  • Indiana University Kokomo
  • Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad
  • Jackson State University
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • Montpellier Business School
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Sogang University
  • Suffolk University
  • Syracuse University
  • The University of New Mexico
  • U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Universidad de los Andes
  • University of Alaska Anchorage
  • University of Central Arkansas
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Victoria
  • University of Wisconsin-Parkside
  • University of Wyoming
  • WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management

Schools Extending Their Business and Accounting Accreditation

  • College of William and Mary
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • Michigan State University
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Morgan State University
  • Singapore Management University
  • Stetson University
  • The University of Memphis
  • The University of Texas at Arlington
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • The University of Texas at El Paso
  • University at Buffalo, State University of New York
  • University of Colorado Denver
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Utah
  • Virginia Commonwealth University

About AACSB International

Established in 1916, AACSB is the world’s largest business education alliance, connecting educators, learners, and business to create the next generation of great leaders. With a presence in more than 100 countries and territories, AACSB fosters engagement, accelerates innovation, and amplifies impact in business education. Learn how AACSB is transforming business education for a better society at aacsb.edu.

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