Initial Accreditation

Stock - HandshakeInitial Accreditation for accounting functions similarly to business. The Initial Accounting Accreditation Process is a rigorous review that involves peers from business schools, experienced committees, and AACSB staff.

The Initial Accounting Accreditation Process follows the successful completion and approval of the Eligibility Application. Initial Accounting Accreditation includes a thorough review of the information submitted with the Eligibility Application, a mentor visit, the development/approval of an Initial Self Evaluation Report (iSER), subsequent updates to the iSER, submission of the Final Self Evaluation Report, and Peer Review Team Visit. Once a school achieves Initial Accreditation, it will be placed in a five-year Continuous Improvement Review cycle.


Initial Accounting Accreditation Resources


Required Initial Accounting Accreditation Documents

Development of Gap Analysis and Initial Self Evaluation Report (iSER)

iSER Update Report

Required Attachments

Required Tables

  • Table A2–1 - Intellectual Contributions of the Accounting Academic Unit
  • Table A9–1 - Faculty Sufficiency and Qualifications Summary
  • Table A9–2 - Deployment of Participating and Supporting Faculty

    Required Initial Accounting Accreditation Visit Documents Under the 2013 Standards


    All of the above documents should be saved, completed, and emailed to: aac@aacsb.edu. Please contact your AACSB Accreditation Staff Liaison for application submission deadlines.  You can locate your AACSB Accreditation Staff Liaison via the Organizational Information in the AACSB Exchange.