Accreditation Standards

The AACSB Accreditation Standards were first adopted in 1919. Throughout the years, the standards have continued to be revised to ensure quality and continuous improvement in collegiate business education. In 2010, the AACSB Accreditation Standards were revised, as well as the surrounding processes and documentation requirements. The latest revision occurred in 2013 after more than two years of study and collaboration with the global management education community and employer organizations.

To become AACSB-accredited in business and/or accounting, an institution must satisfy the eligibility requirements and the accreditation standards included in the documents below.

2013 Standards and 2017 Standards Update (Effective January 1, 2018)

> 2013 Business Standards
> Full PDF (2017 Update)
> Full PDF with revisions shown (2017 Update)
> 2013 Accounting Standards
> Full PDF (2016 Update)
> Full PDF with revisions shown (2016 Update)

On behalf of the Committee on Accreditation Policy (CAP), I am pleased to inform you about an update to AACSB accreditation standards.

The changes are based on feedback from peer review teams, accreditation committees, deans, accounting program administrators, and other representatives from the business education community. They reflect our commitment to continuous improvement in support of AACSB business and accounting accreditation. Two versions of the business and accounting accreditation standards are provided, the updated standards and a “track changes” version that shows the specific changes in the standards. I encourage you to review the updated standards. The changes are highlighted below.

  • Preamble and Eligibility Criteria:
    • Eligibility Criteria C: Added a definition of diversity and added guidance in the “basis for judgement.” Also added guidance regarding diversity in standards 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, and 12.
    • Eligibility Criteria D: Added guidance regarding program inclusion.
    • Eligibility Criteria F: Added guidance regarding the accreditation timeline.
  • Standard 2:
    • Updated Table 2-1, adding guidance about which faculty to include in the table.
    • Added Table 2-2 as a requirement.
  • Standard 3: Added guidance regarding changes in resources or financial model.
  • Standard 9: Added guidance in the General Business Knowledge Area regarding evidence-based decision making and data analytics.
  • Standard 11: Added guidance regarding competency based education.
  • Standard 15:
    • Clarified the timeline guidance regarding new doctoral degrees and ABD status.
    • Added guidance regarding engagement with professional standards-setting bodies.
    • Added guidance about describing faculty deployment in the past five years and the plans for future deployment.
    • Added guidance regarding non-alignment with the standard, especially as it relates to emerging disciplines.
    • Added guidance in the basis for judgement and guidance for documentation to align with the word “guideline” in Table 15-1.
    • Updated Tables 15-1 and 15-2.
  • Updated and renamed Appendix I: Examples of Impact Metrics in Support of Documentation.
  • Added Appendix II: A Collective Vision for Business Education: Utilizing the Framework within the Context of Strategic Planning & Accreditation Reviews.

The work of the Accounting Accreditation Task Force continues. The task force expects to release an exposure draft of the Accounting standards in September. Comments and feedback will be solicited at that time. A second exposure draft is planned for February 2018.

Your feedback, comments, and questions are welcomed. You may contact me at or Finally, we sincerely appreciate the outstanding support of the AACSB volunteer network. AACSB volunteers are the best in the world.