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

> 2013 Standards Overview

> 2013 Business Standards
  > Full PDF

> 2013 Accounting Standards
   > Full PDF

> View a Comparison of How the Standards Have Changed


2003 Standards and 2012 Standards Update

> 2003 Business Standards
> 2003 Accounting Standards

> Business Accreditation Standards 2012 Update (PDF)
> Business Accreditation Standards 2012 Update (PDF with revisions shown)
> Accounting Accreditation Standards 2012 Update (PDF)
> Accounting Accreditation Standards 2012 Update (PDF with revisions shown)