Frequently Asked Questions


  • About AACSB International

    • Has AACSB International ever changed its name?

      Yes, through the years AACSB has made changes to its name they are as follows:

      • 1916: Association of Collegiate Schools of Business

      • 1925: American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

      • 1967: American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

      • 1997: AACSB: The International Association for Management Education

      • 2001: AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
      *Acknowledging that both business and business schools had become global enterprises, the Board of Directors decided to add International to the AACSB acronym to promote the organizations commitment to advancing excellence in business schools worldwide.

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    • How old is AACSB International and how many members does it have?

      Organized in 1916, as the premier accrediting agency for bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting, AACSB's founding members include Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, New York University, Northwestern University, The Ohio State University, Tulane University, University of California at Berkeley, The University of Chicago, University of Illinois, University of Nebraska, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, The University of Texas, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Yale University. Currently AACSB International is the worlds largest accreditation association for business schools. With almost 1,500 members, in more than 85 countries, AACSB truly advances management education worldwide.

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    • When did AACSB move its world headquarters?

      Previously, AACSB International was headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, USA (1966-2004). After much consideration, AACSB International relocated its organizational headquarters to Tampa, Florida, USA in late 2004. The move was viewed as a continuing step in achieving the organizational mission of advancing excellence in business schools worldwide.

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  • Information on Accredited Schools

    • Where can I find a list of AACSB-accredited schools?

      A global listing may be found at:

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    • Does AACSB provide any resources for individuals searching for an accredited business program?

      AACSB has a student website exclusively for prospective business students at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral level. Site visitors will find a variety of information on business degree programs and will be able to search among only AACSB-accredited business schools. Visit to learn more about choosing a school, a concentration, preparing to attend, and other information related to the business school selection process.

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  • Membership

    • My organization's information is incorrect. How can I change it?

      For specific information on how to update your information, visit: For additional questions, contact

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    • Does an institution have to pursue AACSB Accreditation to maintain its membership?

      While membership is a prerequisite for entering the AACSB Accreditation process, members are not required to pursue accreditation. Membership is open to educational institutions, business organizations, foundations, professional associations, and non-profit organizations with strategic interests in shaping management education. Eligible educational institutions are collegiate institutions offering baccalaureate or graduate degree programs in business administration, management, or accounting. Membership does not confer AACSB Accreditation and should not be interpreted as such.

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    • I forgot my password to myAACSB, how can I reset it?

      On the myAACSB login page, select the "Forgot Your Password" link on the login screen and follow the instructions. Be sure you are using your official organization email address (e.g., .edu, .org., etc.). If this does not resolve your problem, contact:

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    • Does AACSB provide a printed member directory or a mailing list? If so, where can I find it?

      AACSB mailing lists are available for purchase for one-time use only. The lists are primarily composed of deans; however, some institutions select individuals from other positions to be the primary representative. Additional list segments (associate deans, MBA directors, etc.) of the membership are currently not available. Learn more and order at:

      AACSB offers an online member directory for members through The Exchange, available by login at

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  • Accrediation

    • What is the difference between AACSB Business Accreditation and AACSB Accounting Accreditation?

      A collegiate institution offering business degrees may apply for AACSB Business Accreditation. AACSB Business Accreditation is a review of any business-related degree offered by the school. An accounting academic unit may seek an additional programmatic accreditation in accounting from AACSB as an extension of the business accreditation process. The two sets of standards are closely aligned.

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    • How much does it cost to pursue AACSB Accreditation?

      When a school applies for AACSB Accreditation, it is assessed a non-refundable fee of 1,000 USD. Once accepted into the initial accreditation process, the school will pay an annual accreditation fee of 5,400 USD. When a school is invited to apply for an initial accreditation visit, it is assessed a one-time fee of 14,000 USD. After initial accreditation is granted and a school enters the continuous improvement review stage, it is assessed an annual accreditation fee of 5,400 USD. The fee increases to 8,700 USD for schools that hold both business and accounting accreditation. To view additional information on accreditation fees, visit:

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    • How do I determine if my school is eligible for accreditation?

      To enter the initial accreditation process, the school must first establish its eligibility by responding to the AACSB’s eligibility criteria. This criteria serves two purposes: for the school to demonstrate its commitment to AACSB’s core values and to provide a foundation for accreditation by defining the scope of review. The school responds to this criteria by completing an Eligibility Application, the first step in the accreditation process. The criteria address the following:

      A. The school must encourage and support ethical behavior by students, faculty, administrators, and professional staff. [ETHICAL BEHAVIOR]

      B. The school maintains a collegiate environment in which students, faculty, administrators, professional staff, and practitioners interact and collaborate in support of learning, scholarship, and community engagement. [COLLEGIATE ENVIRONMENT]

      C. The school must demonstrate a commitment to address, engage, and respond to current and emerging corporate social responsibility issues (e.g., diversity, sustainable development, environmental sustainability, and globalization of economic activity across cultures) through its policies, procedures, curricula, research, and/or outreach activities. [COMMITMENT TO CORPORATE AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY]

      D. An applicant for AACSB accreditation must be a well-defined, established entity and a member of AACSB International in good standing. The entity seeking AACSB accreditation may be an institution authorized to award bachelor’s degrees or higher (in business) or under certain circumstances a business academic unit within a larger institution. [ACCREDITATION SCOPE AND AACSB MEMBERSHIP]

      E. The school must be structured to ensure proper oversight, accountability, and responsibility for the school’s operations; must be supported by continuing resources (human, financial, infrastructure, and physical); and must have policies and processes for continuous improvement. [OVERSIGHT, SUSTAINABILITY, AND CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT]

      F. All degree programs included in the AACSB accreditation review must demonstrate continuing adherence to AACSB accreditation standards. Schools are expected to maintain and provide timely, accurate information in support of each accreditation review. [POLICY ON CONTINUED ADHERENCE TO STANDARDS AND INTEGRITY OF SUBMISSIONS TO AACSB]

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    • How do I locate my school's AACSB staff liaison?

      Schools that are accredited or in the accreditation process are assigned an AACSB staff liaison. The name of the liaison and contact details can be found in the myAACSB system, under ‘My Organization Information.’

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    • What is the process of accreditation?

      1. Join AACSB and explore how membership enhances the quality of your institution.

      2. The eligibility application (for business or accounting accreditation) is completed by the school to enter the accreditation process, and can be submitted at any point throughout the year via AACSB’s myAccreditation system. The application is reviewed by the Initial Accreditation Committee (IAC) or Accounting Accreditation Committee (AAC).

      3. If the application is approved, a business school administrator serving as an AACSB volunteer will be proposed to the school as a mentor, and work with the school to develop the Initial Self Evaluation Report (iSER). The school will also be assigned an AACSB Accreditation Staff Liaison – the primary point of contact at AACSB for all accreditation-related questions. In instances when an application is not approved, the committee will provide supporting advice.

      4. The school and their mentor work together to determine how closely aligned the school currently is with the 15 business accreditation standards (and/or 9 accounting standards). The school assesses the degree of their alignment with each standard, identifying additional actions and resources required to achieve alignment and a timeline for completion. This process results in the creation of the iSER which is generally completed in one year, however it may take a maximum of two years.

      5. The IAC/AAC reviews the iSER, which results in one of the following outcomes:

      a. If the school is fully aligned with the standards, the iSER is accepted, and a final Self-Evaluation Report (SER) is developed. The school will then receive an invitation to apply for an initial accreditation visit.

      b. If the school is not fully aligned, the iSER may still be accepted – but with a recommendation that the school begin taking action to align closer with the standards within a three-year period. During that time, the school must report on its progress and provide updates on its progress. The mentor continues to work with the school throughout this process, until it is invited to submit an application for initial accreditation (for business and/or accounting).

      c. The iSER may be accepted, but further clarification as to how the school will align with the standards is needed. A revise and resubmit recommendation is made to the school.

      d. The iSER is not accepted, based on the grounds that the school is not able to align itself with the AACSB accreditation standards within the maximum time allowed to complete the accreditation process. Initial accreditation must be achieved five years following the acceptance of the iSER by the IAC/AAC.

      6. Approximately two years in advance of the accreditation review visit, a peer review team (PRT) chair is appointed, and will help guide the school as it develops its final SER. The chair will also assist in developing a schedule for the PRT visit.

      7. The IAC/AAC appoints the additional two to three members of the PRT. Together, the team reviews the SER, and upon approval by the IAC/AAC, they send a pre-visit letter to the school.

      8. The PRT visits the school and spends time with key stakeholders. After careful consideration, the team then provides a recommendation to the IAC/AAC for accreditation, deferral, or no accreditation. Recommendations are then forwarded to the AACSB Board of Directors for ratification.

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    • Where can I find AACSB's accreditation standards?

      AACSB’s accreditation standards can be found on the following webpage:

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  • Business School Data

    • Does AACSB provide data or statistics on business schools?

      AACSB provides a variety of data and statistics on business schools, both online and through its printed publications. For example, data is available related to faculty and administrator salaries, business school trends, and more.

      Data Reports
      > Browse and Purchase AACSB Data Reports

      Search Data on Business Schools
      To search for general information on business schools, AACSB offers an Advanced School Search; powered by the most comprehensive business education database in the world. Through this visitors can search based on criteria such as basic institution characteristics, degrees/programs, mission, etc.

      Publications and Blogs
      AACSB publishes an award-winning magazine called BizEd. The publication focuses on business education news, trends, data, research and more. AACSB also produces a Data and Research blog, which provides insight into global business school data and research.

      > View BizEd Magazine

      > Visit the Data and Research Blog

      Data for Media
      AACSB provides data upon request to members of the media. For more information, visit

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    • My institution is a member of AACSB, how do I access DataDirect?

      Visit to login. If you are having difficulty logging in, email

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  • Professional Development Resources for Business Educators

    • Do you offer special sessions or events for the management education field?

      If you are seeking an intensive learning experience or a deeper understanding of a particular topic or issue, be sure to explore the learning opportunities available through AACSB Seminars. These hands-on, sharply focused training sessions are based around skill building activities, practical tools, information, and resources.

      Additionally, our conferences provide the opportunity for attendees to link with like-minded educators and business leaders from all over the world and gain a deeper understanding of the unique issues that shape today's business schools. Focused on topics such as sustainability, assessment, and faculty development, and featuring notable speakers and session leaders, conferences strengthen networks and enrich academic programs.

      Learn more about all of AACSB's events at

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    • I have worked in the business field for many years at the executive level and have considered a career in academia. What could I do?

      AACSB International has developed a program to prepare high-level senior executives for a professionally-qualified faculty position within an AACSB-accredited business school. Partnered with the University of California, Irvine's Paul Merage School of Business and the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business, the AACSB Bridge Program will enable the transfer of professional experience into teaching excellence.

      Attendees of the AACSB Bridge Program are pre-screened to ensure graduates meet general AACSB Accreditation Standards for professionally qualified faculty and have completed an intensive program to prepare them for an entry-level academic position. Specific determination of professionally qualified status is made by individual business schools consistent with their mission and policies.

      Learn more at:

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    • I have my PhD in the social sciences, but would like to teach within a business school. What should I do?

      In 2007, AACSB endorsed several Post-Doctoral Bridge to Business Programs that prepare experienced and new doctoral faculty from academic disciplines outside of business for faculty positions in business academia.

      By design, completing a Post-Doctoral Bridge to Business Program will enable non-business scholars to be more competitive when applying for faculty positions at AACSB-accredited business schools. AACSB's endorsement of these programs means program graduates hired by an AACSB school will receive the same initial qualification status as graduates of a business doctoral program.

      While eligibility requirements vary somewhat for each participating program, all applicants must have received doctoral degrees from an institution recognized for graduating successful scholars in that discipline. This education must have been received outside of a business school. Where applicable, the program from which the applicant graduated should normally be recognized by the appropriate specialized accreditation agency for that field. In all cases, applicants must show excellent preparation for conducting scholarly research and teaching in a field related to the business discipline for which they are applying.

      Learn more at:

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    • I currently work in management education and would like to make a change. Where can I go to look for a new position?

      AACSB International's connection to business school professionals worldwide makes it a centralized source for business education careers. Our online career center,, offers a comprehensive, up-to-date resource for those who are searching for a position or who are looking to hire a new employee.

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  • Attending an AACSB Conference or Seminar

    • Where can I verify if I have already registered for an event?

      Log into myAACSB and navigate to "My Purchases" to view the events for which you are registered for. For more information contact

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  • Publications

    • Do you offer printed and online materials for those in the field of management education?

      As an international advocate of quality management education, AACSB International continually publishes a variety of media to connect and inform the world of business schools. Read about the latest news or trends from top educators and business leaders through BizEd, our award winning management education magazine. AACSB also produces blogs, videos, podcasts, research reports, and white papers.

      For more information, visit

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    • Do you provide benchmarking reports, best practices, or data for management educators?

      AACSB International publishes various reports and maintains a comprehensive business school database called DataDirect for its members. AACSB shares frequently requested data on its website at:

      AACSB also produces a Data and Research blog, which provides a glimpse at a variety of collected data.

      For even more information, visit:

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