Accounting Accreditation

Earning AACSB’s supplemental accounting accreditation signifies a business school’s commitment to strategic management, learner success, thought leadership, and societal impact.

Initial Accreditation

Accounting Accreditation

Initial 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. To achieve AACSB accounting accreditation, an institution must first—or simultaneously—pursue AACSB Business Accreditation. In addition to meeting the 9 business accreditation standards, the school must also fulfill the criteria for the six accounting accreditation standards, which are specific to the discipline and profession of accounting.

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 and 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 accounting accreditation, it will be placed in a five-year continuous improvement review cycle.


Documents should be completed, saved, and emailed to [email protected] by the submission due dates for committee review. If you have any questions, contact your AACSB accreditation staff liaison.