AACSB accreditation

Business Accreditation

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

Initial Accreditation

Business Accreditation

The initial accreditation process is a rigorous review that involves peers from business schools, committees, and AACSB staff. The initial accreditation process follows the successful completion and approval of the eligibility application for business accreditation. Initial 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 accreditation, it enters the continuous improvement review phase, undergoing a peer review every five years.

eFile Documents should be completed, saved, and emailed to [email protected] by the submission due dates for committee review. myAccreditation documents should be uploaded via myAccreditation. Schools may contact their AACSB accreditation staff liaison for assistance. Your staff liaison is listed in myAccreditation under the contacts tab.

Below are resources and templates to be used throughout the initial accreditation process.

2013 Required Documents
iSER Outline Business—myAccreditation
Accreditation Standards Worksheet—myAccreditation
GAP Analysis—myAccreditation
Profile Sheet—myAccreditation

2020 Required Documents
iSER Outline Business—myAccreditation
Accreditation Standards Worksheet—myAccreditation
GAP Analysis—myAccreditation
Profile Sheet—myAccreditation

2013 Required Tables—myAccreditation
Table 2-1
Table 2-2
Table 15-1
Table 15-2

2020 Required Tables—myAccreditation
Table 2-1
Table 3-1
Table 3-2
Table 5-1
Table 8-1

2020 Optional Table—myAccreditation
Table 9-1









2013 Required Documentation
Progress Report Guidelines and Submission Instructions—myAccreditation Only
Profile Sheet—eFile or myAccreditation

2020 Required Documents
Progress Report Guidelines and Submission Instructions—myAccreditation
Progress Report Guidelines and Submission Instructions(initial schools transitioning to 2020 standards)
Profile Sheet—myAccreditation

2013 Required Tables—eFile or myAccreditation
Table 2-1
Table 2-2
Table 15-1
Table 15-2

2020 Required Tables—myAccreditation
Table 2-1
Table 3-1
Table 3-2
Table 5-1
Table 8-1

2020 Optional Table—myAccreditation
Table 9-1






Self-Evaluation Report (SER) Submission Instructions for Initial Visits under the 2013 or 2020 standards:

Visits July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 will submit their SER to the team via email with a copy to the Initial Accreditation Committee ([email protected])
Visits July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023 will submit their SER to the team and IAC via myAccreditation

2013 Required Documents:

Self-Evaluation Report Guidelines
Table 2-1
Table 2-2
Table 15-1
Table 15-2 

2020 Required Documents:

Self-Evaluation Report Guidelines
Profile Sheet
Table 2-1
Table 3-1
Table 3-2
Table 5-1
Table 8-1
Table 9-1 (Optional)