Confirming Excellence in Management Education: Sixty-Four Global Business Schools Extend their AACSB Accreditation in Business or Accounting

Tampa, Fla., USA (February 17, 2016)AACSB International announced today that 64 business schools have extended their accreditation in business and/or accounting. Founded in 1916, AACSB International (AACSB) is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.

AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than 5 percent of the world's business schools. Today, there are 755 business schools in 51 countries and territories that have earned AACSB Accreditation. Similarly, 182 institutions hold an additional specialized AACSB Accreditation for their accounting programs.

“AACSB commends each institution for their exemplary work in holding the highest honor in business school accreditation,” said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “During this peer-review process schools must demonstrate alignment with AACSB’s global accreditation standards, as well as how they encourage engagement, innovation, and impact across the communities they serve.”

Achieving accreditation is a process of rigorous internal review, engagement with an AACSB-assigned mentor, and peer review. During this multi-year continuous improvement review process, schools focus on developing and implementing a plan to align with AACSB’s accreditation standards. These standards require excellence in areas relating to strategic management and innovation; student, faculty, and staff as active participants; learning and teaching; and academic and professional engagement.

To realize accounting accreditation, an institution must first earn AACSB Business Accreditation. Then, in addition to developing and implementing a mission-driven plan to satisfy the business accreditation quality standards, accounting accreditation requires the satisfaction of an additional set of standards that are specific to the discipline and profession of accounting.

As ratified by the Board of Directors of AACSB International, the following schools have extended their accreditation in business and/or accounting:

Schools Extending Their Business Accreditation

Binghamton University, State University of New York (USA)
Boston College (USA)
Bradley University (USA)
Canisius College (USA)
CENTRUM Católica Graduate Business School (Peru)
Clark Atlanta University (USA)
Dalton State College (USA)
DePaul University (USA)
East Tennessee State University (USA)
Frostburg State University (USA)
Fundação Getulio Vargas, São Paulo (Brazil)
Georgia Southern University (USA)
Groupe ESC Clermont (France)
Hong Kong Baptist University (China)
INCAE (Costa Rica)
Insper Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa (Brazil)
Iona College (USA)
KEDGE Business School (France)
Massey University (New Zealand)
McMaster University (Canada)
Michigan Technological University (USA)
Millsaps College (USA)
Missouri Western State University (USA)
Montana State University-Billings (USA)
Montpellier Business School (France)
National Taiwan University (Chinese Taipei)
Pace University (USA)
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile)
Portland State University (USA)
Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Ramapo College of New Jersey (USA)
Rochester Institute of Technology (USA)
RWTH Aachen University (Germany)
Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University (Thailand)
Shippensburg University (USA)
Simon Fraser University (Canada)
Sogang University (South Korea)
Southeast Missouri State University (USA)
The University of Hull (United Kingdom)
The University of Texas at El Paso (USA)
The University of Waikato (New Zealand)
University of Cincinnati (USA)
University of Evansville (USA)
University of Hawaii at Hilo (USA)
University of Hawaii at Manoa (USA)
University of Houston (USA)
University of Louisiana at Lafayette (USA)
University of Maine (USA)
University of Nebraska at Omaha (USA)
University of Scranton (USA)
University of Southern Maine (USA)
University of St. Thomas-Houston (USA)
University of St. Thomas-Minnesota (USA)
University of Victoria (Canada)
University of Washington Tacoma (USA)
Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)
Warwick Business School (United Kingdom)
Washburn University (USA)
Western Carolina University (USA)
WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management (Germany)
William Paterson University (USA)
Winona State University (USA)
Yale University (USA)

Schools Extending Their Accounting Accreditation

Bradley University (USA)
DePaul University (USA)
East Tennessee State University (USA)
Eastern Illinois University (USA)
Pace University (USA)
Portland State University (USA)
University of Houston (USA)
University of Louisiana at Lafayette (USA)
University of Nebraska at Omaha (USA)

About AACSB International

AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), founded in 1916, is an association of more than 1,450 educational institutions, businesses, and other organizations in 90 countries and territories. AACSB's mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services. As the premier accreditation body for institutions offering undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting, the association also conducts a wide array of conferences and seminar programs at locations throughout the world. AACSB's global headquarters is located in Tampa, Florida, USA; its Asia Pacific headquarters is located in Singapore; and its Europe, Middle East, and Africa headquarters is located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For more information, please visit

Amy Ponzillo
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AACSB International