Demonstrating Innovation, Engagement, and Impact: 51 Global Business Schools Extend Their AACSB Accreditation in Business or Accounting

Tampa, Fla., USA (February 9, 2017)— AACSB International (AACSB) announced today that 51 business schools have extended their accreditation in business, business and accounting, or accounting. Founded in 1916, 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 780 business schools in 53 countries and territories that have earned AACSB Accreditation. Further, 185 institutions hold 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 achieve 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 specific to the discipline and profession of accounting.

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

Schools Extending Their Business Accreditation
Adolfo Ibanez University (Chile)
Arkansas State University (United States)
Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand)
Colorado State University (United States)
Georgia College & State University (United States)
Idaho State University (United States)
IE Business School (Spain)
Indian School of Business (India)
Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA) (Venezuela)
IQS-Institut Químic de Sarrià (Spain)
Kyungpook National University (South Korea)
Lamar University (United States)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (Japan)
Ouachita Baptist University (United States)
Queens University of Charlotte (United States)
Rockhurst University (United States)
Rollins College (United States)
SDA Bocconi (Italy)
Seattle University (United States)
The American University in Cairo (Egypt)
The University of Adelaide (Australia)
The University of Michigan-Dearborn (United States)
The University of Michigan-Flint (United States)
Universidad del Pacífico (Peru)
University of Alabama at Birmingham (United States)
University of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
University of Groningen (Netherlands)
University of Illinois at Springfield (United States)
University of Maryland Eastern Shore (United States)
University of Massachusetts Boston (United States)
University of New Orleans (United States)
University of Western Australia (Australia)
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (United States)
University of Wisconsin-Parkside (United States)
University of Wyoming (United States)
Utah Valley University (United States)
Virginia State University (United States)
Yuan Ze University (Chinese Taipei)

Schools Extending Their Business and Accounting Accreditation
Gonzaga University (United States)
Illinois State University (United States)
James Madison University (United States)
Loyola University Chicago (United States)
Marquette University (United States)
National Chengchi University (Chinese Taipei)
North Carolina A&T State University (United States)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (United States)
Texas State University (United States)
University of Southern Mississippi (United States)
University of West Georgia (United States)

Schools Extending Their Accounting Accreditation
The University of Texas at El Paso (United States)

About AACSB International
As the world’s largest business education network connecting academe with business, AACSB provides business education intelligence, quality assurance, and professional development services to more than 1,500 member organizations across 97 countries and territories. Founded in 1916, AACSB Accreditation is the highest standard of quality in business education, with 780 business schools accredited worldwide. 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, visit


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