What Is an Accredited MBA Program?

An accredited MBA program has met standards set by a program-specific or regional accrediting agency, making it relevant and useful to today's business students. Keep reading to learn more about accredited MBA programs. Schools offering Business degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Benefits of an Accredited MBA Program

Graduating from an accredited MBA program assures that you have the educational foundation needed to work in the business world, and it can increase and enhance your employment opportunities. Additionally, selecting an accredited program could prove helpful if you opt to change schools mid-MBA program or if you choose to go on to a doctoral program in business since credits from accredited programs typically transfer easily from one school or program to another.

Important Facts About MBA Accredited Programs

Common Courses Financial and managerial accounting, taxes and business strategy, mergers and acquisitions
Prerequisites Bachelor's degree, usually in a business-oriented field, prerequisite courses, a satisfactory score on an admissions test (GMAT or GRE), letters of recommendation
Online Availability Many schools offer online or blended programs for MBA seekers
Possible Careers Business consultant, chief executive officer, financial officer
Median Salary (2018) $85,660 (for financial analysts)*
Job Outlook (2016-2026) 11% growth (for financial analysts)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Types of Accreditation

There are two types of accreditation you can seek when choosing an MBA program. The first is accreditation that's specific to a school's MBA program, and the second is accreditation that covers an entire college or university.

Program-Specific Accrediting Agencies

The most well-known program-specific accrediting agency for MBA programs is AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This organization first adopted accreditation standards in 1919, and it has revised its standards continually since then, most recently in 2013. AACSB International evaluates MBA programs in four main areas: strategic management and innovation; students, faculty and professional staff; learning and teaching; and academic and professional engagement.

Other bodies that accredit MBA programs include the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.

School-Specific Accrediting Agencies

MBA candidates also can look for schools that hold regional accreditation. Accrediting agencies that were recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as of 2013-2014 included the following:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  • WASC Senior College and University Commission

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