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What Is AACSB Accreditation?

According to Best Business Schools, "The Gladys A. Kelce College of Business at Pittsburg State University is among the nation's leading business schools for quality, high standards, and value." Our online graduate business programs are taught by the same highly qualified faculty who teach on campus, and our well-rounded programs prepare you for a successful future in the business world. This is a claim that is firmly substantiated by our accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, also known as AACSB International.

Accreditation Assures the Value of Your Education

As you evaluate business schools and MBA programs, one of the most important factors to consider is accreditation. This is your assurance that a business school has undergone an independent and demanding assessment of the quality of its coursework, faculty, services and student academic qualifications. Accreditation is a distinguished mark of high achievement — one that few business schools earn.

Before you invest your time and money into an MBA program, you want to find one that delivers the highest quality of education possible, online or on campus. You want to know that your business school is committed to providing up-to-date curriculum taught by highly qualified faculty who are dedicated to their own continued professional development. Accreditation is critical because corporate recruiters use accreditation — and particularly AACSB for business schools — as a key criterion for hiring consideration. To employers, this designation validates the necessary baseline of educational standards that correlates with career success.

AACSB Accredits the Best Business Schools in the World

AACSB is the longest-serving global association for advancing management education, and it confers the most recognized accreditation a business school and its programs can earn. First developed in 1919, the agency's standards have since been continually updated to ensure quality and continuous improvement in business education.

Around the world, businesses and the global academic community hold the AACSB accreditation standard in the highest regard. This community has a vested interest in promoting the best possible business education standards because doing so elevates the state of business in the countries and organizations that aim to measure up. That's why there are more than 1,600 member organizations and 40,000 individual members involved in AACSB.

AACSB accreditation has been achieved by fewer than 5 percent of the more than 16,000 business schools worldwide. According to the organization, "AACSB-accredited schools produce graduates who are highly skilled and more desirable to employers than other non-accredited schools."

To produce such graduates requires developing and maintaining an elite business program, and that takes years of commitment and dedication. The rigorous review process a business school must undergo in order to earn AACSB accreditation includes:

  • Curriculum and coursework assessments
  • Scrutiny of faculty and administrator qualifications
  • Self-evaluations of faculty and administrator performance
  • Peer and committee reviews
  • Creation of strategic, forward-thinking plans

When AACSB Accreditation Matters Most

Your MBA from an AACSB-accredited business school will be an advantage in your career, regardless of the industry you choose. Yet, the following are some factors that make choosing an accredited school especially important:

  • Your employer's tuition plan requires AACSB accreditation.
  • You are in an industry in which employers show preference for academic prestige.
  • Most leadership positions in your industry are attained by graduates of AACSB-accredited institutions.
  • You would like to have the opportunity at some point to join a business school's faculty.

Business education continues to evolve, but one thing hasn't changed: For nearly a century, employers have valued the training they know they can count on from a graduate of an AACSB-accredited business school. Earning your MBA online from Pittsburg State University provides you with that confidence.

Learn more about Pittsburg State University's online MBA programs.


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