AACSB should be a well-known acronym for you if you have been searching for a master’s degree.
I guess you are here because you are looking for information. Well, you are lucky!
You came to the right place.
1. What do the acronyms AACSB mean? 🤔
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
In simple words, an association that aims to promote and improve the quality of business schools and universities, and tries to shorten distances between the academic and professional world.
2. Why is the AACSB certificate so recognized? 🌎
AACSB has earned a reputation for quality and is now internationally recognized.
Although it does not improve labor insertion directly, it does so indirectly.
When an institution owns the AACSB accreditation means it is of great quality in its teaching and training, and ultimately prepare students (indirectly) better than other places to face job interviews.
In addition, most of the accredited centers are already universities and schools whose name have an important weight on the CV.
3. Which universities and schools have the AACSB accreditation? 🏫
Only 5% of all universities and schools in the world have the accreditation.
In total there are 816 accredited institutions in 53 countries.
The institutions that have the AACSB accreditation in their hands can be found at the following link 👉🏽 List of institutions accredited by the AACSB.
4. Is AACSB the only or the best of the accreditations? 💯
Definitely not, but it is one of the most famous and known.
As with the rankings of universities, each accreditation has its own scales and requirements.
A European accreditation homologous to the AACSB is the EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System), which also focuses on accrediting schools.
There are also those who give accreditation to programs, regardless of the school, such as the British AMBA.
Bonus🎁: An important note
It is not the same to be a member of the AACSB than to have its accreditation.
Some member institutions take advantage of it to show the logo on their home pages, which is often misleading and lead to the belief that they are accredited by the AACSB.
There is also a list of all the institutions that are members of the AACSB, without the need for them to be accredited (⚠️ although the website of this list looks like the list of accredited institutions, it is not the same).