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AACSB Membership Versus AACSB Accreditation

Everyone, Just one quick thought in regards to AACSB accreditation: There’s a big difference between an institution being a member of a group like AACSB, and being accredited by the AACSB.

Any collegiate institutions offering baccalaureate or graduate degree programs in business administration, management or accounting can apply for AACSB membership. In many cases it is the first step to becoming accredited, so I imagine membership is always encouraged.

However, membership is not a guarantee for accreditation. Although some member institutions are on the path to becoming accredited, it’s always good to check the web site ( to see if they’ve completed the process.

FYI, this isn’t exclusive to the AACSB…other agencies (ex. ACBSP) function similarly, where they have member institutions that have not yet gained accreditation.

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