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Accreditation Process

Accreditation Process

The IACBE takes a developmental approach to accreditation and the implementation of its quality assurance process.

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Accreditation ProcessThe IACBE Accreditation Process

The process of first-time accreditation by the IACBE takes place in the following stages:

  1. The academic business unit becomes an educational member of the IACBE.
  2. The academic business unit prepares candidacy materials and undergoes a candidacy visit.
  3. The IACBE Board of Commissioners conducts a candidacy review of the academic business unit.
  4. The academic business unit becomes a candidate for accreditation.
  5. The academic business unit prepares a self-study and undergoes a site visit.
  6. The IACBE Board of Commissioners conducts an accreditation review of the academic business unit.
  7. The IACBE Board of Commissioners determines the accreditation status of the academic business unit’s business programs.

Accreditation Process Flowchart – First-Time Accreditation

In order for the business programs of an academic business unit to be considered for first-time accreditation by the IACBE, the academic business unit must follow the process summarized below:


Does the institution have nationally-recognized institutional accreditation (or its equivalent), or appropriate governmental authorization to award degrees? Does the institution grant business degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral levels? Does the institution have a publicly-stated mission appropriate to a college or university? If yes…
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Submit Membership Application and Dues
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Accepted into Educational Membership
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Attend a Workshop on Developing a Comprehensive Outcomes Assessment Plan
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Submit Application Materials for Candidacy Status
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Undergo Candidacy Visit
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Receive and Respond to Candidacy Visit Report
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Candidacy Review by Board of Commissioners
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Board of Commissioners Determines Candidacy Status of Academic Business Unit;
If candidacy status is granted…
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Submit Application Materials for First-Time Accreditation
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Schedule Site Visit
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Attend a Workshop on Preparing an Effective Self-Study
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Prepare and Submit Self-Study
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Undergo Accreditation Site Visit
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Receive and Respond to Site Visit Report
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Accreditation Review by Board of Commissioners
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Board of Commissioners Determines Accreditation Status of Business Programs

Accreditation Process Flowchart – Reaffirmation of Accreditation

Reaffirmation of accreditation is required in order for an academic business unit to maintain its accredited status. In order for the business programs of an academic business unit to be considered for reaffirmation of accreditation by the IACBE, the academic business unit must follow the process summarized below:


Does the institution have nationally-recognized institutional accreditation (or its equivalent), or appropriate governmental authorization to award degrees? If yes…
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Submit Application Materials for Reaffirmation of Accreditation
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Schedule Site Visit
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Attend a Workshop on Developing a Comprehensive Outcomes Assessment Plan
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Prepare and Submit Self-Study
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Undergo Accreditation Site Visit
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Receive and Respond to Site Visit Report
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Accreditation Review by Board of Commissioners
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Board of Commissioners Determines Accreditation Status of Business Programs

Learn More

The IACBE’s Accreditation Process Manual describes the quality assurance process that is used by the IACBE in its accreditation of business programs and details the accreditation policies of the IACBE.

Accreditation Process Manual (PDF)

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