Academic Business Unit Membership

Your Partner in Business Education


Any academic business unit (department, division, school, college, faculty of business, etc.) whose parent institution grants business degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral level may apply for academic business unit membership in the IACBE. There are many benefits to becoming a member in one of our the three Academic Business Unit categories:

Educational Member:

An educational member of the IACBE is an academic business unit that has met the IACBE’s requirements for membership, and (i) whose parent institution has appropriate institutional accreditation, recognition, or governmental authorization to award degrees, and (ii) that has affirmed its commitment to excellence in business education.

Candidate for Accreditation:

A candidate for accreditation is an academic business unit that has successfully completed the candidacy review process, and (i) has developed an appropriate outcomes assessment plan, (ii) has met the IACBE’s candidacy requirements relating to its business programs, resources, and operational processes, (iii) has affirmed its commitment to excellence in business education, and (iv) is eligible to undergo an accreditation review of its business programs.

Accredited Member:

An accredited member of the IACBE is an academic business unit that has successfully completed the IACBE accreditation review process, and (i) has affirmed its commitment to excellence in business education, and (ii) has business programs accredited by the IACBE. (Note: The criteria for accreditation are contained in the IACBE’s Self-Study Manual.)


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Other Categories of Membership

Individual Member: Membership may be granted to those individuals who serve as administrators or faculty in institutions of higher education not holding Academic Business Unit membership in the Assembly or who represent other higher education organizations supportive of the mission and goals of the Assembly. Individual members have no vote in the Assembly.

Honorary Member: Membership may be granted to individuals with superior professional qualifications who are supportive of the mission and goals of the Assembly. Honorary members have no vote in the Assembly.