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The Importance of AACSB Accreditation

Working toward an advanced degree like a Master of Business Administration is a big investment of both time and money. Earning the degree takes a lot of dedication and countless hours of studying, writing and test taking. Most students also need loans and financial aid to cover expenses. Considering all of the financial and personal burdens to students, it is important that schools offer a high return on investment; however, not all schools offer the kind of peace of mind that AACSB-accredited schools give. Only AACSB accreditation can guarantee that MBA programs have met rigorous standards of evaluation by a third-party agency.

How Business Schools Become AACSB-Accredited

Attaining AACSB accreditation is a meticulous and exacting process. Auditors evaluate targeted areas according to specific accreditation standards; these areas include, among others, teaching, research, student learning and curricular development. This is typically a lengthy process, and once a school successfully earns AACSB accreditation, committee members must review it every five years to verify that it continues to maintain those standards.

Better Job Prospects

Graduates from AACSB-accredited schools land better jobs than graduates from non-accredited schools; they also earn more competitive salaries. Employers seek outstanding MBA graduates who will perform from the get-go, so many top corporations recruit exclusively from AACSB-accredited institutions. Most employers recognize that accreditation marks the difference between good and mediocre business schools.

Why You Should Only Consider AACSB-Accredited Schools

Considering the ever-mounting costs of higher education and the competitive economy, MBA applicants must at least allow themselves the security of a stable job following graduation. Choosing a school that does not meet or surpass AACSB accreditation standards risks wasting your money and may leave you unprepared for the workforce.

Learn more about the LSU online MBA program.


Sources:

AACSB Accredited Business Schools

OnlineMBA.com: What Is AACSB Accreditation?


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