AACSB Accreditation

The Nicholls State University College of Business Administration is accredited at the undergraduate and graduate levels by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. There are only 796 business schools worldwide to hold this distinction.  In addition, the Accounting Department has advanced accreditation from AACSB, making it one of only 186 accounting programs in the world to earn that designation.    AACSB Accreditation is known, worldwide, as the longest standing, most recognized form of specialized/professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn.  The College of Business Administration has held this distinction for more than 30 years, making us the premier college in the bayou region.

What does Accreditation mean to you?

Today, a lot of universities claim to be ‘accredited.’ But, the question is –by whom? Since not all accrediting bodies are recognized, it is important to always learn more about the type of accreditation a school holds.   Accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental process that includes a rigorous external review of a school’s ability to provide the highest quality programs. The accreditation process is a comprehensive review of a school’s mission, faculty qualifications, and curricula, and the process includes self-evaluations, peer-reviews, committee reviews, and the development of in-depth strategic plans. Accreditation ensures that students are learning material most relevant to their field of study, preparing them to be effective leaders upon graduation.

AACSB provides internationally recognized, specialized accreditation for business and accounting programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level. The AACSB Accreditation Standards challenge post-secondary educators to pursue excellence and continuous improvement throughout their business programs.

What does this mean for you?

AACSB Accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Less than 5% of the more than 16,000 schools worldwide granting business degrees have earned AACSB Accreditation.   Of this 5% the College of Business Administration is one of 796 schools, worldwide, to hold the AACSB advanced accreditation.  Because of this, a graduate from an AACSB-accredited school is highly skilled, is more desirable to employers than other non-accredited schools, and ready to perform on day one for their employer.  A degree from a AACSB accredited school is also required for admission to most Masters and Ph.D. programs in business.