Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs(ACBSP) is a global accreditation organization that offers accreditation services to Business programs that mainly focus on professional business education. Read the article to know more.

Updated by Ankita Tiwari on 27th December 2019

What is ACBSP?

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) was established in 1988 and is one of the leading specialized accreditation body.

ACBSP provides programmatic accreditation for Business education supporting, celebrating and rewarding teaching excellence.

The association holds the assets of teaching excellence and focusses on efficient business learning to develop professional skills in all disciplines relating to business.

ACBSP fulfills the needs for specialized accreditation of universities and colleges that deal with Business, Accounting, and Business-related programs at the Associate, Bachelor’s, Master, and Doctorate degree levels worldwide.  

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Eligibility requirements for ACBSP accreditation

The institution must meet the following eligibility requirements for obtaining an ACBSP accreditation. 

  • Any regionally accredited, associated degree-granting institution present in the United States. The highest degree granted by the institution should be an Associate degree.

  • Any Bachelor’s degree offered in the US or graduate institution located in the United States which has received regional accreditation. The institution must offer both the baccalaureate or major in Business as well as the graduate degree in Business.

  • An international degree-granting institute presenting degrees in Business outside of the United States.

  • The institution should offer high-quality education in Business programs and must comply with the standards set by the council. 

How to apply for ACBSP accreditation? 

The universities and colleges who wish to accredit their Business programs must follow the given procedure to apply for accreditation.

  • The initial step is to confirm that your institute is abiding by the standards set by the ACBSP.

  • After ensuring that you satisfy the eligibility requirements, fill the candidacy form and pay the respective fee.

  • Along with the candidacy form you are also supposed to send a preliminary questionnaire, which is available on the online reporting platform.

  • A mentor will be assigned for self-study analysis and will guide towards how to get the self-study done.

  • Complete the self-study as per the guidelines and submit the report.

  • After the successful completion of the report, a site visit of the educational institute is scheduled.

  • After the site visit, the decision is submitted in either April or November depending on when it was conducted. 


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Decision-making bodies of ACBSP 

ACBSP consists of educational members, corporate members, and emeritus members.

  • Educational Members - An educational member should be a part of a college or university that provides a degree program in business education. 

  • Corporate Members and Affiliates - Corporate membership is provided to business corporations, foundations, professional associations, and non-profit organizations who support ACBSP objectives and have a significant influence on collegiate business education. 

  • Emeritus Members - The Board of Directors might select an individual of superior professional qualifications as a member of the council.

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Universities accredited by ACBSP

In order to receive accreditation for the Business programs, the universities must provide comprehensive and professional education in Business-related programs at all degree levels. At present, there are 2,983 business programs across the globe that fall under ACBSP accreditation. 

Here is a list of few universities accredited by ACBSP. 

Universities accredited by ACBSP

Walden University

Albany State University

Colorado Technical University

University of Phoenix

Liberty University

American Public University

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Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs is a global accreditation organization which accredits all degree levels Business programs of B-Schools globally and also provides extra benefits like access to ACBSP workshops and conferences.


[Also Read: What is Accreditation in Colleges and Universities?


ACBSP has allowed the business programs to shape as per the industry requirements on a global level. The extra benefits provided to the member institutes help them to further improve the education quality and student programs rendered by their institute. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1.For how long has ACBSP been around?

    ACBSP was founded in 1988 to fulfill a need for specialized accreditation for business schools. It specifically provides an accreditation that acknowledges and emphasizes on quality in teaching and learning outcomes.

  • 2.Is ACBSP a legitimate accreditation?

    ACBSP is one of the top accrediting agency in the business learning category. It has a rigorous review process to make sure that programs abide by the accreditation standards.

  • 3.How long does it take to receive ACBSP accreditation?

    It can take up to 5 years from starting the accreditation process, performing a self-study and getting the site visit procedure completed.  

  • 4.What does ACBSP accredited mean?

    It means that school abides by the standards set by the ACBSP for world-class business learning program and has passed the rigorous procedure of accreditation.  

  • 5.Are all ACBSP members accredited?

    No, membership in ACBSP does not confer accreditation. Not all of them are accredited, some of them join to first observe the other accredited members and then apply for accreditation.  

  • 6.What makes ACBSP unique?

    ACBSP is the only association accrediting business-related educational programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degree levels all over the world. ACBSP was one of the first business accreditation association to be recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and has constantly aimed to enhance the level of the business programs running across the globe.