MBA accreditation: List of 100 triple crown business schools
Professionals seeking to equip themselves with the right knowledge and skills to take on higher management positions often find it helpful to enrol into a master’s in business administration (MBA) programme that comes with the right accreditation.
An accredited MBA can add specific business skills to your toolkit that can all work in your favour and support your career goals. MBA programmes with solid accreditation have been helpful in opening new and bigger career opportunities and promotions that lead to improved remuneration and compensation.
MBA programmes come with a financial and time cost factor – an MBA programme from a reputable higher learning institution can set you back by about US$100, 000. Given the hefty cost, prospective MBAs need to find the right business school and the right MBA programme that can guarantee a good return of investment.
MBA graduates who complete accredited programmes are found to enjoy good prospects for employment in any industry. In fact, 84% of those who graduated from the 131 MBA programmes ranked by U.S. News found employment within three months, according to a survey of recent graduates.
Types of accreditation for MBA programmes
Accreditation from a reputable organisation is one good way to check the quality of a business school that can help you decide if the programme you are evaluating is worth pursuing.
The three highly coveted international accreditations for business schools offering MBA programmes are awarded by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), The Association of MBAs (AMBA), and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).
There are other institutes that award accreditations for business schools and MBA programmes around the world however, business schools that are accredited by AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS are referred to as the “triple crown” business schools.
In 2019, there were at least 90 business schools located around the world that were accredited by all three of the main international organisations: AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS.
As of April, this year there are 100 triple crown accredited business schools with operations in 37 countries around the globe.
AMBA MBA accreditation
Up until last year, about 50% of all AMBA-accredited business schools offering MBA programmes and other business programmes were located in Europe or the United Kingdom.
AMBA has committed to limiting the number of business schools it accredits to 300, and currently accredits 275 Business Schools in 75 countries.
AMBA’s rigorous accreditation is international in scope and reach, and AMBA works under the belief that accredited programmes should be of the highest standard and reflect changing trends and innovation in postgraduate management education.
Its accreditation process reflects this commitment to fostering innovation, and demanding business schools to perform at the highest level.
The AMBA accreditation is awarded by evaluating the quality of a business school’s strategy, mission, faculty, students, curriculum, and assessment.
AACSB MBA accreditation
AACSB accreditation awarded to business schools represents a positive evaluation of the school’s mission, operations, faculty qualifications and contributions, and business programmes.
In 2019, over 800 institutions held an AACSB accreditation for their undergraduate and postgraduate business programmes. 75% of accredited institutions were based in the United States while the remaining 25% were business schools were in Britain, France, and Canada.
EQUIS MBA accreditation
EQUIS focuses on awarding accreditations to institutions that offer undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral business programs, including MBA programmes.
EQUIS evaluates the governance, strategy, programmes, students, faculty, research and development, executive education, contribution to the community, resources and administration, internationalisation, and corporate connections of a business school.
There are about 180 EQUIS-accredited schools around the world and over 50% of these schools are in Europe or the UK.
100 triple crown business schools around the globe, listed by country below:
IAE Universidad Austral, Buenos Aires
QUT Business School, Queensland University of Technology
The University of Sydney Business School
Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna
Vlerick Business School, Ghent
EAESP – Fundação Getúlio Vargas, São Paulo
Insper, São Paulo
HEC Montreal, Montreal
Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, Ottawa
Adolfo Ibáñez University, Santiago
Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Beijing Institute of Technology
Lingnan College, Sun Yat-sen University
Sun Yat-sen Business School, Sun Yat-sen University
School of Economics and Management, Tongji University
University of International Business and Economics
Hong Kong (China)
School of Business, Hong Kong Baptist University
INCAE Business School, Alajuela
Universidad de los Andes, Facultad de Administración, Bogota
Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen
Aarhus University BSS, Aarhus
American University in Cairo, Cairo.
Aalto University School of Business, Helsinki
Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki and Vaasa
EDHEC (École des hautes études commerciales du nord)
EMLYON Business School
ESSCA School of Management
ESSEC Business School
ESC Rennes School of Business
Grenoble School of Management
HEC Paris (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales)
ICN Graduate Business School
IÉSEG School of Management
INSEAD (Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires)
KEDGE Business School
Montpellier Business School
NEOMA Business School
Toulouse Business School
European School of Management and Technology
Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
Mannheim Business School
TUM School of Management
Indian Institute of Management Calcutta
Indian Institute of Management Indore
University College Dublin, Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business/UCD Quinn School of Business
SDA Bocconi School of Management, Milan
EGADE Business School, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico City.
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Mexico City.
Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics, Maastricht
Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam
University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Business School, Amsterdam
University of Auckland Business School, Auckland
University of Waikato Faculty of Management, Hamilton
Victoria University of Wellington, Victoria Business School, Wellington
University of Canterbury Business School, Christchurch
INCAE Business School
BI Norwegian Business School
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú – CENTRUM
Kozminski University, Warsaw
Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics
Nova School of Business and Economics
Lee Kong Chian School of Business
SEB LU – School of Economics and Business
University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, Cape Town
University of Stellenbosch Business School, Cape Town
Henley Business School, Johannesburg
ESADE Business School and ESADE University Faculties, Barcelona
IE Business School, Madrid
School of Business, Economics, and Law, Gothenburg
The University of St. Gallen
Thammasat Business School, Thammasat University, Bangkok
Hult International Business School, Campuses in Boston, San Francisco, London, Shanghai, and Dubai
Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow
Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester
Aston Business School, Aston University
Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham
Bradford University School of Management, University of Bradford
Cass Business School, City University London
Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University
Durham University Business School, Durham University
University of Edinburgh Business School, Edinburgh University
University of Exeter Business School, University of Exeter
Henley Business School, University of Reading
Imperial College Business School
Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster University
Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds
London Business School
Loughborough University School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University
Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle University
Open University Business School
University of Sheffield Management School, University of Sheffield
Strathclyde Business School, University of Strathclyde
Warwick Business School, University of Warwick
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