Before choosing a business school, it is important to understand the difference between regional and professional accreditation.
Entire colleges and universities may hold accreditation by a regional accrediting body, such as the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Regional accreditations are based on basic features of the entire university, such as facilities, services.
Professional accreditation are awarded by specialized accrediting bodies defined by the specific discipline. In the case of business schools, the premier professional accrediting agency worldwide is the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB International grants accreditation for undergraduate and graduate business administration and accounting programs.
Less than 5% of the world’s business schools have earned accreditation by AACSB International—the hallmark of excellence in management education. The Monte Ahuja College of Business holds accreditation from AACSB International in both business and accounting, placing it among a very select group of business schools in the U.S.