The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the gold standard for business school accreditation worldwide, has extended the School of Business at George Mason University’s accreditation for both business and accounting until 2025. The School of Business has been accredited in business since 1989 and in accounting since 1991.
A school must undergo a continuous improvement review every five years to maintain accreditation, and that continuous improvement review is a rigorous examination of all aspects of the school’s academic programs, student services, external engagement activities, and operations.
AACSB accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Less than five percent of the more than 16,000 schools worldwide granting business degrees have earned AACSB accreditation. Currently, 882 business schools in 57 countries are AACSB-accredited for business, and only 189 of those institutions also hold the specialized AACSB accreditation for their accounting programs.
During the School of Business’ most recent reaccreditation review, the AACSB peer review team noted a number of commendations for the School of Business at Mason, including:
- High-quality academic advising and career services supporting student success
- Link between student success offices and Business Foundations faculty
- Highly engaged Business Foundations faculty who are a great benefit to students
- Strong Assurance of Learning process with significant faculty engagement
- Supportive and engaged alumni and advisory boards
- Strong financial position of the school
The AACSB review team also noted specific commendations for the school’s accounting programs:
- Accounting students’ level of engagement, as well as placement and starting salaries for graduates of the accounting undergraduate program and the school’s MS in Accounting
- Extensive collaboration between accounting and the greater business community, most notably with PwC and KPMG
- Response to the unique market needs of Mason’s location through the creation of the Graduate Certificates in Government Accounting, Accounting Analytics, and Forensic Accounting
- High-quality accounting faculty mentoring program
- Engagement of the school’s Accounting Advisory Council
“AACSB accreditation reflects both the relevance and quality of the academic programming and student services at the School of Business,” said Dean Maury Peiperl. “We take great pride in our faculty and staff, and their commitment to the success of our students and to maintaining the highest standards of excellence throughout the School of Business.”