MBA Program Accreditation
Several accreditation organizations govern the standards of the business and management schools. More important at the graduate than the undergraduate levels, accreditation speaks volumes to employers by ensuring that high standards were met in delivering quality education to the MBA holder.
The most prominent and prestigious accreditation comes from The Association to Advance the Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Accreditation can take years in which the AACSB judges a business school in terms of quality education and a number of other important factors. Not so much a laundry list of quotas and statistics, AACSB accreditation is about excellence and sustainability. According to the AACSB website, only 5% of business schools worldwide enjoy accreditation. Membership, though not accreditation, in AACSB spans 70 countries. This is testament to how internationally recognized this organization and its accreditation status really are.
Although the MBA program you are considering may not be internationally recognized, the AACBS certainly is. Any AACSB-accredited school can make the list of internationally recognized if only for the accreditation itself.
There are a number of other accrediting bodies that can help an MBA program become internationally recognized such as The Association of Collegiate Business School and Programs (ACBSP). Founded in 1988, this accrediting body isn't quite as prestigious as the AACSB but does have similar goals when it comes to ensuring excellence and quality education in MBA programs.
The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) is another accrediting organization that focuses on flexible and adaptable paradigms when it comes to student learning and operational outcomes. Founded in 1997, the IACBE is still quite young and yet, again, it shares many of the same goals as the two other accrediting bodies mentioned above.