JMU Business and Accounting Programs Reaccredited by AACSB

by Karen Doss Bowman

Accounting Students walking through a hallway - with AACSB logo

SUMMARY: JMU's business and accounting programs have earned reaccreditation from AACSB International, the hallmark of excellence in business education.

JMU’s business and accounting programs in the College of Business (CoB) have both earned reaccreditation from AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The CoB is among fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide accredited by AACSB, and just one of only 185 programs worldwide accredited in both business and accounting. 

"This reaccreditation is a direct result of our faculty and staff’s dedication and commitment to providing high quality, student-focused business and accounting programs,” says CoB Dean Mary Gowan. “They, along with our Board of Advisors and other stakeholders, ensure that we stay focused on providing our students with cutting-edge business education and relevant co-curricular experiences.” 

Founded in 1916, AACSB is the world’s premier accrediting body dedicated to advancing business education. Achieving reaccreditation is a rigorous process that includes self-evaluation and peer review. Business and accounting programs must demonstrate continuous improvement in the areas of engagement, innovation and impact as evidence of compliance with AACSB standards. The reaccreditation process must be repeated every five years. 

The CoB undergraduate and graduate programs have received numerous top rankings in the past year. The business program was ranked No. 18 among public university business programs and No. 25 by employers in the most recent Bloomberg Businessweek ranking of undergraduate business programs. Graduates of the Master of Science in Accounting program achieved the highest CPA pass rate for schools with 20 or more graduates. The Information Security (InfoSec) MBA program received a No. 21 ranking in the 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online MBA Programs and was ranked No. 8 overall for student engagement.

Published: Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 2, 2019

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