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What Is ACBSP Accreditation?

If you’ve looked at Northwest Missouri State University’s online MBA website, you may have noticed this call-out on the program pages: “Northwest’s MBA programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).” But what is ACBSP accreditation? Why does it matter for your online education?

The ACBSP Accredits Business Programs

Accreditation is a rigorous process in which established professionals review programs or institutions to make sure they meet the accrediting body’s research-based standards for quality.

The ACBSP has been accrediting business education programs since 1988. It accredits business programs at the baccalaureate, postgraduate and doctoral levels. The ACBSP accredits programs rather than institutions. U.S. colleges and universities have to be regionally accredited to be eligible for ACBSP accreditation.

ACBSP accreditation falls into three primary areas:

  1. Targeting teaching excellence.
  2. Defining outcomes for student learning.
  3. Driving continuous improvement.

ACBSP uses student-centered teaching and learning to define, measure and analyze the quality of the programs. These benchmarks ensure students of opportunities to gain skills that match their investment in education. Schools with ACBSP-accredited programs use continuous improvement to make sure their business programs provide students with the skills employers seek.

Creating Excellence in Business Programs for Students

Accreditation is a recognized mark of a program’s quality and commitment to excellence. All other things being equal, a degree from an accredited course of study will be more impressive to potential employers than an unaccredited one.

Accreditation requires institutions to maintain top-notch courses, faculty and programs that serve the educational needs and goals of students. Ongoing accreditation schedules mean that courses and programs will be relevant and current.

Not only will continuous learning of the highest standard be provided, but so will superior equipment, software and learning resources directed toward student needs.

Accreditation reaffirms a program’s dedication to providing key student services like advising. It also enables a university to establish chapters of honorary societies focused on business, such as Delta Mu Delta or Kappa Beta Delta. Students who join these societies can then cite memberships on resumes and in scholarship applications.

Accredited Programs

At Northwest, business students can choose from three online MBA programs:

  1. MBA in General Management.
  2. MBA in Human Resource Management.
  3. MBA in Marketing.

Each of the three concentrations requires 33 credit hours and can be completed in 12 to 18 months. A single class is usually three credit hours.

Tuition for each of the concentrations is $13,530 for both Missouri residents and out-of-state students — a very affordable price for an MBA.

Best of all, our online MBA programs boost your management skills and prepare you to advance into leadership positions. The programs do not require classroom attendance at specific times, so you don’t have to schedule your job around school — you can continue to work as you learn. You can also continue to advance your real-world business knowledge where you work.

Learn more about the online MBA programs at Northwest Missouri State University.


ACBSP: Accreditation

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