Business School Accreditation

What is BGA Accreditation?

BGA accreditation is a gold-standard quality assurance achievement that is awarded to Business Schools that can clearly demonstrate an increasing impact on their students and communities over a measurable period, using BGA’s Continuous Impact Model (CIM), which assesses the improvement in impact across a range of metrics.

BGA accreditation is designed to provide both quality assurance and quality enhancement mechanisms for institutions worldwide, in order to ensure the value of the qualification for potential students, graduates, employers and society. Accreditation plays a key role in informing prospective students and employers about the quality of the institution and its programmes.

The criteria used for BGA accreditation are based upon the BGA Charter, and outline the standards that institutions are expected to meet in order to be awarded accredited status by BGA.

BGA accreditation is focused on continuous improvement, impact, and responsible management

Rigorous, holistic quality assurance with meaningful criteria

BGA accreditation is a holistic and rigorous institutional accreditation with a focus on continuous improvement, impact, and responsible management.

BGA accreditation criteria are used as a benchmark for assessing the overall quality of an institution, it also recognises the need to compare international standards while taking into consideration local legislative and cultural differences.

BGA’s accreditation criteria are derived from BGA’s Charter which is inspired by the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. From this, the criteria have been adapted to fit current and future employer needs.

Continuous Impact Model

A key element of BGA’s accreditation is the use of BGA’s ‘Continuous Impact Model’, a unique process which is designed to support institutions to develop an understanding of their impact on stakeholders. The model is built for Business Schools and measures the changes of impact variables over time and establishes evidential feedback loops to improve the quality of the institution and its activities in a continuous improvement process.

Schools are required to undergo the CIM once they begin the accreditation process. The Business School’s assigned Accreditation Director and academic mentor play a supportive role in ensuring a School’s development and measurement of its impact metrics are used to meet BGA’s accreditation criteria.

Expert consultants and assessors

Fundamental to BGA’s accreditation process is the expert consultation Business Schools receive. That’s why we’ve selected the best assessors and mentors in the industry to support the enhancement of Business Schools and their programmes.

Assessors play an instrumental part in the improvement and enhancement of Business Schools by providing them with active feedback and recommendations. Assessors are also responsible for writing the final accreditation report that highlights the Business School’s strengths, weaknesses, recommendations, and overall impact on stakeholders.

Responsible management

Disruptive challenges and obstacles facing business include environmental, geopolitical and technological as well as the traditional business and economic volatilities. BGA’s accreditation process ensures that Business Schools are equipped to prepare their students to become ethical and responsible managers, fit for tackling the world’s challenges. 

Gold status

Business Schools that become BGA accredited achieve ‘Gold status’ within the BGA. This denotes the highest standard of achievement in business education, and can be communicated to stakeholders such as students, employers, and faculty with support from BGA’s communications and marketing teams. 

Furthermore, accredited Business Schools are displayed at the top of the BGA Business School search and lists, solidifying their status and achievement within the network.

AMBA & BGA joint accreditation

Combine your AMBA & BGA accreditations into one cost-effective assessment visit by an experienced Faculty of Assessors.

Joint accreditations benefit from having both the MBA portfolio as well as the full Business School accredited. 

Rigorous, holistic quality assurance with meaningful criteria

BGA accreditation is a holistic and rigorous institutional accreditation with a focus on continuous improvement, impact, and responsible management.

BGA accreditation criteria are used as a benchmark for assessing the overall quality of an institution, it also recognises the need to compare international standards while taking into consideration local legislative and cultural differences.

BGA’s accreditation criteria are derived from BGA’s Charter which is inspired by the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. From this, the criteria have been adapted to fit current and future employer needs.

Continuous Impact Model

A key element of BGA’s accreditation is the use of BGA’s ‘Continuous Impact Model’, a unique process which is designed to support institutions to develop an understanding of their impact on stakeholders. The model is built for Business Schools and measures the changes of impact variables over time and establishes evidential feedback loops to improve the quality of the institution and its activities in a continuous improvement process.

Schools are required to undergo the CIM once they begin the accreditation process. The Business School’s assigned Accreditation Director and academic mentor play a supportive role in ensuring a School’s development and measurement of its impact metrics are used to meet BGA’s accreditation criteria.

Expert consultants and assessors

Fundamental to BGA’s accreditation process is the expert consultation Business Schools receive. That’s why we’ve selected the best assessors and mentors in the industry to support the enhancement of Business Schools and their programmes.

Assessors play an instrumental part in the improvement and enhancement of Business Schools by providing them with active feedback and recommendations. Assessors are also responsible for writing the final accreditation report that highlights the Business School’s strengths, weaknesses, recommendations, and overall impact on stakeholders.

Responsible management

Disruptive challenges and obstacles facing business include environmental, geopolitical and technological as well as the traditional business and economic volatilities. BGA’s accreditation process ensures that Business Schools are equipped to prepare their students to become ethical and responsible managers, fit for tackling the world’s challenges. 

Gold status

Business Schools that become BGA accredited achieve ‘Gold status’ within the BGA. This denotes the highest standard of achievement in business education, and can be communicated to stakeholders such as students, employers, and faculty with support from BGA’s communications and marketing teams. 

Furthermore, accredited Business Schools are displayed at the top of the BGA Business School search and lists, solidifying their status and achievement within the network.

AMBA & BGA joint accreditation

Combine your AMBA & BGA accreditations into one cost-effective assessment visit by an experienced Faculty of Assesors.

Joint accreditations benefit from having both the MBA portfolio as well as the full Business School accredited. 

Why Business Schools go for BGA Accreditation

Hear what leading deans and directors of international Business Schools have to say about BGA accreditation principles

Eligibility criteria

The Business School must be a BGA member 

The Business School must have been in continuous operation for at least five years

The Business School must possesses degree-awarding powers

The Business School must have graduated at least three student cohorts from one of its programmes

The Business School must have audited financial statements showcasing financial sustainability

BGA Accreditation Fee

Full BGA accreditation with up to 5 years accreditation cycle
£ 15,000
  • £3,000 - Application stage fee
  • £12,000 - Assessment stage fee
  • £500 annual mentor fee (during development stage)

BGA Re-accreditation Fee

BGA re-accreditation fee with up to five years accreditation cycle
£ 12,000
  • £12,000 - Assessment stage fee
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Apply for BGA accreditation

Accreditation process & criteria

Please attach form alongside the other documents and send to:

accreditation@businessgraduatesassociation.com

Faculty of Assessors

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