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

BGA accreditation is a gold-standard quality mark and 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.

Why BGA accreditation?

Leaders from Business Schools across the world have come together to speak about the importance of responsible management, lifelong learning and positive impact, and how BGA accreditation supports Business Schools to become great in each area.

Rigorous, holistic quality assurance

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. BGA accreditation recognises the need to compare international standards while taking into consideration local legislative and cultural differences.

Meaningful accreditation criteria

BGA’s accreditation criteria stem from the Charter which is inspired by the UN’s principles for responsible management and 17 Sustainable Development Goals. From this, the criteria have been adapted to fit current and future employer needs. The criteria are streamlined to allow for ease of transparency.

Continuous Impact Model (CIM)

BGA employs a unique process known as the ‘Continuous Impact Model’. 

The CIM model measures a Business School’s impact across six key areas, and provides the necessary mentoring to guide Business Schools to clearly outline ways in which they should exert more impact on stakeholders.


BGA’s Business School accreditation is among the most cost-effective, yet time efficient, in the industry. 

By stripping out redundant preparation work for Business Schools, our accreditation process can examine the components of the School that matter the most to employers and students, saving time, resources and money, while still delivering a rigorous and effective accreditation. 

Responsible management principles

With leadership comes responsibility. The world is changing at an astounding rate. 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. 

Expert consultants and assessors

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

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. 

AMBA & BGA joint accreditation

Combine your AMBA & BGA accreditations into one cost-effective assessment visit by a heavily experienced faculty of assesors.

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