Accreditation focused on continuous improvement, impact, and responsible management

This gold-standard quality mark 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.

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.


Rigorous holistic quality assurance

BGA accredits Business Schools and institutions offering business degrees. Its institutional-wide approach allows for a complete overview of each candidate Business School’s process, alongside its list of degree and certificate offering programmes. 


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, the 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. 

Continuous Impact Model

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.  

Responsible management principles

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

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.

Graduate membership

As an accredited (gold) member, up to 5 years of your graduates receive complimentary membership with BGA who will be able to leverage our professional development and responsible management learning. 

Gold Status

Business Schools that become BGA accredited achieve ‘Gold status’ within the BGA and this can be communicated to external stakeholders such as students, employers, and prospective faculty with support from BGA’s communications and marketing teams. 

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