BGA accreditation is designed to provide impact-driven 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.
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. Where the institution and its programmes are of genuine international quality, with career outcomes demonstrably equivalent to those seen at other accredited institutions, the BGA Accreditation Board (BAB) may apply compassionate consideration in awarding accreditation on a case-by-case basis.
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. The criteria will be used to inform recommendations of accreditation by the peer review team (PRT), and the award of accreditation by the BAB. They are intended to be used in a holistic way to assess the overall quality and values of an institution, rather than adopting a tick-box approach.
BGA’s rigorous assessment criteria ensure that only institutions who can fully demonstrate their quality are
accredited. BGA’s accreditation is focused on measuring changes in impact, developing feedback loops, and
applying feedback to improve against BGA’s accreditation criteria. This consultative, in-depth and detailed
approach means that the highest standards of teaching and learning are guaranteed by BGA accreditation.
BGA believes that institutions should demonstrate best industry practice and understand changing trends to
innovate and continuously meet market demands. The BGA accreditation process reflects this commitment to
fostering innovation and challenges institutions to continuously perform at the highest level.
The BGA accreditation process is designed to provide stakeholders (such as potential students and employers)
with a quality indicator so that they can make informed choices and decisions. BGA represents its stakeholders
by ensuring that BGA only accredits institutions which demonstrate current best practice in business and
management education, including a clear grasp on responsible management impact, coverage of relevant
syllabus topics, and a provision of support for students and alumni which enhance the overall
As a registered charity, accreditation also facilitates BGA’s work to improve standards in business education and
share best practice with emerging markets and developing Business Schools. BGA’s experienced peer review
teams, thought leadership and research, and representation of the business education sector all contribute to
The accreditation process is meant to both examine and consult the institution, where it receives
recommendations in terms of programme and curriculum design, methods on teaching and delivery, alumni
services, admissions strategies, and much more.
The BGA accreditation criteria is overseen by the BGA Accreditation Board (BAB) which is formed of deans and
senior academics from AMBA & BGA’s global network of accredited Business Schools. Relevance and
consistency is key to the accreditation process; the accreditation criteria are reviewed fully every five years. The
BAB will conduct the next full review of the BGA accreditation criteria in 2024, and will include extensive
consultation with key stakeholders; employers, graduates, students and Business Schools.
Institutions do not need to be BGA validated in order to apply for accreditation, although this interim stage is designed to support institutions towards a successful accreditation journey.
There are a number of key documents that have been specifically designed to support Business Schools through the BGA Accreditation process. Some of which have been highlighted below.
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