BGA Membership

The journey towards accreditation starts with a BGA membership

Premium services built for Business Schools

The benefits of a Business School membership are tailored to give institutions the tools they need to gain a competitive advantage and leading edge.

BGA believes that Business Schools should innovate and venture beyond conventional means of teaching and research. This is reflected in the services delivered to BGA’s member institutions.  

BGA’s academic business membership is structured to educate association members. It strives to influence a Business School’s impact on stakeholders by teaching responsible management and lifelong learning initiatives.

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Discover the benefits of a BGA membership

Consultation

School/Programme Consultancy Review

BGA accreditation offers consultation services designed to support Business Schools in improving against areas that require attention.

The School/Programme Consultancy Review is a complimentary service that offers an in-depth analysis of a chosen programme or aspect of the Business School. These include alumni/career services, marketing admissions strategies, lifelong learning initiatives, or overall school strategy.

It can also align a programme, such as the MBA, against either AMBA or Business School accreditation criteria. Schools can use the consultancy review for an aspect of their school, or a specific programme, once a year.

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Consultation

School/Programme Consultancy Review

BGA offers consultation services designed to support Business Schools improve against areas they believe require attention.

The School/Programme Consultancy Review is a complimentary service that offers in-depth analysis of a chosen programme or aspect of the Business School, such as alumni/career services, marketing admissions strategies, lifelong learning initiatives, or overall school strategy. It can also align a programme, such as the MBA, against either AMBA or BGA accreditation criteria. Schools can use the consultancy review for an aspect of their school or a specific programme once a year.

Networking

By signing the BGA Charter and joining BGA, Schools within the network become part of a shared commitment to promote responsible management, positive impact and lifelong learning.

Member institutions join an exclusive network of ambitious Business Schools. As a result, they can enjoy facilitated networking opportunities – both online and face to face – where representatives of BGA Schools can engage with other member Schools that share similar goals and aspirations. In addition, member institutions receive up to 40% discounts towards all AMBA & BGA conferences and have free access to capacity building workshops and webinars.

BGA’s networking services can support internationalisation efforts, student and faculty exchanges and inspire the launch of joint programmes. Many Business Schools within the network have found great value in the networking opportunities provided to them as members of AMBA & BGA.

Networking

By signing the BGA Charter and joining BGA, Schools within the network become part of a shared commitment to promote responsible management, positive impact and lifelong learning.

Member institutions join an exclusive network of ambitious Business Schools. As a result, they can enjoy facilitated networking opportunities, both online and face-to-face. Representatives of BGA Schools can engage with other Business School members that share similar goals and aspirations. In addition, member institutions can receive a discount of up to 40% on all AMBA & BGA conferences and have free access to capacity-building workshops and webinars.

BGA’s networking services can support internationalisation efforts, student and faculty exchanges, and inspire the launch of joint programmes. Many Business Schools within the network have found great value in the opportunities provided to them as part of the BGA membership.

Thought leadership

As a movement dedicated to improving business education standards globally, we conduct research on topics that inspire Business School professionals. Leaders, professionals and faculty of BGA member institutions gain exclusive access to BGA’s thought leadership articles, which feature contributions from experts in business and business education.

BGA supports member Business Schools with a successful PR outreach strategy. Additionally, our international magazine and online publications, can help member Schools raise awareness of their achievements; this could include the promotion of research initiatives or invitations to contribute to BGA’s online and print magazine, which is circulated to thousands of Business School leaders globally.

Thought leadership

As a movement dedicated to improving business education standards globally, we conduct research on topics that inspire Business School professionals. Leaders, professionals and faculty of BGA member institutions gain exclusive access to BGA’s thought leadership articles, which feature contributions from experts in business and business education.

BGA strives to educate association members through a successful PR outreach strategy. Additionally, our international magazine and online publications can help Business School members raise awareness of their achievements. This could include the promotion of research initiatives or invitations to contribute to BGA’s online and print magazine, which is circulated to thousands of Business School leaders globally.

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Free student membership

BGA’s student and graduate membership platform has been designed from the ground-up to give members access to CV building services, jobs search, skill assessments, thought-leadership, partner discounts and much more. As a member Business School, all your students receive free complimentary access to BGA’s bespoke Career Development Centre, thought leadership, competitions, and much more.

Free student membership

BGA’s membership platform for students and graduates has been designed from the ground up, giving members exclusive access to CV-building services, job search tools, skill assessments, thought-leadership, partner discounts and much more.

As a Business School member, all of your students will receive complimentary access to BGA’s bespoke Career Development Centre, thought leadership, competitions, and much more.

Validation

With a BGA membership, institutions can pursue BGA validation. This requires an offsite assessment of a Business School’s ability to meet nine criteria, influenced by the BGA Charter. Their programme must build upon the pillars of positive impact, responsible management, and lifelong learning.

In order to apply for validation, Business Schools must submit a range of information to evidence their ability to meet the criteria. They must detail existing activities that support the continuous improvement of the Business School, and how they positively impact stakeholders. The methodology used to support the achievement of validation allows the Business School to build a framework for data and information collection. They can also identify areas of improvement that will support them in achieving the goal of BGA accreditation.

Accreditation

Considering a BGA membership? When you choose to become a Business School member, your institution will be provided with the opportunity to engage in BGA accreditation. As a non-prescriptive and impact-focused whole-institution quality assurance process, accreditation examines a range of programmes, including certificate and online courses.

BGA accreditation utilises BGA’s Continuous Impact Model (CIM), designed to offer Business Schools the ability to pinpoint areas of improvement, and measure their change in impact over time through the modification of inputs.

This approach encourages Business Schools to experiment with, and adapt programmes and courses, while using BGA’s criteria and CIM to measure the success of their implementations. 

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Validation

Member institutions have the ability to pursue BGA validation, an offsite assessment of a Business Schools’ ability to meet nine criteria based on the BGA Charter, that build upon the pillars of positive impact, responsible management, and lifelong learning. 

Validation requires participating Business Schools to submit a range of information to evidence its ability to meet the criteria while detailing existing activities that support the continuous improvement of the Business School, that positively impacts stakeholders. The methodology used to support the achievement of validation allows the Business School to build a framework for data and information collection and identify areas of improvement that will support it in achieving the ultimate goal of accreditation.

Accreditation

As a member institution, your Business School can engage into BGA accreditation, a non-prescriptive and impact-focused whole-institution quality assurance process, which examines a range of programmes, including certificate and online courses. Utilising BGA’s Continuous Impact Model (CIM), which is designed to offer Business Schools the ability to pinpoint areas of improvement and measure their change in impact over time, athrough the modification of inputs.

This approach encourages Business Schools to experiment with, and adapt programmes and courses, while using BGA’s criteria and CIM to measure the success of their implementations.

Eligibility criteria

Business Schools must:

Hold a completed BGA membership application form, signed by the Dean or President of the school.
Present the most recent financial statements showcasing the financial health of the institution and its future sustainability
Provide proof of degree awarding powers OR national/regional accreditation OR certification or accreditation by another university.

BGA Membership Fee

Annual membership
£ 4,000
  • Annual programme consultancy review
  • Mentorship (additional £1,500 charge)
  • Up to 40% discounts to all AMBA & BGA events
  • Facilitated networking
  • Ability to contribute to Business Impact and Trailblazer webinars
  • Free student membership with career development support
  • Business School profile and marketing campaign materials
  • Ability to pursue BGA validation or accreditation

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BGA continues to thrive each passing year, and while confronted with the impact of Covid-19, the restrictions of ‘face-to-face’ interaction and live physical events, we continue to grow.

With more than 210 BGA member Schools, 90 AMBA-accredited Business Schools now hold BGA membership and more than 20 AMBA-accredited Schools have pursued an AMBA & BGA joint accreditation.

View all of the BGA members pinpointed worldwide below.

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BGA Members around the world

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BGA membership testimonials

MARCH 2022

Dr Simeon E. Ifere, DBA Programme Director & EMBA, Programme Coordinator

University of Lagos Business School, Nigeria

‘From the inception of the University of Lagos Business School (ULBS), we recognised the pivotal role BGA could play in improving our Business School and its programmes. When I was appointed as Coordinator of the EMBA programme of the School, I travelled from Nigeria to the headquarters of BGA, met with the Director of Operations (AMBA & BGA) and some members of his team and sought to know the standard expected of Ivy Business Schools and top MBA programmes. The advice I received, our subsequent membership of BGA, the 2020 Accreditation Forum and the 2021 Global Conference I attended have contributed immensely to the progress of our Business School and the MBA programme in particular. Our student enrolment has been rising year on year, and we now have international students.’  

University of Lagos Business School testimonial for BGA
Nebrija Business School testimonial for BGA membership
APRIL 2022

María Elvira Atienza Moyna, International
Accreditation Director

Nebrija Business School, Spain

‘As members of BGA, we have the benefit of conducting one Programme Consultancy Review per year. This review can relate to various aspects of the business school (MBA programme, marketing, admission process…). Last May, we decided to use this faculty and submitted our MBA to this process, which has proven to be very helpful to our business school. The sole fact of completing the data collection form offered by BGA is already very useful to approach the analysis, as it offers an extremely analytical and impact-driven framework. BGA’s response to our form was very detailed and, at the same time, very enlightening at a time of change for Nebrija Business School. As part of this renewal process, we have redefined the pillars on which our project rests: business fundamentals, business analytics, technology, and innovation, change management, sustainability, and entrepreneurship. All this is to align ourselves with the quality standards required by accreditation agencies and our stakeholders.’   

MAY 2022

Neil Mort, President

Acsenda School of Management, Canada 

‘As a small, independent business school in Canada, we found the Programme Consultancy Review an excellent opportunity to receive expert feedback on a new degree program proposal. The insights provided an international perspective, which was helpful given the nature of our student body and our interest in providing a global perspective. From the review, we were able to identify areas that required greater clarification and improvement. As we prepared for our formal regulatory review, we found this very helpful. The supportive comments helped reinforce the decisions that we had made on the curriculum and overall program design. I want to thank the BGA for providing this great service.’ 

Acsenda School of Management testimonial for BGA membership

What have other BGA member Business Schools said?

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For questions about becoming a member, please contact:

Victor Hedenberg

Membership Director

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