Specialized Accreditation:  AACSB

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The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is a not-for-profit corporation of educational institutions, corporations and other organizations devoted to the promotion and improvement of higher education in business administration and management.  Organized in 1916, AACSB International is the premier accrediting agency for bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting.  Its founding members include the best business schools in the country.

AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools, worldwide.  It is the most prestigious, longstanding, and internationally recognized accreditation available for business schools.  The AACSB accreditation entails a meticulous internal review and evaluation process.  During this review period, the school must develop and implement a mission-driven plan to satisfy twenty-one quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, and interactions of faculty and students. Other key measures include a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.​​​​​​

Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to continuous quality improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive review process.  Accreditation by AACSB signals that the Naval Postgraduate School has the resources, credentials, and commitment to provide its students with a first-rate, future-focused, defense-oriented, business education.

To be one of the elite AACSB-accredited business schools is to be part of an established tradition of excellence.



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Key Dates - AASPA

Key Dates

Jul – Nov 2022

Processing of Continuous Improvement Review (CIR) application

Dec 2022

AACSB Staff assesses requested scope of accreditation review

Jan 2023

CIRC accreditation committee makes the final decision on the scope of accreditation

Feb 2023 – sent via email

Scope of accreditation confirmed; comparable peers, competitors, aspirants determined.

NPS is given the opportunity to nominate individuals to serve on the peer review team and is requested to submit specific dates for their visit

Jun 2023

Proposed peer review team provided to the NPS to identify potential conflicts of interests

Jul 2023 through the confirmation of team and visit date

NPS advises no known conflicts of interest and invitation is sent; length of time to confirmation of team and date is dependent on responses

Prior to completing the school’s CIR report

NPS can provide the accreditation staff liaison with their discipline structure for Table 3-1 and 8-1 reporting. (Reporting by disciplines is new in the 2020 standards.)