Missouri S&T is one of 40 higher education institutions worldwide to receive an extension of accreditation for its business and information technology degree programs by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB is the world’s longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools and programs.
Missouri S&T’s bachelor of science in business and management systems, bachelor of science in information science and technology, master of business administration, and master of science in information science and technology degree programs all received re-accreditation by the AACSB International Board of Directors.
Since 1916, AACSB accreditation has represented the highest standards in business education, and has been earned by fewer than 5 percent of the world’s business schools. Today, 799 institutions in 53 countries and territories have earned AACSB accreditation.
“This is great news for our university and our business and information technology department,” says says Dr. Stephen Roberts, vice provost and dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business at Missouri S&T. “Our faculty, staff, and students have worked very hard to achieve this international distinction, and I’m proud to congratulate everyone involved on this extraordinary accomplishment.”
According to AACSB, achieving accreditation requires excellence in areas relating to strategic management and innovation; student, faculty, and staff participation; learning and teaching; and academic and professional engagement.
“Our departmental emphasis on preparing students for business and innovation in a technology-driven world makes our program distinctive,” says Dr. Keng L. Siau, chair of business and information technology at Missouri S&T. “The extension of our AACSB International seal of approval signifies that the department is continuously innovating and improving to provide impactful and quality education to our students. I’m very proud of the work of our faculty, staff, and business advisory board members, and most importantly the achievements of our students, in meeting AACSB International’s standard of excellence for business education.”
Every five years, AACSB-accredited institutions undergo a review to earn an extension on their previous accreditation. Missouri S&T received initial AACSB accreditation in 2012. In addition to the AACSB accreditation, Missouri S&T’s business program has received several notable rankings in the past few years, including:
— No. 1 ranking for lowest MBA average debt at graduation, according to U.S. News & World Report (2016)
— No. 1 ranking for highest proportion of women among ranked full-time MBA programs, according to U.S. News & World Report (2017)
— No. 2 ranking for best MBA salary-to debt-ratio, according to U.S. News & World Report (2017)
— No. 2 ranking for online big data programs, according to Value Colleges (2016)
— No. 10 ranking for top online programs in supply chain, according to Online MBA Today (2017)
— No. 13 ranking for best online graduate business programs (public institutions), according to U.S. News & World Report (2018)
–No. 40 ranking for best online MBA programs (public institutions), according to U.S. News & World Report (2018)