Accreditations and Rankings

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Accreditation is a symbol of excellence recognized worldwide by students, educators, and employers. It is a voluntary, non-governmental process of validation in which colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning are evaluated.

Three different International Accreditation Boards accredit IE Business School: EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA. The Spanish Government鈥檚 Accreditation Board ACSUCYL (La Agencia para la Calidad del Sistema Universitario de Castilla y Le贸n) also accredits the Business School and the School must adhere to governmental standards and criteria in order to provide students with Official Diplomas recognized by the Spanish Government.

Once earned, accreditation must be maintained and re-evaluated at regular intervals in order to ensure the university, program, or school unit continues to provide the best education it can.

What's due this academic year

ANECA

Informe de Seguimiento IMBA, MIM, MBAs & IEBEXMBA
Deadline: September 2023 (start preparing in February 2023)

EQUIS

Re-Accreditation 2023
Deadline: November 2023

AACSB

Mid-Term Report: July 2024
5-year Reaccreditation Self-Assessment Report
Deadline: September 2026

Accreditations Timeline

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Data Request (applies to AACSB & AMBA)
  • Enrollment
  • Diversity
  • Graduated
Prepare Data and Documentation (applies to AACSB, AMBA & EQUIS)
  • Student cohort
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Syllabus
  • Assessment
  • Delivery
  • Interaction
Hard Copy Document Collection (applies to AACSB, AMBA & EQUIS)
  • Refer to Base Room checklist

ANECA

Internally, we refer to the Spanish Government鈥檚 Accreditation Board as ANECA (Agencia Nacional de Evaluaci贸n de la Calidad y Acreditaci贸n), even though ACSUCYL (Agencia para la Calidad del Sistema Universitario de Castilla y Le贸n) is the one that specifically accredits our Business School.

IE Business School currently offers 5 official programs:

  • BBA (Grado en Administraci贸n de Empresas).
  • BBSS (Grado en Comportamiento y Ciencias Sociales).
  • BCDM (Grado en Comunicaci贸n y Medios Digitales).
  • IMBA (Master Universitario en Administraci贸n Internacional de Empresa).
  • MIM (Master Universitario en Gesti贸n).
  • MBA, which includes the EMBA, SAMBA, GOMBA y GXMBA (Master en Direcci贸n de Empresa).
  • IEBEXMBA (Master Universitario Ejecutivo en Direcci贸n de Empresa por IE Universidad y Brown University).

AACSB

AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), a global non-profit association, connects educators, students, and business to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. AACSB provides internationally recognized, specialized accreditation for business and accounting programs at the bachelor鈥檚, master鈥檚, and doctoral level.

AACSB Accreditation covers IE鈥檚 entire program portfolio:

  • Bachelor in Business Administration
  • Bachelor in Behavior and Social Sciences
  • Bachelor in Communication and Digital Media
  • Master in Management
  • Master in Finance
  • Master in Advanced Finance
  • International MBA
  • Global Online MBA
  • Executive MBA
  • Global Executive MBA
  • IE-Brown Executive MBA
  • Master in Customer Experience and Innovation
  • Master in Creative Direction, Content and Branding
  • Master in Market Research and Consumer Behavior
  • Talent Development and Human Resources
  • Master in Digital Marketing and Analytics
  • DBA
  • PhD

This link to AACSB鈥檚 website serves as an extra resource.

AMBA

AMBA (Association of MBAs) an International organization committed to raising the profile and quality standards of business education internationally, for the benefit of Business Schools, students and alumni, employers, communities and society. AMBA鈥檚 accreditation service is the global standard for all MBA, DBA and Master鈥檚 degrees, currently accrediting programs from the top 2% of Business Schools in more than 75 countries.

AMBA鈥檚 Degree Programme Portfolio includes the following programs:

  • Bachelor in Business Administration
  • Bachelor in Behavior and Social Sciences
  • Bachelor in Communication and Digital Media
  • Master in Management
  • International MBA
  • Executive MBA
  • Global Online MBA
  • Global Executive MBA
  • IE-Brown Executive MBA
  • Master in Customer Experience and Innovation
  • Master in Creative Direction, Content and Branding
  • Master in Market Research and Consumer Behavior
  • Talent Development and Human Resources
  • Master in Digital Marketing and Analytics

EQUIS

EQUIS forms a part of EFMD鈥檚 (European Foundation for Management Development) Accreditation Quality Improvement System. EQUIS accreditation is the most comprehensive institutional accreditation system for business and management schools. It is acknowledged worldwide by potential students, faculty, employers, corporate clients and the media, often being a pre-requisite for entry to rankings. This accreditation covers all the activities of the school, including degree and non-degree programs, knowledge generation and contribution to the community.

EQUIS鈥 Degree Programme Portfolio includes the following programs:

  • Bachelor in Business Administration
  • Bachelor in Behavior and Social Sciences
  • Bachelor in Communication and Digital Media
  • Master in Management
  • Master in Finance
  • International MBA
  • Global Online MBA
  • Executive MBA
  • Global Executive MBA
  • IE-Brown Executive MBA
  • Master in Customer Experience and Innovation
  • Master in Creative Direction, Content and Branding
  • Master in Market Research and Consumer Behavior
  • Talent Development and Human Resources
  • Master in Digital Marketing and Analytics
  • DBA
  • PhD

Rankings

The timeline below provides an overview of the months when the Rankings team might request information from the Program Management teams.

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Download Forms

ANECA Documentation
AACSB Documentation
AMBA Documentation
EQUIS Documentation

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