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Attend a Nationally Ranked Business School with Dual Accreditation

Ranking organizations regularly recognize our programs and overall quality of experiences in the College of Business.

Rankings - Graduate Programs

  • The College's graduate programs have been included in The Princeton Review's list of Best Business Schools every year since 2005. Schools are recognized on the basis of high quality academic programs and the favorable opinions of students, who rate and report their campus experiences.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek  has ranked the part-time MBA program among the best in the nation. These rankings are based on measures of student satisfaction, academic quality and post-graduation outcomes, like job placement.
  • U.S. News and World Report  has ranked the College’s MBA program among the best part-time MBA programs in the U.S. According to the 2022 rankings, UA has the highest-ranked part-time MBA program at a public university in Northeast Ohio. The rankings are based on an average peer assessment score, as well as four student-related factors – the average GMAT score, average undergraduate GPA, the years of work experience of students who enter the program, and the percentage of students in the program who are enrolled part time.
  • CEO Magazine  has ranked the College of Business MBA as a Tier One MBA program. The ranking is derived from input on areas such as the quality of faculty, international diversity, and professional development. For the complete listings and information on how we rank, please visit their Global MBA Rankings website.

Rankings - Undergraduate Programs

  • The 2021 Poets & Quants  listing of undergraduate business schoolsranks The University of Akron’s College of Business at number 76 in the country, moving up 19 places from the 2020 list. This places the college in the top five schools in Ohio (public and private) and number one in Northeast Ohio. Among public schools only, we are ranked at 39th in the country. To see the full description of our ranking, and what alumni had to say about their experience, visit Poets & Quants.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek  has ranked our undergraduate business school as one of the best in the United States for six consecutive years. Bloomberg Businessweek  bases the rankings on the academic quality of the programs, post-graduation outcomes for students, recruiter satisfaction and nine measures of student satisfaction.
  • U.S. News and World Report  has ranked the College of Business as one of the best undergraduate business programs in the nation. This ranking is based solely on peer assessment. U.S. News surveys deans and senior faculty at each undergraduate business program accredited by AACSB International and asks them to rate the quality of all programs with which they were familiar.

Dual Accreditation by AACSB

Since 1966, the College of Business has been accredited by AACSB International, which is the hallmark of excellence in management education and represents the highest achievement for business schools worldwide. Less than 6 percent of business schools in the world – 716 out of 13,000 – have achieved this recognition. Furthermore, the College is one of only 181 business schools that have attained additional specialized accreditation for their accounting programs.

Schools are accredited based on 21 standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.

Accreditation confirms the College's commitment to quality and continuous improvement. It assures our prospective students, alumni, the academy, and our community that the college:

  • Manages its resources to achieve our mission of preparing competent and responsible business professionals and leaders.
  • Advances business and management knowledge through faculty research and scholarship.
  • Provides high quality teaching and current curricula.
  • Cultivates meaningful interactions between our students and faculty.
  • Produces graduates who have achieved specific learning goals in our subject matter.

Learn more about why AACSB Accreditation matters in choosing a business school.