When selecting an American business school, we look for certain accreditations specific to business schools, like ACBSP, AACSB, CHEA, , etc.

For European universities, we look for Equis, AMBA, etc.

What about British universities? (For pursuing a PhD in a UK business school.)

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    The UK is part of the EU. I know next to nothing about business schools, but AMBA at least is based in London. I would expect that many accreditation schemes used in Continental Europe are also used in the UK.
    – Moriarty
    Oct 17 '13 at 22:54
  • Presumably, "when selecting an American university..." means "When selecting an American business school...".
    – JeffE
    Oct 18 '13 at 1:23
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    @Moriarty “The UK is part of the EU” — I suppose, technically, it is :)
    – F'x
    Oct 18 '13 at 7:37
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    Who looks for these accreditations? My suggestion would be to look for schools with good reputations and not good accreditations.
    – StrongBad
    Oct 18 '13 at 8:19
  • @DanielE.Shub how to know about reputation without accreditation? Oct 19 '13 at 11:53

I am not sure how valuable accreditations are. I would suggest going by reputation rather than a binary is/isn't accredited. I think it would be rare for a school to have a "good" reputation, but lack critical accreditations. There likely is variability in the accreditations that schools with questionable reputations have. I would still base my decision on reputation and then only when deciding between a few schools with very similar reputations give any weight to accreditation. As for finding out about reputation word of mouth, league tables (e.g., the Guradian tables), and the RAE are reasonable starting points.


Same as EU: UK has 16 schools with triple AACSB-AMBA-EQUIS accreditation, which is a good sign that it follows the same agencies as the rest of the world (or at least, as the rest of EU).

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