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Clark's Graduate School of Management recognized as a top business school by leading accreditation body

January 25, 2018

Clark University’s Graduate School of Management has once again earned accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, a recognition received by less than 5 percent of the world’s business schools.

“We are honored once again to earn AACSB accreditation as one of the world’s best business schools,” said Priscilla Elsass, interim dean for the Graduate School of Management. “GSOM continues to offer rigorous programs that include specialized master’s degrees and an MBA within a small, supportive environment. I am proud of our faculty and staff’s commitment to quality and continuous improvement.” 

Founded in 1916, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools.

“Every AACSB-accredited school has demonstrated a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curricula development and student learning,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB. “The intense peer-review process exemplifies their commitment to quality business education.”

Every five years, AACSB-accredited institutions undergo a review to earn an extension on their previous accreditation. Achieving accreditation involves a multi-year process of intense internal review, as well as a peer-review evaluation. AACSB requires schools to meet standards of excellence in areas relating to strategic management; teaching and learning; student, faculty and staff as active participants; and professional and academic engagement.

Launched in 1982, GSOM has been recognized repeatedly by The Princeton Review as a "Best Business School," and was recently ranked as one of the "7 Best Business Schools For Careers In CleanTech" by BusinessBecause.

GSOM’s newest program is its Master of Science in Business Analytics. The one-year intensive program combines online coursework with an on-campus classroom experience. Its first cohort of students will graduate in May.