What is programmatic accreditation, and how does it differ from institutional accreditation? -

Programmatic Accreditation includes individual programs, schools and departments within the academic institutes across the globe. There are numerous accrediting agencies that provide specialized accreditation in various fields of study including engineering, nursing, project management, business, law, arts and many more. The core focus of programmatic accreditation is on individual programs as it holds the same significance as regional accreditation. Programmatic accreditation makes sure that the programs offered meet the international education standards.

As far as institutional accreditation is concerned, USBES offers international accreditation to those educational institutes that provide quality education to students, based on global academic standards and policies. The aim is to make the education standardized on global level. USBES offers an evaluation process for academic institutes which measures the institute based on the quality of the programs offered, education provided, type of faculty, fee structure, curriculum, organizational structure and other career services offered.

How long does the accreditation process take? For how long is program accreditation valid? +

Once the institute is accepted for accreditation, it has to take up to five years to complete accreditation process and achieve the prime membership status. The process usually takes 2-4 years. After the accreditation status is granted, it is valid for up to 7 years. During that time, the institute will undergo a site visit and will be reviewed by the Evaluation Committee Members for the reaffirmation of accreditation.

Is my academic degree eligible for USBES Accreditation? +

USBES accredits all academic programs that includes the associate, bachelors, masters and doctoral level of higher education. The 'academic program' is considered for accreditation only if it fulfils the below mentioned criteria:

  • The program leads to the awarding of a degree, diploma, or other equivalent credential like associate, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral level.
  • The credit hours in the traditional areas of academics in the courses, modules, subjects, etc. comprising the program constitute 20% or more of the total hours required for an undergraduate degree, diploma, or other equivalent credential.
  • The program appears on a student's official transcript or any other official record of program completion.

Furthermore, all majors, concentrations, specializations, emphases, options, and tracks contained within a program will also be encompassed by the USBES’s scope of accreditation if and only if they satisfy the following two criteria:

  • 50% or more of the credit hours required for any major are in the traditional areas of business education.
  • The majors appear on a student's official transcript, diploma supplement, or other official record of program completion.

How can we become a member of USBES? +

To become an educational member of USBES, an academic business unit must submit an application for the educational membership, make the membership payment, provides proof that it is a publicly stated mission oriented college or university, submit a copy of a recent catalogue, prospectus, bulletin, brochure or other material portraying the academic programs offered and also provide evidence that the parent institute has national recognition through international accreditation.

How much does it cost to become a member at USBES? +

Membership dues for academic programs are $2450. Annual membership dues for a given calendar year are payable in advance and must be paid before December 15 of the prior year, or late fees will be assessed.

How much are dues if we join in the middle of the year? +

Annual dues for the 2017 membership year are $2,450.

What forms of payment do you accept for membership dues, conferences, workshops, and site visits? +

Payments are remitted by check, credit card or by wire transfer.

Does the USBES have a mentoring program? +

Absolutely. USBES has established a mentoring program to assist its members through the entire accreditation process. For further details, please see:

Should I attend the annual USBES Conference? +

The annual USBES conference is an excellent opportunity to learn about accreditation and its process in detail. It is also an important opportunity for professional development where the sessions are conducted by the experts form USBES member institutes. Moreover, it is an excellent networking opportunity to meet and form alliances with other education providers.

How do I become a site-visit reviewer? +

There is a complete training process to become a site reviewer. Site visit reviewer training is usually conducted at the annual conferences or at the workshops that are help throughout the year.

How do I learn about the quality of USBES Member’s Academic Programs? +

If any academic program is accredited by USBES, the programs must comply with the USBES accreditation criteria. To learn more about the accreditation process, visit dates and other details pertaining to an accredited institute, feel free to contact us.

If I got a complaint against USBES accreditation, what should I do about it? +

You are free to raise any objection regarding the accreditation process of USBES and you may contact the support agents for detailed information.

What does USBES accreditation mean for a prospective student? +

USBES accreditation ensure that your academic degrees are of high quality. USBES accredited programs undergo a rigorous and self-evaluated process by highly trained and expert committee members. Moreover, the institute and the academic programs ensure that they demonstrate commitment towards continuous improvement in the quality of higher education.

Will USBES Accreditation allow my degree to be accepted in other countries? +

Obtaining a degree from USBES accredited institutes will enhance your credentials and will be recognized by other institutes across the globe.

Does USBES accreditation ensures the acceptance of credit transfer? +

The decision to accept credit transfer varies from institution to institution.