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Accrediting Body Reaffirms UMGC MBA Program

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By Liz Connolly-Bauman

Adelphi, Md. (Jan. 19, 2023)— University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) is pleased to announce that the Board of Commissioners of the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) has reaffirmed specialized business accreditation for the university’s MBA program. IACBE also recognized the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program with first-time accreditation.

“Such specialized programmatic accreditation by IACBE is an external validation and confirmation of quality,” said Ravi Mittal, PhD, chair of the Business Administration Department. “Our graduates and their employers benefit from this external quality assurance.  

“When applicants to our programs see the IACBE logo on our website, they should be assured that both the MBA and DBA programs have demonstrated a commitment to continuous improvement, excellence in business education, and advancing academic quality,” he added.

Accreditation is granted after a rigorous process of self-evaluation and independent peer review. The accreditation, announced at IACBE’s Board of Commissioners’ December meeting, demonstrates that UMGC is following the IACBE’s Accreditation Principles. The IACBE staff worked closely with the School of Business faculty and UMGC administration during the accreditation process.

“UMGC’s School of Business has demonstrated a commitment to continuous improvement, excellence in business education, and advancing academic quality in its business programs and operations,” the IACBE said.

The IACBE’s Accreditation Principles address a number of issues, including commitment to integrity, responsibly and ethical behavior; quality assessment and advancement; strategic planning; business curricula and learning opportunities; business faculty characteristics, activities, and processes; student policies, procedures, and processes; resources supporting business programs; external relationships; and innovation in business education.

More information on IACBE-accredited programs is available on the IACBE Member Status page on the IACBE website.

About University of Maryland Global Campus
University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) was established in 1947 to serve adults in the workforce and the military. Today, UMGC enrolls some 90,000 students annually, offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, as well as certificates in more than 125 fully online, hybrid, and face-to-face programs and specializations. 

UMGC has a long history of innovation in reaching students where they are, including as a pioneer of internet instruction, piloting its first online classes in 1994. The university has received numerous awards for its groundbreaking work in developing fully online degree programs, including in high-demand fields such as cybersecurity, business, data analytics, health care, and education.

UMGC now offers classes to military service personnel and their families at some 180 locations in more than 20 countries. More than half of the university’s students are active-duty military personnel, their families, members of the National Guard, and veterans.

About the International Accreditation Council for Business Education
The International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) was founded in 1997 and is nationally recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The IACBE is the leader in mission-driven and outcomes-based programmatic accreditation in business and business-related education for colleges, universities, and other higher education institutions whose primary purpose is excellence in teaching and learning. The IACBE has hundreds of member institutions with campuses worldwide and has accredited thousands of business and business-related programs in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Central America, and South America.