School of Economics and Business Administration Earns Prestigious Accreditation from AACSB International

AACSB Accreditation sealSaint Mary’s College of California announces that its School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA) has received accreditation by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).

"We are extremely proud to have the AACSB acknowledge the academic excellence in the School of Economics and Business Administration at Saint Mary's," said the College’s president James Donahue. "The accreditation highlights SEBA's leadership, the outstanding scholarship of its talented faculty and an innovative curriculum that develops a global and responsible business perspective, in keeping with the mission of the College."

AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. Regarded as the highest benchmark of quality for business schools, AACSB accreditation has been earned by less than five percent of the world's higher education business programs.

“It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn accreditation,” said Robert Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “Business schools must not only meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty, and professional staff must make a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students.”

In addition to meeting AACSB’s rigorous standards for faculty quality and scholarship and student admission, retention and learning, achieving accreditation required institutional commitment to strategic directions such as innovation, curricula development and student academic and professional engagement.

“Pursuit of the AACSB accreditation has transformed and strengthened SEBA in many ways over the past several years,” said SEBA Dean Zhan Li. “The process has enhanced our ability to offer our students the best education possible and has positioned us well for future success.”

Saint Mary’s Provost Beth Dobkin said the accreditation recognizes the College's ongoing commitment to academic excellence. "The College has long provided a stellar business education in its undergraduate and graduate programs. AACSB accreditation reinforces the international focus of SEBA and underscores our academic reputation as a member of a premier global management education network, which is important to our faculty, alumni and students."

Saint Mary’s is home to the first executive MBA program in Northern California. SEBA’s graduate programs include professional and executive MBA programs; a nationally recognized hybrid executive MBA program; an innovative Trans-Global executive MBA and offers master of science degree programs in accounting and financial analysis and investment management. The College’s graduate business programs provide practical business knowledge in an interactive learning environment and are designed for full-time working professionals. For more information about Saint Mary's School of Economics and Business Administration visit

Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. To learn more about AACSB International accreditation, visit


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