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EFMD Accredited Programmes

The leading international system of quality assessment,

improvement and accreditation of business programmes

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Leading programme accreditation system

EFMD programme accreditation is the most thorough programme accreditation system for business and/or management degrees and courses, including face-to-face, blended and online provisions. It constitutes a benchmark for what is considered an internationally recognised and peer-reviewed programme.

Branded accreditation portfolio

EFMD programme accreditation covers the full range of academic programmes offered by your institution, from Bachelor's level to Doctoral studies. EFMD Accredited offers your school a distinctive label, e.g. EFMD Accredited - MBA and EFMD Accredited - BA to endorse the quality and showcase the value of your programme. The EFMD Accredited - PhD label is exclusive to EQUIS accredited schools.

Synergies with the EQUIS accreditation

EFMD programme accreditation is a complementary evaluation tool available to the EQUIS accredited schools, which aim at further differentiating some of their programmes. It focuses on the strategic relevance and development of the programme.

Transition from the EPAS accreditation

All the currently EPAS accredited programmes will be integrated into this enhanced programme accreditation system in the second half of 2020, giving their programmes better brand visibility and positioning on the market.

Rigorous assessment scheme

EFMD programme accreditation covers all facets of programme provision: from its institutional, national and international environment, through its design, delivery, outcomes and impacts, to its quality assurance processes. EFMD Accredited emphasises academic rigour, practical relevance, internationalisation, and ethics and sustainability.

Continuous improvement process

EFMD programme accreditation helps you strive for excellence in an on-going improvement process following each accreditation or re-accreditation visit.

Discover testimonials

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"Being EFMD accredited for a specific programme is an incredible guarantee that the programme has been thoroughly scrutinised by peers and experts. It is also a way to demonstrate the robustness of our programmes. It can be carried out for different reasons depending on how a business school makes its portfolio of programmes evolve over time. The EFMD programme accreditation is clearly filling a strategic need in the current offering of programme evaluation.”

Frank Bournois
Dean, ESCP Europe Business School, France
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"The accreditation process has allowed for a 360° review of the programme, at this early stage of its development. The comprehensive and demanding accreditation standards and criteria, focusing on the strategic relevance of the programme, the soundness of the quality system and the programme’s adequate resourcing, have provided very useful guidelines for further development.”

Alice Guilhon
Dean, SKEMA Business School, France

EFMD ACCREDITED PIONEER SCHOOLS

EFMD ACCREDITED BENEFITS

  • GLOBAL RECOGNITION

    EFMD programme accreditation provides you with international market recognition of a high-quality programme.

  • PROGRAMME LABEL

    A branded label, e.g. EFMD Accredited - MBA and EFMD Accredited - BA, offers you a significant point of distinction in the increasingly competitive business education landscape.

  • INTERNATIONAL BENCHMARKING

    You can take advantage of international comparisons and benchmarking through the process of review by an international peer review team.

  • STRATEGIC ADVICE AND INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    EFMD Accredited offers you strategic guidance for quality improvement and future development of your programme(s).

  • INTERNATIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY

    Being accredited makes you part of a vibrant international community of mutual learning and sharing good practice with institutions from different higher education systems.

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EFMD ACCREDITED FRAMEWORK

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The EFMD programme accreditation process is based upon a conceptual framework of quality criteria which are reviewed continuously by an international committee of EFMD members.

The EFMD programme accreditation framework is an input-output model moving from programme design to programme delivery to programme outcomes. The framework also considers the wider institutional and environmental contexts, together with the institutional and programme quality assurance processes.

Three transversal pillars feature in the EFMD Accredited assessment system: internationalisation, a corporate perspective, and ethics, responsibility, sustainability (ERS).

THE INSTITUTIONAL CONTEXT

The Institutional Context reviews the extent to which the programme is an integral part of the institution's strategy and therefore the extent to which it is supported by the its various stakeholders, with the resources necessary for its successful delivery. There should also be a clear commitment to internationalisation, corporate needs and ERS.

PROGRAMME OUTCOMES

Programme Outcomes are concerned with evaluating the quality of student outputs in terms of assessed work during the programme itself, and also career paths following graduation, together with the programme's reputation and standing overall.

PROGRAMME DESIGN

Programme Design covers an assessment of the likely market for this area of study and clear objectives should be specified for the programme, linked to market needs. The programme design should also specify target students' entry and exit profiles, Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs), programme rationale and assessment regime.

QUALITY ASSURANCE

The programme should have effective and robust Quality Assurance processes which should cover design and review, including approvals, monitoring of teaching quality, and rigour of the assessment processes The QA processes should be inclusive of all key stakeholder perspectives.

PROGRAMME DELIVERY & OPERATIONS

The programme should specify the student entry criteria which should lead to an appropriate quality of student intake and an international student mix. Teaching should be of high quality and of appropriate academic depth, supported by the development of personal skills, an international perspective, corporate engagement, and a broad ethics/sustainability perspective.

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