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Before you start your search for the right master programme, it is worth getting updated on a few key definitions. This will help you in your search.

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Degree descriptions What type of programme is right for you?
School accreditations Which quality assurances do you need to know about?
The Bologna process Same academic system all over Europe how does it affect you?

School accreditations

Quality assurance programmes which ones do you need to know about?

An accreditation assures that a school or programme holds certain standards, i.e. that the institution meets criteria that are defined in the accreditation scheme. Consequently, the set of criteria determines the relevance of the accreditation.
There are several accreditation schemes for management education. The most well known in Europe are EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB (see below).


  • Some organisations award accreditations for specific programmes, while other award accreditations for the school as a whole.
  • If a school is not accredited, it does not automatically mean that it is of low standard. Accreditations are very expensive and some high standing institutions simply do not have the budgets and time for the schemes.
  • Some schools are members of the accreditation organisations, but are not accredited. It's important to notice the difference.


EQUIS is a respected quality assurance scheme run by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD does also award accreditations to schools outside Europe). The scheme is a voluntary system which means that schools apply for assessment and accreditation. The total cost of accreditation (if the school is successful) is 31,200. A majority of the schools listed on have been awarded EQUIS accreditation:

Bath, University of Bath

Cambridge (Judge)

Copenhagen Business School

EDHEC Business School

E.M. Lyon



HANKEN Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration


IE Business School

Lancaster University Management School

Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH)


RSM - Erasmus University

SDA Bocconi

Smurfit School UCD

Stockholm School of Economics

St. Gallen

Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School

Warwick Business School

EFMD website (with list of accredited schools)


The London based Association of MBAs awards accreditations to specific MBA programmes. The scheme is highly recognised in the industry. List of accreditation criteria and accredited programmes can be found on the website

The schools listed on that offer AMBA accredited MBA programmes are:

AACSB The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

AACSB is based in the U.S.and runs an accreditation scheme that currently comprises 480 accredited members. Website:

The schools listed on that hold AACSB accreditation are:





HHL - Leipzig Graduate School of Management

IE Business School

RSM- Erasmus University

University College Dublin

University of St. Gallen

University of Warwick

Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School

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