Accreditation

Accreditation of postgraduate education (worldwide)

The accreditation of postgraduate education is very important for any career oriented individual. Certain countries do not even have capable national accreditation bodies to check on the quality of the education. We do that aiming at high quality and providing our experience at competitive prices.

Accreditation Service

The INTEAS’ international accreditation service is at the heart of our commitment to the development of standards in global management education.

We accredit MBA, DBA and MBM programmes at different business schools worldwide since several years ago. We started accrediting MBM and DBA only few years later then AMBA. Like other business education accreditation bodies when accrediting postgraduate degrees we focus on individual programmes as AMBA, but also on whole institutions where we us the AACSB International experience (see our postgraduate accreditation guidelines). This unique and detailed approach means that the highest standards of teaching, faculty and student interaction are guaranteed by our accreditation. Our accreditation is international in scope and reach. The INTEAS Board, which drafts the accreditation criteria we use, is drawn from senior academics at educational institutions around the world. We believe that programmes should be of the highest standard and reflect changing trends and innovation in postgraduate management education. Our accreditation process reflects this commitment to fostering innovation and challenges business schools to continuously perform at the highest level. For those schools who have a long term interest in pursuing accreditation but do not at present feel they are able to meet all the requirements of our criteria, we offer a consultancy service through our local consultants. Please contact us and our consultant will get in touch with you.

The Accreditation Process

Endorsement Process

The final endorsement of accreditation is made by the INTEAS Board (IB), based on a recommendation from the peer review team in the format of a comprehensive report. Once an onsite visit has taken place, the process for endorsing the peer review team’s recommendation is as follows: 1) The assessment report is compiled by the participating Accreditation Manager 2) The report is agreed by the peer review Assessment Team (4 members) 3) The report is returned to School for factual verification 4) the report is submitted to the Endorsement Committee of the INTEAS Board for consideration 5) The final accreditation decision is confirmed or rejected by IB, with the following possible outcomes: 5.1) Accreditation for 3 or 5 years 5.2) Deferral of accreditation (with a new visit within one year), or definitive denial of accreditation 6) If accreditation is endorsed, a full on-site peer reviewed re-assessment is carried out at the end of the agreed accreditation period (maximum of five years).

Please read below accreditation process summaries for each programme:

FLEXIBLE COURSE PROGRAMMES

Flexible course should be created as a short-term particular educational programme focused on certain specific topic in the field of natural sciences, economic sciences, medical science and so on. Programme could be designed as scientific research course to deepen student abilities…. Students´ abillities are on the basis of education as well as work experiences.

THE INSTITUTION

The institution offering flexible courses should have a clear strategy and mission, explicitly expressed and reflecting its key strengths. It will have a clear understanding of the market for its products, including a means of regular access to employer opinion. The institution should have its own identity and an adequate degree of independence from any larger institutional structure of which it may be a part, as well as secured financial viability and institutional continuity.

PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT & STUDENT ENGAGEMENT

The institution should be able to provide strong academic leadership and administrative support for the programme / flexible course. The institution could to hire suitable outside workers if necessary. There must be evidences of programmes´ quality as a student feedback.

STUDENTS

There is no requirement for prior work experience. However, there should be an expectation on the part of the institution that the student will be able to fulfill the objectives of the programme and achieve the standard required for the reward such as appropriate work experiences or appropriate completed degree programme or being a student of related academic programme depending on topic of each flexible course.

PURPOSE & OUTCOMES

The course must have clearly stated aims and outcomes. The general purpose of each flexible course is to: 1. deepen knowledge in the field of students´ education, 2. meet specialists in their work environment or visit significant locacions during field trips or visiting lectures. Flexible course should be created as a short-term particular educational programme focused on any specific topic in the field of natural sciences, economic sciences, medical science and so on.

STRUCTURE & ASSESSMENT

The curriculum should be specific in nature and designed to fit students´ abilities and experiences. Lectures should provide experts varied by topics of each flexible course. Assesment strategy involves student feedback forms.

MODE & DURATION

During 10 days institution must provide at least 30 hours of educational lessons and 5 hours of field trips / visiting lectures. Flexible courses are always full time studied. Students will receive an aclaiment certificate of participation.

MBA – MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

The INTEAS’s MBA Accreditation service is running for several years now. Schools wishing to apply for accreditation of their MBA programmes should carefully review the information on this page. Please contact us if you require any further information about our accreditation service. The current MBA criteria, launched in March 2011, have been revised by the senior academics that sit on the IB. Key changes include a focus on ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility and Risk Management, a completely revised section on flexible delivery modes (in which the distance learning criteria have been incorporated into the main document), and an enhancement of areas such as programme outcomes and student diversity. Our Accreditation criteria focus on every aspect of MBA provision at the candidate institution. These include:

THE INSTITUTION

The institution offering an MBA should have a clear strategy and mission, explicitly expressed and reflecting its key strengths. It will have a clear understanding of the market for its products, including a means of regular access to employer opinion. The institution should have its own identity and an adequate degree of independence from any larger institutional structure of which it may be a part, as well as secured financial viability and institutional continuity.

FACULTY 

Faculty teaching at Masters level must be appropriately qualified and credible. At least 60% of teaching staff should have a relevant postgraduate degree, and the majority of faculty should hold a Doctorate. Research should be of a high quality in all areas of activity and show some evidence of an international dimension.

PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT & STUDENT ENGAGEMENT

The institution should be able to provide strong academic leadership and administrative support for the programme. There must be evidence of action taken as a result of student feedback. A well-developed and effective career service is expected, both for placements and career enhancement, and an active alumni association should provide extensive opportunities for networking and life-long learning.

STUDENTS

As the MBA is a post-experience, postgraduate degree, students admitted onto an accredited MBA must have a minimum of three years work experience, with the cohort averaging 4 years experience. Evidence will be required to show rigour in admissions standards, which must include academic criteria as well as work experience. The student body must be substantial and varied enough to form a critical mass and emphasis is placed on the value of peer group exposure, therefore a minimum annual intake of 15 is sought.

PURPOSE & OUTCOMES

The programme must have clearly stated aims and outcomes. The general purpose of an MBA is to: (i) enhance and develop previous relevant experience in business and management; (ii) prepare students for leadership and transformational roles in business; (iii) develop strategic thinking, innovation and entrepreneurial skills; (iv) develop an understanding and provide experience of global business issues, including the potential contribution that business can make to solving these issues; (v) develop the ability to apply previous and newly acquired knowledge and experience to complex business issues in a range of contexts; (vi) develop knowledge, at an advanced level, of organizations, their management and the environment in which they operate; (vii) develop an understanding of responsible risk management and sustainable value creation on the basis of the environmental, social and governance impacts of business (viii) develop interpersonal and group-working skills; and, (ix) encourage lifelong learning and personal development. It is important that MBA graduates understand organizations and their stakeholders, the external context in which they operate and how they are managed from a sustainable and long term perspective, as well as understanding the important role of ethical decision-making in business. The institution must be able to provide evidence that MBA graduates are achieving these outcomes in the workplace.

STRUCTURE & ASSESSMENT

The curriculum should be generalist in nature and must cover the core business skills: marketing, the economic and legal environment of a business, accounting and quantitative methods, finance, organizational theory, interpersonal skills, information technology, risk, ethics, CSR, entrepreneurship, and the processes and practices of management. The programme must be designed to build on the significant work experience and diversity amongst the student cohort. Particular attention should be paid to the international dimension of contemporary management. Each core subject should be addressed by a course of instruction, although integration of these core subjects is vital. The programme must have a rigorous, appropriate and well implemented assessment strategy.

MODE & DURATION

Programmes should be equivalent to at least one year of full-time study or two years part-time. This should include a minimum of 500 contact hours and 1,800 student learning hours (or 90 ECTS equivalent). Programmes offered by more flexible modes of delivery must provide substantial evidence that programme design and delivery allow all the criteria to be met; even distance learning programmes must contain some element of face-to-face contact.

MBM – MASTER OF BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT

The Association’s MBM (Masters in Business and Management) accreditation service has been running since 2008. Please be aware that MBM accreditation is not available to schools offering an unaccredited MBA programme. Please contact us if you require any further information about our MBM accreditation service and process. The MBM is a Masters-level, postgraduate programme with an integrated perspective of the disciplines of business and management, which can be aimed at students with no prior work experience. The current MBM criteria have been produced by the senior academics that sit on the INTEAS Board. The criteria are revised regularly to ensure they represent best practice and the latest thinking in quality standards. The most recent version was published in March 2011. Our accreditation criteria focus on every aspect of MBM provision at the candidate institution. These include (but are not limited to – see full document below):

THE INSTITUTION 

The institution offering a MBM should have a clear strategy and mission, explicitly expressed and reflecting its key strengths. It will have a clear understanding of the market for its products, including a means of regular access to employer opinion. The institution should have its own identity and an adequate degree of independence from any larger institutional structure of which it may be a part, as well as secured financial viability and institutional continuity.

FACULTY 

Faculty teaching at Masters level must be appropriately qualified and credible. At least 60% of teaching staff should have a relevant postgraduate degree, and the majority of faculty should hold a Doctorate. Research should be of a high quality in all areas of activity and show some evidence of an international dimension.

PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT & STUDENT ENGAGEMENT

The institution should be able to provide strong academic leadership and administrative support for the programme. There must be evidence of action taken as a result of student feedback. A well-developed and effective career service is expected, both for placements and career enhancement, and an active alumni association should provide extensive opportunities for networking and life-long learning.

STUDENTS

The MBM is intended for graduates from any discipline. There is no requirement for prior work experience. However, there should be an expectation on the part of the institution that the student will be able to fulfill the objectives of the programme and achieve the standard required for the reward.

PURPOSE & OUTCOMES

The programme must have clearly stated aims and outcomes. The general purpose of an MBM is to: 1. develop knowledge, at an advanced level, of organizations, their management and the environment in which they operate; 2. develop a graduate’s ability to apply their knowledge and understanding of business and management to complex issues both systematically and creatively, to improve business and management practice; 3. develop an understanding and provide experience of global business issues, including the potential contribution that business can make to solving these issues; 4. develop an understanding of responsible risk management and sustainable value creation on the basis of the environmental, social and governance impacts of business; and, 5. encourage lifelong learning and personal development. It is important that MBM graduates understand organizations and their stakeholders, the external context in which they operate and how they are managed from a sustainable and long term perspective, as well as understanding the important role of ethical decision-making in business. The institution must be able to provide evidence that MBM graduates are achieving these outcomes in the workplace.

STRUCTURE AND ASSESSMENT

Institutions should be able to demonstrate that Masters-level learning is achieved across the programme. The curriculum must be comprehensive in terms of its coverage of a variety of areas of management, which must be viewed in an integrated context across various disciplines. The applied nature of parts of the degree demands a range of teaching and learning methods. The assessment scheme should have detailed criteria and specify the range and relative values of the various assessment methods used, and underpinned by a suitable assessment strategy.

MODE & DURATION

Programmes should be equivalent to at least one year of full-time study or two years part-time. This should include a minimum of 300 contact hours and 1,800 student learning hours (or 90 ECTS equivalent). Programmes offered by more flexible modes of delivery must provide substantial evidence that programme design and delivery allow all the criteria to be met; even distance learning programmes must contain some element of face-to-face contact.

DBA – DOCTOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

The INTEAS’s DBA Accreditation service has been running since 2011. Schools wishing to apply for accreditation of their DBA programme should carefully review the information on this page. Please be aware that DBA accreditation is not available to schools offering an unaccredited MBA programme. Please contact us if you require any further information about our DBA accreditation service. Accreditation of the DBA is a response to market concerns over issues of both quality in an increasing international market for DBA programmes, and clarity over the nature of various postgraduate degrees in general management. The DBA is a Doctoral level, research-based qualification, designed to make a contribution to the enhancement of trans-disciplinary professional practice in management as well as a contribution to knowledge via the application and development of theoretical frameworks, methods, and techniques. A DBA places emphasis on the novel application of theory, rather than the creation and testing of theory. It is therefore equivalent in standing to a PhD, but with a practical orientation. The current DBA criteria have been assembled by the senior academics that sit on the IB, following extensive consultation with employers, doctoral management degree specialists and institutions offering DBAs. Our accreditation criteria focus on every aspect of DBA provision at the candidate institution. These include:

THE INSTITUTION

The institution offering a DBA should have a clear strategy and mission for high quality applied research, explicitly expressed and regularly updated, and reflecting its key strengths. It will have a clear understanding of the market for its products, including a means of regular access to employer opinion. The institution should have its own identity and an adequate degree of independence from any larger institutional structure of which it may be a part, as well as secured financial viability and institutional continuity. It must have an explicit rationale for offering a DBA instead of, or in addition to, a PhD.

FACULTY & SUPERVISION

Faculty, including DBA supervisors and those teaching on any taught element of the DBA programme, must be appropriately qualified  and credible, and be able to teach at doctoral level. Research quality and output should demonstrate national excellence in all areas of activity and show some evidence of international excellence. Supervision should be carried out on a team basis, and these teams should have regular contact with the student to assist in the development of applied doctoral research. There should be a forum for all supervisors to share best practice and develop their supervisory skills.

PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT & STUDENT ENGAGEMENT

The institution should be able to provide strong academic leadership and administrative support for the programme. There must be evidence of action taken as a result of student feedback. A well-developed and active alumni association should provide extensive opportunities for networking and life-long learning.

STUDENTS 

The DBA is intended for those with previous managerial experience who wish to make a significant contribution to the enhancement of professional practice in the management area via the critical review and systematic application of appropriate theories and research to professional practice. Students are expected to have a minimum of five years’ relevant and appropriate work experience upon entry.

PURPOSE & OUTCOMES

The programme must have clearly stated aims and outcomes. The general purpose of a DBA is to: 1. contribute to the enhancement of trans-disciplinary professional practice in management; 2. equip graduates to undertake business management research; 3. develop scholarship through business management research; 4. equip graduates to solve real and unique business problems through the application of research, scholarship and critical thinking. The institution must be able to provide evidence that DBA graduates are achieving these outcomes in the workplace.

STRUCTURE AND ASSESSMENT

The DBA thesis, based on research carried out throughout the DBA programme, is the primary piece of work that will be assessed for the award of the DBA degree. The thesis should make a contribution to the enhancement of professional practice in management as well as a contribution to knowledge via the application and development of theoretical frameworks, methods, and techniques, and this must form a significant part of the thesis assessment. Comprehensive research methods training will be expected, in order to guide the student in doctoral-level applied research.

MODE & DURATION

A DBA can be delivered full time, part time or by more flexible delivery modes, although full time study is rare due to the applied nature of the course. It is expected that a DBA will take at least four years to complete part time.

Assessment System (AS)

The accreditation assessment process is carried out through the Assessment System (AS) through which the institutions communicate with INTEAS using emails, forms and online services in order to provide effective and fast high quality service. If you have any questions that you would like to raise with the Accreditation Services Team prior to submitting an application, please contact: Cindy Allen Accreditation and Certification consultant at info@inteas.org