University of Sunshine Coast MBA Secures AACSB Accreditation

The University of the Sunshine Coast joins a prestigious list of Australian business schools with AACSB accreditation.

The University of the Sunshine Coast (UniSC) is the latest Australian university to earn accreditation from AACSB International (AACSB).

USC offers a 1.5 year full time MBA costing $41,760 and a two-year, full-time Executive MBA (EMBA).

Founded in 1916, AACSB is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools, and the largest business education network connecting learners, educators, and businesses worldwide.  

“AACSB accreditation recognises institutions that have demonstrated a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curriculum development, and student learning,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB.

“We congratulate University of the Sunshine Coast and Dean Lorelle Frazer on earning accreditation and applaud the entire team—including the administration, faculty, staff, and students—for their roles in earning this respected honor.”  

Synonymous with the highest standards of quality, AACSB accreditation inspires new ways of thinking within business education globally. As a result, less than 6 percent of the world’s schools offering business degree programs hold AACSB business accreditation.

Through today’s ratification, a total of 1,013 institutions across 60 countries and territories have earned AACSB accreditation in business. Furthermore, 194 institutions maintain supplemental AACSB accreditation for their accounting programs.    

“The accreditation was a fantastic step forward as the university continues to build strong industry connections in Australia and overseas,” said UniSC Vice-Chancellor and President, Helen Bartlett.

“This is recognition of our commitment to quality education and equipping our students and graduates with the skills, knowledge and mindsets needed to excel in a rapidly changing and globally connected world. Global business accreditation is important as UniSC builds on our international links and reputation that ensure UniSC Business graduates have even greater opportunities to secure employment here and overseas.” 

AACSB accreditation ensures continuous improvement and provides focus for schools to deliver on their mission, innovate, and drive impact. AACSB-accredited schools have successfully undergone a rigorous review process conducted by their peers in the business education community, ensuring that they have the resources, credentials, and commitment needed to provide students with a first-rate, future-focused business education.    

“The University of the Sunshine Coast’s commitment to earning accreditation is a true reflection of their dedication—not only to their students, alumni network, and greater business community, but to the higher education industry as a whole,” said Bryant.

“Today’s students are tomorrow’s business leaders, and the addition of the University of the Sunshine Coast to the network of AACSB-accredited business schools will have a lasting positive impact for their institution, both locally and globally.” 

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Ben Ready founded MBA News in 2014 and is the Managing Editor. He is a former business and finance journalist with Australian Associated Press (AAP) and Dow Jones Newswires in London. Ben completed his MBA in 2012 and was awarded the QUT GMAA Entrepreneurship Prize. He is also the founder and Managing Director of RGC Media & Mktng (rgcmm.com.au).